How to become a curmudgeon

. is the crux of her point.

So, um, who decides what belongs in production?

I generally like her essays but this has a weird senseless negative tone to it.

Look. I get it. We’ve all come across bozos. A lot of these bozos aren’t the derpy clowns we (hope? wish?) they would be. No – they’re usually very confident, very aggressive, and very very goal oriented. Yes it’s absolutely infuriating watching them somehow gain the confidence of the C-level folks, obtain a lot of resources, and burn everything to the ground all while claiming plausible deniability. Wishing that they’d get filtered out by the hiring process is .

The real culprit is your director of engineering. That person is making terrible decisions but is so good at avoiding accountability that you place your blame on the bozo. Hot take: if your company keeps hiring bozos then your executives are doo-doo. Leave the company. Oh, you can’t because you’re making 300k base + 2 years away from 800k in RSUs? Congrats. You’re part of the problem (it’s not your fault).

The same reason why you won’t leave your company is the same reason Mr. Bozo gets a crack at “innovating” at that same company.

People like Rachael (who obviously love this work at their very core) are doomed to end up a jaded curmudgeon unless they 1) start their own company 2) join a tiny company. Big tech is hell. Make your money and GTFO.

Absolutely correct. This reflects perfectly with my professional career. In the early 2000s I worked at a place which started hiring “bozos” in frightening rate. They killed an internal project for CMS (I was the PM) and proceed to hire external agency for content management, because – “Nobody of our clients is willing to do this complicated technical stuff”.

After a heated “debate” with the “bozos”, management and CEO of the company, I quitted my well payed job. I created my own company and hired all of my team. For the next 10 years most of my ex company clients came to me by simple word of mouth marketing.

Thanks for summarizing my biggest gripe with my current employer so clearly! It is going on, and all the senior all the engineers see it and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Only make sure you stay away from whatever these bozo’s fancy, as someone will have to clean up or take the blame when everything falls apart.

Anyone know an alternative GTFO? After a few years of complain/ignore/avoid if feel that is my only option.

> Look Mr. C-level, I built this amazing tool. Look at the graphs it produces. It allows _the_ user to customize parameters, track new things, and basically makes unicorns excrete rainbows.

> OMG, I don’t know the first thing about how computers work, but I love colorful pictures and unicorns. You are amazing. And, this is the first time you tried this stuff?

> Yes, but these jerks over there, they won’t put it on the web! They say it is insecure, risks revealing confidential data to the whole world, and can be used to infiltrate the company network.

> But these are the best colorful pictures I’ve seen. Off with their heads!

> Look Mr. C-level, I built this amazing tool that makes unicorns excrete rainbows. It is a PoC built in my own time cause I don’t have time/money or a project.

> Wow, great! We need this, it fit right into our strategy for Digital! Just go talk to Mr. Bozo, our head of Digital Innovation Strategy Management.

> O, so you have an idea and want budget. Please write a two page memo describing how you can add value, who the internal client will be. Make sure you get steering council approval too and approval from our CISO. If you succeed I will present this to the board as something cool I am personally responsible for! O, and please ask the internal clients for funding, cause you are providing value right? They will be happy to put you in their year plan. The plans for 2022 have already been sent to the board for approval, but this can be the first thing for 2023! In the meantime I will buy an off the shelf solution with and pay a fortune to let them customize it so it doesn’t work anymore. Before anyone realizes what a waste of money that was I’ll be long gone, haha. Off to the sky box, they invited me to come watch the Super Bowl again.

> It is a PoC built in my own time cause I don’t have time/money or a project.

That sounds like a complain, which might motivate others not to listen to you 😉

How to become a curmudgeon

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. ( — The Premiere Playhouse opens A Christmas Carol beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 2 at the Orpheum Theatre.

The script by Crispin Whittell of the Guthrie Theater is a new take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale.

The Premiere Playhouse was formerly the Sioux Empire Community Theatre.

Tickers for the performances are available at the Washington Pavilion Box Office.

Below is the news release from the Premier Playhouse.

Sioux Falls, SD…. The Premiere Playhouse’s production of A Christmas Carol opens Thursday, December 2 nd , 7pm at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Sioux Falls.

This timeless holiday classic, written by Charles Dickens over 177 years ago and published on December 14, 1843, continues to inspire and challenge humankind to use our time wisely.

With a licensed script used by the Guthrie Theater, written by Crispin Whittell, this adaptation is particularly creative and charged with emotion, a bit of comedy, frighteningly dark, and ultimately joyous.

The Premiere Playhouse, formerly known as the Sioux Empire Community Theatre, has made a substantial investment in the design and construction of Broadway-esque set, professionally crafted period costumes, and has assembled an exceptionally talented cast and crew drawn from the Sioux Empire community. With state-of-the-art special effects and a theater adorned in Dickensian decoration, both inside and out, audiences will enter into the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly curmudgeon and witness his transformation.

