Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Apology for moaning ...

Just a quick blog entry to apologise for yesterday's 'moan'. Re-reading it, it seemed a bit self-indulgent but I hope that regular blog readers will realise that the actual act of writing it helped me get a feeling of melancholy out of my system.

In actual fact, after writing that entry, the day got better. True, my drive to Cheshunt in Hertfordshire to attend a meeting was worse than normal (they have just begun major road works at junction of two roads that I have to use and the traffic jam was several miles long), but the greeting and feeling of general goodwill that I got when I finally arrived there lifted my spirits and made me feel much, much better.

Aren't friends (and their support) wonderful? ... and I include all the people who have written comments in reply to yesterday's blog entry amongst that group. I may not have ever met you, but your support is – as ever – always very much appreciated.

18 comments:

  1. Bob
    Moan away! The drive to Cheshunt sounds grim - I reckon I could have got there quicker from here!

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  2. Tim Gow,

    Your are probably right! Yesterday just about every road I could have used was blocked by accidents, road works, or an 'incident' of some kind.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Bob,

    No problem about moaning--you have very valid reasons for feeling down! Having friends is, I think, sometimes the only thing that keeps us going. (That and toy soldiers, of course.)

    In that regard, I didn't mean yesterday to imply that you personally feel that a certain number of elements in a game are necessary. Sorry for the wrong impression.

    Best regards,

    Chris

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  4. Chris,

    What did Napoleon call his Old Guard? Les Grognards – the Grumblers (which is what I was really doing yesterday!)

    As far as wargaming – and teaching – are concerned, my more than forty years of 'service' in both must qualify me to be a Grognard by now.

    Family, friends, and toy soldiers keep me going through the bad days and reward me with their companionship on the good ones.

    All the best,

    Bob

    PS. I did not take the comment you made as a criticism but as a very valid point in what could be an interesting debate.

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  5. Steve,

    Having watched 'The King's Speech' and seen how George VI 'vented' his anger, I think I will stick to my grumbling; I am less likely to get banned that way!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. Moan away Bob - we all need to at times...
    Alan

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  7. Peter Douglas,

    I may well hold you to that the next time I have a moan!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. Tradgardmastare,

    If it helps reduce my stress and tension ... then I will!

    Long live Les Grognards!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. Vive les grognards! Glad today's better for you, mate.

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  10. Mad Padre,

    And it just got better!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. Moan away old chap and please accept a Stylish Blogger Award nomination

    I am sure you already have umpteen sitting on the mantelpiece

    Keep posting gripes, groans, thoughts, ideas and smiles I still need them all

    http://exiledfog.blogspot.com/2011/05/i-think-meme-is-good-stylist-blogger.html

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  12. Geordie an Exiled FoG,

    Firstly, thanks for the Award. I have had several other nominations but another one is always welcome.

    As you will see from my latest blog entry, I had some good news today ... so it sort of balanced out the bad things that have been happening of late. Hopefully, as the weeks go on – and retirement from my present job approaches – there will be fewer moans and more laughs!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  13. "Grognard" has unfortunate connotations in the wider gaming world though. It's normally applied to those of us in our mid-twenties who always complain about how the previous edition was better because.

    I have no idea who said it, but I remember seeing somewhere in the context of my WWII studies a quote to the effect of "It is the unalienable right of the enlisted man to bitch." There was also something about a good officer knowing when to listen and when NOT to listen. Wise words.

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  14. Arquinsiel,

    I must admit that I prefer the original usage of Grognard to the 'new' one.

    It has often been said that if the men are grumbling, then let them; it is when they stop that the problems start.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  15. I'm fine with it. It's mostly applied to people who've said "the new book costs HOW much?" or "I have to replace THAT MANY units for a legal list?".

    IE: those of us who know what our money and time is worth.

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  16. Arquinsiel,

    By your definition, my wife must be a 'new' Grognard as she has been heard to say things like "The new book costs HOW much?"

    All the best,

    Bob

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