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Monthly Archives: May 2009

466833068111For the first time in my life most of the periods have come together.  You see I have always been able to quickly know when or where someone knew me by what they called me.  Over the years I’ve had many nicknames.  Now with the advent of the internet and modern technology they have finally converged.  The irony comes in the venue in which this is all happening.

Just to bring everyone up to speed I’ll recap some of the nicknames that I’m know by.  Obviously my current nickname is Ronman.  That name came about around 2004.    We can thank my good friend from the upper left for putting that one on me.  If you look around at some of the online places I hang out you will see some of the other names.

Hambone is one of the prominent names that I’ve been known by.  I would have to say that one has been around the longest.  Back in my school days is when this name was placed on me.  I used this name for many years as a CB handle.  Well it seems that there are many many many other folks out there with the same nickname.  I couldn’t have this now could I?

Here is where my most unique nickname comes to play.  You may see some folks calling me by the name Turnip.  Yes that’s right just like the vegetable.  In reality this is short for Barefooted Turnip.  I can safely say that thus far whenever I’ve heard someone calling that name that they were directing it toward me.  For many years I wouldn’t ever tell anyone how this name came to be.  I loved the reactions when I would simply say “I’d rather not talk about it”.  Oh how a mystery causes the mind to wonder.

I’m telling you all of this to bring up this point.   Recently, thanks to modern technology, many of the people from all phases of my life have come together in one place on- line.  Most all of these people have some special meaning to me.  Whether they be a newer acquaintance or a dear life long friend.  There are people who have written something in a way in which I deeply respect.  There are people who have helped me through some dark times in my life.  Most of which don’t have any idea what they’ve done.  There are folks who I consider close friends whom I’ve never met in person.  There are folks whom I haven’t seen in years.  My what fun it’s been getting caught up on things.

The vortex is spinning with all these people in the mix.  Will some of them become friends as well?  Only time will tell.  Will these people learn things about me from one another?  Perhaps.  Where the mix will be flung from the vortex is yet to be seen. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Ride Safe



012 We travel this earth on a journey that we call life.  In that life we meet many many folks.  Sometimes those folks leave an everlasting mark on us.  All of us know tons of people, but only a few of them are considered friends.  Today I’m going to tell you about one of my good friends.


I met Shack on I-75 several years ago.  In case you didn’t already know, I’m a truck driver and have been for the better part of the past quarter century.  When you are fortunate enough to have a dedicated run you start getting to know the other drivers that run the same roads every night with you.  This is how I came to befriend Shack, or as I like to call him “Shack-a-baby”.  In those days I was without a ride unless of course you count my four wheeler.


You see there was a somewhat large group of drivers that would get together back in those days and ride four wheelers.    We had a blast to say the least.  In the course of these rides we came to know one another’s families and such.  Shack has three kids.  One of which is a beautiful young lady named Sierra.  Sierra was always just a happy little girl.  She always has a smile on her face.  In fact I always told her that there weren’t any smiles allowed. To which she just grinned even bigger.

This past weekend it was time for Sierra to attend her prom.  Shocked as I was that she had grown up I told Shack I’d come down and take some photographs of her big day.  I also was wanting to have a bit of a talk so to speak with the young man who would be her date for the evening.  Not wanting to give the wrong impression Shack made certain there were a couple of shotguns sitting out when this young man arrived.  In fact there may have been a side arm or two handy as well.  You’ve got to get their attention ya know.


We had fun visiting and catching up while Sierra prepared for the big evening.  Not to mention Shack cooked us an amazing  meal.  Nothing like some fine steaks cooked over an open flame.  The evening was a success.  I can’t wait until next year.  Sierra is going to take non other than Shack himself to the prom.  How awesome is that?  I’ve volunteered to drive them and take photographs again next year.

Enjoy your friends and family while you can because life doesn’t slow down on this spinning rock called earth.