Stand Aside!

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While musing this morning I ran across a little piece from another elderly curmudgeon I sometimes read when he isn’t grumping about his miserly Social Security benefits. He caught himself slowing his pace at a big box store so that he didn’t arrive at the door before a liberal woman did.  I don’t know how he knew she was liberal, but I have my guesses. They do tend to share a lot in common. But to continue, he didn’t want to have to hold the door for her and risk being berated for his sexism.

I have caught myself doing things like that. Changing my gait or direction of travel to avoid groups of people wearing their tribal clothes.  I am still courteous of older women, at least those not mounted on mobility scooters. Those I avoid like smallpox. My bigotry isn’t confined to race and gender. Groups of youth, gatherings of disabled people and aged mall walkers are a short list of people I circle around when I am out amongst them.

I have had the compassion beat out of me by a lifetime of ill-mannered boors, social misfits and crusaders. You don’t dare stand holding an open door and smiling a good day at this bunch of aggrieved people.

So I have become aggrieved myself.

No longer will I circle around such people.  I’ll wear my outrage where everyone can see it. Maybe I’ll carry a cane to threaten people who stand in my way or lollygag along the aisles of the supermarket. A friendly greeting will be met with a glowering scowl. Stand aside at my outrage!


Good morning!

10 thoughts on “Stand Aside!

    Catherine said:
    January 26, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Where have all the good manners gone? Long time passing … Never in my life have I seen such bad manners coming from young people and their parents. Never! I would love to tell them to get the hell out of my way, but I do walk with a cane these days and they frighten me. It’s pointless to acknowledge them with a “good morning” simply because they don’t care. Yes. I suspect they are liberals.

    Good afternoon, Rusty … 🙂


    Rivergirl said:
    January 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I bet you scream “get off my lawn” to the neighborhood kids as well, eh…?


      Rusty Armor responded:
      January 26, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      LOL! Well, I got wildflowers for a front yard these days, and wifey is teaching the neighborhood brats how to sew, so I just glower.

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    Lia Storm said:
    January 26, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Now this sounds like real curmudgeon behavior. I am impressed, but still not convinced you meet the standard for cumudgeoness 😉 Good Evening Sir!


      Rusty Armor responded:
      January 26, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Does wearing my pants up over my navel count?

      Liked by 1 person

        Lia Storm said:
        January 27, 2020 at 8:24 am

        Oh my gosh, I can’t stop laughing at this picture in my mind 😂

        Liked by 1 person

        Boo said:
        January 27, 2020 at 8:44 am

        Thanks for THAT visual.

        Liked by 1 person

    thehuntress915 said:
    January 28, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Thank you Rusty, this made me laugh, I needed that. And the visual of pants over navel, that’s just hilarious!


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