MY NAME WAS RICKY
All About Ricky
First, let me be very clear and up front ... in case you haven't guessed it my "real" name isn't Ricky. Ricky is my Blog name. But ... once upon a time ... I was Ricky.
For the first three weeks of my life my parents called me Ricky. My mother loved it. My father ... not so much. Eventually they decided that I needed a more "traditional" Dutch name. And so ... as quickly as it began ... my time as Ricky came to an abrupt end. I became Gerardus Henricus Cornelius Janssen. Suffice to say that is a far cry from plain old "Ricky". But you can call me Gary now.
Why This Blog
But all that occurred way back in 1962. I've grown up since then. And, in that time, I've learned a lot of things and just wanted to create a forum where I could share what I've learned about life, share my interests and a place where I could just vent if I need to. I love piddling around on my computer and I just have this need to build something. So a web site seemed a natural extension of that. This blog is my first effort. I hope you enjoy it.
"Life As I Know It" is the theme of my blog. I'll be sounding off on my perspective and outlook on various aspects of life.
In addition, I'll be talking about other interests that are important to me ... and hopefully to you as well. From my love for my Cowboys and Raptors. To my favorite shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and House of Cards. My favorite "appliance" - my Apple Mac. To the trial and tribulations of Love, Life and Family. As well as my home town of Niagara Falls I hope to touch on all of it. And my wish is that you touch on it too. Perhaps together we can expand each other's horizons in the process.
My dad, John, was an Engineer. Funny, when I was little and didn't know better, I thought he drove a train. But as I found out he was a designer of things. His forte was steel mills. But he also helped design a number of things including the local tunnel that allows cars to pass under the Welland Canal. I always thought it was pretty cool that he could point to things and say "I designed that". In my professional life I don't get much opportunity to do that. So I'm hoping that this web site will be something I can look at and say "I built that". Thanks dad.
This web site also allows me to work on my web design skills. As my first web site I thought I'd keep it simple and start with a simple
blog. After hunting around for a platform to build from, and considering my lack of technical skills, I decided on Weebly's web design platform. I looked and evaluated several products and it became apparent to me that Weebly would accomplish most of what I wanted to do and it provided the best bang for my buck. There are other products, some more feature rich than Weebly, but Weebly seemed to match me the best.