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News to the World Part II

The remodel went well. Mostly. Here are some stories. Let’s start from the bottom. There wasn’t a stitch of carpet that we wanted to keep. It was all this pale cream color that was stained in some rooms and tracked up in others. It wasn’t in really bad shape. But it wasn’t what we wanted. And a lot of the rooms had it. That meant that we had to pick out flooring for 1, 2, 3, 4 bedrooms, the entryway…
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Pre-Prom Party Pix Lia and Friends

I agreed to take photos of Lia and her friends before they went to the prom knowing that I could royally screw up. As usual for prom night, everything was running behind schedule. I was actually fifteen minutes late and I was one of the first ones there. Or thought I was. I didn’t recognize the people who I was going to be shooting a) because I’d never seen them dressed so well and b) because they were made-up and…
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News to the World Part I

It seems like we just gradually admitted to ourselves that we were in the jobs we were in until we retired. Thea has always worried about where she would be in ten years and dreamed of a job closer to home. One where she didn’t have to commute to an office an hour away. I kept trying to figure out how to renovate the computer room. We basically both work six and half days a week. There wasn’t any way…
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Taken Too Soon

He was created by Thea’s sister and her friend in late 2008 from my brother-in-law’s best broken shovel and assorted found items. He was gifted to me as a Christmas/Birthday gift. I set him by our front entry and dubbed him Carlton, the door monster (an homage to a 70’s TV character from Rhoda who was often heard but never seen.) After a short time, I built him a platform from discarded bricks and put some night lights around him…
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Silver Star Mountain Resort, B.C. Annual Ski Trip 2017

Last year, we visited Canada for the first time by going to Big White. While there, we experienced a very dense fog on our last day that prevented us from skiing. I learned that day that the resort’s nickname is Big White-Out. This year, we flew back into Kelowna but instead of going south through Kelowna and going 45 minutes east, we went north 45 minutes to Silver Star Ski Resort. After last year’s near collapse of our plans, I…
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It’s begun Hegemony of Trump

I tuned out The Inauguration. (As much as was possible considering my employer was watching it on a fifty-two inch TV in his office.) It didn’t even take an hour before history was being rewritten. That is, history was being made. But that wasn’t good enough. It needed to be bigger, better. It needed to be tweaked. The news reported their version. The Hegemony reported theirs. And then they warned that there could be a rethinking of the administration’s relationship…
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Kimbell Art Museum Weekend Get-Away

Thea and her former co-worker, Geoff, had been planning a get-together in Dallas just to chat and catch-up. Fortunately for me, the spouses were invited as well. It was also a good excuse to get new tires for the Civic. (The old ones were nearly slicks.) ┬áSo we hopped in the car Friday afternoon and drove down. Google Navigate had us taking exits and following the frontage roads at least three times. I had originally assumed that it would be…
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News-less Hegemony of Trump

I turned off the news at 11:00 pm on Tuesday, November 8th. Clinton had just lost Pennsylvania. CNN was desperately looking for more blue votes in districts who hadn’t fully reported their results. I turned it all off and went to bed. I haven’t watched or read any news since. I feel like I’m the child who stuck a penny in the light socket. It was supposed have been a magical flash and the world would be different. Instead, a…
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