Howdy. I'm Rick. Make yourself comfortable. Pull off your shoes and prop up your feet and stay awhile. I'll put another log on the fire and warm up the coffee pot.
I'll tell you a little bit about myself. Have you visted my LINKS/TRAILS page. You really should stop there before you leave and try some of them. I am adding new links all the time. And if you would like to check out my skills as a poet then visit my REFLECTIONS page. And by all means, I recommend that you visit my TEXAS pages. I think that you might just enjoy them and maybe learn some things about Texas that you didn't know. I am always adding to my Texas pages so check back every so often and see what is new. You should also check out my HOMETOWN pages to see what you might find there.
Well, first off let me say I'm new to this here web range. So if everything ain't just so so, well give a me little time and I'll try and have everything in place. You can't always rope that steer on the first try, you know. I still have not mastered all of this HTML code but I am working on it. Some of my pages might be a little slow in loading but I have tried to make them as easy on the eyes as possible.
Well, I was born on a little place here in Central Texas. I had two older sisters but they have passed away including my parents. I lived the first part of my life on a small farm. When I was six we moved into town so I could get some better book learning, you know, the 3 r's - reading, riting and rithmatic. Well that was the plan anyway.After I got out of high school, I started taking some college courses studying photography, sound and movie production. I shot a short 8mm movie and wrote a script for it. My Professor showed it to some people he knew and I received an invitation to a Disney convention to show off my film. Things went well and I met some nice people that enjoyed my movie and thought I might have a natural talent for the movie business.
I thought at the time it might be interesting to be a freelance Photographer or a freelance Movie producer. I had been taking pictures since I got my first camera (a hand me down) when I was only 12 and was a fairly good photographer even though I had taught myself every thing that I had learned up to then by trial and error. I had a steady job, was going to school and I thought things were looking pretty good.
MICKEY MOUSE & ME AT DISNEY CONVENTION
Then one day out of the blue, I was contacted by an uncle of mine. You might know him yourself. His name was Uncle Sam.
He wanted me to know that I won an all expense paid vacation to some little place in Southeast Asia. Uncle Sam told me it was a real 'hot spot' and there would be lots of activities for me to participate in while I was there.
Well, after the basics and some advanced training I was sent to Germany to refine my skills. I really enjoyed Germany. Got to visit the Alps and see the Black Forest. Got to visit some small German towns that were really wonderful. Visited some of the castles on the Rhine River. The native German food is very good but fattening. I was mainly stationed in Frankfurt, Germany but did lots of OJT (on the job training at other places).
Then I was transferred to a not so wonderful vacation spot in Vietnam. What a lovely spot it was, located only ten miles south of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). That was ten miles south of the border of North Vietnam. A quaint little place called Quang Tri
Well, I must admit it was not that bad looking a place. It was not that far from the coast, although surfing at the time was not a really good idea. Of course months and months of solid rain, often referred to as the monsoon rains were a little discouraging to say the least. The people, well the local natives were friendly enough but there were others who were not quite so friendly. Well, I made it back safe and sound and for that I thank my guardian angel. All that is behind me now and that is where I like to keep it.
Vietnam Service Medal
2 bronze stars
Republic of Vietnam
After getting back home from overseas, I got a full time job and a part time job and started saving money to go back and finish my education. However, I lost my part-time job and wound up with two full time jobs which did not leave much time for sleeping, much less attending school.
At one time I was the only distributor in the Waco area for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post at the same time. My area covered all of Waco, Bellmead, Northcrest, Lacy-Lakeview, Lorena and Hewitt. If you bought one of these papers from a 7-11 store, Milky Way store or out of a paper rack at the Malls or at a restaurant, it was one of the places on my route. I also delivered a Dallas Times Herald route when my friend who had that route was sick. It kept me on my toes and out of mischief.
When Greyhound went on strike, I had to drive to Houston every evening to get my papers from the 'Houston Chronicle' & 'Houston Post'. Then I had to hightail it back to Waco to meet the delivery trucks that brought me the 'Dallas' and 'Fort Worth' papers. Then after all that fun, I had to put the "inserts" in the papers before I could deliver them. Inserts are the ads that you find in your paper. Sometimes around Christmas, the ads were almost as thick as the paper. Then I still had to try and get everything delivered by 7 AM and not later than 8 AM, regardless of the weather. This was all lots of fun but finally sold my route and paperboxes to someone else.
I then got a "real" full time job (72 Hours A Week) that paid ok for the time but I had to work a lot of overtime. After several years, I bought myself a truck and trailer and started my own trucking company which turned out to be a good thing at the time. I did that for several years.
OK, it's time to wake up, hope I haven't bent your ear too much, guess you better move on and check out the rest of my little ranch and see what's out there. Have fun and by all means, please do come back and visit. You can never tell what I might have added. I have a lot of things that I am working on and you can never tell what will wind up on my pages.
RANCH OWNER RICK
Let me tell you about some of the things that interest me. First off, I am a car nut so I am interested in almost all kinds of cars and car racing.
In my days, I have had a couple of cars that I really liked. I am currently working on a site to show off some of my favorite cars and when I get it ready, I will add a link to it.
I have always enjoyed reading, ever since I was just a little cowpoke. Some of my favorite authors that I currently enjoy reading are Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and of course Louis L'Amour. But sometimes I have to force myself to turn off the computer to catch up on my reading.
I am also interested in Photography, Texas History, History of the Old West, Genealogy, Ancient History, Egyptology and Archeology. I have been tracing my family geneology for a number of years now. I hope to pass this information down to the children of the family so they will have a sense of where they came from and to help them understand their family tree.
Yes, I do enjoy watching some television. Some of the channels I enjoy are the Discovery channel, Learning channel, History channel or the A&E channel. This is about 80% of my television watching. I also enjoy watching some of the old movies on the American Movie Classics channel.
Well that is about all I can think of that I can tell you about myself for right now. Hope you didn't get a sore ear from hearing me jabber on about myself. I don't usually talk about myself that much but thought I would give you a little history on this old ranch owner seeing as how you were kind enough to stop by for a visit.
If you get thirsty, then give me a holler, the coffee pot is always hot or I can brew you up some tea or get you a soda out of the ice box. If you get hungry then I'll put some more wood in the stove and throw on some steaks to cook and a big ole mess of beans. Of course I'll have to make some home fried potatoes and a big pan of biscuits or cornbread to go with it.
Now ride on over to the next page. Then wander around the rest of the ranch and see what you can find.