Feb 232015
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It seems that all I do on here anymore is bitch.  And it is sounding like a broken freaking record.  But it is something posted at least.  Here is the deal.  Cantakerous Old Coots is darn near a one person operation from Ralph.  I put some stuff in once in a while.  Bob has been MIA while working through his various programs and computer problems.

So some input, what should we do with the Coots?  I am sure that Ralph is getting tired of being the only Cantankerous one here, and I am not sure about his commitment to Cantankerosity after that Venice trip.  He may need some more time to revive that cantankerous attitude.

As for me, I am trying to get back in the writing saddle all over the board.  I ostensibly call myself a writer and creator of web content but I am resting on my laurels from the past.  So, if you are reading this, tell me what you would like to see from the Coots.  New content daily?  A break from Ralph?  Podcast revive?  Bob’s politics?  More News? More Hansi?

That comment section down there has been more active in the past couple of weeks than it has in a while.  Keep it up.  Let us know what the people want.  While this is far from a democracy here, we will listen to your suggestions and implement or reject as needed.  You all just have to let us know.  We will be anxiously awaiting, well more like just sitting here doing something else waiting for comments to come in and enlighten us.

You all can do it.  Just a few words down there.  In the comments.  you know at the bottom.

More to come…..


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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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Jul 292014
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Well folks we have done it, we actually recorded an interview with Bob!  We did record with video, but the video didn’t turn out very good.  there is still a video but it is not live, unless you want to have an epileptic seizure.  Let me know if you want the raw video, and get a pillow so you don’t hurt yourself during the seizure.  So enjoy either in a static video or as an audio, both are downloadable! (It takes a minute for the video to load, please be patient!)


Click here to download the audio only version in wonderful MP3! (right click and save as…you know the drill)



Well now, here are the notes and links of things that we talked about.

First, Bob’s sites: http://juicymaters.com and http://commonsenseconversation.com.

Next we talked about the Pioneer Woman’s site http://pioneerwoman.com

After that came Dr. WordPress, Dave Doolin.  He has several sites but the one we talked about is at http://website-in-a-weekend.net  It is a great site to learn about wordpress and getting your own blog set up.

Next we plug Ralph’s site: http://ralphcarlsonblog.com and Justin’s main site http://justinsbrainpan.com.

If you are interested in the book we talked about, Essential wisdom of the Founding Fathers, click our affiliate link *HERE* and then click this link: http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Wisdom-Founding-Fathers/dp/1435111494/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310977614&sr=8-1.  We may as well make a few cents if you go ahead and buy the book.

Warren G. Harding was mentioned as a president that Bob admires, *HERE* is the Wikipedia page.  *Addendum* We were wrong.  Warren G. Harding was president in 1920 but not the guy that Bob admires.  The real admiree was Hardings Vice President and later President Calvin Coolidge.  Click *HERE* for his wikipedia page.

If you want to know more about the No Fly List, you can click *HERE* for the Wikipedia page, or you can go to http://www.no-fly-list.com and see if you are on the list too.

The Constitution of the United States is one of the most important Documents that we have in this country.  If you haven’t read it in a while, check it out:  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html  While you are there Check out the Declaration of Independence as well, it is important.  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html

This here is Bob’s Ford that I yanked off of one of his posts, not like it really matters, but I want to be thorough!

Bob has his Blubrry channel at http://www.blubrry.com/coffee_club/ but he would prefer you to listen at http://commonsenseconversation.com

Thanks for listening/watching, we will be having more interviews in the near future!












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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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May 042014
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That’s right there is a nice big ball here at the coots site, and I dropped it yet again.  And, if you believe Ralph, he wasn’t there to pick it up and be the big hero.  But if it wasn’t for him…blah blah blah.  I meant to post this on Tuesday of this week.  I am writing it before the results of Ralph’s poll by the way.

So the reason for this post is to announce the topic that we will be writing on for next week, may 9-13.  Wow I get Friday the 13th and writing about……The Dread of Summer!  I have to say I am a little disappointed with the results of that poll, there were only 2 votes cast!  2!  And I am fairly sure they were both cast by Ralph.

Nope looks like Hansi and Ralph.  So I guess I should say, Thank You to Hansi for choosing this months topic.  He will be filling Tuesday the 10th with his own cantankerousness about The Dread Of Summer.  Thanks Hansi!

The poll for June should be up but is having issues, it will be up as soon as I can get it working.  That poll will run through Memorial Day and ready for posts June 6-10.

Thanks for reading, if you haven’t, leave a comment or share your favorite posts from this site with your friends on Twitter, Faccebook, Stumbleupon, Digg etc.  You will be glad you did, and we will  be glad as well!

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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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Mar 112013
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Can put up with a Cantankerous Old Coot?

