Bert Oldenhuis was born in the Netherlands in 1944 and emigrated with his family in the late fifties to the US, where his teen years were spent in Elmira, NY. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, sailing in the capacity of third and second mate on US merchant vessels for a period of four years.
After his sea-going days, he found employment ashore and almost immediately was dispatched to the Netherlands as sales support manager in the European Headquarters of his employer. He met and married his wife there and even though the USA beckoned, he could not persuade his better half to leave her beloved Holland, hence this is where he eventually settled and where he and his wife raised their three children. While in the various positions he held with his original employer and a subsequent number of others, he has had the chance to travel extensively within Europe, allowing him to gain more than a superficial view of the cultures behind the quilt that forms the map of this continent.
His publication experience has been limited to technical research papers, technical articles in various magazines dedicated to the Oil and Gas industry, and translations of instruction manuals for large turbo and electrical machinery. However, time, opportunity, persuasion and encouragement has prompted him to venture more prosaic by weaving personal experiences and fiction into a humorous and readable account with the result of “A Doghouse Tale” as the first of a series.
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A Doghouse Tale
by Bert Oldenhuis
Approx. 213,940 words.
Published on April 13, 2011 by
Case Devries, a cadet midshipman at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point NY, is earning some beer money in Eugene Stein's textile warehouse on Saturday afternoons. Rosanne, Eugene's sexy little Italian secretary, picks him up from the Academy gate and drops him off each Saturday, and this leads to the inevitable - a relationship doomed to fail. Or does it?
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