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Making it Better in Wyoming, continues

About 11 years ago, I promised to donate money to the University of Wyoming Rainbow Resource Center every year.

I’ve kept my promise – some how donating enough to become worthy of individual attention from the UW Foundation. I don’t personally think that I’ve donated enough to qualify for this kind of attention, but be […]

22: Matthew “Matt” Wayne Shepard – *December 1, 1976; †October 12, 1998

Fuck.

Twenty-two years.

Time is so fleeting – how the hell have 22 years passed?

I write this from my new home, still in Berlin, but some 7 kilometers from my old home.

One of the things about moving is that you must sort through all your belongings, even though you’ve forgotten that you own. […]

Whatchamacallit 175: Buffalo Wool Hat

I bought this hat from a shop in Laramie, Wyoming. I have no idea how long ago, how much, or which shop.

The shop did have a small selection of goods made from buffalo wool, including coasters, which I keep in my living room. The hat was also there. Given the difficulties of obtaining […]

Whatchamacallit 163: Still Naked in Laramie

What a find this was: I started digging through my cupboard.

Either it is overstuffed or the flatpack cupboard is starting to see the end of its lifespan, some 17 years after it was initially assembled. I’ve had to reattach one of the doors about 3 times (an easy enough fix, but still….).

Maybe […]

Whatchamacallit 136: Colorado Rockies Hat / Go Pokes

I acquired this hat on August 8, 2018, while attending University of Wyoming Night at the Colorado Rockies – hence it has Steamboat (the bucking horse) and his rider in Colorado Rockies colors and “Go Pokes” embroidered down the side. A tasteful CR logo adorns the back.

The game was against the Pittsburgh Pirates […]

Whatchamacallit 124: University of Wyoming Flag

I’ve owned this flag since, I believe, spring of 1998.

As I vaguely recall, I bought it shortly before graduating with my MA in Political Science (minor in Environment and Natural Resources) from the University of Wyoming.

I cannot say that I ever had a specific plan for the flag, other than to just […]

Whatchamacallit 106: Wyoming Truck with the Bronze Boot

It’s like I do not talk about Wyoming enough – but here you are, today’s Whatchamacallit is an officially licensed University of Wyoming truck named, “Bringing home the bronze boot.”

I bought it earlier this year for $60 plus $7.95 shipping (US domestic) – shipped it somewhere stateside, picked it up whilst visiting and […]

Whatchamacallit 93: Safe Zone Magnet from the University of Wyoming

Back during the 1997-98 academic year at the University of Wyoming, I did something brave and, for Wyoming, cutting edge: I took Safe Zone training.

I tried to do it on the sly, but outside the conference room I remember that I ran into a friend and somehow had to explain what I was […]

Whatchamacallit 84: Wyoming Press Association Announcement

Back when I started university, I wanted to be a journalist – so my first order of business was getting a job as a writer for the Branding Iron, the student newspaper.

I was pretty committed to the work, covering a wide variety of stories across the UW campus – and participating in extracurricular […]

Whatchamacallit 62: Wyoming Whiskey

Wyoming Whiskey is a (relatively) recent addition to the small distillery scene and, to the best of my knowledge, the only (legal) distillery in the State of Wyoming.

Given that I have much affection for Wyoming (despite its strong Republican leanings), I keep my eye out for cool, albeit unusual, Wyoming products – and […]