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‘Cutting The Cord’ — A Long Time Coming

For the third year in a row, we called the cable company to cancel cable TV. This time, we actually did it. The first time, Time Warner Cable offered such a steep discount that we accepted it and kept TV for another year. When the price began to rise again, we called again to cancel,[…]

2015.01.02.FR: A Fifth Tooth

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Published on: 2015.01.02

BW cut his fifth tooth today, at 18 months, 3 weeks old. It was his right lower lateral incisor. (That particular tooth was RL’s eighth, and she had it when she was 14 months old. By BW’s current age, she had 12 teeth.) RnB woke me this morning, by the sounds of their playing. She[…]

2014.12.11-17: Images

RL makes a photo of her brother, Dec. 15 (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   In this entry: ➤ 8 images from Dec. 11-17 ➤ 14 images from “same day, different year”

2014.10.26-27: Notes

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Published on: 2014.10.27

Still warm (upper 80s). RLF has been doing chores for a week now. Every Monday, she empties the three small trash cans (laundry room & 2 bathrooms) under my supervision, and replaces the plastic bags, then carries it to the polycart at the street. Every evening, she closes the curtains and blinds at dusk. Today[…]

Dec. 17, 2012: TXU Issue

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Published on: 2012.12.17

TXU TROUBLES Today, we signed up with a different REP (retail electric provider) after being unable to resolve an issue with our current company, TXU. I guess that’s one decent thing about living in Texas — you get to choose that company (unlike in many states, where monopolies are allowed to provide electricity). It all[…]

Late Christmas

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Published on: 2011.02.16

As my family members will remember, I’ve always been a proponent of celebrating Christmas at any time of year. When I edited a newsletter in the 1990s (called “T.I.C.”, for The Inner Circle), we published our Christmas issue in July. This year, it wasn’t by choice, but we’re only now celebrating Christmas. During November and[…]

First Full Electric Bill

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Published on: 2009.10.16

A few days ago, my wife and I received our first full electric bill from TXU, and boy, were we surprised. We’d already gotten the initial bill, a month earlier, but that was for a partial month so we couldn’t use it to budget correctly. Plus, it had the one-time connection fees and other service[…]

There’s Nothing Wrong

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Published on: 2009.08.05

In case you were worried by all the talk in the media, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the U.S. economy. I know the President seems worried, and the talking heads are concerned too. But if we as Americans can still afford to pay Eli Manning $16.25 million per season, then no one can convince me[…]


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Published on: 2006.05.25

Just FIVE Days Left Until Marline Arrives! With just five days left, time is of the essence. I get one more paycheck as a bachelor, and I’ve been advised to spend it all on hookers and drugs. But I won’t. That’s because it’s Marline’s money too. I’m working on a couple of feature stories for[…]

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002

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Published on: 2002.12.12

After several calls to Mark Hurst, I scheduled my vacation for this week. Seminole lost the state championship game Friday night, 26-13, though they made a valiant 4th-quarter comeback. They just weren’t good enough. Honestly, I think they had a better chance to win last year. So, for three years in a row, Seminole has[…]

July 21, 2001

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Published on: 2001.07.21

I need to learn to save money. The reason I felt this was important enough to write down is this: I COULD be happy with my life as it is right now. I have my music, my movies, my computer, my job, etc. I REALLY don’t need anything else. I will be content to live[…]

April 22, 2001 (Sunday)

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Published on: 2001.04.22

finished converting “Adult Journal” files, through Nov. 2000. Now, I just need to type in the journals from this notebook (“Darker Blue Notebook”) and all my future journals will be on computer. Watched “News Radio” reruns. Realized that if I drink two Tequizas per day, that’s $60 per month for beer, so I will discontinue[…]

April 18, 2001 (Wednesday)

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Published on: 2001.04.18

Ice on the car this morning. Work: okay. French toast for supper. Finished “Adult Journals” through October 1999. Within days, I’ll be caught up (maybe a week from now). Watched my old recorded episodes of “News Radio” — very funny. I’ve had a few story ideas recently, but no drive to complete them or even[…]

April 9, 2001 (Monday)

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Published on: 2001.04.09

87°F for the high. Work did not completely wear me out, although machine trouble held me back. I got my Federal Income Tax Refund check in the mail ($235) today, then paid my car insurance and my OK income tax, then bought some groceries. I watched “Scary Movie” (rented) and “Flashback” (mine). It really made[…]

April 7, 2001 (Saturday)

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Published on: 2001.04.07

Yesterday (April 6), I cashed my check after work and bought a scanner at Wal-Mart. My conscious mind was not in control of that action. I dumbly watched from inside myself as I walked in, looked at the scanner (which I planned to buy next month), then bought it, along with a Black Crowes CD.[…]

April 2, 2001 (Monday)

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Published on: 2001.04.02

Weather: cloudy, yet mild. Slightly humid, windy, balmy. I left my windows open at the apartment all day, to air it out. Work: better than last week. Got my phone bill today and had to call them to take off a spurious $5 charge. Now I owe them $48.50. My future bills will be only[…]

March 26, 2001 (Monday)

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Published on: 2001.03.26

upper 30s to lower 50s, sunny, windy. Much machine trouble and “no work” at work, but I did okay. My upcoming paycheck should be well over $300, so I can easily afford a newer, larger TV & maybe a scanner as well. My hair is now long enough to cover my eyes if I don’t[…]

March 16, 2001 (Friday)

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Published on: 2001.03.16

WEATHER: still in 40s & 50s; mostly sunny today. WORK: 48 bundles HEALTH: no better. I drank the last of my Nyquil last night & skipped my Dayquil today; coughing, sniffling, dry mouth, aching bones & joints & muscles. After work: I cashed my check, bought a money order for my first electric bill, checked[…]

March 13, 200 (Tuesday)

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Published on: 2001.03.13

WEATHER: same HEALTH: same WORK: same After work, a hot shower & a good s— helped to alleviate my crankiness somewhat. I had buttered cornbread & jellied toast for supper, w/water. Made files in my file drawer for my three main bills — RENT, POWER, & PHONE. I created a “2001 Budget” file in my[…]

Feb. 14, 2001 (Wednesday)

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Published on: 2001.02.14

55 bundles! I am close to really liking this job. The question is not whether it pays enough, but rather will I be able to stick to my budget. After work, I checked my mail, go gas & lunch food, then came home. I called Hinson Insurance and asked about my bill. They said I[…]

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