Warrick Merrell Locke (Ric Locke) was born on February 3rd, 1948 in Pittsburg, Texas. He served in the United States Navy, on an aircraft carrier. After retiring from the Navy he became a very active blogger with strong political opinions. In his own words he was a “self-opinionated S.O.B.“
Ric has started writing his Temporary Duty book in the late nineties, revising it multiple times between 2001 and 2005. The book was ultimately self-published and exists only in electronic form.
Ric has passed away in July 2012 after losing his battle with lung cancer. He posted a “This ain’t working” entry on his personal blog 3 days before his death. For a long time he had to rely on donations from Temporary Duty fans and his friends because the book has sold so well that the Internal Revenue Service has denied him the Social Security benefits he was entitled to.
At the time of his death, Ric was working on the sequel to “Temporary Duty” called “Service Call”. About 2/3rds of the book was written and there’s a community effort to get it finished by some other author.
To commemorate Ric’s birthday here are some quotes from his book:
– “Very few things are actually impossible. Some of them are improbable”
– “’Freedom’ is a noble ideal, but has no referent in the perceivable Universe. None of us is truly ‘free’ so long as we require air, water, food, and shelter to survive”
– “Beer is like gravy. Everybody has it, and everybody claims to have invented it”
– “When you’re reading it’s better to have quiet, so you can listen to the voices the book makes in your head”
– “It’s a basic principle of trading that the other party should be made as unsure of himself as possible. Confused people make bad deals”
– “No matter where you were or what was going on, hot water and soap and razor and the familiar curves and hollows of your own face centered you, started the day off with something solid, something you could handle, a minor success to serve as omen for the rest of the day. Maybe that was why women used makeup”
– “To keep ‘desperate improvisation’ so far within the bounds of civilized custom is remarkable in and of itself”
– “There comes a time when self-confident optimism turns into flat reckless stupidity”
Happy Birthday Ric! You are with the Makers now. God bless you!