September 11, 2001

15 years ago today, I sat in my family room in Austin and watched 9/11 unfold. I was getting ready for classes that morning, which did not happen that day. Cheryl called me from work, shortly after the first plane hit the Towers. I saw the second one hit ...

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YAMDACTS

Sorry folks, I spent WAY too much time in the Air Force. They create acronyms out of everything. That one stands for Yet Another M.D. Anderson CT Scan. I am guessing I have had over 20 of these things.

12:34pm

(Slowly the doorknob opens)

In walks Dr. Lai ...

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Phantom Works

Well, it is official now, there will be no F4 ride for me! So sad! The money is gone!

Instead I have a new shop in the back yard, almost ready to go! It was not quite supersonic, but it went up FAST! Here is the build site at 7AM ...

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The Santa Factor

As a teacher, my job is to try to stuff knowledge and skills into the minds of my students, to prepare them for that life they hope to live. It seems to get tougher to do this every class I teach. I am always on the lookout for new ideas ...

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The Faces of War

With thanks to Christine Mickiewicz, the daughter of Ed Ochen, Andy Tarapchak's co-pilot on the B-26 they flew into combat over Germany back during WWII, I finally have some faces to put with the names of these brave men from my parent's generation.

From time to time, I ...

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70th Birthday Bash

When I was a kid, looking at people who were OLD, I could not imagine I would ever look like that. Of course, back then old was thirty-something. I graduated from George Mason High School, in Falls Church, Virginia in 1964. Two years ago, my class had its 50th reunion ...

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Another Ticket Punch

As I have said before, I live in 3-4 month increments. Last week, Cheryl and I made our standard pilgrimage to Houston for yet another CT scan, and doctor visit. We both pray that the cancer is gone, and we will find nothing new on these trips!

The appointments started ...

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Hallmark Channel

I watch way too much TV. Wait! Actually, I do not watch that much TV. Instead, I sit in front of a TV, laptop in my lap (where else is it supposed to be?), and work, answer email, or do research. I suppose that is OK.

The TV is on ...

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Memorial Day

This is a day to remember those who gave everything to preserve the freedom we all get to enjoy. Those we lost cannot share in this day. It is our duty to enjoy it for them, and thank them for what they gave for us.

We owe a lot to ...

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Fear: 4:30am

No, I am not paralyzed by fear. But it is 4:30am in the morning, when I should be asleep.

Instead, here I am, writing a blog article. Simply laying there in bed staring at the ceiling does no good. Maybe writing down my thoughts will let me get a ...

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