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The Quick & Dirty

Hi there. Name’s Matt. Or Doogs, if you prefer.

Since this is an About page, let’s get straight to it.

I’m 30. Married. Dad to an adorable little boy (and come May 2010, a baby girl) and four dogs.

During the day, I’m an associate creative director at a social media agency in Austin, TX.

In my free time (such as it is), I write. Or wrote. Or try to write. Historical fiction, mostly. It’s a nice contrast to the digital content and social media strategeriness that I live with every day.

I also get all interested in cars, photography, technology, politics, history, movies, and knitting. Actually, scratch that last. I can barely tie yarn in a knot.

What’s the Deal With Doogs?

Last name’s McDougall. But three syllables is a lot, and everyone always forgets that second “L”, so people started calling me Doogs. And it stuck. To the point where our CEO calls me Doogs.

“Damned if you DOOGS”?

Play on the popular idiom “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”. But you already knew that, didn’t you? I hope you did. Because if not…wow.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2008 10:54 pm

    I’m diggin’ you’re blog. Please keep it up. If you’re interested, I blog about very similar topics at

    In fact, I recently wrote a post on the new Clubman as well, check it out at

    I drive a nearly identical Cooper S to you and I must give you the award for the best “dirty MINI” pic of all time!

    Again, keep up the good work!


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  3. April 3, 2009 1:45 am

    I love your blog, and I just finally read this timeline! Great idea! I think I’ll copy you and make one on my site. It’s a good way to relay some personal information that you may not want to get too detailed about 😉 Keep up the awesome writing!

    • DON LEEPER permalink
      January 15, 2011 11:20 pm

      DOOGS–I just stumbled onto ‘Fail Dauntless’ & ‘P-51B’. I am into my own ‘Fail ME-109’ with a Tamiya P-51D next up. I’m back into modeling after 50 years away & your articles answered more questions than you can imagine. Wish my kit were a ‘B’–classier looking bird. Please keep it up.

  4. Michael J. Broker permalink
    July 26, 2011 9:33 pm

    Doog – really enjoy your blog. back into plastic aircraft modeling myself. lots of help in your blogs.
    sorry about your job situation. I’m in San Antonio would try to help you if knew what you want to do next.
    tell me about where you do your modeling. it’s too hot to be doing what you do in the garage. yet I dont see a spray booth in your pictures. can you talk about your “workbench” ?

  5. Doogs permalink*
    July 27, 2011 9:25 am

    Hey Michael – glad you’re enjoying the blog! if you haven’t already (I know WordPress likes to crosslink things like About pages way too often…), head over to my dedicated modeling blog,, for a whole lot more.

    No need to worry about my job situation – lots here to pursue at the moment, unless the morons in Washington don’t increase the debt ceiling and the economy tanks.

    I do do my modeling in the garage – the trick is to work at night, when it’s only, oh, 95! To be honest the summer months are a drag, but it’s nice most of the time.

    My workbench is a very cobbled-together affair. Two 2×4 folding tables from Costco arranged in an L. Some cheap storage, some lighting. A shop compressor across the garage to drive the airbrush. We’re moving in a few months, and I’m planning to take a much more thoughtful approach this time around!

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