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Unless you are living somewhere under a rock or at the bottom of the ocean, you know now, it is almost Christmas!  Yes Sunday is the big day when a large part of the world celebrates the birth of Jesus and most of us celebrate the wonderfulness of the credit card.

As of mid morning on Sunday, our house will be awash in torn paper and giggles as the kids delight in what Santa will bring them.  I will just be wanting a nap I am sure. We get reminded about what and who we should be remembering during the season all too often, yet there are some people that seem to be forgotten.  If you work at a store that is open on Christmas, you should quit right now.

There are however, those who have to work on Christmas, and those are the Emergency Services people. Police, Fire Departments and hospitals will be open and running over the holiday, they can’t be closed.  If you are lucky or unlucky enough to run into one of these type of people during Christmas, say Thanks to them for working.

It may be that fireman who puts out your house after the tree catches fire, the cop who pulls you over for having too much Christmas cheer, or the Ambulance driver who rushes you to the hospital when Grandmas turkey was just a bit *too* underdone.

Then don’t forget the doctors and nurses who will be there to pump your stomach and give you some groovy feel better meds.  Yes my wife will be working the afternoon of Christmas this year as they all get a turn in the nursing field, but then again, if people were not prone to doing stupid things and getting hurt there would be no need for them.  Unless you count the heart attacks and salmonella poisonings.

From all of us here at Cantankerous Old Coots, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, or if you are one of those who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, well, I will stoop and say Happy Holidays.

We are not done for the year, but this weekend is, unless Ralph tears himself away from the family to put up a news service post.  Don’t count on it, he has permission to skip Christmas.  Even I am not that much of a Scrooge.

Merry Christmas everyone.

-Justin and the rest of the Coots, Bob and Ralph.

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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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Feb 232015
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I have noticed a trend in my email lately.  No not the typical SPAM about a dead relative to leave me money, or even the ones about Obama changing laws to get car insurance for $3 a month or some ridiculous thing.

I have noticed that many of those emails come in, from the future.  That’s right, the future.  Hours or even days into the future.  Now, I am not really sure why I have been chosen to be a prognosticator of deals and money forgotten by some millionaires in other countries, but I am.  I am able to tell my SPAM fortune.

It seems that I can also predict (somewhat) how Google will look at this post.  Thanks to Bob I know know I have to ramble on about this for another 150 words or so, inserting links and pictures as they come.   Or should I?  Hold on, I will check my email and see if the future holds anything  that will help us in the search engine rankings.

Nope, nothing is there, but I can make untold riches with this new system that will generate $2460 per day.  That would be helpful.  Not likely, but helpful.

So, now I have a question.  To all of you out there, do you get mail from the future or is it just me?  If you are getting mail from the future then I am no longer special and will have to, well, do something.  But I would still like to hear from some of you out there.

And another question, who sends these things and who writes the programs that allow people to see into the future and send me the email?  Why can’t they use that power and send me the winner of the Superbowl and the world series so that I can bet on them?  I guess their power does not go that far….cheeky bastards.

let me know your thoughts.



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Feb 102015
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Ahh immortal words, “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  Ferris Beuller was right.  My youngest daughter went to school this year and looking back on it, these past 6 years have gone by very quickly.  I look at my youngest and he will be in school in 4 short years.


This year was a different birthday….it just didn’t matter as much.  I am not sure why, maybe just getting older.  If it wasn’t for the kids it may have passed quietly and been just a blip.  I am quite sure that I was more excited for Talk Like a Pirate Day.


Yep, life moves fast, somewhere we all have to find the perspective to look around and see what is actually happening.  My oldest is 12 and growing up way too fast.  It is disconcerting to think that she will be an adult in only 6 years.  Now is the time to make those count, because we cant get them back.


Go outside and enjoy fall.  I went camping last weekend.  All of the trees were changing, the elk were bugling and the fish were moderately biting.  The temperature never got above 70.  It was great, and it sure beat cleaning out the garage.


Don’t miss life sitting here in front of a computer.  Go live life, winter is coming.  (bonus points if you take that as a reference and not a statement of the changing seasons.)


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Nov 262014
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Sorry Ralph…sorry Justin…but the numbers are in, and they only look good for me.

**Congrats Bob, here is your award…Justin

Bob@HayleStorm Interactive

Bob comes to us with a skeptical attitude and a full cup of Cantankerousness. He also writes about homesteading and yurts over at JuicyMaters.com and rants about politics at Common-Sense-Conversation.com Most of the time, though, you'll find him at HayleStorm.net, cranking out great websites for clients OR writing tutorials teaching them to build their own sites.

