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About middleagecranky

The Middle-Age Cranky blog is written by baby boomer Howard Baldwin, who finds the world, while occasionally wondrous, increasingly aggravating.

Farewell, My Lovely Mustang

When men look back on selling their beloved sporty convertibles, it’s almost always with regret. Even being painfully aware of those stories, I sold my 1989 Mustang convertible this week. It was time. I loved that car. It symbolized so … Continue reading

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Ticking Down My Nine Lives

Sometimes I wonder if I was a cat in a former life. I love cats. I like sitting up high and looking out windows. There are times in my life when I would purr if I could. Case in point: … Continue reading

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Regrets, I’ve Had A Few

The hullaballoo over the first inaugural song for our newly crowned (because I’m still not convinced he was really elected) President got me thinking about one of the more wistful lines of “My Way”: “Regrets, I’ve had a few.” Actually, … Continue reading

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No Such Thing As An Overnight Failure

The cry goes up, as Macy’s and Sears announce plans to close even more stores, what hath Amazon wrought? To which I answer, “Not a thing.” A couple of stories from my distant past: No. 1: There was a Sears … Continue reading

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The Cat Who Left For Christmas

The nights have been bitterly cold here since last Saturday, the day our cat Zachary disappeared. He has long, silky, gray hair, and he’s smart enough to find someplace cozy, but still, he’s gone and we grieve. Especially since his … Continue reading

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Hope For The Holidays

  The holiday cards are already starting to arrive, which is really embarrassing given that we just ordered ours a week ago. Our big news, of course, is that we both retired this year, which I thought wouldn’t be surpassed … Continue reading

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Seven Reasons Why What Happened Last Tuesday Could Be Wonderful

With great power comes great responsibility. Now that the Republicans control all three branches of government, they have no excuses for not pursuing their economic agenda. Since it’s by no means clear how they’re going to bring manufacturing jobs back … Continue reading

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