Some time ago someone suggested that I was an “Opinionated Old Bastard”. After much deliberation I decided that it might ( I repeat might ) be true. Having retired at 70 years of age when I sold my business. I went from 12 hours a day 7 days a week to not very much over night. This had a strange effect on me. I was the managing Director of a small business with a handful of employees. My employees all listened to me but now post retirement even my wife often ignores me.
There is lots of us around
Yes there is a lot of cranky opinionated old bastards around and I think I can explain why. People go through life with great expectations . When people, and I am talking mostly about men arrive at retirement there can be a big void. If when a person was 30 they aspired to be a big fish in a big pond and when they retire they are a minnow in a very small pond it can cause resentment. This of course often manifests itself as a cranky opinionated old bastard.
Cranky Opinionated Old Bastards on the Internet
The place to find a group of cranky opinionated old bastards is on the Internet. However many blogs / Facebook pages are now heavily moderated and the best of us have been banned ( me not included ) but if you follow a blog such as grey nomads for a few days you will see some of our group in action. Post an innocent question like “how to determine the weight of your caravan”. The result will amaze you as you will have just started a huge argument with many cranky opinionated old bastards desperate to be relevant voicing their opinions and often ranting about a subject not even relevant to the question.
Writing a Blog could be a solution
I am trying to use my pent up frustration and my cranky opinionated old bastardry in this Blog. Writing my own blog I get to dish out my opinion to all and sundry without fear of counter argument. When some one makes a comment I dont like it I simply delete it. However the down side is at 72 the brain does not work as well as it did. No matter how easy the WordPress set up is sometimes it seems to me to be in a different language. Enter me as a Carnky Opinionated Old Bastard AGAIN !