The Premiere Playhouse is excited to bring you this inaugural performance of Crispin Whittle’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol and hopes it will become a “must see” holiday tradition for years to come.

Tickets are on sale, $30 for adults, $15 for students and are available online at the Washington Pavilion Box Office: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The Legacy Theatre in Branford presents ‘A Christmas Carol” until Dec. 12.

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The Legacy Theatre in Branford presents ‘A Christmas Carol” until Dec. 12.

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The Legacy Theatre in Branford presents ‘A Christmas Carol” until Dec. 12.

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The Legacy Theatre in Branford presents ‘A Christmas Carol” until Dec. 12.

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What would the Christmas holiday be without a visit with that cranky cheapskate curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge? Luckily the Legacy Theatre in Branford has opportunities galore for the magical and musical encounter until Sunday, December 12 with James Andreassi doing the honors as that Bah Humbug Master of the Miserly Scrooge himself. It is exactly seven years since his business partner Jacob Marley has left this earth and Jacob is back with a mortal warning for his old colleague: repent your stingy ways or else. Marley knows all-too-well the punishment that could be Scrooge’s as he himself has suffered.

Scrooge is fated to encounter a trio of ghosts who will make him review the choices he has made in life to date, how he abandoned his love Belle for his greater desire for wealth, how he neglected family like his sister Fan and nephew Fred and how he refused to be charitable or to celebrate Christmas.

On a creative set designed by Jamie Burnett, with period costumes by June Gold, much original music by director Keely Baisden Knudsen and musical director David Bell, we are invited into Scrooge’s narrow world and are privileged to watch it expand into a genuine appreciation for love and life as Scrooge repents his penurious ways and transforms himself into a grateful and giving man.

Helping him along the way with song and dance and ghostly hauntings are Keely Baisden Knudsen, Chris Lemieux, Josiah Rowe, Emmett Cassidy,

Betzabeth Castro, Kiersten Bjork, Emery Knudsen and Liviana Knudsen. This traditional tale has been adapted creatively by Keely Baisden Knudsen from the novella by Charles Dickens.

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For tickets ($ 60), call the Legacy box office, Stony Creek, Branford at 203-315-1901 or online at [email protected] Performances are

Wednesday at 2 pm and 7 pm, Thursday at 2 pm and 7 pm, Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm and Sunday at 2pm. Remember your masks.

Come early to be serenaded by The Royal Court Singers and enter the lovely holiday spirit of the performance. There is no Bah Humbug tolerated here.

How to become a curmudgeon

Mt Garfield (4500′) is a 4000 footer on the famous Pemigewasset Loop. Located just north of Mt Lafayette, it is blessed with a fantastic view of the Twins, the Bonds, Owlshead Mountain, Franconia Ridge, and countless other peaks. Unfortunately, the summit was completely socked in when my friends and I reached the old fire tower foundations on top of the peak, but it was a lovely autumn hike in winter conditions (Dec 5), just the same.

Route Plan – out and back

  • Gale River Loop Road (gate closed for winter) – 1.2 miles
  • Garfield Trail 4.8 miles
  • Garfield Ridge Trail 0.2 miles

Autumn! Huh? That looks like winter to me! Yes, we’re having one of those autumns where we’re having to contend with winter trail conditions a few weeks early, but it’s all good fun just the same. While there is snow on the trails, there isn’t a whole LOT of snow and it’s still relatively mild temperature-wise, except on the days when it’s not.

While the hike out to Mt Garfield is a bit long, it’s actually fairly moderate, gaining 2800′ of elevation fairly gradually, without a lot of steep climbs along the way. The trail follows the route of an old logging road which gradually narrows as you get higher, but there isn’t a huge amount of rock scrambling required along its length. While there are a few small stream crossings near the start, they are easily crossed with microspikes. The trail meets the Garfield Ridge Trail 0.2 miles below the summit, where you can put on a hard shell, more insulation, or a face mask for the final 250′ climb to the open summit.

How to become a curmudgeon

Philip before the final summit push – photo courtesy Ken Robichaud

Except for a somewhat heavier backpack, winter hiking is a lot easier than three-season hiking in New Hampshire, because the snow fills all the holes between the rocks that you usually have to pussyfoot through. When packed down, the trails are basically flat, so you can shuffle along without having to use the larger muscles in your legs to take big steps. You still have to climb the same elevation, but the pace is a bit slower than in the warmer months, and coming down is much faster and less strenuous.

