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    Stephen C. Daukas, B.S.E., M.Sc., CSM
    Solutions Architect, Project Manager, Certified ScrumMaster,
    Engineer, Geoscientist, Meterologist, & Lemonade Maker
      American Association for the Advancement of Science
      American Meteorology Society
      American Geophysical Union
      American Institute of Physics
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      Analyst - Technology & Project Manager
      Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
      Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
      Bureau of Resource Protection

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Wanted to compare Bushkill Falls to the ancient waterfall on the CT river located at Barton Cove
"Out & About in the Delaware Water Gap"

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Curmudgeon

A curmudgeon's reputation for malevolence is undeserved.  They're neither warped nor evil at heart.
They don't hate mankind, just mankind's absurdities.  They're just as sensitive and soft-hearted as
the next guy, but they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy.  They ease the pain by
turning hurt into humor.  They attack maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment.  Nature,
having failed to equip them with a servicable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute
perception and sly wit.

Curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather than a disease.
They can't compromise their standards and can't manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for
feigned cheerfulness.  Their awareness is a curse.

Perhaps curmudgeons have gotten a bad rap in the same way that the messenger is blamed for the
message:  They have the temerity to comment on the human condition without apology.  They not only
refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee.  Their versions of the truth unsettle us,
and we hold it against them, even though they soften it with humor.