Face-Lift

Tuesday evening, after my night class, Cheryl and I jumped into the truck and headed out for our standard 3.5 hour drive to Houston. We had a bit of a hassle getting started due to a semi that decided to spin out on the I-35 parking lot (he probably ...

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Aging in Texas

Just for the record, I want to replace all the "Austin City Limit" signs with this:

Austin is full, go away!

When we moved here, 15 years ago, traffic seemed bad, but not overly so. Today, rush-hour starts at 1AM and runs to midnight! The nut-cases in the Texas Legislature ...

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Veteran's Day: Andy's Story

Andy's Pilot Photo

As many of you probably know by reading some on my blogs, my second dad was Andy Tarapchak, who served this nation as a bomber pilot during WWII. Sadly, he died last year, living in a nursing home with many other vets from that great war.

After he died, his ...

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Huh? Whazzat?

It has been a while since I posted anything, and it is time for an update. The good news is that Cheryl and I went over to M. D. Anderson last night for a morning appointment with my Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Yu. We barely had time to say hello to ...

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Reunion Time

This is a place-holder while I get my pictures from my 50th High School Reunion under control. I took a bunch, and I am sifting through all of them, remembering names, or trying to remember them.

Cheryl and I had a ball in Falls Church, exploring my old haunts, and ...

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Pushing the Edge

I spend a lot of time teaching students skills I hope will lead to good jobs in a profession they love. I had the joy of such a life, and I want to pass that joy around.

So, how do we learn anything in this life? To me, it has ...

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Duty, Honor, Country

How do you measure success?

I do not know when I made probably the most important decision in my life, but it may have been sometime around 1962, when General Douglas MacArthur gave a speech at West Point and told the cadets this:

Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words ...

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They say it's your birthday

Anyone remember this?:

They say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too, yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you

Well, today was my birthday! Celebrating that would have been nice ...

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Hooman Beans

Maybe I am just getting too old, but people are starting to get to me with the silly things they do.

Drivers

While sitting in traffic the other day, in a line of cars just before the road shrank from three lanes to two, I was watching how folks acted ...

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Good News! Still Cancer Free

Today, while in the middle of teaching my evening class at ACC, I got the phone call Cheryl and I (and more than a few of you) have been waiting for! The lab results are in and all tests came up cancer free! Hurray! And, thanks to God for this ...

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