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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 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 159: house and home

This book, by Steve Gunderson and Rob Morris (with Bruce Bawer), was one of the few non-academic books that I kept in my dorm room at the University of Wyoming, the last year that I was a graduate student.

It was published in September 1996 – so just after I had graduated with my […]

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 10: GO WYO

This is the first in a series of “GO WYO” license plates that adorned my cars – back when I lived in the States and when I owned cars. Follow up license plates were in Indiana, “The Crossroads of America” plate and the exceptionally ugly “www.IN.gov” plate that was issued later in my Indiana-time.

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

Gosh. It’s hard to believe that another year has passed.

It seems like just yesterday I was reflecting on 20 years since Matthew Shepard died; now it is 21.

Whenever I sit down to reflect about his beating, his hospitalization, and his death – I am immediately transported back to that horrid day, 21 years […]