Sunday, November 15, 2009

Big Weekend for Visiting Friends and Family at American Power

Friday morning I wrote this on my Facebook profile:

Got a big weekend friends, grading, visiting a political scientist-friend from the East Coast at the Queen Mary tomorrow, visiting with my sister and her family tomorrow night ... Well, better get busy! :)

So, I thought I might as well share a little report of how things turned out.

The "visiting political scientist-friend" is Professor Daniel Nexon from Georgetown University. Dan was in town for the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, held at the Queen Mary Hotel, at the Port of Long Beach. (The association website is here, the call for papers here, and the schedule of academic panels is here). Dan e-mailed me a month ago to give me the heads up. I picked him up yesterday at 9:00am to get some breakfast. Here's the shot of the liner as I was walking in:

The hotel's main desk is on the third floor. Here's the shot from the gangway as I was walking up:

Dan and I drove across the channel over to the Shoreline Marina in downtown Long Beach. As we we're walking back out after eating, I snapped a quick shot back at the Queen Mary from the parking lot:

I did not take pictures of Dan, for a couple of reasons: One is that I didn't really think about it until we were almost done having breakfast, and two is that this was the first time I'd met Dan in person, and I wasn't comfortable taking Dan's picture. We met online about three years ago. He left a snarky response to a comment I'd left at Democracy Arsenal. This was before I started blogging, although Dan was blogging at Duck of Minerva, an international relations group blog. Currently, Dan is on academic leave from his department and is now working as an policy analyst at the Department of Defense. Being how Dan's involved in fairly high-level policy work, I thought I'd hold off on personal pictures until later. Dan's Georgetown faculty page is here, in any case. And here's the Princeton University Press page for his recent book, The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe:Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change.

I might be seeing Dan at the American Political Science Association meeting next September, and if so, I'll check with him then about posting personal pics online.

In the meanwhile, this is my sister Tracy:

Tracy came to visit at my home last night with her husband and daughter. Tracy gave me permission to publish her picture. Recall that I'm being careful about posting family information, but I actually haven't had any problems since publishing my Halloween photo essay a couple of weeks ago. So, let's keep our fingers crossed for continued respectfulness among commenters here, etc.

Tracy has a show dog, a Doberman Pinscher, named Alex, who is almost two years old:

When Tracy first told me she'd gotten a Doberman I laughed with her about it. When we were kids we saw They Only Kill Their Masters, a 1972 crime-suspense flick with James Garner and Katherine Ross.

I think we were actually really scared of Dobermans for a while after seeing that, LOL! But if Alex is any indication, Dobermans are just the sweetest, most gentle animals you'd want to be around. Alex is well trained and not rambunctious at all. He's gentle and playful, and loves kisses and petting. I didn't have time to ask my sister, but Alex has done well in dog show competitions. Also, this is a breeding dog, so Tracy's spoken to me about breeding inquiries she's received.

So, that was my big Saturday. The only thing I've left out is the grading!

In fact , I need to read about a dozen semester paper assignments today, and I'll probably watch some football. I'll be online later this morning and afternoon, as usual, for some hot blogging. And check back for my hot Marisa Miller entry tonight for sure!

*****

P.S. I just noticed the second shot of Alex includes Barack Obama's mug on my TV in the living room. That TV is a 20-inch Magnavox. We had a big Sony Bravia Widescreen, but my youngest son -- during a tantrum a year or so ago -- threw a big hard-plastic Incredible Hulk toy into the screen, the impact of which pierced the television and destroyed the picture. Those things are expensive! So, hopefully we'll get another 32-incher in there pretty soon.

More tonight!

28 comments:

SR said...

AAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGG!

I missed everything as soon as I saw The Idiot on the TV screen!

Donald Douglas said...

I knew you'd get that reaction, Mark!

Debbie said...

I noticed Obama on the TV also, he can't stay away from the cameras.

Didn't Dobermans star in the DAMIEN movies, hounds of hell,??? I think they got a bad rap years ago, as did German Shepherds for a while, then Pit Bulls. I don't think evil comes with the breed, I think evil comes with the human masters.

Thanks for sharing.

Deborah F. Hamilton
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Donald Douglas said...

You're welcome, Debbie!

Don't know about the DAMIEN movies? You mean, The Omen? Just saw the first one, actually, if that's it.

Lew Waters said...

I notice where the dog is in relation to the picture of Obama and just assumed it was posed that way, LOL.

My bad.

