On the Home Front…

It has been eight months since we lost our home, and we are finally getting back to some semblance of normal, especially with our living situation. We are actually making all the right and left turns, and winding up in the rooms we were headed to. Imagine that? On the flip side both Fay and I have found ourselves driving back to the old Willowbrook address only to discover our error and an empty lot.

The new house has taken some getting used to in that it’s smaller, only one level and the neighborhood is a little different. We are on a more traveled thru street, and we often hear cars whizzing by at high speeds, whereas the old Willowbrook house was located on a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood.  Then again we have absolutely no reason to complain. We (and our dogs) lived through an F4 tornado and a lot of folks don’t.

As we’ve settled in we have started to go through boxes of “stuff” salvaged by our family, friends and neighbors. Boxes filled with this and that, good and bad, and with lots of glass shards and attic insulation mixed in. I just recently found a couple boxes marked “Upstairs Office”, and it piqued my interest in that both of our offices were ripped off the second story and scattered to the east. Inside the boxes?  Coins, photos, miscellaneous trivia and mementos. Sorting through them has been difficult in some ways. I find myself laughing at this or that, then almost crying over something sentimental that somehow managed to survive.  Lots of emotions, and we still keep hoping that certain items will turn up.


A shovel was used to scoop up much of what was left…..

I was digging through one box of mostly debris and I found a “Chicago Ron” pin.  Ron sent it quite a while back, and I cherished it, wore it to work every day, to bed every night, cleaned it four times a day, kissed it, prayed to it, and Ron if you are reading this I really, really love GOLD.  ANYTHING GOLD!!

I am now designing a “Dallas Dick” pin and plan to sell it to MY fans.  The problem I have however is the pin companies have a minimum order of 10, and I’m worried about getting stuck with a few….

Also recovered – my Dad’s wristwatch, one of his tools and my Army dog tags.  Stories and lots of memories attached….




When Fay and I moved to Texas 28 years ago we bemoaned the fact that we were not able to find Breyer’s ice cream (it is available here now), our long time favorite back in New Jersey. The popular local brand was Blue Bell, and while it took us a while we eventually fell in love with it too.

Every month Blue Bell sends out emails to its customers announcing new flavors and specials.  Often times the flavors will be unique or something totally off the wall.  Well this month Blue Bell broke my heart and pissed me off at the same time.

It’s flavor of the month? CAMO ‘N CREAM!


Breyers here I come!!



Thanks to Steve and Tony I found two of the old magazines I was searching for. Now just two more to go and again I’m hoping someone out there has a copy they are willing to part with. I am not looking for anything free and quite willing to pay the going rate. Both are Western & Eastern magazines.

I don’t know the dates on these but the one of me is probably early to mid 90’s, and the one of Fay and my grandson Lucas about 2008 or 2009  – December issue (Juniors & Seniors/Family, etc).


Thanks to you all the man cave is coming along nicely…




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14 responses to “On the Home Front…

  1. Camo ice cream? Ridiculous yet awesome at the same time. I saw Chapstick with a camo design on it today. It was difficult, but I resisted the urge to purchase it. Don’t know if I’d have the same will power with the ice cream though.
    Glad you and Fay are getting settling in and getting back to normal.

  2. Thanks for a good laugh buddy! Very honored to even be included in the list of items pictured. Gretchen and I were lying in bed and I saw your post, I read them to her so she knows what’s going on with you, mostly for when I kick it. Lol we both busted out laughing, glad you and Fay are getting back to normal.

  3. Frank Lawson

    Save one for me, Dick

  4. Yeah, me too…I’ll have a pin. You could wrap it in a $20 Bill maybe? I expect there’ll be a demand from somewhere in Eastern Europe??! Or maybe not.
    Jeez, how do you get that violin under yer chin?

  5. Bigtony

    Dick, I love that photo of your treasure cache, and no camo on that box too! Love the cool buttons with the Eagles on them.
    You never know with that pin idea! If you get serious about them you can make them up for other people too like a small home business.

    • That wasn’t a cache Tony….I had some finds in shadow boxes in my office and apparently they wound up scattered all over the floor area. Because there was so much glass and crap they just used shovels to save it.

      As for the pin….not looking to start a home business. Just want to give Chicago Ron a little run for his money. His wife Gretchen said she would do up a design for me. Have a feeling wearing a pin that says “Dallas Dick” might get a little more notice than “Chicago Ron”. Ya think?

  6. Coin25

    Yup, that will do it! You’ll certainly will, I hope she comes up with a cool design soon

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