Reflections In The Mirror (While Shaving) No. 31

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•What do you wear to a cage fight? Not normally the way I’d spend a Saturday night but a friend was competing …(turns out baseball cap, T-shirt, levis and a little leather is the answer).

•Rather than listening to views opposed to mine, I want reinforcement for those I already have. Why waste perfectly good biases? Does that mean I owe my “patterns of thought” to that prominent uncle, caveman Troy (T.) Rex? … hang on, I’m getting back to cage fighting…

•I’m convinced I disagree with Rush Limbaugh’s viewpoints even though I’ve never listened to one of his complete radio broadcasts … It’s not so much a political statement as it is an unwillingness to trade “Old Time Radio” episodes… Gunsmoke, Johnny Dollar, The Lone Ranger …

•Cage fighting…I knew I’d get to the point in my familiar circuitous way… did I like it? Not sure. There was more pageantry than I expected with the contestants and their entourages making dramatic entrances…less visible violence in the first three fights because most of the action occurred on the floor, hidden from the spectators… more violence than I expected in the fourth fight because most of the action was while standing.

•I think I’m glad for the experience…just not ready for Rush Limbaugh yet. Hi Ho Silver.

•Who decides when the era of the “layered look”  is over? A man (and a duck… no wait…different story) walked into a San Francisco restaurant wearing a shirt, sweater, suit, sport coat and overcoat…quit it, quit it… I’m just jealous because I would look like a beach ball… ok, better story with the duck.

•I’ll accept the crown and make all fashion decisions… so, any guy wearing his pants below the meridian must go the final 10 inches and wear them around his ankles… displaying his shortcomings to one and all… alright the image is coming in way too clear… forget the display… let’s just make ‘em wear suspenders, pulled up tight.

•After the recent storms, I saw an alligator in the Sacramento River eddies behind my house… Cherry rolled her eyes, Cuddles yawned and the woodpeckers hee-hawed. Someday I’ll be vindicated with the headline “Rogue alligator discovered behind Doug’s House”

•I’m the last one you should ask if I’ve had one too many.

•I’m coming to the conclusion I’m a senior trapped in a senior’s body.

•Almost…I invested in Olds instead of Apple… 8 track instead of DVD… BVD instead of R. Lauren…

•Not sure what to do about shaving today…mustache back as but a shadow of it’s former bushy self… white stubble battling black whiskers past… I know… I’ll procrastinate until tomorrow… and beyond?

•I gently tease about living in the past but recent senseless headlines have reminded me yet again that it’s ok to visit the past and it’s good to plan for the future but the only significant time is this very instant…

•Hug your child… call a friend…make someone smile.

Doug Mudford is a lawyer and partner at Barr & Mudford, with an emphasis on serious personal injury. He may be reached at Barr & Mudford, 1824 Court St., Redding, 530.243.8008. Send questions for “That Lawyer Guy” to

Doug Mudford’s photo illustration by Michael Burke of Redding. Click here to see more Michael Burke photos.

Doug Mudford
is a lawyer and partner at Barr & Mudford, with an emphasis on serious personal injury. He may be reached at Barr & Mudford, 1824 Court St., Redding, (530) 243-8008, or
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8 Responses

  1. Avatar `AJacoby says:

    Oh, Doug . . valid thoughts, all!! Especially the last couple of sentences.

  2. Doug, you've made us smile by writing this column. (No. 31? Can you believe it? Thank you for sharing your Reflections with us.)

    I look forward to a 2013 filled with more Reflections in a Mirror While Shaving.

  3. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    I look forward to your articles. Did you really see an alligator? When I was a kid I was convinced I saw a kangaroo out in the sagebrush. Later I realize that what I saw was a deer who leaped away so quickly from me that she resembled a kangaroo. More recently I saw a (extinct in California) fisher (beautifully furred animal in the otter, weasel family) on my way to work. I was right. I checked with Fish and Game…these beautiful animals are back in California. I've seen two more since. So about this alligator?

    • Avatar Doug Mudford says:

      Hi Joanne

      At the time, watching it roll and snap, trying to escape debris, I would have bet Captain Hook's hat on it. It's odd we need confirmation of someone not there.


  4. Avatar Larry says:

    Shortly before my family left Laredo,TX in 1957 to move to Redding, I released my 28" alligator in the Rio Grande river. Still waiting for the report from Texas.

    • Avatar Doug Mudford says:

      Hey Larry

      If he was a travelin' gator, I'm willing to accept that it was him… mystery solved…gators do live a long time, right?


  5. You always look great, no matter what you wear! (OK, I may be a tad biased…:>) But when I see you "saggin'" your pants, I WILL have to say something!