Looks like you had a great time. I'm expecting a nephew I haven't seen in 28 years this week. Lots of catching up to do, including him getting to know his now adult cousins.

Dana said...

I'm thinking that my cats wouldn't liek Alex . . . .

Reliapundit said...

GREAT FAM DD! U R A LUCKY MAN!

Anonymous said...

"That TV is a 20-inch Magnavox. We had a big Sony Bravia Widescreen, but my youngest son -- during a tantrum a year or so ago -- threw a big hard-plastic Incredible Hulk toy into the screen, the impact of which pierced the television and destroyed the picture. Those things are expensive! So, hopefully we'll get another 32-incher in there pretty soon."

Ugh... I would TANNING me some little boys BEHIND with a BELT,if he pulled that nonsense with me. I now I WOULD have gotten my butt beat, had I done something like that!

Geeez, what kids get away with today.

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks for reading, Lew!

Donald Douglas said...

That's funny, Dana. Probably not on the kitty cats, although that really is a nice dog.

Donald Douglas said...

I do feel blessed, Relia!

Thanks for commenting!

Donald Douglas said...

Patrick: I try not to do that "tanning" thing, although I'm not necessarily against it. That was a bummer losing the TV, but we'll get another. A child can't be replaced, so I'd better go easy on that kind of punishment. My dad, rest in peace, didn't exactly follow that model, now that I think about it, LOL!

Bob Belvedere said...

1) We now know who got the good looks in your family, Prof.

2) My first reaction to seeing Barry O in that picture was: Jeez Louise, the man has to have his face in everything, even private family photos.

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Bob. My sister's a beauty!

Anonymous said...

Great dogs. Dobies are my definitely favorite animals. Debbie, those were Rottweilers, not Dobermans in the"Omen" films. But I agree that "evil" dog breeds get a bad rap.

The Vegas Art Guy said...

Glad you had a good weekend and that I am not the ONLY one who put off grading stuff this weekend.

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks eZeke: Alex (the Doberman) is far from evil. He's a lovely animal.

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks for vistiting, Vegas Guy!

Rusty Walker said...

I really enjoy the posting of the family photos. It also shows that you don’t hold grudges when in the past blogging has become heated. We are all Americans, and while we get fired up, one hopes that we pull together and appreciate the family connection that we all have, left or right, we are American families with common goals of the pursuit of happiness.

Philippe Öhlund said...

Great post, Donald! :-)

You have a fabulous sister.

I think the picture of Obama is more scary than the Doberman, though.

My daughter has a crazy rabbit that bites all the time.

With a Doberman, the rabbits wont terrorize you, I guess.

But you never know. The smaller the pets are, the smarter they are...

I remember when I had a mouse. It ate parts of my shirts.

Have a great day! :-)

Paco said...

Don: Looks like a great time. That boat's almost a big as Al Gore's.

That's a mighty fine Doberman. I had a curious encounter with a pair of them one time. I was in my early twenties, hanging out at the beach with my friends on a weekend trip. I was sitting on a towel and I saw a guy walking two Dobermans. They suddenly broke free and made a bee-line for yours truly. My friends - who had sobered up from the dutch courage they had imbibed the night before - scattered, but I froze. The dogs came running up, barking furiously and...suddenly began jumping on me and licking my face and just generally acting like I was their long-lost buddy.

One of the nicest surprises I ever had (certainly compared to what, at the time, I thought was going to be a very different outcome).

KMacGinn said...

I LOOOOOVVVEEE Dobies! I grew up with them and had 2 of my own as an adult. They are phenomenal! I would have one now, but after having lost the last 2 to cancer and knowing how many health problems are now so prevalent in Dobes, this last time I decided to check out a different breed that might be less popular and, hopefully, healthier. (I went with a Chesapeake Bay Retriever -- hence the picture of one on my blog -- which is as protective as a Dobe, unlike other retrievers, but healthier. She's great ... a little weird ... maybe that's just her ... maybe it's the breed.

KMacGinn said...

Debbie: the hounds of hell in the Damien / The Omen movies were Rotties.

Donald Douglas said...

Rusty: I'm sure half the people I battle online I'd have a perfectly fine time with in person.

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Philippe! Have a great week!

Donald Douglas said...

That's a great story, Paco. They are really nice dogs!

Donald Douglas said...

I'm sorry you've lost some of your dogs, MacGinn. I didn't know Dobies are prone to any particular diseases. Alex sure is a nice dog.

Philippe Öhlund said...

You're welcome, Donald! :-)