Yuri Ivanov’s caricature of Sandy!

Yuri Ivanov's caricature of Sandy!

Yuri Ivanov’s caricature of Sandy (me) on my 60th birthday. I am hard at work over the shashlick pit.


About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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11 Responses to Yuri Ivanov’s caricature of Sandy!

  1. johnnylucid says:

    That’s great!

    • kulturcritic says:

      I know, you like the cowboy hat and the sunglasses. So do I! LOL

      • Ivy Mike says:

        A real American Badass! ♪They call me cowboy…

        • kulturcritic says:

          Maybe not that badass! LOL

          • Ivy Mike says:

            Ha! I wear a cowboy hat too, nearly all the time. I started 25 years ago when I got tired of my ears getting burned driving tractor in the summer wearing the ubiquitous free farm-related baseball caps. A wide brim hat is much more practical, and it is nice in rain too. I can go to a farm auction and not have water running down my neck.

            Eight or so years ago, when the economy was going gang-busters, I went with a buddy to an upscale bar/grill. I had been working on building the house, and didn’t want to clean up, so I just came as I was, Carhartts and ancient cowboy hat from Tractor Supply. Now this hat is so old and sweat-rotted that the leather band fell off. So I made a band from twine. The twine is oil and dirt soaked and rotting from sweat too. It’s rather unique looking.

            A fellow in khakis and a nice button down shirt, obviously a exec type, came over to our table and said, “That hat is….authentic!”

            I bought him a round, and started telling him stories about what happened while wearing that hat, from beating a bull in the nose with my fist to keep from getting pushed through the barn siding to flying a $10M jet to maintenance and going full-blown hick in the big city.

            So this exec fellow pulled out his money clip, started counting out $100 bills, and said, “I’ll give you $500 for that hat.”

            The money was on the table. I smiled and said, “if it’s worth that much, I better keep it. But thanks for the offer.”

            So after he picked up his money and departed and went back with his buddies, my friend said, “You’re the dumbest dumbass I know turning down money like that.”

            I replied, “You’re jealous you don’t have a $500 hat.”

            So at the airport the next day, I was telling another pilot about it, and he related to me how people were selling “pre-sweated cowboy hats” (or “pre-soiled”) to wannabee dudes for hundreds. I looked it up.

            Yep, it was true. I was at least $500 richer.

    • Disaffected says:

      One from our youth:

  2. javacat says:

    The camo apron is a thoughtful touch. 😉

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