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Making my bucket list

Last week I had the pleasure to meet a WWII veteran (who by chance happened to be related to me — crazy!) and interview him for The Bryan Times.

He served in the military just shy of three years, and those three years changed his entire life. He had many stories, souvenirs and artifacts from his active duty, and from the years following.

One of the happier times of his service, he said, was when he had a three day pass to Paris and saw the Eiffel Tower. "That's on my bucket list," I told him.

Then I thought about it. Yes, I have always wanted to go to Europe, Paris specifically. Heck, my and two friends in junior high always talked about how we'd graduate college and get an apartment together next to the Eiffel Tower.

Obviously, that didn't work out as planned. However, the point is I have never actually made out my list. I've never put in writing (or typing) the things I would like to see/do in my life.

I've decided to change that. I don't plan on joining…

How do I write?

A lot of times when people ask me about my job, they want to know how I write my stories. "With a computer" is my usual answer, but that doesn't seem to suffice. I'm guessing "By letting Rowdy walk around on the keyboard" won't work either.

I can't really give an answer that fits every situation — because every story is different — but I'll attempt, just for those curious minds.

I often cover school board meetings and other events. So I'll use that as my example.

I sit back, usually with a copy of the agenda, and sometimes turn on my recorder (as a back up for anything I have questions on later). Then I take a lot of notes. I write down lots of facts, quotes, anything I might need later. I also put a big question mark next to things I need clarified so I remember to ask when the meeting is over.

Once it's over and I have all the information, I think about my readers. I want my story to convey the most important actions/discussions/themes/inf…

What I did on my summer vacation

I love vacation, especially when it brings new experiences and old friends together.

Over the holiday, Kyle and I traveled to Chicago to see our friends Brian and Mandy get married. We also squeezed in some sightseeing and other adventures.

Enjoy my photo recap!

Kyle humored me at Wrigley for the classic Bryan Times "Take Us Along" photo.

This is what a zoom lens can do from seats in the upper deck.

We had to get some deep dish downtown. Our friends Staci and April ventured with us.

Our view from Navy Pier.

Kyle was too terrified for us to go up to the top of the Hancock Building, so he took a picture instead.

This is what happens when you take a country boy to the city.

And on Sunday, the newlyweds didn't stop smiling ...

... Or dancing.