He was sitting on a street corner in Orlando, FL under a bridge. To his left was a book by Michael Connelly called “The Burning Room.”
In case you are curious like me, you probably want to know what the book is about. It is a fictional crime story that revolves around an LAPD open case where a man was shot and succumbed to the injuries from the gunshot wound ten years later. Police pick up the case that has political ties to it and then find out that the case is also tied to the deaths of several children after the gunshot victim dies.
As for Rick (pictured), he told me that a friend asked him if he would like to leave New York and travel to Key West for free. Rick said, “Hell yea!” In fact, he lived in Key West for ten years and eventually left for West Palm Beach, Florida.
Over the years Rick also spent time in San Francisco, California and even Ohio. However, his roots still hold true to NY. He told me, “New York will always be one of my favorite places.” As for now, he will remain in Orlando.
Rick, who is homeless, has a sister that he has not seen in about 30 years. When asked if he would like to talk to her again he replied, “Not really. She always had her hand out.”
“Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It's a journey of discovery - there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair.” - Pastor Rick Warren (not the same Rick pictured, of course)