As a seasoned "grumpy", it's good to see a special section dedicated to us boring old fa##s, and I'm looking forward to the likely associated banter!!!!Well done Eddie!!....Cheers for now...from miserable old "isle of wight Col"
When I took my girlfriend to the supermarket on Saturday the car park was absolutely full and this is an out of town one on a retail/leisure park. What gets me is all the people piling trolleys up for Christmas with food and what I call 'Christmas tat'. I am sure that half of this stuff will be land fill by Twelfth Night! Then when I was asked in a monotone "And how are we today?" I just said "Why don't you open more tills - I have spent longer queueing than shopping!". Yes I was grumpy! As for all those Christmas songs...
[quote author="michael" "Why don't you open more tills - I have spent longer queueing than shopping!". Yes I was grumpy! As for all those Christmas songs...[/quote
And then when you join a que you get the "you can use the automatic till" (where instead of a person operating the cash register you get two people demonstrating how to use the self service till) When you politely state that "if I wanted to work as a cashier I would apply for a job" they look all hurt.
I just cannot understand peoples' mentality, we had our weekly jaunt to the said out of town large corner shop, managed to half-fill a small trolly, all the rest (hundreds) of big deep trollies were jammed full and overflowing and sometimes two trollies per couple, it's a bl##dy fortnight to Xmas for heaven's sake!!! And anyway, we just have'nt got the room for that amount of stuff, and this'll go on and on right up to the Day, anyone would think that we are in for a siege of months!!! The so##ing shop'll be open on Boxing Day!!! AND!! The darned trollies will be overflowing again!! GRR!! What's gone wrong??? Meanwhile, I'll be eating the quite good leftovers and sitting by my warm woodburner thinking, "I ought to be welding that cill back on",....
Got railroaded into another bout of shopping at that said "out of town cornershop", aka "open all hours-co.", and all the bl##dy poultry was gone! So in the end we had to settle for "3 for a tenner" notsochubby chickens, and that's because we are going to get invaded with relations all of a sudden tommorow, I suppose I'll end up with a leg or two, time to get pissed!!! And be a ruddy nuisance, it wouldn't be so bad but they bring all their bl##dy dogs as well, turns the place into a zoo!!! GRRR!! Beery Crimble to all you all, and a "Victor Meldrew New Year", burp.....!
I made an effort, hard though it was, not to be grumpy over Christmas. However Christmas is all but over...
When I was a kid my parents put up the tree and decorations on or just before Christmas Eve, and took everything down on Twelveth Night. These days people seem to start putting up their decorations in mid-November and take them down a few days after Christmas. Also when I was young Christmas seemed to arrive in theshops a few weeks before Christmas but now things seem to start in September. Two local garden centres had their Christmas Tat Lands going from mid-September onwards – why?
More people I know had to work over Christmas than ever (including Christmas Day). Everybody, bar emergency services, hospitals, etc. used to have a a few days break but now it seems that some have to work throughout whilst other have two weeks off. It seems totally unfair – people do not need to shop, etc. every day! The (only) cafe near my girlfriend closed for the whole two weeks as did many others. I was in Germany once for one of their bank holidays. The view there seemed to be “spend quality time with friends and relatives” so cafes and restaurants were open but the shops were firmly closed! We seem thecomplete opposite.
Another moan. A friend has two school aged children. They go back tomorrow but in a few days they have an inset day so arrangements have to be made for the child care again. And there was an inset day in early December (he thinks the teachers went shopping). Why cannot these things be done during the long school holidays?
One final Crimble moan. If you invite me around please turn off the television as otherwise you miss half the conversation and if the program is interesting you miss most of it. It's downright rude anyway...
Great Christmas,nobody came near us,they all went to their in laws,so senior management and I exchanged presents ( obviously stuff we actually wanted ) cooked a great meal,had a wee drink then fell asleep in front of the fire whilst watching a crappy film,great. Brood turned up in bits and pieces throughout the Christmas week,we gave them their presents,did not feed them and sent them on their way, No overnight stays and soft drinks only offered ( crazy to drink and drive in Scotland now,you will lose your license) They think we are annoyed at them for spending Christmas elseware ,nothing could be further from the true,we have had years of screaming kids and arguements and guests who will not leave,had a sister in law here for 6 week once ,with her offspring,eventual got rid of her after asking her for a contributing for their upkeep,next day she was off back home to Aberdeen,were I hope she is fit ,happy and cadgeing off somebody else. So the cycle is broken,we will be spending our remaining Christmases by ourselves,visits by appointment only.I think I have reached the 'Master Level' on the grumpy scale,took a long time to get there,I'm proud of my achievement. I love self service check outs,just keep pushing all the buttons ,quite quickly you can lock up the machines ,if you are really lucky,you will set off an 'idiot alarm' a member of staff will appear from nowhere drag you away from the machine(seems they don't want too much fuss around their new tech?)and give you the personal checkout service ,you are paying for anyway,give it a try and report pack ,great fun. DR
My Mum and Dad, bless their hearts, (they're 90 now!), gave us a wooden sign for our porch as our Crimble Pressie, it reads: "A lovely Lady and a Grumpy old man reside here!", I hope that I shall still have that kind of sense of humour when and if I make old bones! Quite fitting, they've obviously got me weighed up! Now that the Seasonal invasion is over it's time to get on with all things Z Car related, so, yesterday in an atempt to get rid of the usual pond of water in my shed I lifted the inspection pit cover which is just outside the back door to brush the water down into, this done, the bl##dy phone rang which was in my top overall pocket, in the process of getting it out I dropped it and guess where it went? Yes, down the pit, gone for good in to the sewage works, it,s only a week old!!!! AAAAARRRRRH!!!!
Best mobile phone I ever had was one of those black,Philips chocolate block things,totally indestructible,was dropped in more urinals and toilets than I can remember, also run over by a couple of aircraft towing tractors, again shrugged the whole experience off.We had to hand them in for new kit,virgin lobsters if i remember correctly,totally useless,minimal battery life,but they did make a nice sound when flung against the nearest wall. Great storms up here for past couple of days, a local electrical transformer exploded in protest at supplyingSmore power, it had in the past smoked and sparked from time to time,we lost electricity for the day.So after getting power back, did get as far as the garage door,then the hail started,so retreated to the lounge,fire and stack of Practical Classic magazines,maybe it will be a better day tomorrow? DR