Thursday, October 15, 2009

Columbus was Grouchy - No Problem, today is certainly his day, too!

According to Sesame Street Magazine (subscription required), today (October 15th) is/was National Grouch Day -- a day for Grouches to celebrate! The timing for National Grouch Day could not have been better this year. Consider some recent reports:

October 11, 2009 - A darker side of Columbus emerges in US classrooms

"I talk about the situation where he didn't even realize where he was," kindergarten teacher JeffreyKolowith said. "And we talked about how he was very, very mean, very bossy."
(In fairness to Columbus, however, things were somewhat different in his day as shown by the post card hundreds of years later (early 1900s), and the early dispositions of ships' masters
(military and civilian).

October 14, 2009 - In these grouchy times, we just want to say, when did free speech come down to a lousy T-shirt? Interesting examples given in short article.

October 15, 2009 - Celebrating a national holiday for As#h%le'$

Perhaps you have a superlative example of the grouchiest sailor you ever served with back in the day. If you tell yours, Caruso may us tell his. Most sailors who had grouchy or mean tendencies were systematically de-selected by various pre-submarine screening methods. M.E. never knew a chronic grouch or mean sailor among submariners he met (including more than a few drunks).

Submarines are always silent and strange.



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