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talk about your handsome family. this is one of my favorite pictures ever, and the people in it are related to me! William and Martha Brugger and the kids. my grandma Elsie is at the top of the pyramid, the oldest at 15 in this picture. it is 1925 in a farm house in South Dakota.

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interestingly my grandpa Milo is also at the top of the pyramid in his family portrait. I know next to nothing about his family; in fact I don't know his parents' names or any of the other childrens'. I do know that they are also in South Dakota which is fortunate for Milo and Elsie must meet and get married and have my father Richard and my aunt Donna and uncle Billy.

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a couple of my favorite pictures of Elsie. she is on the left in the first picture and in the middle in the second. I don't know the exact years but I'd say the late 1920's.

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my grandpa Milo as an army engineer. I think this was taken in Casablanca in 1955 or whenever it was my dad's family was over there. the kids were in high school.

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a christmas photo. my aunt Donna is on the couch with my grandparents, and my uncle Billy is on the left on the floor and my dad on the right. don't know the year but could figure it out but don't feel like it.

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my dad feeding a goat. Billy looks on. I've always liked this photo and thought my dad was a cute little bugger.

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fast forward to 1970 when my dad was hospitalized for an ulcer and could not shave for a couple of weeks. this is all that happened. you see what I'm up against?



I also have xeroxes of prints of grandma Elsie's family going back to the first ones to sail over from Germany in the mid 1800s, but must go to bed before midnight tonight, so later for those.

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daisydumont
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
yes, such handsome people! your father was a good-looking kid and still looks good in that last photo. grandma elsie was beautiful!
eriktrips
Feb. 12th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
wasn't she? her picture at 15 sure beats the crap out my picture at 15. she's still kicking you know. 95 years old and going through these pictures has me thinking I should scrape up the dough for a plane ticket up to seattle sometime very soon.
daisydumont
Feb. 12th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
oh, lucky you! yes, i'd recommend seeing her soon. if i could go visit my grandma elsie, i definitely would. :)
all gone but me in the middle
expanding_x_man
Feb. 13th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
You definately resemble your father, hope you don't mind hearing that, and as far as looks go- this is not a bad thing.

He still has more beard than I do, after a few weeks! So, you can't complain too much! It took me years before I could grow anything on the jawline, I mean- how about fourteen years - I am NOT kidding. But, I'm half Native American after all- so, that's how it is. I am actually, at this point, shocked that I am getting as much facial hair as I am after all these years. I also have hair coming up on my cheeks if I leave it alone long enough -- amazing.
eriktrips
Feb. 13th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
my dad is a nice-looking man, so I don't mind at all looking a little like him. I also look a little like my mom's brothers, but I don't have any photos of that side of the family.

it is true that when I start to feel sorry for myself in the facial hair department I just think of both you and Red and realize I'm not so bad off! ;) as you can see in the picture, my dad has no moustache and at least I can grow a semblance of one.

if my brother doesn't shave for two weeks, no one notices. apparently I'm the most masculine of the lot! or just the hairiest.
expanding_x_man
Feb. 13th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
I do think the trick is to shave. It makes what you have look thicker anyway when it comes back, and also -- the other "trick" is to wait long enough not shaving. Over time, what I have has come in thicker, but I shave once or twice a week. I could shave everyday, but it is not really needed and I get bored of it. When I don't shave at all, which has happened recently, more comes in - on the cheeks and jaw, but this is very, very recent- like I said. There was nothing for many years. And, if I don't shave for a month, it just keeps coming in.

The thing to avoid is the wispy look, so shaving helps. I also try and keep mine trimmed, usually, since it just is more flattering and looks thicker that way. Have I already said this? Oh well - anyway, I don't think you need to worry, it just takes time.
expanding_x_man
Feb. 13th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
OH yes, I too may have more facial hair than either of my brothers --! Very funny!
ticktockmary
Feb. 13th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
What a great looking family! I have old photos like that all around my house, I love looking at who I came from.

You really look like your dad in that last picture. Did you always look like him, or did it come out more after your transistion? Hm, that seems like a stupidly obvious question but hopefully you know what I mean.
eriktrips
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
well as you can see we do have the same beard so that has been an additional factor since transitioning, but I think I've always looked a little like him. it's been said of my family that we all look alike--mom and dad were occasionally mistaken for brother and sister when they were younger. but I don't have an objective view. you've seen the pics. what do you think?
fu_le_bear
Feb. 19th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
Wow you look just like your Dad. I though it was you at first and then I saw the 1970 on the side.
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