Category Archives: Randy’s Writing

On the plane to Italy! (STILL playing Ultimate frisbee…)

I’m flying to Venice, Italy in route to the 2011 World Championships of Beach Ultimate. Recalling the words of my late Uncle’s Orval and O’Garlan at Christmas reunions: “Raaandy, you still playing that Friizz-bee?”, I stop to ponder why I’m … Continue reading

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Day one in Italy: Venice

Venice is amazing, everything you’ve heard and more. The narrow walkways between buildings, yes, I’ve experienced that in other European cities, Prague for example. But the little waterways than run everywhere, and the boats guided by men in black-and-white striped … Continue reading

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Chris Daniels back with his Kings

Last night I saw Chris Daniels and The Kings play at Ameristar casino in Blackhawk, Colorado. It’s an interesting stage set-up. The band is elevated above the circular bar. Chris was diagnosed with leukemia early in 2010. He spent months … Continue reading

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Haiku for Memorial Day, 2010

Haiku for the Day: “Working in their yards, Memorial Day past time, A fitting tribute.”

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Reflections on an NBA Game with a 12 year old: Row 1 Behind Bench

Walker Ricks: “Dad, that was the best NBA game I’ve ever been to.” Dad: “I’m glad to hear that. It did go into overtime, and we did win.” The Nuggets can’t throw it in the ocean in the first half … Continue reading

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How I Won a Poetry Slam

My good friends Pete Stravlo and Peggy McGivern hosted a party at their art gallery in Denver sometime around the mid-1990’s. There were many talented artists in the crowd: painters, writers, sculpters, musicians, poets, etc.  They decided to have a … Continue reading

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History of “Charlie Sheen”

I wrote a song called Charlie Sheen and made a rough demo of it.  Over Christmas 2009, “3 Murphy’s and a Becker” helped me record it at Soulard Studios in St. Louis. More on that later.  I hope this song … Continue reading

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New Orleans

I’m very happy about the New Orleans Saints going to the Super Bowl. New Orleans has always been one of the great American cities. It’s still not fallen prey to the typical American homogenization. So I have to root for … Continue reading

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Nathan

This is a poem I wrote in college about my Father, Nathan Albert Ricks. I named my son Walker Nathan Ricks after my Dad, who named his first son (my brother) James Albert Ricks, after his father, Albert Ricks. My … Continue reading

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