Mar 182013
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This lesson could be the penultimate Coot lesson.  It isn’t, but it could be.  Throughout all of these lessons so far we have been working to promote Cantankerosity.  If you have been following closely you have learned to say what you think and not dither.  You have learned to use sarcasm and the difference between being an angry old fart and a Cantankerous Old Coot.

If you have taken to heart and studied diligently then you are most definitely on you way to Cantankerousness Grasshopper.   This lesson is one way of gauging your final test of Cantankerosity.

Picture if you will the elderly gentleman in a rest home.  He is not wearing pants.  He is railing against Politicians (see this post, and this one).  He is yelling at nurses and doing his best to avoid the orderlies who are trying to cover him.  Does he care?  No!  He continues to run around and yell.

Now you may be saying this man is demented, sick in the head, a victim of Alzheimers disease.  I say No!  He is a Cantankerous Old Coot.  His Cantankerosity has been finely crafted and honed over the course of several years and now, he hides his devilish ways behind insane medical diagnosis’s.

This is our mission, to create a fine figure of Cantankerousness who is not afraid to do exactly what it is they want to.  Pants are optional.  A test of your cantankerous training will not be to parade around without pants (at least for now) but it will be to cultivate the attitude to be able to do so.

Get over your society imposed embarrassment and do something for yourself.  Say what you think.  Do what you think needs to be done.  Be yourself.  Pants are optional.


Justin is the young Coot with a Cantankerous Soul who continues to be educated by older, more cootish Ralph and Bob. His Cantankerosity is his own.

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  5 Responses to “Coots lesson 11: Pants are optional”

  1. Maybe a kilt?

    • kilts may not be cantankerous, they inspire meanness. I couldn’t afford a kilt for my wedding, so I just went with my tartan vest. But someday…..

  2. It is funny, as I write this I just got out of the shower. I sat down to read and make a few posts while I dry so I am pantless (as well as shirtless and wet) Does that get me a gold star for cantankerosity?

  3. The whole pet food scandal was swmhoeat misleading….real pet lovers would never feed their animals packaged food from the grocery store in the first place. Sorry but I had to laugh at the woman in the 500K house who bought dog food at Wal-Mart, she’d probably feed her kids at Mc/Donald’s too.I have to agree with the person who tied the way people treat animals to the way they treat other humans…I’ve never run across a real animal lover who would be ok with mistreating people. It’s about having respect for life…period. All life. I think some of the examples you gave were more reflective of people using animals as an extension of their own egos…not of people who actually love animals. Dogs really do not value outerwear, jewelry, or trips to day spas. If they wanted to please their dogs they’d buy them an ass-flavored chew toy and let them cruise for stray turds to munch on, that’s what dogs really enjoy.

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