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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, 12:40 PM   #4
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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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Old 06-25-2011, 01:47 PM   #5
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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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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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One time in Palo is where I felt most 'pestered'!


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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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Humbug

You are not a true curmudgeon if you join a group -- any group -- even if to complain about the truly inane. I clearly am not joining this group, merely contributing on a regular basis. All future posts are by me as a non-member.

DW (why are we calling everyone "dear?") complains that I'm going to give the fine Valbob appelation a bad name. Not true. It's simply that she has sullied my curmudgeonly name.

As for the hanky brigade: Mrs. Valbob comments that she secretly brings a roll of duct tape to that dinner lest my true feelings start to steam out of my ears and make me want to comment. She finds me to be terribly embarrassing at times, which secretly makes me feel fulfilled. But why should she feel embarrassed just because we curmudgeons are honest enough to say what we think?

Plus, she's part curmudgeon, too. She refuses to hang those smiley yellow balls on her posts.

Complaint tally: Curmudgeons don't join; "dear"; connecting my name with good deeds; flag parade; generic spouse complaint; proof of curmudgeonosity; intentional faulting of DW. Total, 8. Top that (and that's a dare, so call it 9). And more to follow from this non-joiner.
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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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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???
Your not alone! This is my pet peeve too. Don't send them to deck 10 on the Dream as that's where my cabin is. They'll need to go higher!

I'm the Polyanna, DH is not, I don't think I'll ask him this question. He'll probably say taking my one of my sister's kids in our room for the MR cruise in April. Hey we'll already have our DGS so what's one more.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:32 PM   #13
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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   #14
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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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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.

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