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Date : September 2009

30-Sep-2009

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Published on: 2009.09.30

Graveyard Shift Tonight, my wife works her first-ever graveyard shift. She just pulled two evening shifts, coming home after 1 a.m., and now gets to try the overnighter for two nights in a row. I did it for several years, at various grocery stores in Texas and Arkansas, so I know what it’s like. We’ll[…]

Defining Me: Efficiency

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Published on: 2009.09.28

One thing about me that a casual acquaintance might not pick up is my effort to be efficient. In everything. Perhaps it has something to do with Cheaper by the Dozen (the book, not the silly movies that were derived from it). When I was young, my family read this book aloud as a group.[…]

Evening Shift

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Published on: 2009.09.28

Tonight, my wife begins a short series of evening and night shifts, so it felt like the day was reversed: I was home with her in the morning, but had the evening to myself. A couple of nights this week, she’ll work overnight. Hopefully, she’s young enough to handle it. *** We saw something on[…]

Day Trip

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Published on: 2009.09.26

Today, my wife and I took a day trip to Waco, Texas, mostly to see the Texas Ranger Museum. You can see all the pictures by clicking here, or watch the slideshow here. Here are a couple of my favorites from the day.

Lights Off

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Published on: 2009.09.23

Not long ago, I mentioned that Killeen had a high accident rate (hearsay), and today I found out why. People don’t turn on their headlights when it’s raining. Despite arguments to the contrary, it is state law in Texas, according to the state’s driver manual (.pdf). The manual says you have to have your lights[…]

Finding a Routine

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Published on: 2009.09.22

Now that we’ve been in place for a few weeks, we’re starting to find our routine. That’s really the important thing with any big life shift — making a new rut. My wife’s schedule is getting ironed out, though she’ll have to work some pretty odd shifts sometimes. This week, it was all really early[…]

Church, Trivia, and Aliens

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Published on: 2009.09.21

Yesterday’s visit to a different church was an adventure to say the least. The church’s website made it clear that it was a Korean Catholic Church, but said that the 11 a.m. mass would be in English and Korean. That note was mistaken: the entire mass was in Korean, so for 90 minutes my wife[…]

Halfway Finished

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Published on: 2009.09.20

Our birthday weekend is half-over. Yesterday, we went to nearby Harker Heights to visit Barnes & Nobles, where my wife and I each purchased a birthday book for ourselves. She got Dan Brown’s newest novel, and I picked up a biography of Amelia Earhart, the famous female flier. We also went to Bed, Bath and[…]

Birthday Weekend

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Published on: 2009.09.19

In a very rare instance, my wife and I will both have birthdays this weekend. She is 28 today, and I’ll be (gulp!) 37 tomorrow. Last night, after her shift ended, we ate dinner at Bush’s Chicken, which was better than we’d expected and filled us up for $13. We toured the new Academy Sports[…]

Four Wonderful Years

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Published on: 2009.09.18

It was four years ago today that I first opened my account on Flickr. In that time, I’ve uploaded more than 11,400 photos (11,218 are public as of this writing). At the time, I was looking for a “host” site for photos, because the host for my website had very limited storage space, and I[…]

Bringing the Rain

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Published on: 2009.09.18

So far, my wife’s claim to bring rain and cool weather wherever she goes has proven true. When I first met her, Oklahoma was in the worst drought since the 1930s. After she moved to Seminole to marry me, we had steady rains for a year, bringing on the worst floods in decades. And 2009[…]

A Little More Information

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Published on: 2009.09.17

After the excitement of yesterday, I found a little more information on the Killeen Daily Herald website. Their story said a 24-year-old man was shot by a 31-year-old man. Apparently, the 24-year-old was arguing with a female, when the 31-year-old rolled out in his wheelchair, armed with two guns. The younger man allegedly snatched a[…]

Killeen Emergency Responders

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Published on: 2009.09.16

We just happened to be nearby an emergency response in Killeen today, and I got a few pictures (see below). All I know is this: I heard several gunshots (seven or eight?) over the span of 10 seconds. Since I didn’t hear any screaming, or followup sounds, I went about my business. But several minutes[…]

It’s Off to Work She Goes

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Published on: 2009.09.15

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Camera Play

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Published on: 2009.09.15

Last evening, my wife and I took a couple of snapshots of each other. If I’m not mistaken, these are our first pictures of each other since moving to Killeen.

Frost/Nixon and File Photos

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Published on: 2009.09.15

Monday, it was cool and cloudy outside all day, with a high in the mid-70s, so I kept the windows open throughout the day (except for a brief period in the evening when the smell of burnt marijuana wafted in from the back alley). On Monday evening, my wife and I watched Frost/Nixon and really[…]

A Week Away

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Published on: 2009.09.14

Just less than a week from now, my wife will celebrate her first-ever birthday in Texas. For me, it will be my first birthday in Texas since 1993 (when I took a semester of classes at San Antonio College, in a welcome break from my real college). That was 16 years ago, and I turned[…]

Welcome to My Neighborhood

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Published on: 2009.09.11

We got our first rain today; it began sometime in the night and has continued all morning. It’s a very soft rain that falls pretty much straight downward, which almost never happened in Oklahoma. And I think it’s time I described the area surrounding our new home, though I won’t get too specific about location[…]

My “New” Website

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Published on: 2009.09.10

Somehow in the hectic days leading up to our move, I neglected to mention my “new” website, so here are a few words about it. It’s not technically new, which is why “new” is in quotes above. It just has a new address and a new host. The new address is wilcfry.com. For years, I’ve[…]

First Day

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Published on: 2009.09.09

My wife’s first day at her new job was hectic, as expected. She had to get fingerprinted, pick up a temporary gate pass, obtain ID badges, etc., which involved walking/driving to several locations on base. She was a little overwhelmed, but not too much. She’s not the kind of person who gets overwhelmed easily, and[…]

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