Friday, February 16, 2007

I have a scanner, and I'm not afraid to use it.

I always thought this photo was pretty damn cool. It's my dad, in Germany, at the end of WWII. He'd been with the U.S. 746th Field Artillery Battalion. Here's some perspective. I was born TWENTY-ONE years later.

Here I am after a day of paintball, sometime in the late 1990's. (Face blacked out to preserve blogger anonymity.) No, I'm not a paramilitary weirdo. Some guys on my old softball team talked me into playing once or twice. It was a hell of a lot of fun, I must admit, but I don't make a habit of it. Too expensive, and let's face it, you meet a lot of freaks and illiterate right-wing dickheads doing it. So...really...meh.

I don't know why I put this picture up, except that maybe my dad's pose in the first photo kind of brought this picture to mind. The apple don't fall too far from the tree, wha?


Blogger fatmammycat said...

That reminds me so much of my Gramps, he was in WW11 as well and liked nothing more than drinking-quelle surprise- and regaling us with war stories. I loved them, but my mother used to get her knickers in a twist because he'd say things like 'and then we shot this slanty-eyed bastard under the railway bridge and we...' PC was not for him. He lived in Malaya for eighteen years and by the way his eyes glazed over when he spoke of it I believe it was the greatest times of his life. I still have his boxing licence somewhere.
On a totally different yet related topic, what good boots you have in that photo!

17 February, 2007 14:07  
Blogger DeadpanAnn said...

I love old pics of military dudes. I have one of my grandfather taken during WWII that I keep on my desk. He was an alcoholic and a bastard, so I don't have his picture up because he was a wonderful grandpa. I just love those old black and white military pics.

17 February, 2007 14:59  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

I'm dying to try paintball. You do realize now that my mental image of Andraste is as a dark egg.

That is a cool picture of your dad. I think it'd be cool if more of that generation had blogs. It can be difficult to reconcile the warrior with the old man who likes dogs or whiskey or barley sugar or whatever. To find out more of their stories in blog form would be interesting and probably mind-boggling.

17 February, 2007 19:21  
Blogger Pickled Olives said...

Love the photos. I've stopped by here on occasion. Like your site!

17 February, 2007 21:48  
Blogger ExAfrica said...

Are those your combat boots - or standard issue from the Paint Ball Center?

18 February, 2007 14:51  
Blogger Andraste said...

Exafrica - those are Georgia Women's combat boots. I've looked for them all over, but I don't think they make them anymore. I loved them, and now, sadly, they have shat the bed.

Pickled Olives - thanks! Just checked yours out, have a lovely trip!

Sam - wish I could get my dad to use a computer. I have a few tales he told me about the war - maybe I'll try to reconstruct and post them at some point. Or maybe I'll get him talking sometime, record him, and write a book!

Cat - Yes, those boots - as I said, the Georgia company used to make them, but sadly, I think they're discontinued. If I'd known that would happen, I'd have bought a dozen pairs. They were great.

18 February, 2007 18:37  
Blogger tkkerouac said...

Very cool!

19 February, 2007 10:05  
Blogger Sassy Sundry said...

Yeah, yeah. We all know that your face is really a black hole.

That's a great picture of your dad. My friend's dad is something like 85, and my friend is 37. Let's just say that my friend (an only child) was a bit of a shocker to her parents.

20 February, 2007 13:24  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

I'll just take the photo of you pulling faces from a couple posts back and use photoshop to copy and paste the face onto the blacked out area and voila! I'll know exactly what you look like now and recognise you if ever I'm in Americashire and walk past in in the street!

21 February, 2007 13:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are your legs crossed for a reason or are you a girl? hahahahaha

21 February, 2007 17:32  
Blogger Andraste said...

Anonymous - is that question supposed to make sense or are you an idiot?

21 February, 2007 18:56  
Anonymous sare said...

your face is really a black hole
are you a girl?


22 February, 2007 03:45  

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