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I'm Grumpy?

Friday, December 3, 2004

A couple days ago, my editor at Packt sent me an email and described my blogging as “grumpy”.

Wow! I never thought of myself as a grumpy type. I took an informal poll among co-workers and 3 out of 3 people said I did not fall into the grumpy category.

The next day at work, the CEO came in and announced the need for a “get on the same page” type of meeting. The meeting time was 12 noon, and he ordered food to be delivered. The food, he explained (while looking directly at me), was because “some of you get grumpy when you’re hungry”.

Wow! Two accusations of grumpiness in as many days. Sure, my demeanor might change a bit when I am hungry – but it’s just the survival instincts I inherited from my Paleolithic ancestors who killed bison with their bare hands and ate the raw meat.

In the future I plan to start making some very subtle changes in my blog posts. Sometimes just tweaking the environment slightly can dramatically change perceptions. Hopefully you’ll come away with a smile on your face, and not feel you’ve been listening to the rantings of a grump on a soapbox.

haacked@yahoo.com (haacked) Friday, December 3, 2004
Your blog suddenly seems less grumpy. Idon't know what it is...
Andy Friday, December 3, 2004
I've never thought you were grumpy. Humorous more often than not but grumpy??? Where did they get that from?
Hassan Voyeau Friday, December 3, 2004
I just started reading this blog. I like less grumpy.
Darrell Friday, December 3, 2004
Adding picutres of cute little animals will definitely make you seem not so grumpy. :)
<br>Of course, calling a meeting during lunch makes me grumpy. Add on the fact that the company usually doesn't let you go home any earlier even though they sucked up your lunch hour in return for a $5 sandwich, and I'm feeling grumpier.
Jeremy Saturday, December 4, 2004
You're so not grumpy at all. I think you just have issues with certain things like software or programming and you make your thoughts known. They may be a more negative semi-grumpy-esque tone but you're definately not grumpy.
<br>That picture almost made me think you weren't grumpy then I thought what they DO to baby seals. You lost points on that one my friend.
Scott Allen Saturday, December 4, 2004
Ah, man, Jeremy. I knew I should have gone with the puppy dog picture I found!
<br>Lunch meetings never go well do they I usually end up wearing more food than usual.
<br>I don't know how the grumpy thing got started, but it seemed to be snowballing for a while.
Bill Monday, December 6, 2004
You're not grumpy - no worries ;-)
Milan Negovan Monday, December 6, 2004
I don't think your tone is grumpy. It feels just fine---constructive criticism.
<br>I prefer to think about it this way: there are plenty of people out there singing praise. I don't think euphoric praise helps as much as constructive criticism, which is why at times I get grumpy (http://aspnetresources.com/blog/too_much_noise.aspx) and VERY grumpy (http://aspnetresources.com/blog/VSNETGotchas.aspx) and I do it for a reason: to give people a wake-up call. Especially, Microsoft people. :)
<br>Keep it up! I'm lovin' your blog.
Milan Negovan Monday, December 6, 2004
Oh, about those &quot;get on the same page&quot; meetings... This comes to mind: http://despair.com/idiocy.html
Man Sunday, September 24, 2006
I just started reading this blog. I like less grumpy.

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