I figured that since I'm being kind of personal here, I should post a little (or more than a little) about myself her as well. The following is the entire text of an assignment in my college Sociology class to write a one page autobiography. Enjoy!
The year was 1976, and our country's bicentennial. A future Casper College student was brought into this world by Norma Joanne Reed, a single mother not unlike many others during the mid-70's. The backdrop for my childhood was the happy yet bustling town of Tucson, AZ. During the mid to early 80's, Tucson was coming into its own as a melting pot of families and cultures from around the country.
As I sprouted and blossomed in this cultural garden, I developed the ideals and beliefs that prepared me for the next stages of my life. Upon graduating High School in 1995, I, like many fellows reaching their majority, swerved away from the standard collegiate bound path and joined the military. Following "Boot", I spent a tumultuous but educational 8 years protecting our freedom in the United States Navy as a Fire Controlman. This time was educational and dangerous due to my time in service having been during both the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.
following my service to our country, during which I met and married my wife Heather, we moved to her home state of Oregon and began our family. In August of 2002, our daughter, and one of the most precious things in my life, Aeryn was born. I began working as a technical support manager and started my own freelance IT business. In October of 2005, our second daughter Caitlyn was born. The girls grew like weeds as children do. It was during 2007, when the recession was starting to hit the Portlan area hard, that I was laid off like so many others in the tech fields.
It was due to these regional and indeed national issues that we moved to wonderful windy Wyoming to seek work and a brighter future. I quickly found work here in Casper repairing and maintaining ATMs and security systems. However, like most other states, the recession bug reared its ugly head here in 2009, and I was laid off again.
It was this event that lead me to my current studitious undertaking and the pursuit of my degree. During my first semester back at school, I had some major health issues with Diabetes, which lead to an amputation, and my going blind within a year and a half. Now, like many other blind students around the country in this high tech era, I find myself trying to both adapt to living in an increasingly visual world, but also attempting to mold that world into a more aware and accessible place to work and live.
Rick Reed currently lives in Casper, WY with his wife Heather, and daughters Aeryn and Caitlyn.