01Aug20: What’s up, Doug?


Andy’s curious. Why won’t I let him come around to the other side? 

Maybe it’s because he has “Itchy Paws” and all I need to start hyperventilating again is Andy to wipe out what little hard won progress I’ve made on the nightmare configuration issues on my new laptop and photo sharing from my smart phone.


Seems like I resolve one issue and bring up twelve more. I’m not kidding about hyperventilation! ( I hope the person who cuts my beard and hair is operating again soon or I might be tempted to do it myself. >self to myself< “Don’t do it, Doug!”) 


60 thoughts on “01Aug20: What’s up, Doug?

    • July 1970 through the end of November 1972. It was a very pleasant way to spend my national service since I was a motion picture photographer and got to travel around Germany and out of country.

      • He was there between 1950 and 53…perhaps not that entire time. He joined the ski team even though he’d never skied before and they talked the commander into just letting them stay at the ski resort during the week if they paid for their own rooms. It cut down on transportation costs and he got to spend most of the Korean war skiing! Smart guy.

        • That sounds like Berchtesgaden, a solid five hour or so drive from Kaiserslautern! That’s in a very pretty part of Bavaria, just across the border from Austria and in the German part of the Alps. He was fortunate to work that arrangement out. At the time, occupation of Germany was over on 5 May1955, Austria on 27 July 1955, so de-Nazification was still on, as was occupation controls by France, UK, the USSR, an the USA. The country still was in the process of rebuilding, the economy was crap, animosity between the occupying forces and locals still was barely hidden and cigarettes and GI rations of chocolate and canned food in particular bought all sorts of things (not nice and basic necessities). The resort at Berchtesgaden had been a Nazi retreat that was converted into one for GIs. Berghof, Hitler’s vacation home near this place was dynamited shortly after the war. He was there at a very interesting and complicated time! For that matter, full recovery from the war came in something like 1980, ten years after I was there. Unification came in 1990, think it was, but the wall fell in late 189. I took several jobs in West Berlin, filming various activities. The trip then was by US Transportation Corps cars attached to Bundesbahn (West German railroad) locomotives up to Fulda, then a change to DDR railroad locomotives at that border. Travelling at night, we made it to West Berlin in early morning. It was quite the thing, but nothing like he would have experienced toward the end of occupation!

          • It was during the Korean War and after boot camp in the States, two people from his entire squad were sent to Germany instead of Korea. His last name started with “B” and they chose them alphabetically so he was one of the lucky ones. I also had a female friend who was a dentist who was stationed at a naval base in Germany in the seventies.. I may be getting their locations mixed up. Bob and I went back to where he had stayed when skiing through the Korean war.. It was a hotel accessible only by an aerial tramway and we walked on a trail carved into the sides of a big ravine that extended for a good mile or so over a river. Does that sound familiar? Too many memories, too little time to keep them straight.

          • No, ,mainly because I was on jobs any time I was in Bavaria. I saw things like the resort buildings mostly driving by.

  1. Well, hello there and thank youi for coming by Katie Isabella’s Blogspo blog page and leaving a comment. We are happy to meet you, me and mom.

    • Yes, I still have sad moments thinking about him, but I’m working through it. Most times I feel thankful I took lots of photos and videos of Dougy and Andy so I can appreciate those things that made/make them wonderful companions.

    • He is that! I miss his brother Dougy, but since Dougy died, Andy and I have been spending a lot more time playing, etc. I feel like I’m learning what Andy is like for the first time sometimes.

  2. It’s funny you say that because I bought clippers and started cutting my own hair. The first time was not so great but I just cut it again today and it really doesn’t look terrible.

    • LOL! I’d shame myself with a man bun before I’d try cutting my hair again. Note above that I did give myself a terrible haircut when I was university student and broke. That was back when long hair signified a lifestyle of communes, drugs, and crazy free sex. I was never that “cool”!

    • LOL! I’m trying to avoid becoming one of those desperate and self-clipped folk! I gave myself a really bad haircut when I was a broke college student, and swore I’ve go shaggy before I’d do that again.

    • It’s less a matter of the shop being open and more one that I am uncomfortable being around someone who, by her very job, is around lots of people. Where I live, very few take precautions against COVID-19 and we are on one of the main roads to and from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Masks and precautions are virtually unknown in that crowd.

  3. I am surprised your barber is still closed. My state was slow reopening and we have been able to get haircuts for about a month..

    • I am seriously immuno-compromised and am hesitant to see if she is open again. Even if she is, I am uncomfortable going for a trim because I’d have to be maskless for a time. I think she would wear a mask since she has asthma or some breathing issues so probably would be hesitant to expose herself to viruses.

  4. Doug: My ‘𝔻𝕦𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕣’ comes by the desk at least once a week to buff the keyboards with his butt and glimmer the monitors with wagging tail 😸 usually when I’m leaving a .blog comment or ordering something 🐱 𝕊𝕥𝕒𝕪 𝕊𝕒𝕗𝕖 𝕆𝕦𝕥 𝕋𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖 ~Will

  5. No, don’t do it, Doug! My hair has grown so long it covers my upper arms, which is rather annoying during the summer. Unfortunately, my hairdresser disappeared during the pandemic, so I was eyeing the old poodle clippers under the vanity one day. Then my son posted a photo of himself on social media, after he had taken a friend’s electric clippers to his own hair. He looked like a cue ball, with a little frizz on top. I decided that’s not a look I want to pursue! So I’m just going to keep my hair in a bun until the salons open up again. Maybe you could try for a man bun?

    • I’m getting a bit hairy myself for the same reason…. My late brother used to grab his beard on the bottom and cut straight across. It always looked nice. I am tempted to try it because I’m starting to look like I might ride a Harley up to Sturgis.

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