Happy New Year As I write this, the last hour of 2009 is ticking away… My wife reminded me that it’s also the end of a decade, by many people’s reckoning. (In actuality, 2010 is the last year of the decade, but media hype and non-math people have determined otherwise…) So I thought back to[...]
After working several days in a row, my wife now has three days off in a row. First thing yesterday, we went to a mechanic in northern Killeen to get the serpentine belt put on the Buick. They did it in 15 minutes. Total cost, including the premium belt and labor: $90. (The guy who’d[...]
Presidential Candidate John Edwards, Nov. 21, 2003 (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) As many of you know, I’ve been working through my “file photos” from 2003, and posting many of them to my Flickr account. There are several reasons for this.
No Fly Zone A couple of days ago, my online news feed showed me a story about a man who set off firecrackers on an airplane heading for Detroit. The next day, “firecrackers” had changed to “explosives” in all the news stories, and the “man” became an “alleged terrorist” with “known al-Quaeda ties.” Then[...]
As previously mentioned, my family held Christmas on Dec. 19, since my wife and I couldn’t be there on Christmas Day (and we really appreciate that). The two of us left our mutual presents here in Killeen, intending to have a private Christmas on Dec. 25 (today). But, since we discovered the theft of my[...]
Taken as a whole, 2009 was an interesting year for Marline and I. There were both highs and lows. The year began with the funeral of my Uncle Paul Troglin on Jan. 3 ( photos ).
Leaving behind the dark thoughts of my stolen car for a moment, I’ll focus on today. Today started out cold and misty. The mist turned into drizzle, and then to sleet. By midday, it was snowing here in Central Texas, though very lightly. And it’s not cold enough to stick to anything yet, but it’s[...]
Worst Christmas 2 While this may be our worst Christmas on record (due to losing a $6,000 car to theft), we are able to put it in perspective. One of my uncles saw his house broken into a few days ago and the thieves ripped out all the copper they could find, including the entire[...]
I know our Christmas won’t be the worst in the history of the world, but it might just be the worst for *us*. The big news first: When we got home from our vacation in Oklahoma, we noticed that my car was gone. Stolen. This was about 5:15 p.m. on Monday. We’d left it parked[...]
Going “Home” Again : It seems like were in Oklahoma just last month… ( We were ). But we’re going back again, starting tomorrow. As was the case with Thanksgiving, my wife is working many back-to-back days through the holidays, while long-time employees are off work on the choice days. But the arrangement still allows[...]