Doug Brendel Has Seen the Light!


Joey, I’ve been cheering your rants about people who ask you for info instead of finding it themselves on Google. This morning as I was reading through the blog, I thought I had come to a situation where I really would have to ask for an explanation. Lovasco’s weather synopsis said, “Bombing storm off ACK later today.” As a humble ignoramus from the backwoods, I had no idea what this phrase meant. However, I didn’t want to put you or Lovasco in the position of having to say, “LMGTFY.” 

So I went to Google, followed your instructions precisely. I typed in my question: “What does ACK stand for?” Of course there were a few explanations of “gagging sounds,” and one reference to the Anglican Church of Kenya, but as I scrolled down, there it was – before I got to the bottom of the very first screen full of options: a reference to Nantucket Memorial Airport, which is known by the code ACK. 

Today I bring this message of hope to all FOBs: See how helpful Google can be to an Ipswich resident unfamiliar with the sophisticated parts of the state? Google can be helpful to you, too!

Love from the far west side of Ipswich,

Doug Brendel

“The Outsidah”

Doug Brendel Represents! in Minsk

Greetings, Joey, from #8 Karl Marx Street in Minsk, Belarus, former USSR! The top-floor corner apartment is ours. Come see us! 🙂 I’ll be here for a week and a half with our “” ministry, now the biggest humanitarian operation in the country. FOBs can follow our adventures thru our photo reports — free signup at Dasvidanya, baby!

Doug Brendel


GMG Exclusive!- Only in Ipswich 2013

GMG Exclusive!

Ipswich Chronicle humorist and FOB Doug Brendel, known as “The Outsidah,” will release his funny new cartoon-illustrated book Only in Ipswich 2013 at a “Day After Thanksgiving Dessert Leftovers Potluck & Book Release Party” from 5 to 8 pm at Time & Tide Fine Art, 4 Market St., Ipswich. Doug will be reading selections from the book, and autographing copies. Also debuting at the party: all-new Outsidah cartoon mugs. For more information contact Doug personally via

Doug Brendel Represents! in Belarus, Minsk

Hi, Joey!

I’m in Belarus with the "New Thing" ministry I lead here.

These are photos from a distribution of humanitarian aid to the poor in Minsk.

We distribute about 200 tons a year of donated food and goods here in the former USSR.

GMG readers might enjoy following along thru my photo reports — here’s a link to the first:




A message for all Gloucester folks from Doug Brendel, "The Outsidah" humor-columnist for the Ipswich Chronicle:

A message for all Gloucester folks from Doug Brendel, "The Outsidah" humor-columnist for the Ipswich Chronicle:

I know Ipswich isn’t Gloucester, but Joey will certify that I AM a longtime Friend of the Blog, so I hope all the good folks "back east" in Gloucester will come to our party on Thursday night!

We’re celebrating the release of my new cartoon-illustrated book, Only in Ipswich, poking fun at our fine little town, which people in Gloucester consider to be "out west." THE CARTOONS ARE FOR YOU, JOEY! I know you like the pictures more than the words. Hahaha!

The party is at Time & Tide Fine Art, 4 Market St., Ipswich, from 6 to 9 pm. Refreshments, lots of laughs, I’ll be reading some funny parts of the book, and autographing copies of the book until more sensible people make me stop. Yeah, you can buy the book that night if you want to, but you don’t have to.

Gloucester DOES get mentioned on page 83 of the book, in a bit about a friend of mine (an Ipswich town employee, no less!) who lived on Wingaersheek Beach until Hurricane Irene scared him away.

See ya Thursday night! Anyone can email me via if they have any questions.

Doug Brendel


Lobster Roll Crisis

Doug Brendel writes-

Joey, thanks again for the 4 enormous lobstahs Sunday morning.
My friend from Ohio, the NYG fan, loved them.
We ate until we couldn’t eat anymore, and had lots of leftovers.
Which my wife Kristina made into lobster salad for lobster rolls.
However, I am sorry to say, she made the colossal mistake of chopping up a stalk of celery and mixing it in there.
But I want to assure you, I have taken corrective measures.
I beat her mercilessly, divorced her, and unfriended her on Facebook.
And after she gets out of the hospital, I’m going to bring her down to you so you can cuss her out and then push her in the harbor.
I’ll let you know when we’re on our way.

Luda Yarovenko Represents! In Paris

Doug Brendel Writes-

Hi, Joey! Greetings from the former Soviet Union! I arrived in Minsk, Belarus, last night, and the first thing our Belarusian staff member Luda Yarovenko wanted to show me was a photo her husband Oleg took on their recent vacation in Paris! They didn’t have an actual bumper sticker, and they didn’t have an image of the new one – all they could do was print out an image of the old one! But they were determined to REPRESENT AT THE EIFFEL TOWER! Eastern Europe, Western Europe, doesn’t matter: Good Morning Gloucester is loved the world over!
Doug Brendel

Gloucester in Paris

Rebel Witness

From FOB Doug Brendel-

Rebel witness-Joey, look!  My hopelessly southern friend David G. Brown drove all the way from Virginia to witness the final stages of construction on the Lobster Trap Tree! The Rebels bow at the New England shrine!

Rebel Witness, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Doug Brendel Represents At KGB Headquarters!

THAT’S WHAT I”M TALKIN ABOUT!!!!!!!!!  Thanks so much Doug!  Very Freakin Cool!  Take notes friends of GMG- This is the purpose of the GMG Stickers!  Keep those vacation and travel photos coming in with Da Sticka!

Hey, Joey, I’m in Minsk, Belarus, former Soviet Union, for a couple weeks, and I thought you’d like to see your blog promoted here. That’s KGB headquarters in the background, I kid you not! In the other pic, I’m in front of a shop on Karl Marx Street!
See ya soon!
Doug Brendel