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Old 06-25-2011, 09:52 AM   #1
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Cruise Curmudgeons of the World Unite

OK, so what is a Curmudgeon?

Here what the International Society of Curmudgeons has to say:

"The dictionary tells us that a curmudgeon is a "a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person." Synonyms for the word include: grouch, crank, bear, sourpuss, crosspatch. But, as is often the case, the dictionary on its own doesn't really bring out the living beauty of the true curmudgeon.

Curmudgeons are different from your basic grumps, grouches, or complainers in subtle ways. "Cantankerous" means to be peevish, hard to get along with and generally grumpy. But that's not quite a curmudgeon, regardless of what the dictionary says. (The dictionary ought to be changed anyway, and go back to the way it used to be!)

A curmudgeon often has a black sense of humor. They don't just complain about things, they do it with flair, style, panache, satire, and a sardonic view of life! That's what makes them memorable. They also, deep down (very deep down), believe that by saying something about it, life will change. Saying even more about it will hopefully make life change faster and sooner."


I have read that there are two types of people in the world, Pollyanna's and Curmudgeons. Examples of curmudgeons are your Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace or W.C Fields.

I'm definitely a curmudgeon.

I love going on Disney Cruises. We are Gold Castaway Club members and have another 4 cruises booked, but I have to admit that there are many aspects that I see others so jolly about that just leaves me flat.

So perhaps I should go first the problem is, where to start? As professional curmudgeon this is very, very tough because the playing field is so very large.

OK, I'll start with something fairly innocuous - the server flag parade, napkin twirling, and marching around to the strains of It's A Small World. It makes me want to cringe with embarrassment. The over the top perky sweetness makes me wonder if they are offering optional insulin injections on the menu. I think of the servers having to do that cruise after cruise.

Consequently I give them a big tip. I see the tip more as battle pay.

OK! So, my fellow Curmudgeons out there (I know you exist), share your thoughts and feelings. Don't let yourself be bullied by the Pollyanna's!

Rejoice in your curmudgeonry!
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:25 PM   #2
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Ian, you crack me up!


Come on Curmudgeons, this Pollyanna will probably (secretly) agree with some of your comments!


(hmmmmmm....I have Curmudgeon moments related to the dining rooms also....sometimes I just want someone to put the food in front of me and then go away....but this could be hormonal......)

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that's what Palo is for! Not one twirling napkin or parade.
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:47 PM   #4
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that's what Palo is for! Not one twirling napkin or parade.
One time in Palo is where I felt most 'pestered'!

I love many of the Palo servers...but there was this one server who I think just wanted to sit down and discuss her family with us! I don't think she had any other tables at that time. She was very sweet actually, but we really wanted to have our own conversation.

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Old 06-25-2011, 02:09 PM   #5
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One time in Palo is where I felt most 'pestered'!


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Old 06-25-2011, 03:32 PM   #6
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that's what Palo is for! Not one twirling napkin or parade.
That's something I like about Palos. No parades. I also feel strongly that my food should come without costumes.

Normally I have been very pleased with Palo, however on our last trip on the Wonder, our waiter was tad tad too solicitous. I mean, enough with the questions about how we're doing. We're here for the grub, not to make friends.

After he asked us for the 14,500th time how we were I started to get a tad miffed. I half expected him to ask us if he could chew our food for us.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:38 PM   #7
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Now I get why Palo charges--you have to pay so you won't be bothered by parades!! Disney isn't so dumb. Create an annoyance and make you pay so you don't have to put up with it!!!
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:53 PM   #8
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I am a TOTAL curmudgeon when it comes to parents who let their kids do ANYTHING. Push, run wild, scream endlessly, demand, litter, leave sticky messes, back talk, etc, etc. What ever happened to teaching manners? It's not the kids' fault, it's the parents. I am not above correcting the kid and don't mind the dirty looks from the parents one little bit.

Rant over (for today)...
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:55 PM   #9
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And another thing... I can't for the life of me understand what the fuss about pirate night is all about.

I like the fireworks bit but it's all the forced fun that leads up to it that gives me stiff pain.

Can't we just skip the hysterically happy crew and go right to eating cake and watching fireworks?
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:40 PM   #10
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Pollyanna checking in!!!

(probably kept sanity at our table...)


Hmmm things that make my inner curmudgeon cringe...

(and this makes me feel old... )

Kids running around the halls at night yelling... can't you go up to deck 10 where nobody will hear you because your screams will be carried away with the wind???
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can't you go up to deck 10 where nobody will hear you because your screams will be carried away with the wind???
deck 10 - WHERE NOONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!


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Ooh, sign me up! I'm really a crab today, too.

DH was laughing at me this morning because I was complaining about having to share a dinner table with strangers. I don't like sharing meal times with strangers and making small talk with them, it just makes me very uncomfortable.

Oh well, I guess I need to put on my big girl pants & deal with it! Glad to know I won't be the only curmudgeon on the ship.
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Ooh, sign me up! I'm really a crab today, too.

DH was laughing at me this morning because I was complaining about having to share a dinner table with strangers. I don't like sharing meal times with strangers and making small talk with them, it just makes me very uncomfortable.

Oh well, I guess I need to put on my big girl pants & deal with it! Glad to know I won't be the only curmudgeon on the ship.
My DH is especially with you on this! He always says he would pay extra if we could have a table to ourselves. So that leaves me being the Pollyana and coming up with all the small talk!
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Sounds like the next installment for Kingdom Keepers!

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Cruise Curmudgeron Ian - there's a thread on the DCL board just ripe for you to add your opinion ..... "Art of the Theme Ship Tour". The poster is asking about the tour on the Dream, but your opinions
from experience on the Magic/Wonder would certainly give readers a post to remember.

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