This hike was kind of special for me because I met some old friends and made a new one along the way. The hard-core hiking community is still small enough in the White Mountains that it’s common to run into old friends or friends of friends at trailheads and on the trail. I ran into my old friends Barb, Alan, and their daughter Hannah at the trailhead as we were packing up to leave which was a very pleasant surprise. I don’t think I’ve seen them for five years so it was great to reconnect. We hiked a lot of the Trailwrights 72 bushwhacks together back in the day, including Southwest Twin and Northwest Hancock.

How to become a curmudgeon

Lew Dow and Karen Robichaud at the Garfield Ridge Trail Junction – courtesy Ken Robichaud

I also met Lew Dow at the trailhead, who’s friends with many of my friends, and a very experienced on-trail and off-trail hiker. He’s friends with Ken and Karen, my frequent companions this autumn, and we all hiked together for the day. It was fun talking to Lew about his bushwhacking escapades in Maine and his experiences with our many mutual friends.

I was able to hike most of this route without any winter traction although I did put on a pair of microspikes for the final climb to the summit ledges and the stream crossings when they were helpful for hiking over ice-covered rocks. We skipped carrying snowshoes for this one based on beta from a recent trip report on New England Trail Conditions. We’d carried them earlier in the week on a hike out to Mt Isolation and hadn’t needed them either. One of these days though, they’ll become essential.

How to become a curmudgeon

The lower stream crossings were partially bridged with ice and easy to cross.

The hike up to the Garfield Ridge Trail junction was very straightforward. We stopped a few times to layer up or down, eat, and drink. A few other hikers passed us going up and down, all hiking solo. I’d be perfectly comfortable hiking this trail alone in winter if it was already broken out, and have in the past, in part because it’s pretty well-traveled, and because I carry enough extra insulation and survival gear to survive the night if I have an accident and need to hole up.

We often encounter hikers with very small packs or even just hydration vests and wonder if they really understand just how dangerous the winter Whites can be if you’re not properly equipped and self-sufficient. You can take the ultralight trail running mantra just so far…or maybe I’m just an old-school curmudgeon who reads too many SAR accident reports. I don’t carry a huge amount of extras when I’m alone, but just enough to survive an uncomfortable night out (foam pad, insulated pants, puffy jacket, sometimes a sleeping bag and bivy bag, etc.) That extra insulation also helps keep my water hot longer and from freezing.

How to become a curmudgeon

The Garfield Trail narrows as you climb higher.

Garfield is a great destination for newer winter hikers once you have a number of winter 4000 footers under your belt and want to try a peak that has some above-treeline exposure. There are only about 50 yards between the open summit and protective vegetation making it a good place to practice wearing a balaclava and ski mask when the wind is up. The winds were calm for our hike, so we skipped wearing them, but I’ve been up there in the past when full face protection is required.

How to become a curmudgeon

Mt Garfield (right) and Franconia Ridge

When the skies are clear, the winter views from Garfield are also hard to beat.

This is a re-designed version of the original Trim Doctor.

After years of searching the world for just the right case trimmer without success, our ballistic technicians demanded that BPI make this convenient and necessary tool. A threaded adjustment gauge in the Trim Doctor II holds shells in alignment to produce a clean and crimpable edge. The Trim Doctor II is designed to remove 1/4″ at a time (about the same as full fold crimp): 3″ shells become 2-3/4″, 2-3/4″ become 2-1/2″. Two full cuts on a 10 gauge shell produce a 2-7/8″ shell. Select the gauge of your new Trim Doctor II; it comes with one gauge adaptor bushing and the new trim plug.

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Handloaders who have previously purchased the older versions of the Trim Doctor can easily upgrade their tool by purchasing the new Trim Plugs.

As a shell disassembly tool, the Trim Doctor works on any gauge, 10ga through .410. Just remove the threaded guide, insert loaded shell into opening and gently turn the shell while applying slight pressure to the blade guide. The top of shell will pop off cleanly after a few turns.

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A mean-spirited person is one whose natural impulse is to cause harm or trouble for others. We are all mean-spirited at times, but this article will focus upon those whose personalities are characterized the majority of the time by hateful, rude, or spiteful behavior. The fictional curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge, prior to his Christmas transformation, is a good example of a mean-spirited person in A Christmas Carol.

Mean-spiritedness is part of our fallen sinful nature (Romans 3:10, 23; 8:5). We are born selfish with a desire to gratify ourselves at any expense. Depending upon the effectiveness of our early training, we may learn more socially acceptable ways of interacting with others, but we can still behave in hateful, mean-spirited ways due to the inability to control our own evil tendencies (Romans 7:14–20). Mean-spirited people are not pleasant to be around, so we learn to curb some of those selfish impulses in order to be more popular. However, there are some who don’t care what anyone thinks, and they keep their mean-spirited actions on public display.

