. . . and wh-o-o-zat, the thing called "DuhDog," aka "Mad
He's a two-legged creature of unknown origin, who decided late in
life to take on a new persona and start creating "things."
But he wasn't always into creation as depicted by the photo at left.
Yes, that's a god-forsaken 22-caliber rifle and a steelhead trout.
He was a competition pistol, rifle and trap shooter and a fisher
of trout when the steelhead used to run in abundance in the streams
feeding into the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz County. Ammo became
too expensive and the streams dried up, so DuhDog had to find some
other form of recreatiion.
retirement loomed on the horizon, stargazing seemed like a safe
sport. Acquiring toys was also another favorite sport fueled by
competition with his brother-in-law, his accountant, and all men.
So telescopes became a passion. (Come see the dusty telescope collection
in the garage.) As fate stepped in, sigother was going to Hawaii
to cover a dog show specialty and DuhDog would go along as photographer
(don't askanother passion laid to rest awhile backcome
see the dusty camera collection in the garage). Hawaii, Mauna Kea,
and 14,000 ft. are nirvana for an amateur astronomer. But what to
do about a telescope??? You guessed it, he built one to fit into
a carry-on case, and astounded the astronomers atop Mauna Kea with
retirement, DuhDog jumped into the music scene, attending blues
and bluegrass festivals here and there and even the occasional accordion
festival much to the chagrin of sigother. Seeing instruments built
by some of the local musicians triggered another switch in the brain
having been successful with a telescope, why not a musical instrument?
Of course, he couldn't play a lick or read music; but no matter.
What follows are his rants on his creations.