So Far

Born in North Carolina, moved all over (lived in a lot of towns with the word “Fort” in them). Graduated from ANS high school in 1974 in Managua, Nicaragua, then graduated from Kansas University in Lawrence1978 with a degree in Chemistry.

Lived in Hutchinson, Kansas for three years after graduation and worked in a salt mine. Then moved to Dallas – worked as an EPA consultant on emergency response and Superfund cleanups, ran a small analytical laboratory for a year, worked in a paint factory for fifteen years and now work in electronics and semiconductors.

Candy and I were married in 1988. We have two sons, Nicholas and Lee. Nick went to Duke and now lives outside of Houston, working for a pipeline company while Lee recently graduated from Tulane and now works in New Orleans.

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118 responses to “So Far

  1. Aha, I see that you have lived in Nicaragua! Reasons enough to be fond of Gallo Pinto! Must say that is tastes so much better there though… Especially with a piece of fried cheese to go with it…
    You got yourself a nice blog!

    • I only lived in Managua for a short time, but it left a strong and lasting impression on me – the high school years are when you form so much of your personality. As far as food goes I miss the Nacatamals the most, the Nicaraguan beans too, and the Gallo Pinto.

      I always loved the crude cheese from the little lunch stand by our school. Decades later, I found a perfect match – a local Amish grocery store had cheese that was exactly the same.

  2. Great to see that you have two college-aged sons that you’re so close to! As a college student, it’s nice to see that parents-children are still keeping in touch!

  3. Thank you for liking my blog post. I especially appreciate it because the day was difficult. You seem to be a very interesting person, so I am following your blog and if you would like we can be friends on Facebook… I’ll send you an invite.

    Take care and keep writing great posts. Thanks again for the encouragement.

  4. Thanks for liking my post. We have Managua, Nicaragua in common. Although I only spent a few days there, it impacted me tremendously.

  5. Thank you for commenting on my blog. We are not that far from each other and I love your post about Available Light. I would love to spend time around Dallas photographing but alas every time I am there I have appts and miss my opportunity.

  6. Hey, nice blog with a real potpourri of interesting things. It was amazing to see that video of the lady playing guitar.

  7. Hi there, I like your blog. I lived a few years in McPherson, Kansas about thirty minutes from Hutchinson. Small world.

  8. Hi Bill,

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog yesterday. I’m honored that what I wrote moved you enough to inspire you to hit the “like” button.

    Very glad to e-meet you, and to find your own nifty looking blog!


  9. I’ll echo Marci’s “nifty looking blog” comment! 😉

    I, too, just stopped by to thank you for liking my “I Dream Murder” post!

  10. Thanks for liking my post at JackiePCain. You could also look at JPC_0604 if you like – the latest is a silly rant about US keyboards! Your blog is interesting – I like your reflecting pool pics. I’m looking for the follow key.

  11. Hey Bill Chance… nice site … pursue the grail! thanks for checkin’ in on ancient to future,,, Siobhan will be chuffed that word on her shots has reached Dallas! take it easy cowboy! Best… Paul Brad (Hackney, London)

  12. Hi’ya, Bill,
    Thanks for the like on my Chalktown/Caine’s Arcade posting. I see you posted his video, too… I really liked his vision and spirit. Refreshing. After checking out your blog a bit, I can see why you had an interest. Your interest in art and writing is a nice mix for me, as I enjoy both, so guess I’ll be following ya! I lived in NC for a time, too–just more recently than you, I think–and have friends and family there. 🙂

  13. Your blog is very interesting and i find it neat to know what other people do in their communities. The many photos you have taken and posted are great too. Keep it up.

  14. Thanks for liking my post…I’m new and I love visiting those bloggers that visit mine. I love your style and your sense of humor. Look forward to following, and perhaps learning more about how it’s done from someone who obviously knows!