The Bible has a lot to say about being mean-spirited and the fact that it dominates the lives of many who reject God. Jesus offers a makeover for us when we give our lives to Him. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” One of those “old things” that are passed away is our mean-spirited nature. Jesus spent much of His earthly ministry talking about a new way of conducting ourselves. Matthew 5 includes a list of character traits that God finds desirable in us. Verses 5–12 are known as the Beatitudes, and they highlight the behaviors that should characterize followers of Christ.

Christlike living is in direct opposition to a mean spirit. To highlight some differences:

• Our mean spirit wants to get revenge; Jesus says to forgive (Matthew 6:14–15).
• Our mean spirit wants to exalt itself; Jesus says to seek humility (Matthew 23:12).
• Our mean spirit wants to be first; Jesus says we are blessed if we choose to be last (Mark 9:35).
• Our mean spirit wants to fight; Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9).
• Our mean spirit wants to gossip; the Bible says to guard our mouths (Proverbs 13:3).
• Our mean spirit is rude; Jesus says our speech should be gracious (Colossians 4:6).

A mean-spirited person is living opposite of what the Bible teaches. Often, the reason a person remains mean-spirited is because he does not know how to live otherwise. It may feel natural to be rude and hostile if one was raised in a rude and hostile environment. But to meet Jesus is to enter a new world, one in which it is impossible to live without His Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20). When we allow the Holy Spirit free rein in our lives, He can transform even the most mean-spirited person into a Spirit-filled disciple.

While state legislators are in town for their special session this week, they have a chance to step back in time and explore one of the most interesting and important chapters of Florida political history — the epic struggle over the Equal Rights Amendment.

The Museum of Florida History has a free public presentation set for 6 p.m. on Thursday featuring FSU history professor Jennifer Koslow, as part of the Museum’s “Beyond the Vote” exhibit. Koslow, a supporter of the ERA, believes its failure of ratification was due to a combination of factors leading to a conservative political trend that overtook the measure in the 1970s.

For those who’ve forgotten, or are too young to remember the ERA, it stated, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

That seemed simple enough when Congress sent the resolution to the states nearly 50 years ago, but it quickly became a liberal-conservative flashpoint at a time feminism was gaining strength nationally and the religious right was getting revved up into what would become the Reagan revolution.

“To make gender a protected class would have put it on the same level as religion, race and nationality, things that are in the Constitution,” Koslow told an interviewer. She said some gains have been made by statute, as in employment and education opportunities, but laws and federal regulations can be changed far easier than the Constitution.

The ERA raced through nearly two-dozen states when Congress passed it in 1972 but it hit a snag in Tallahassee. The state had a requirement that an election must intervene between submission of an amendment and a legislative vote on it. The House backed the ERA but, when the point was raised in the Senate, it was postponed until after the next election — sponsors still blissfully confident it would pass.

Delaying past the 1972 elections gave opponents time to whip up some impassioned (to put it mildly) arguments against it. Women wearing octagonal “Stop ERA” badges, like stop signs, converged on the Capital to warn that if the amendment were adopted, it would wipe out divorce protections, forbid separate public toilets, force drafted women into combat roles, legalize same-sex marriage and maybe even add to air pollution with the smoke of burning brassieres.

More serious critics argued that equality could be attained through legislation, not an amendment. One oft-quoted dictum among conservatives went, “If it is not necessary to amend the Constitution, it is necessary not to amend the Constitution.”

Some anti-ERA lawmakers proudly flaunted their sexism. One Broward County representative became such a hero of the Stop ERA crowd, he carried a little stuffed pig everywhere he went (as in “male, chauvinist …”) Women fighting the amendment brought legislators loaves of bread with notes that said, “From the bread bakers to the bread makers, thank you for keeping us GIRLS.”

To annoy the feminists, female opponents made a point of testifying as “Mrs. John Smith,” rather than using their given names, and many prefaced their testimony by thanking their husbands for allowing them to travel to the Capitol.

The other side brought actors Marlo Thomas and Alan Alda to address legislators and had First Lady Betty Ford phone state senators in support of the amendment. Gov. Reubin Askew and Attorney General Bob Shevin, both lawyers, couldn’t persuade enough fellow Democrats to move the amendment.

Koslow said the late Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative Alton, Ill., activist, mounted the national mass-mailing and grassroots organizing campaign that killed the amendment. Congress had set a seven-year deadline for ratification and extended it more than two years, but only 35 state legislatures voted for the ERA — three short of adoption.

Recently Illinois, Nevada and Virginia have added their ratifications. Democrats in Congress have tried to repeal the ratification deadline, which passed in 1982, but there is not much chance of the Senate going along with that.

And even if the belated ratifications were recognized, the courts would have to deal with the votes of five state legislatures which rescinded their pro-ERA votes while the ratification period was still current.

ERA supporters had their own lapel buttons 50 years ago, saying, “ERA won’t go away.” Probably not, but there’s not much chance of reviving it in today’s political climate.