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Author's profile photo Jim Spath

The Grump Is Dead. Long Live The Grump!

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 – “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]

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      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      Well, maybe so.  I took the test and I am Sleepy, which is really quite accurate.
      Jim, I know we can rely on you to provide us with many more informative and entertaining blogs in the future.  Any thoughts about taking up geo-caching?
      Author's profile photo Jim Spath
      Jim Spath
      Blog Post Author
      Geo-caching?  Bah.  Humbug.  Old school orienteering with paper map and compass.  //JES
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I'm not sure if I can see you as a "new" grumpy...I mean...You're not as mean as Eddy (Just kidding LOL)...Jokes apart, I think you can do a great job...I love your blog writing style, so you got all my support! Go ahead man! Let's grump SCN!!!

      You know,I have been called by some "The Grumpy Young Man"...I not sure if I deserve that title, but it's fun -;)


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Jim,

      I smiled heartily reading your blog.
      It reminded me of Robert Frost's lines:
      "If it is done with outer seriousness,it must be with inner humour;
      If it is with outer humour, it must be with inner seriousness.
      Neither one alone without the other under it will do..."
      Rolf P Lynton ends his book with the above lines, adding,"Put together,they produce tunes on the blue guitor"

      That is the reason I think I was able to smile.
      Whether you are grumpy or not your writings are toneful; that is what matters.

      I read Eddy's blog recently on abandoned children. I swallowed emptily and realized my throat was dry. And that is how the Grumpy man Lives Long, may be.

      His departure though taken lightly out wardly, he is leaving some of us to think deeply about his views, I feel.

      Sam Anbazhagan

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Nope.  There is and always will be only one Eddydc, the grumpy old man.  But I'm sure you(we) can invent your unique identity here if you haven't already.  Feisty? Productive? (vast content creation) Provocative?  Telekinetic (you seemed to be in all rooms at all times in a number of events I participated in this past year).
      So let's leave the indelible just the way it was and should be.
      Okay, Feisty, Telekinetic, Provacative and Productive Jim?
      Author's profile photo Jim Spath
      Jim Spath
      Blog Post Author
      I'm going for one of the dwarfs in "The New Grumpy Workshop" as homage to Norm Abrams (see A tale of two pegs)

      Still, one can aim to rant with the best.


      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      But you must give our readers more hints and background.  I needed to do a bit of link detective work to read your peg blog, understand the Norm Abrams references and the new Yankee Workshop.
      Still am scratching my head to see the connection between that and grumpy.  But maybe that is because I am a bit too Dopey .
      Author's profile photo Jim Spath
      Jim Spath
      Blog Post Author
      Let's see. The first clue is simple wordplay between Grumpy _Old_ Man and _New_ Grumpy.  I'm not the old Grumpy, I'm just another one.  Yes, it takes חֻצְפָּה to claim to be like Eddy, but hey.
      Second, a grumpy dwarf is like a troll, which in internet slang is one who lobs ideas out for the sheer joy of watching the ensuing havoc.  I've been accused of that.  I have a tendency to not close open problem tickets because I'm just not satisfied with the answer.
      Third, it's subtle product placement.  Among the sponsors of Norm's 'The New Yankee Workshop' are Delta and Porter-Cable, two brands which my company acquired a few years ago.  That led to Norm Abrams visiting our offices, specifically our woodworking training area, where I met him, got his autograph, and got the picture you saw.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      this reminds me of a movie which I present as a trivia for you out there:

          I'm Grumpy of Belgium!
      VICTIM #1:
          Eh, I'm Grumpy!
      MR. BIG NOSE:
          I'm Grumpy!
      VICTIM #2:
          Look, I'm Grumpy!
          I'm Grumpy!
          I'm Grumpy!
          I'm Grumpy, and so's my wife!
          I'm Grumpy! I'm Grumpy!...
          I'm Grumpy of Belgium!
          All right. Take him away and release him.
      MR. CHEEKY:
          No, I'm only joking. I'm not really Grumpy. No, I'm not Grumpy. I was only-- It was a joke. I'm only pulling your leg! It's a joke! I'm not him! I'm just having you on! Put me back! Bloody Romans! Can't take a joke!

      Author's profile photo Jon Reed
      Jon Reed
      Personally I think grouchiness is highly underrated. Nothing gets under my skin like an overly cheerful "morning person" or a super slick marketing executive who won't take "yes, but" for an answer.

      Jim, I applaud you for your willingness to step into some large shoes, but more importantly, to set the kind of honest, no-b.s. tone that to me is the best this community has to offer.

      Dwelling on the negative is never good, but a caustic and humorous analysis of the current predicament is necessary to find the right solution. This is true inside and outside of SAP but it's certainly true inside of SAP. I'll be reading your stuff so count me amongst those who enjoy a little grumpiness in their reading material!

      - Jon Reed-