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A Curmudgeon’s Trek Through Life:
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Stuff Learned Along The Way.

Why This Blog? I have lived a long, winding, mildly off-center life so far. Being a mildly off-center guy, I chose to morph into a curmudgeon. On a broad scale most of us go through a variety of stages in life. Somewhere in this blog, I’ll discuss these stages of those who choose to lead a life that is productive, loving, and avoids harming others. Even though that’s not a high standard to reach, many are too self-centered to bother. I trie...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 1
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Suffer the little ones to come to me…Jesus

Reminiscing, Ruminating, on Getting Started
December 1, 1934. Tough times in Waterville, Minnesota. A blizzard was under way, the Great Depression was on, my mother was ready to deliver her first kid, and the hospital was in Waseca…12 miles away.
The kid was me. The highways were closed so my parents best alternative was to go to my grandmother’s home three blocks away. Water came from the hand pump in the kitchen, it was...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 2
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When You Peak Out, Move Out…Anon

Dad was raised on a farm near Le Center, Minnesota. Mom was raised on a farm in nearby Kilkenny. Their skill sets were diverse, as farm kids were in those days, milking cows, canning, sewing, fixing broken stuff, making things from scratch, schooling, hunting, fishing, farm chores, and way more. But their diverse, useful skill sets were not in short supply. A lot of farm kids needed to find jobs with weekly pay during the Great Depression and ...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 3
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"Go West young man, go west,” first used by John Babsone Lane Soule

in the Terre Haute Express in 1851…

It appealed to Horace Greeley who rephrased it the New York Tribune in 1865 to:

"Go West young man, and grow up with the country."


I doubt if Dad knew or cared who said “Go West…” But he and Mom decided to do just that… sort of. They sold what stuff they didn’t want to keep or haul all that way, Dad traded his truck fo...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 4
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To here…A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 4

Like father, like son…


Rabbit trail alarm… but ‘Yes’ there’s a point. Rrabbit trails will be interspersed among the chronological blogs…They are triggered by events of import, events that are day-to-day things of intetest, and notions that hit me from time to time.

Like father, like son. The triggering event for this rabbit trail came when another member of a history group I belong to...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 5
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We went West before the war broke out…it was another war to end all wars…costly, a bit more effective than the others, but, in the long run it didn’t change human nature…


We finally finished our transition from a slowly recovering Midwest to the dynamics of Southern California. We got settled and our new life began…
Los Angeles was a great place to grow up in the 40s and 50s…for a kid.
Dad had a fine job building fighter planes and bombers as a wa...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 6
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The big picture a nation that rationed…But that was the ‘greatest generation’…they differed from most Americans today…Then we all (nearly all) went to war; kids to geezers…


What was life like for kids in Southern California from 1941 to 1945? As I noted before, Los Angeles was a great place to grow up in the 40s and 50s…for a kid.
This whole notion of living in the big city as it was getting on a war footing was new. For me it these were current events....Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, X
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We went West before the war broke out…it was another war to end all wars…costly, a bit more effective than the others, but, in the long run it didn’t change human nature…


We finally finished our transition from a slowly recovering Midwest to the dynamics of Southern California. We got settled and our new life began…
Los Angeles was a great place to grow up in the 40s and 50s…for a kid.
Dad had a fine job building fighter planes and bombers as a wa...Read More

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