Generation Passing

July 27th, 2016

Part II of II Tom paid cash for everything, including their dream home. Except each May he would return to that same Riverside State Bank and take out a loan to purchase window unit air conditioner inventory. During a couple summer breaks from college, I hung out in the store, and early my first…

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Tradin’ Tom

July 26th, 2016

Part I of II Painted on the side of the corner building where my father’s furniture and appliance store sat for 37 years was this slogan: ‘Will Trade for Anything.’ Proving that statement true, when I was four, he returned to our nearby house one night pulling a trailer with two horses inside. Seems…

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Holding Pattern

June 30th, 2016

When we moved to Houston, we chose cable for our television service. Just short of eight years later we switched to satellite… and frequently endured the dreaded ‘lost signal’ disruption during torrential downpours. Over the next nine years, our monthly bill continually drifted upward… topping $135 recently – without any premium channels. (Yes, I…

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Mature Mindset

June 29th, 2016

The Olympic Swimming Trials are in full swing this week, and since the nephew of a good friend of ours is one of the world’s best breaststrokers, we’ve been watching. (Of course, Michael Phelps is competing, too, so that adds to the fun.) Last night as we watched the final lap of a women’s freestyle…

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Caveat Emptor

May 26th, 2016

Part II of II Yes, little one, once upon a time my mom really did drive me to the public library so I could utilize the Dewey Decimal System to find books to research my history project. (Wikipedia. Really?) Oh, and my dad went to the AAA office and had them map out the…

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