Recently. Eddy De Clercq announced his voluntary retirement from SDN.
To which I say, “The Grump is dead. Long live the Grump.”
(For those less literal minded, see wikipedia – The King is dead. which the English stole from the French, who probably stole it from the Belgians in the first place, or was it the Flemish?)
I’m not claiming to be able to fill Eddy’s shoes as a witty, civic-minded, self-deprecating, sharp-tongued (or penned), rapscallion, but then again, the title of the movie was “Grumpy Old Men” not just one Grumpy Old Man.
Besides Eddy, my role models for this, well, role, include:
- H.L. Mencken – the sage of Baltimore; here’s a quote from him via quotations.com – “Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.”
- Dr. Suess’ The Grinch. I actually liked the mischievous Cat in the Hat much more than the depressive Grinch, but the alliteration works better here.
- Oscar the Grouch, from Sesame Street
- Oscar, from The Odd Couple. I’m probably more like Oscar the Grouch, as is Eddy, with our interest in the trash cans or recycling containers, if you will, of the earth.
- The guy who put up the site: What Cheeses You Off. Okay, it’s Lindsay, and we share a commonality of sight hounds. But, as
- W.C. Fields said any man who hates children and dogs can’t be all bad.
- Frank Zappa – a slight connection with Baltimore; just visualize the cover of Chunga’s Revenge.
What are my qualifications for this role?
- I can be as grumpy as anyone. Ask my peers.
- Can I answer a question with another question?
- I can write.
- I’m old (per Facebook, I’m a decade older than Eddy)
- I’m male
Would you buy a used car from this man?
Last, but not least, try the Grumpy personality test – [redacted/dead link]