OK … so where does one start? It’s been a long, long time … I guess with the important stuff … my family!
Let’s get this out front right now … I’ve got 10 kids.
OK? With me still? 10 beautiful & intelligent kids, too Ages – 22 all the way down to just over 4 months old. 5 boys – 5 girls. All have the same mother & father.
How did I get there? Well, I went and met this beautiful & intelligent woman back in 1979. She MADE it happen, I tell you. I was kicking & screaming all the way, but she made it happen!! Oh well, sometimes it’s for the best.
At the time, I was running a record store in New Hyde Park & playing in a damn good band [at this stage, anyway] called Cottonwood Sage. The band broke up and the record store went belly up, so we figured we’d do what’s natural … that is what causes this “condition,” yes? … and we started a little family … ok, not so little …
I got a job working for the State of New York at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center [those who know me well question the “job working” part!]; two years later I transferred to Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center up in Dutchess County. After 7 years working with the criminally insane, I figured I was qualified to work for the United States Postal Service and that’s what I’ve done ever since. If interested, you can read about my Dutchess County life at From the Mohicans’ Land to Mohicanland. You’ll also learn, there, of my move to North Carolina in 1991 and subsequent unnatural preoccupation with the 1992 film, The Last of the Mohicans. If you stick around here long enough, you’ll be force-fed a lot more of that!
Anyway, currently I still work for the Postal Service – though I often wish I didn’t – as a Lead Sales & Service Associate [English translation: window clerk group leader] in Marion, NC, and facilitative instructor [English translation: teach window classes] for all window clerks in the western North Carolina area.
Before all of this, I rambled around the country a few times, worked here & there, suffered through a bad marriage [well, maybe it was her who did the suffering … I forget … I’m old], played in the band for seven years [with me brother, Ronnie, among others], and generally goofed off.
Throughout my life, though I never was too good at keeping in touch, I always kept the folks who helped to shape my life dear, and close, to my heart. After all, it is largely because of them [some of you] that make me what I am today. There’s no escaping you, consequently. So, I put up a board!
I don’t listen to much music nowadays … now that Jerry & John & George are dead [mostly I listen to what I consider good soundtracks] … but I love sports … NY Rangers, LA Dodgers, Dallas Cowboys [sorry!] in particular … and enjoy studying America’s frontier history.
Though I still look much the same today [long hair, still – though just a wee tad grayer – etc.], I’m a lot different in my thoughts on things these days … more … shall I say it? … c-o-n-s-e-r-v-a-t-i-v-e. Sorry.
Besides the passage of time, 2 major events led me down that path … both fairly recent. September 11, 2001 was a life-altering event for me. The whole world looks different to me now. Again, if interested, you can read my early impressions of that event at 9-11-01. I still feel, more or less, the same.
So, can you tell yet that I spend a lot of waking hours working on web sites?!?
Oh, the second event – the birth of my youngest daughter, Sophia RosaMaria, this past October … and hospitalized ever since. She’s been fighting for her life for over 4 months now. She’s never entered my home or uttered a sound, but her control over me is complete & total. Though she’s been near death more than once, her will to live is undying. Other than my wife, she’s the strongest person I know, and – I know this might sound corny – I believe she was sent here to bring me closer to God. In that, she has succeeded, though I still have a long way to go!
Anyway, that’s me in a rather large nutshell. Will fill in the spaces right here over time with y’all!
Originally posted on February 16, 2003 on the Out By The Corner Mailbox message board … Kids are older, marriage disintegrated, and I am currently 2 years into retirement.
hi Richard, I liked your text on the Cheyenne Exodus, having chanced upon it trying to read up on the subject.
Also like some of your comments – even some of your political comments, though I don’t share your love for Trump. I share your view that Hillary was/is unfit to be president or in any leading capacity and that the Democrats at large are extremists trying to control every aspect of life on residents of this country. The Republicans are just an equally sorry lot, self-serving hypocrites and if I may be vulgar (please forgive me) … huge brown nosers. I really cannot find myself supporting one side or the other, except that I want either side to be out of my hair, period. I love this country, not so much the overcrowding. I don’t care for any organized religion period, don’t want to hear about it and much less know about it. Trump’s kissing up to the religious nuts and there I have a problem. I also have a problem with his vulgar demeanor and disrespects really the office he holds. And of course I have issue with his eratic behavior and his immigrant bashing. We are really all immigrants to this country unless we are Indians – I am not, but my wife actually is (50%) and thus my daughter is (25%). I lived in the L.A. area for nearly forty years and the Latina element has always been part of the demographic landscape ever since the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848. Sure there are criminal elements within the immigrant communities, always have been if we think a bit about it, the Irish gangs, the Italian gangs, the Puerto Rican gangs (the latter’s country was annexed by the US in 1898, they had no choice of being US residents) even the Jewish mob in New York … large cities with poor immigrant communities are simply a fertile ground for ethnic based gangs. The we have also the black gangs in most of America’s cities – Trump simply singles out a minority in a populistic manner. Again, don’t get me wrong – I see there is a huge (!) problem with immigration and it needs fixing, not just here but in most parts of the world – most notably in Europe. I did well in the LA area, as said lived nearly forty years there. The density stress started to get to me (too many people on this planet !) thus I planned to relocate for my twilight years to Montana or Wyoming. My wife wouldn’t hear of it because of the rampant racism in those parts (they still deem Indians as “prairie niggers”) and thus we compromised on New Mexico. Glad to be out of L.A. in the wonderful big sky country, literally the “Land of Enchantment”. I don’t really care how people live or what they do in their lives as long as I don’t need to know about it. If you like guns, so be it, just don’t point them at me otherwise you’ll get a fist in your face, if you like to embrace organized religion, that too – don’t be in my face about it, if you are straight, gay or into anything else – don’t care and don’t want to know. Women have a right to control their bodies – if they subject themselves to an abortion, that’s their problem, not mine and I don’t care. So that sums it up – I loath Trump and I eaqually loath the Democrats and Republicans – there is no middle ground anymore, common sense fiscal conservative, taking care of the environment, no need for America to be the global policeman (I would abolish the army and go back to state militias – would instantly balance the budget), if Iran blows up Israel or vice versa – don’t care at all, let them blow up each other – maybe this will vacate living space for a more moderate people.
Thanks again for your suberp comments on the Cheyennes !
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Thank you … for both your visit and civility!