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Well folks I have a doozy for you today.  The main point is about commenting and the things that we are trained to do as bloggers that get ignored by some.  One of the first things I learned when I started blogging was to encourage conversation in the comments.  And to always respond to comments.  And to not argue in the comments which I always took to mean flat out arguing as well as name calling and profanity laden libel.

(Again with the pictures that have no bearing on the post whatsoever.  I dunno why it came up but it was a fish so I used it.)

Wednesday the 20th, here on the Coots site we had a great bump in traffic.   There seemed to be a couple of reasons for this that I could pinpoint right away.  First there were incoming links from some search engine stuff about classic cars and repair.

If you go back to Ralph’s post, Bob and I both commented about car repair in response to Ralph’s handyman service and amateur plumbing.  I thought that this must be a decent spike and began to craft a post about cars and repair and how they want you to go to the dealer for the repairs.  That post is still coming, I have some things to say about that.

But for today, back to commenting.  Bob sent me an email later talking about what he thought was the issue.  From Bob’s email:

Stirred some **** at a pioneer woman hater site (did you know there is a whole
damn cottage industry around hating Ree Drummond?) and logged in as
Bob@JuicyMaters. Well, after quite a bit of fun, some of the wimmin
there tracked me back to JM and found the link to COC. When they
went back to the hater site they spread the word that I wrote at COC
too…and today’s stats are the result. My stats yesterday were
double my second best ever day (I did have one post go semi-viral last
year…I don’t count it).

It’s probably over. A new post is up over there this afternoon and
all of yesterday’s **** is off the landing page and won’t get as much
attention…LOL. (the edits are mine)

I went back and read all of the comments from this site that I am not going to give a link to.  I was surprised to see the backlash against Bob and the only male perspective on this whole post.  Screw it here is the link: http://www.thepioneerwomansux.com/2011/04/monetizing-the-hate/.  They really attacked him and anything that they could find out from Google about him.

Now, I am standing up for my friend Bob and his place on this site.  That said, I will argue with Bob any day of the week of I don’t think he is right.  He will do the same.  But he will at least entertain your argument (read it, take it out for drinks and try to make it his) and then agree or stick with his point.   Therein lies the problem.  Bob has opinions.  Bob is knowledgeable.  Bob knows what he wants and more or less how to get there.  He has the detail map to Hell in his back pocket.  and he will share that opinion.  Argue if you must, but be prepared to be at least intelligent about it.

When the owner of the blog comes back with a profanity laden tirade against Bob and his opinions, and then blocks him from her site!  So many things that are just not “right” in the bloggers code.  And her cronies start in on little nit picking crap that doesn’t make a difference, but makes them feel like they got the upper hand.  Good for them, all of the “Yes Men and Women” are in line and ready to kiss the ass of the moderator, and the lone dissenter is exiled to the blogosphere…..

I probably would have let all of this go but then they started in on Cantankerous Old Coots.  Through the magic of Google, the following stream ensued:

Mary Beth says:

I just wanted to share one more thing about Boob, sorry Bob. I went over to his site and found a link to a site called Cantankerous Old Coots. I found the following:

I can understand why he didn’t include his contribution to this site in his web site resume. But I do love a good case of irony. Wonder if he was on or off meds while he was typing all his crap.

  • poppy says:

    Hi, Mary Beth! Would you please give me a run down? I don’t want to click on anything of his. Thank you!

    • Just Another says:

      Hi Poppy!

      Oh yes I went there. That one isn’t his site, it looks like a collection of different contributers who write essays about being old coots and where they vent about how the world is on its way to hell in a Longaberger basket and anything else they don’t like.

      I know! Something like this has never been attempted before in the history of the entire internet. Please contain your shock!

      Bob’s essay was about how he had to go to the hospital for something something (not life threatening, sounds like he’s a regular there) and the first room available to him was in the ob/gyn wing in a bed with stirrups. He was having a crazy day I tell you! And get this — all this happened while he maintianed saintly endurance of ER shenanigans! and tornado warnings!

      And that’s as far in as I could stand to go.

What is this?  Attacking my blog just for 1 lousy article that Bob wrote while all drugged up on meds in the hospital?  (the post is not lousy Bob, I got  a kick out of it.)  They read one article and scanned a sidebar it seems and now are experts on this site.  And they have the nerve to complain that this site is not a new concept when the site they came from is nothing but a rip on site of something more popular?
At least we got a link to our site, which will probably be removed when this post hits.
Well I will tell you one thing, There will never be any argument like that on any of my sites.  I will debate people until I am blue in the face, but I am not going to start slandering them in my responses.  I am not going to block them unless they become a spam problem.  We are all in this blog community together right?? Maybe we should figure out how to act like we are.
Responses are open below, what do you think about all of this?


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