Who Writes Here?

My name is Arthur Ruger. I live on the corner of Coeur D Alene and the Spokane River.

I have a bunch of thoughts about growing older, civic duties, politics, religion and anything else that comes to mind.

I am opinionated but consider myself thoughtful and somewhat prepared to discuss my views … which tend to be direct, blunt and at times downright rude. I try to be tactful but do not always succeed. There are multiple points of view and mine is not the most perfect … but then neither is yours.

I’ve been called among – among other things – a curmudgeon. I acknowledge having earned that label. I for years wrote mostly about politics and religion. I may still do so.

But now I have opinions about the agony and ecstasy of aging … both gracefully and clumsily.

I was raised in a Mormon community in Southeastern Idaho. I left home at age 19 to be a Spanish-speaking Mormon missionary in Texas and New Mexico.

In 1968 after the missionary work I moved to Texas.

After a year I enlisted in the USAF

I served six years active duty and two years in the Reserve. I served as a Russian linguist.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge in 1975 I moved my family to Texas.

I eventually went into business for myself as a contract interpreter offering services in Spanish and Russian. I eventually accepted a position as a tri-lingual case worker for the State of Washington and never changed jobs again. I retired in 2011.

I have lived in Idaho, Texas, New York state, Japan, Okinawa, California, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington state.

I am divorced and remarried now 26 years to one of the few persons who can both manage and tolerate my curmudgeon-ness. I am also the father of five, step-father of three and grandfather to 20+ grandchildren.

Am I the only person I want to talk about?

We’ll see.