One of the frequently asked questions around here is about how you get to be one of the lucky women married to a cantankerous old coot. Maybe we need to ask Bob’s new bride how she hit the jackpot.   Is it luck?  Propinquity? Careful planning?  I can’t, of course speak for Justin and Bob’s experience.  I only know my own and I have to confess that I see only luck.  There is no way that my wife could have realized what  a wonderful catch she had found that rainy Saturday in New Haven.  In fact, it was only because she was new in town that she didn’t throw me back into the dating pool.  Not that I wasn’t dashing in my baby blue combat boots and day-glow poncho (my college pick up outfit).  It was just that after the introductory burst of personality, I I was still a grad school dweeb.

Even if she wasn’t swept off her feet that night, something kept us together that year and connected even after I graduated and moved 3,000 miles away.  I knew I had found a keeper though I made her do the pursuing.  You can call that an early manifestation of Cootness or you can just call it stupidity.  Whatever you call it, my wife eventually graduated and joined me in LA. Then after some coaxing, we married, raised our family, fought and loved.

Looking back over all those years-

happilyeverafterSo here we are now in the idyllic Sierra foothills, enjoying our senior moments and trying to get the last kid out of the house in spite of the abysmal Obama economy.  What has it all meant?  Has it been a wonderful life?  Will Hollywood producers line up to make a movie?  Probably not.  Looking back, I see a few things that should have gone better, priorities that got skewed but all in all at this point, as Hillary Clinton says “What difference does it make?”

Well, the biggest difference that I see looking back over 40 years is the woman I met, by chance at a Halloween party that rainy New England evening.

That’s not really an answer to the question that started this post.  It doesn’t really explain how my wife got to be so lucky.  She is, of course, lucky but  luck is not so easily explained.  There is also the complication that luck can be shared.  I was lucky too; lucky that a casual conversation in the grad school coffee shop snagged me an invitation to Susan’s party; lucky that my wife got an invitation as well and finally lucky that I forced myself into an uncomfortable position of going to a party where I didn’t know anyone.

The Road Less Traveled..

Long story short, my wife didn’t have a clue that night how lucky she was because the Coot-to-be she snagged that night was disguised as an ordinary grad school nebbish.

Bottom line, I don’t know how to answer the question.  Even after all these years, life is a great mystery to me.  Most of the time, it is a messy experience with the wrong people making the wrong decisions about too many things that mess up my life.  Most of the time, I find myself railing at the stupidity that makes my life difficult.  But when the dust settles, my ranting is done and I retreat back to the safety of my home to lick my wounds and plot revenge, I realize how lucky I am.

Because of that chance encounter 40 years ago and a bit of effort from time to time since, I have a home.  My wife has made a sanctuary of peace and security where a Cantankerous Old Coot can find comfort and forget about life’s problems.

Yes, my wife is a lucky woman but it goes far beyond being married to a Cantankerous Old Coot.  It took a long time for me to see what she gave me and even longer to learn how to pay her back.  My wife is lucky because she was willing to stick with me until I was mature and responsible enough to understand that I can never do enough for her to make up for all she has given me.

So what kind of woman can marry a Cantankerous Old Coot?

If you really want an answer to the question, ladies, this is the best I can do for you.  It takes long term planning.  You need to become the kind of woman that will give herself to a man that doesn’t deserve her and hope that he will rise to the challenge.  Find some worthless dweeb and devote 40 years to making a home for him.  Then, if you are lucky, he will develop into someone of consequence- a Cantankerous Old Coot, if you will.  And you will live happily ever after.


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

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Nov 082012
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“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

― Abraham Lincoln

It’s over.  All the hype and hysteria; all the pathos and melodrama; all the lies and deceit: They are all history.  And we are just about in the same place we were before.  There is no mandate for change.  The players stay in place and nobody seems to care about the fiscal cliff ahead or the dependency model that reelecting the President endorses.  I don’t believe that the voters voted with their heads but it is what it is.  The problem is what to do next.

Face the fire!

The country may be going to hell in a hand basket but more than 50 percent of the people who vote don’t seem to notice- or maybe they just like the warmer temperatures.  Whatever the virtues of the American independence and can do spirit, they don’t seem to resonate with voters anymore.

Gurus always say that you can’t fix a problem unless you take ownership.  Up until now I’ve been telling myself that the problem is those other people.  I don’t have a problem.  I have the right attitude and appreciation of our country and freedoms.  Well, the truth is that if I don’t have a problem; if I didn’t have any responsibility for the sorry state our country is in then I don’t have a prayer for doing anything to change it.  The only thing I can change is myself.

My Agenda is Clear.

I have been lazy.  I have been complacent and self-indulgent.  I didn’t do my part for the country I love and the result is revealed in the election results.  I depended on somebody else to defend my rights and privileges and coasted through the campaign. It is my fault.  I claim the failure and commit to fixing myself in order to be the citizen I need to be and correct our country’s course.

So forgive the gloomy tone today.  I just needed to work through all my rationalizations and disappointment about the election and own up to my failure.  Those blisters I’m sitting on are all my own.  And if I want something to change, it’s up to me.

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