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One Way Ticket to Anywhere: A Boy Sets Out On His Own Kindle Edition

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After several years of distinguished service maintaining the nuclear weapon systems aboard a US Navy Submarine, Rich has settled in Keller, Texas with a really hot girl, Carrie. While serving in the Navy, Rich achieved great athletic success. Competing in the Decathlon at the 1984 Boston College Relays, he finished ninth out of ten competitors after failing to clear the opening height in the high jump. Undeterred, he then entered the pole vault and nabbed eighteenth place in that event. With nothing else to prove he immediately retired from college sports. Twenty years after failing high school algebra, he earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. Rich works as an engineering manager at Nokia Mobile Phones, which for many years has helped him live his dream of seeing the world. In 2007, he scaled back his business travel and created a program within Nokia which has, to date, provided technical jobs for over forty ambitious college students. He’s helping his oldest daughter, Lindsay, through college and teaching his younger daughter, Leanna, how to pole vault and solve math problems. Rich is on Facebook and Twitter, and has the website, www.onewaytickettoanywhere.com.

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  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Rich Ochoa; 1 edition (March 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UB10G8
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By cwf1527 on January 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the kind of book that between readings you can't stop thinking about getting back to it. Every chapter is like a drug. Each night, I found myself thinking, "one more chapter" and before I knew it, it was 2 a.m.

There are two components that make a great memoir or biography--the story itself and the way it's written. One Way Ticket to Anywhere is that rare memoir that combines both. I read the synopsis and was intrigued by the story, so I downloaded the free sample. The flow of the narrative sucked me in from the getgo and by the end of the second chapter, I was so emotionally invested in the main character that I didn't want to leave him. I would've paid twenty bucks for the rest of the download.

I don't know that I've ever read a more intimate account of a childhood. I know I haven't read one with such a diverse range of emotion. The spirit of the protagonist is overwhelming. But this is not a book only about hard times. There were triumphs, friendships, mischief, and accounts of compassion. I can't think of a book that has both the emotional depth and the humor that One Way Ticket to Anywhere does. Ochoa's wit is sharper than any humorist's work I've read.

Some stories recounted sad or stressful events but were written with such flavor and personality that I was able to smile, laugh, and emphathize at the same time. I especially like the sarcastic self thoughts of the character during his most trying times.

Want to read a book by a writer who is so skilled at relating the human condition that he can bring tears to your eyes when describing a conversation he had with a stanger on a bus or when he tells a simple story about trading football cards with his friend? One Way Ticket to Anywhere is THAT kind of book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Button Gwinnett on July 16, 2011
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I'm a big fan of memoirs from the likes of David Sedaris and Augustine Burroughs, and with this book Ochoa really hits the mark. Here he takes you on a wild ride from his childhood through adolescence with an uncanny memory for detail. His stories really tap into all of your emotions. One minute you're peeing your pants laughing, the next you're reaching for the tissue box.

This is a superb book written without the help of a big time publishing house or editor, which in this case is a plus. I'm sure an editor would have had a field day making this book "politically correct". Here you get the stories in the authors own words - his real feelings - without anyone else's input.

I highly recommend this inspirational book to everyone - especially parents. I'm sure your kids are tired of hearing your "I used to walk to school.......in the snow.......uphill......both ways....." stories about how hard you had it growing up. Ochoa presents these stories in such a way that will keep your kids interest, maybe make them realize how lucky they are, and give them inspiration for any goals they set for themselves.

I"m quite sure Ochoa's antics didn't end when he graduated from high school. Eagerly awaiting a book from him that would cover the next 20 years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay C. Henderson on April 24, 2011
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An incredible journey through the life of a kid who despite his knack for finding trouble also finds ways to persevere despite incredible odds against him. And just when you think he has experienced it all, the page turns and there is yet another simultaneously funny and heartbreaking story...all the more hilarious and poignant because its true.

An inspiring book that I will gladly recommend to anyone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hud5 on July 21, 2011
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From the time he was a young boy, Rich was meant for a better life! Follow Rich down a phenomenal path, full of obstacles and life-altering circumstances that would have left most in a lost state. Young people that endure so much throughout all of their adolescence aren't supposed to survive. Rich not only survives, read how impossible beginnings actually become building blocks for this determined individual to find his way and one day become an inspiration to hundreds if not thousands. Hilarious at times, yet motivating! This is a must read, especially for all those who doubt that they can achieve success because of their humble beginnings!
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The handsome Texas author Rich Ochoa has penned one of the more compelling memoirs on the selves today. But first a bit of background about this man who survived a shattered childhood. Rich served with the US Navy Submarine division maintaining the nuclear weapon systems, after which he became a prominent athlete, competing in the Decathlon at the 1984 Boston College Relays and the pole vault events, earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, and now works as an engineering manager at Nokia Mobile Phones. He is a family man living in Keller, Texas. After reading his memoir, those achievements become nearly incredible - that a man could survive a nightmare childhood, become a successful adult, and have the courage to write this immensely impressive book.

Memoirs are difficult books to review - the story unfolds in life tones and to critique any phase of a life is presumptuous. Rich summarizes and condenses the events well: RICH'S mother kicks him out of the house in a drunken fury when he refuses to eat kidney beans. The sixteen year old is put on a bus and rides cross-country to meet his father, whom he had been conditioned to fear as the monster who abducted him as an infant. Two months later, his stepmother offers him a one-way bus ticket to anywhere he wants to go. After perusing a road atlas for a place to finish high school, the protagonist devises a plan. He'll "Go Greyhound" from Idaho to his former hometown, Lindale, Texas. He'll build a fort in the woods behind the high school where he'll sleep until he can land a job, cash some paychecks, and find a room to rent while pursuing his dream of becoming the next Bruce Jenner.
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