One-Eyed Black

We were sitting at the Airport in Kansas City last Sunday, after Thanksgiving with our family there (and working on our second house!) I decided I needed something to read before we got on the plane, so I headed to the newsstand in the waiting area.

The clerk reached up …

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Hanger Talk

Note

You may notice (yet, again) a facelift on my blog site today! I build this blog using some nice open-source tools, and they updated several of the parts I use. So, I went looking at several sites for examples of the way they laid things out, and settled on …

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Facial Upgrading

Today, after an intense day of air traveling back to Austin from KC, where we spend Thanksgiving visiting with family and working on our second house, we went to visit Dr. Scholl. It has been 11 days since Dr. Yu did the "debulking" surgery at M. D. Anderson, and it …

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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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