This is a tale of a modern-day Huck Finn named Ricky who was raised in the backwoods and hills of Southern Indiana. He is a curious, inquisitive, rambunctious lad, who wants to see and taste all that life has to offer.
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I was born and raised on a small farm in the hills of Southern Indiana, in a little community called Tulip. The population back then was 21 people. The only thing there was an old country store by the railroad tracks. As a child I loved to go there. It contained everything you might need food, hardware and many other items. It was a gathering place. There were two tables by the potbelly stove, one was for checkers and the other for cards and the game usually played the most was Euchre. It was a great place to listen to the old men when they sat around and played cards and talked about adventures they had had locally and faraway places. This kindled my desire to see these places and I did. My story telling abilities were developed by my love to hear good stories and lies. I've spent many hours listening to some real characters at our country store, church socials, and down on the corners of the town square at Bloomfield, Indiana. At these corners were park benches and often time they would be inhabited by older retired men and boy could they spread the blarney. I went to high school for three years here and spent my fare share of time at the benches, which are fondly called the Liar's benches. As I got a little older and got up my nerve I even tried my hand at stretching the truth's there, but I was way out of my league. The desire to see the world so consumed me that I left home at fifteen and a half and went to Cincinnati, Ohio where I finished high school by working for my room and board and staying in the boys dormitory. This was a private school called God's Bible School and College. After graduation I joined the Navy to see the world. During my four years in the service I got to see many places, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and all but four of the states in this country.
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