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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS 14

She looks down at the gas gauge. “Charlie, your gas light is on!?!” Ordinarily, running nearly empty is no big deal. You just get off at the next exit and gas up, but we were in the middle of 76, a highway that traverses a grand expanse of nothingness. There are civilized towns at the beginning and end and nothing in the middle. We were in the middle. We were going to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere.
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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 13

Eleven years ago, I went to my first Falfins Swim Team banquet and as I look back, I remember thinking, “God, how long is this going to take?” In May, my all-growed-up 18-year-old, Carli, gave her senior farewell speech. Meanwhile, I’m sure there was some age-group dad sitting in the back, complaining, “I can’t believe there’s no beer at this banquet.” Been there, thought that. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 12

ShareTweet Dear Family and Friends: Merry Christmas. I hope you are well. I’m okay now, but last week I was in rough shape. Most commonly overheard phrase in the Snyder household in 2012: “Don’t use the debit card until the … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 11

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Last night after a hard-fought baseball game, Sam and I ended up at the Overtime Sports Bar to eat. I was transported back in time to the taverns of Minnesota; the only thing missing was a meat raffle. Then Sam turns to me and says, “Dad, I like bars.” Me too, son, me too. – July 19 Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 10

Just like my trip with the girls a few years back, we left Mount Rushmore and headed for Hot Springs to spend the night. We had to stop the car to let some buffalo cross the road and then some deer. After dinner in Hot Springs, while walking to the car, I looked up and saw the sky covered in what I called “death clouds.” Imagine the most ominous clouds you’ve ever seen … these were worse. I thought, “We’re dead.” Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 09

I spent most of the past year peering over my glasses to read things. So after five years with the same prescription, I got new glasses. I’m reminded of the Brian Regan line, ‘how can improving your eyesight not be at the top of your to-do list.’ I’m a bit of a procrastinator. So I’m at the liquor store picking up a little, well, liquor, and the guy working behind the counter asks me if I’ve got new glasses. And I said, “As a matter-of-fact, I did.” Then he says, “You’re one handsome dog.” Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 08

I bought some biking shoes this year with some black socks. The bike shop guy actually tried to talk me out of buying the socks, saying among other things that ‘you don’t need special socks’ and ‘there’s nothing special about these socks.’ But he was missing the most important thing about the socks … they looked cool with the shoes. Continue reading

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