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Whatchamacallit 8: Longboard Beer

This is a six-pack carrier for Longboard Beer – which I drank when I visited Hawaii in 2014.

I’ve not really treated this with much respect: it sits on top of a bookcase in my living room collecting dust. But I look at it from across the room and it brings back memories of […]

The Importance of Walking Out

Every once in awhile I have an experience that reminds me the importance of walking out of a business – or a taxi.

Back in 2007, I took a taxi from Brussels Airport to a hotel – and when the taxi driver had trouble with his meter, I ordered him to stop the taxi at […]

Boston Logan 9/11 Memorial

While in Boston, I made a point of visiting the 9/11 Memorial located at Boston Logan Airport.

It is a very nicely done, small, memorial located near Terminal A and the Hilton Hotel.

According to Massport,

Remember this day. This memorial is a place of contemplation, reflection and remembrance for a world impacted by […]

My 2017 Western America Tour: Cheerful Colorado History (Not)

When initially planning my trip, I had envisioned going from the Great Sand Dunes to Laramie, Wyoming, taking the mountain route: The Rockies are a dramatic backdrop and there are lots of trails to hike and things to do.

The problem was, I couldn’t identify anything specific that I wanted to do – and instead […]

Picking A Username… or not.

Back in 1992 when I arrived at the University of Wyoming, one of the first things we had to do was register for a computer account

Sitting down at the terminal, we were to type newuser for the username and newuser for the password—we would then be instantly launched into a series of steps which […]

… on all my credit cards

This past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking to my banks – on both sides of the Atlantic – in order to check up on some details of my life.

And it occurred to me that back in January, when I was in Bloomington, I’d visited my safe deposit box and found all my old […]

On my media choices: putting my money into quality journalism

I’ll admit it: I am a huge freeloader when it comes to news on the Internet: if it’s free, I’ll read it. If it’s not free… well, then it depends.

I’ve had a long-standing list of media that I would be happy to pay for: The Economist, The New York Times, and The Guardian.

And […]

Matthew Wayne Shepard, † October 12, 1998

Wow, another year has rolled around.

This doesn’t feel as raw as it did the first time, but I still go back through the memories of everything I felt that week, when I was in Bloomington, Indiana, and all the attention was on Laramie, Wyoming.

With distance – both in terms of time (16 years […]

Happy Thanksgiving

To all my American friends (both in America and elsewhere) as well as all my friends in America (American or whatever), I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

I even wish my friends abroad, who are not American, but whom like turkey – a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and I am loathe […]

Echoes across space and time – Wyoming from Germany: My Wyoming Monologue

Below is my piece for the Wyoming Monologues, a performance put on at the University of Wyoming last night, March 8, 2013, following a performance of the Vagina Monologues. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ian, Stephan, Jay, Alexander, and Bonnie for their helpful comments during the writing process. Further, it would […]