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Date : December 2009

Happy New Year

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Published on: 2009.12.31

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[…]

Days Off

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Published on: 2009.12.30

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[…]

File Photos 2003

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Published on: 2009.12.27

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

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Published on: 2009.12.27

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[…]

Killeen Christmas Photos

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Published on: 2009.12.25

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[…]

2009 In Review

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Published on: 2009.12.25

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 ).

White Christmas?

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Published on: 2009.12.24

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[…]

23-Dec-2009

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Published on: 2009.12.23

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[…]

Worst Christmas?

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Published on: 2009.12.22

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[…]

17-Dec-2009

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Published on: 2009.12.17

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[…]

14-Dec-2009

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Published on: 2009.12.14

On the Lampasas River : Sunday afternoon, my wife and I hurried over toward Burnet County (south of Kempner, Texas), to attend a Christmas party thrown by her boss, Amy. Sunset Over the Lampasas River Banks (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

13-Dec-2009

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Published on: 2009.12.13

Get the Name Right: I know all about people getting names wrong. When I was a child, I went by my middle name, Chandelle, usually shortened to “Chan.” It has a soft Ch sound, as in ch andelier or ma ch ine . Yet almost every adult I met simply could not pronounce it correctly.[…]

Merry Christmas!

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Published on: 2009.12.11

This is as close as we’ll probably come to taking an “official” holiday portrait this year: (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) It’s our completed tree, with tree skirt, nativity, and a bunch of presents (some of the gifts are hiding behind my wife and me, since I was trying to[…]

Christmas Shopping

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Published on: 2009.12.08

Buying for Her: Nothing makes it easier to Christmas shop for your wife than getting exact instructions. This is one reason my wife and I get along so well: we’re both list-makers, explainers, and mildly obsessive compulsive. Both of us think things through, and then stick with our decisions, so there’s little-to-no confusion in the[…]

5-Dec-2009

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Published on: 2009.12.05

She Should Be in Vegas : My pick today: Florida 20, Alabama 14 My wife’s pick: Alabama 23, Florida 13 The actual score: Alabama 32, Florida 13

Decorating for Christmas

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Published on: 2009.12.03

Yesterday, my wife and I spent the entire day on Christmas. We’d started the day before by buying a lot of decoration-type stuff. (See the bags at the bottom of the photo:) (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

2-Dec-2009

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Published on: 2009.12.02

How We Got the Shot I wanted a shot of Marline that looked like I took it from 12 feet above her. Like this: I knew I’d need a wide-angle lens, since my ceiling is only eight feet high. But I also didn’t want my feet in the shot, so I had to stand farther[…]

1-Dec-2009

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Published on: 2009.12.01

Christmas Shopping Today, we did a little Christmas shopping; not so much for presents, but mostly for decorations. We tried a few stores for our tree (attempting to avoid Wal-Mart), but finally had to get the tree at Wal-Mart because the other selections just weren’t that good or were far too expensive. For instance, Hobby[…]

Daily Life

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Published on: 2009.12.01

Another week has come and gone. Since we’ve been back in Texas, my wife and I returned pretty much to our regular schedules. I do the housework while she does the work that brings in the money. Since some of her co-workers have complicated days-off schedules for the holidays, my wife gets all the odd[…]

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