As one who was born at a certain time in the mid 1900's, within what is commonly known as the 'Baby Boomer' generation, and having now attained a certain age, it is incumbent upon one to comply with the expectations of society and maintain the correct tradition, i.e. become a Grump.
This can be somewhat of a burden, as it is not all that easy to comply with this expectations on all occasions, but one does what one can and there are certain benefits (to be explained in future articles).
In order to provide evidence of compliance to the societal expectations, and outline the benefits, one has to resort to writing a blog of ones experiences and opinions. What better place to start than to outline ones experiences in ones pursuit of family history from the glorious city of Perth in Western Australia.
There are numerous pieces of circumstantial evidence, gathered over many years, that contribute to the conclusion that one comes from a long line of grumps.
So dear reader, you can enjoy the ride, or not - that decision is up to you, but one will carry on rewardless anyway.
Definition of a Grump
grump (noun) - a habitually grumpy or complaining person
grumpy (adjective) - unhappy, dissatisfied, irritable;
Synonyms: bad-tempered, bearish, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, churlish, crotchety, crabby, crabbed, cross, crusty, disagreeable, dissatisfied, fractious, grouchy, ill-humoured, ill-natured, ill-tempered, irritable, irascible, peevish, peppery, pettish, prickly, surly, short-tempered, tetchy, testy, touchy, truculent, waspish.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatsoever that it is not utterly absurd.
Indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
Bertrand Russell: Marriage and Morals, 1929