Saturday, August 26, 2006

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Blogger raane said...

A little bit about me. I'm an ordinary guy. An ordinary guy with a couple of health problems who lives on a disability pension. That explains why I'm poor and have plenty of time to write a blog.

Now describing Rick as an “ordinary” guy, is a little like calling Katrina “cloudy with a chance of showers.” Rick is really smart. I mean REALLY smart. If you ever do happen upon something he doesn’t know- he’ll rummage around in his undies until he finds something that suits and you’ll never know where he pulled it from – he’s that convincing.

Rick is a big guy – depending on the time of year and the state of his health, it is usually just over or just under 500 pounds. He is also VERY strong. He pretends he is very tough – and he can be if the situation calls for it. But underneath the tough is a heart that can read the souls around him – can somehow feel the lives, the joy and pain in the people that surround him. Also, he wants to take home all of the animals in the pound.

Ordinary he is not.

That doesn't explain why my world is populated by weird characters doing odd things. I guess that I'm just fortunate to have so much interesting material to write about.

Rick’s world is populated by weird characters doing odd things because Rick has the time and the inclination to notice – to pay attention to people. After observing with an exacting eye, he filters the things he sees through his unique perspective and emerges with a magical story that will delight or provoke thought or make one laugh.

Like my friend Christopher. I should probably call him My Boy Christopher. (He likes me better than he likes anybody else. Even Christine, his adoptive mother.) Christopher has ADD, ADHD, Frontal Lobe Disorder, and a few other alphabetical syndromes that I can't remember...or something like that. Whatever he has, Christopher takes a whole bunch of pills every day for it. (I take a whole bunch of pills every day, too...but mine are for dull things like high blood pressure and diabetes. Except for the oxycodone and the oxycontin, and I don't take those anymore...even though they made a few people much less stressful to deal with.)

Christopher actually has an austism spectrum disorder. Rick understands him incredibly well and Christopher adores him.

Christopher's family, the Grant clan, will take thousands of blog entries to describe. And it will take a lot more entries to write about my family and my other friends.

All of Rick’s people, filtered through his unique perspective should be quite a journey. I am looking forward to the trip.

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