Jul 292014
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Forget what your mother told you.

Here at Cantankerous Old Coots we believe in letting your feelings out. Maybe your mother taught you to be nice. She may have told you “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Well, we say forget what your mother said. How far has your mother’s advice got you anyway. We say, if you feel it, then let it out.

Permit No Time Bombs

The way we see it, those bottled-up emotions are time bombs, wreaking havoc on your health and well-being. Keeping quiet just lets that pressure build up and, even worse, encourages those fools causing all the upset to keep doing what they are doing. Keeping quiet not only makes it bad for you now; it makes it worse in the future.

Niceness is Phoney

All this niceness is phony anyway. You know what people are really thinking. It’s what you are thinking but just not willing to say. They may tell you that you are looking good and that your new grandchild is so cute but you know the truth. Old age never improved anybody’s looks and that grandchild is a wrinkled mess, even if they do say he resembles you. Wouldn’t it be a relief not to have to pretend that you believe them? Don’t you think they deserve the same honesty from you? Of course they do. Do yourself and them a favor and just let it out, tell them the truth.

Like this

“Joe, you old scoundrel, you are even fatter than the last time I saw you. You get any bigger and I’ll have to get you a wheelbarrow to lug that belly around.”

“Sally, you old fool, whoever told you that pink was a hair color? You look like you got your head caught in a cotton candy machine.”

“Dick, you blithering idiot, what makes you think that combing those two hairs over your bald spot will turn you into Fabio?”

Do everybody a favor

You see the point? Friends do not let friends make fools of themselves. So do yourself and them a favor, let it all out. Trust us. You mother was a fool.


Ralph is the inspiration for Cantankerous Old Coots and is our Grand Duke of Cantankerousness

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  6 Responses to “Coot Lesson #1 – Let it out!”

  1. The wooden background looks out of place and distracting. Though I do like that photo at the top.

    Ways to go with my induction into Cantankerous Cootery. 😉
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..The Mayans: Intruder! =-.

    • So, if the much aged and venerable Ralph is to be believed, I am open to suggestions. What would you suggest? I have been kicking around colors but I have been going for a more “country” or “old timey” feel. Maybe I should go gunmetal gray with a shine in the upper corner. I amopen to about any suggestion. make it and see what happens! Oh and the diapers are almost done until July so maybe I can take more time on the site. or more fishing. Hmmm

  2. Justin is the master of the appearance. Sensitive soul that he is, he might be open to suggestions from an expert. Between kettlebells, diapers and fishing, he has a lot on his plate.

  3. You know, since Heather is the artist, I wonder what she would suggest. She says she likes the picture, just not the wood. Maybe a plain background. Wait, I am getting a vision! What about a shotgun- or maybe a shot gun blast.
    .-= Ralph´s last blog ..Wake up and smell the – Iris =-.

  4. The reason I wasn’t a fan of the wood was because there was no divide for the main content and it made the whole thing rather messy to look at really. The plain grey looks better but you’re now lacking that more country feel you said you wanted.

    Why not go for something like the wood in the background, and change it so that behind the posts and sidebars themselves you have a plainer colour? Would be able to help more if I knew what, exactly, you were looking for. (By the way, have to do something about the links at the top too. Just saying =P)

    Like the red for the title though, and the typographic choices within the posts themselves.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Practical 3D Tips #1: Save Incrementally =-.

  5. After all this time, it is interesting to reread Coot’s Lesson One- where it all began. It’s like they say, wisdom is ageless.

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