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Post 1

~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum

The lady who wants to oppress the grumpy, the serious minded, the grieving and anyone else who's not having 'a nice day', puts me in mind of the old B&W TV series 'The Prisoner' where anything less than a smile was frowned upon grievously. LOL.

As Homer Simspon said in his parody of the Prisoner, "I am not a number. I am... What? - *looks at badge number* - Five? Five! Ho-Ho! In your face Six!"

Be seeing you,
~jwf~


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Post 2

spimcoot

We have a tea lady at work who calls herself the 'trolley dolly' though I call her 'troll' for short. I've hated her from the first for her enforced jollity; turns out I was right: she's a bitch. Perhaps we could launch a grump in. Daresay it'd end in far better spirits than it starts.

Rover, fetch!


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Post 3

J. B. Yoder

I'm sorry to say that, as a lifelong American, I'm really very surprised by this 'Grump Out.' It seems as though the US has completely sold out to the idea that treating symptoms is synonymous with treating diseases. Examples: locking up (or executing) criminals instead of rehabilitating them and fighting the root cause of crime (poverty); taking antidepressants instead of changing lifestyles; bombing third-world nations rather than pursuing foreign policies that might remove the motivations behind terrorism; and, in the case of the 'Grump Out,' forcing people to pretend to be happy rather than actually making them happier. Do other nations try this sort of thing, too? I rather hope not.

JBY


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Post 4

J. B. Yoder

Whoops. Pardon my typing. I meant to say, in that first sentence, that I'm *not* very surprised by the 'Grump Out.'

JBY


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Post 5

Researcher 185550

Reminds me that in some parts of Austalia, if you're unhappy you're advised to see a doctor.

Forcing people to be cheerful just makes them grumpy. Fining them won't help.


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Post 6

~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum

And bombing them them just makes them boycott KFC and smash the windows at the golden arches.
smiley - devil
jwf


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Post 7

Ormondroyd

Perhaps we should start a new h2g2 club - the Grumps Liberation Front? smiley - sadfacesmiley - grr


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Post 8

Researcher 185550

Stand up for your right to be annoyed! After all, fining someone for being grumpy is repression of the freedom of thought.


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Post 9

Researcher 185550

Sorry do I mean repression or suppression, or one of those other words ending in -sion? But it isn't right, anyway. smiley - grr


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Post 10

Britwannabe {......... }

I am not a grumpy! Nickname at work=little ball of hate


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Post 11

Ormondroyd

smiley - laugh W**k has that effect on me too! smiley - bigeyes


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Post 12

Researcher 185550

Actually I find the main effect is afterwards, when you just don't want to look at anything or anyone or answer any questions whatsoever.


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Post 13

~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum

Wow, sounds like you're into some pretty intense and stressful employment there Roadkill. I only ever felt that way when I was a rock and roll radio disc-jockey or in later years when ever I was on stage in a play. Those can really take it out of you and after hours of 'talking' to people and keeping up an appearance, one doesn't have much left to give. Most 'performers' are the same way.

Is it a job where you have to deal with people directly? Like sales or some sort of public service? Anyway, a job is supposed to be a way to earn a living and it shouldn't take over your life. You might want to consider a career change if you think things won't improve soon.

peace
jwf


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Post 14

Researcher 185550

Sound advice smiley - ok. But at the moment I'd quite like to be grumpy, so that I can fight the forces of forced happiness and claim I'm not represented.


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Post 15

~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum

smiley - laugh
And here's me thinking you're in Dire Straights.

peace
jwf


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Post 16

Ormondroyd

Say it loud, I'm smiley - cross and I'm proud! smiley - ok


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Post 17

Researcher 185550

That would make a very good slogan when combined with . and smiley - grrs on either side of it.


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Post 18

J. B. Yoder

I could go for that. Are we the Grumps Liberation Front, then, or shall we try to work up a clever acronym? First suggestions: People United in Defence of Depression, Irritability, and Natural Grumpiness (P.U.D.D.I.N.G.), Organisation Supporting Crabbiness and Anger Rights (O.S.C.A.R.), or Grouches Rejecting Regimented Happiness (G.R.R.H.). I'm afraid that's the best I can do at 1:18 in the morning.

JBYsmiley - sleepy


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Post 19

Researcher 185550

I d'no. The Grumps Liberation Front, whilst it has a nicer ring to it, does sound kinda paramilitary.


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Post 20

Ormondroyd

smiley - laugh I'm all for P.U.D.D.I.N.G.! smiley - flan Brilliant idea, JBY! smiley - biggrin


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