  15. Bill,

    Thanks for the “like” on my blog titled “Request.” While I appreciate the interest in music, I think you might also like the Fast Fitness Track blog itself too! Feel free to peruse the blogs on there…and if YOU wind up having any interest in Beachbody programs or supplements, drop me a line! If fitness isn’t your thing, but you know some people who are looking for it, then guide THEM to me too!


  16. Hi Bill,

    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the “INSPIRING BLOG AWARD”

    The rules are as follows:

    1-Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog
    2-Post 7 things about yourself
    3-Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award
    4-Inform those people that you’ve nominated them, just as I am with you

    And above all, have fun. I’ve chosen you because I’ve been following your blog and felt it to be inspirational and very helpful. Keep it up and take care.

    Allan Krummenacker

  17. Hi Bill – As I can see I’m not the first to do so, but I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for A Very Inspiring Blogger Award (the details are on my blog). I find your creativity inspiring and I enjoy reading your posts.

  18. Thanks for the like and comment on my post. Down here in South Florida, there’s a mantra among cyclists, “Hydrate or die.” So keep the water flowing on your bike rides! Pedal, pedal, pedal.

  19. Bill, it’s great to find your photographs and blog. Thanks for finding me and posting! My first love is photography (the whole digital thing threw me for a loop, while it’s extremely convenient, directions get shifted) and art, so finding your photos is inspiring! I look forward to following you!

  20. Hi Bill, What a great life you’re living! I discovered you by your great post on New Orleans. Looks like we have the same love affair with the architecture. We started our married and professional lives in New Orleans, so it has a serious soft spot in our hearts. Looking forward to reading more. All the Best, Terri and James Vance

    • Thanks for the nice comment. Over the years, I always liked New Orleans – worked there off and on – but now that my son goes to school there (he is a junior at Tulane) I have developed a real love for the city, it is a special place. I wish I could visit more often, but when I do I take a lot of photographs… something to remember.

  21. The pictures on your site are amazing. I only wish I was given the same talent for these sort of of things.

  22. Great blog. I liked the description in your biography -moved all over (lived in a lot of towns with the word “Fort” in them) – it said so much about your life without describing it in detail. Your quote about the beauty in art was a great find for me.

    Thanks – and yes, I appreciate the effort that goes into a blog

  23. Just had a nice visit on your website. Your photo angles are just wonderful. Looking forward to following. Thank you.

  24. must be some gr8 memories captured in film camera. Really loved the ones with plane and fish. Also the rollercoaster pic is nice!

    • Yes, most are from an old Brownie 120 camera I carried for a decade or so. The fish one is a polaroid and some of the later ones are from a 35mm. I’m glad I put those into a book and kept them. They look really random to strangers, but every one is a distinct memory for me.

    • Thanks, that was taken in Leavenworth, Kansas, maybe 1970, with a Brownie kid’s camera. I worked for months on that glider, it crashed and broke on its first flight, but that wasn’t the point.

      The other day, out of curiosity, I looked up that old house on Googlemaps Streetview. This is what it looks like now:
      The ornate wood trim porch is gone.

  25. Hello, Bill. It’s nice to know you. I enjoyed reading about your life so far and all the places you have lived, and look forward to reading more of your posts. Thank you for liking and reblogging my flash fiction piece. I really appreciate it.

  26. Hey, thanks for ‘the like’ over at ‘the Hobbomock Chronicles’

    Fun with wordage, no?
    Enjoyed your blog here… like the brevity and the variety.

    P.S. “…worked in a salt mine.”. Dude! Total ‘vitae envy…lol take that literary agent number 324!

    • Thanks for the compliment! I post each entry to Twitter – and a few folks follow me that way – but don’t use it much. When it first came out I used it to track Food Trucks, unusual movies, plays, and other local events but now I find it too overloaded with… well you know.

      • Ah ok yeah, lol, I hear you loud and clear on that one. It’s not the happiest place and I’ve found WordPress to be more interesting, but like you say, it’s a good way to keep up to date. I’ll follow you there to keep a track of your blog, it’s inspiring stuff.

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