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All Of My Socials

( culture / writing / blog / bill )
My internet presence: My main blog is this one, FriendsNews.com. My author platform is WilliamArthurHolmes.com. My new social media profiles (after dropping Facebook and Twitter) are gab.com (when I can login, it's so slow), minds.com, and MeWe.com. I'm still on Instagram, too, for now... at in... read more

Random Observations

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MiscellaneousHad alarm set for 4:15a.m., but the trash collectors in the alley behind my hotel thought 3:30 would be better.At the airport, I was busted for trying to sneak contraband mouthwash and sweet tea through securityOK how are you supposed to cut a mango? No idea.How's this for a great quote... read more

My YouTube Videos

( family / holmes / bill / videos )
You will need the password for most of these.Cracking up over Lottery President (Jun 28, 2013). No password required.Dad's birthday, part 2 (Apr 15, 2012)Dad's birthday, part 1 (Apr 15, 2012)Dad at apartment (93rd birthday) (Apr 15, 2012) No password required. It was briefly unavailable due to it... read more

1-2-3 Day!

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Today is 1-2-3 day! January 23. Exciting, right? Just think, twenty-six years from today it'll be 1-2-3-4-5 day! I'll probably be dead by then, but somebody will enjoy it!... read more

Trail Of Blood

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Walking from the parking lot into work this morning, on the sidewalk I saw what looked like a trail of blood. There was a big spot of it at the top of the sidewalk, and it dwindled as it continued downhill toward the front door. What the...? This building is out in the middle of formerly beautiful c... read more

Diary, 7/29/2017

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I just went down the road to the quickie-mart and got coffee. It's something I do most every weekend morning since throwing away my home coffee maker to keep me from drinking too much of it. On the way there, I saw what I thought was a dead turtle in the road. I hate that. Poor things just can't mov ... read more

Couch Potato

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I've been a couch potato all day. Well, most of the day. I did finally pull up the dead crops in the vegetable garden at one point. And I did do some recycling, taking the paper, bottles, cans and plastic bags out of the trash cans and putting it into the appropriate recycle bins in the garage.I t... read more

Out Of Toothpaste

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Me: I'm out of toothpaste! What are you gonna do about it? Wife (without missing a beat): Find a husband with toothpaste, I guess. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I married her. :) And that's why I'm at the store right now, buying toothpaste.... read more

Doing The Dishes

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So, my wife tells me most people do the dishes every day. I don't believe her. Every day? I ask.Yes, every day.Every single day?She nods. You don't mean it's something that is an 'every day' thing, but in reality is not done literally every single day, do you?No, she insists. What I'm say... read more

Diary, 7/2/2012

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It almost rained today. I know, exciting. Apparently, it did rain pretty hard in some places, but not here on the south side. Hopefully, by this time next week it will have rained several times. The possibility is in the forecast, anyway. Just trying to keep my crops healthy.As Mark Twain s... read more

Diary, 6/30/2012

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It's supposed to be record heat again today. Yesterday was 109F degrees, which is unheard of in Nashville. Today is supposed to be 107F. I've already watered my fruit trees and vegetable garden in the backyard this morning. Yesterday when I came home from work, the garden was literally wilted from t ... read more

Kite Flying

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As it turned out, today was a good day for kite flying. Elizabeth, 6, had been bugging me about flying her new kite since returning from the vet this morning. We had brought all three pugs in to see Dr. Paula: Daisy due to recurrent painful skin irritations, which magically disappeared by the time D... read more

Diary, 7/24/2010

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We all went to the Nashville Zoo today. My God it was hot ... and sticky. Luckily, Blue Bell Ice Cream was handing out free cups of vanilla ice cream, which we grabbed upon arrival and at departure. I think today was literally the hottest day yet this year.When we got home I felt sorry for the veget... read more

Diary, 7/23/2010

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I'm lying here on the couch - with the pugs asleep next to me - getting my new laptop just the way I like it. A customer was supposed to show up and drop off their laptop today at 3, but that never happened. Shoulda guessed that, but I had to be here in guess they did show up. Anyway, this new l ... read more

A Few Bumper Stickers

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And one t-shirt, too. That's not me in the picture. :) Here's my store: zazzle.com/holmes3804Make custom gifts at Zazzle... read more

Diary, 10/17/2009

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Been trying to learn Cisco (network routing equipment) online through skillsoft.com, which I was given access to in my severance package. Maybe I need to just move out in order to get everything done that needs getting done. My 4 year old daughter thinks just because I'm working from home right now,... read more

Diary, 10/15/2009

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Two weeks shy of my birthday and I'm still looking for a job. I don't know why. I never really fit in at these corporate soul-sucking places. Oh that's right, I need to pay the mortgage, daycare, grocery bill, utilities, car payment and its insurance. And don't forget the exorbitant health care prem ... read more

Diary, 4/2/2009

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Today is Dad's birthday. 90 years old! Amazing. I'm 48, in case you're wondering. Amazing ... ly disgusting! Oh well.Anyway, back to Dad. Longevity runs in his side of the family. His mother lived to be 101. His father made it to 81 or so, as did his oldest brother and only sister ... I thin ... read more

Diary, 11/10/2008

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Parents all worry about how well they're raising their kids; how they will behave; what kind of people they will grow up to be. Well, tonight I discovered a sad truth about our youngest daughter, Sunny. She likes to hang out in gutters. You heard me. Gutters! Oh, the shame of it all!Sunny is a cat, ... read more

Diary, 11/7/2008

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Well, I had a hell of a day. It started off normally enough, though it was raining, which is increasingly rare around here. I dropped Elizabeth off at school on my way to work, and from there my day took a wrong turn.I took side streets the rest of the way to work instead of the main Old Hickory Blv ... read more

Diary, 10/28/2008

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We had a Fall Festival party at Elizabeth's daycare/preschool tonight (called that because some parents don't like Halloween). Elizabeth went dressed up in her Minnie Mouse costume. She was very cute. But then, she's cute no matter how she's dressed. :) They had a magic show that was cute, but I ... read more

Diary, 4/26/2008

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I took Joey to the vet this morning for a routine follow-up. I volunteered because I thought his appointment would conflict with Tara's plans to take Elizabeth to meet up with her Auntie, Tara's sister Sandy, at the Franklin Street Fair. Tara conveniently allowed me to think that.When Joey and I got ... read more

Reception

( family / holmes / bill )
My and Tara's wedding reception2001imagesStill photosEleanor, June, Greg, Linda, Frank Jayson, Ronica Ronica, Sandie, Tara, Stephanie Becky, Tara, Bill Crowd 1 Crowd 2 Crowd 3Short videos (thanks to Jayson)Crowd shot Cutting cake (sideways) Feeding cake 1 Feeding cake 2 The toast Bill & Tara's drin... read more

Engaged!

( family / holmes / bill )
Engaged... finally!Tara and I are finally getting married. We've "felt married," but now we're making it official, just for the sake of making it official. :) The actual wedding will be August 22, which we've always celebrated as our "anniversary," anyway, because that was the... read more

An Email Exchange

( family / holmes / bill )
From: Bill Holmes Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001, 2:59 PMTo: Tara McKinneySubject: rescheduled againBetter not bring any boyfriends home tonight. I'll be here, after all. It's been rescheduled for tomorrow. Got a call from TekSystems-Huntsville. They've got a contract-to-perm job possibi... read more


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