One Way Ticket to Anywhere

One Way Ticket to Anywhere

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by Rich Ochoa
     
 
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 step-mother offers him a one-way bus ticket to anywhere he wants to go. After perusing a

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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 step-mother 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. As he steps onto the bus and into adulthood, he counts his belongings as twenty dollars cash, fifty dollars of food stamps, and a garbage bag full of clothes.

One Way Ticket to Anywhere is the sad-yet-hard-not-to-laugh-at story of a teenage boy's struggle to avoid becoming a high school dropout while he deals with the emotional, financial, and social ramifications of parental abandonment. The book captures the essence of a boy's resilience, but is at its most compelling when it reveals the way human beings react to his situation. An encounter with a frumpy middle-aged lady sitting next to him on the bus changes his perspective on life. His psychotic head football coach terrorizes him in bizarre and creative ways. A kind-hearted young accountant, rents him a spare room in his office building and becomes a big-brother figure. But, perhaps the most endearing supporting characters are Rich's friends-teenagers themselves-they'll do anything to help him survive.

One Way Ticket to Anywhere is a memoir that never strays far from its resonating message of perseverance and resolve of a boy who becomes a man with each turn of the page. The reader will cringe at the seven-year-old being told of the birds and the bees by his inebriated mother, laugh at the young teenager who's terrorized by the vicious family dog, and root for the nomadic young man who is stripped of everything typical of the senior year experience except for his goal to simply walk across the stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461142997
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

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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One Way Ticket to Anywhere 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was extremely moved by this book. Anyone who ever thinks that they "can't" just needs to pick up this book and realize you CAN! A powerful, sad, funny and moving story. LOVED IT!
Wesley_Goldwell More than 1 year ago
Ochoa's memoir is easy-going and humorous, yet quite edgy, as he recounts past events and experiences, and how these events and experiences shaped his outlook on life and those around him.
RacineRobert More than 1 year ago
"One Way Ticket to Anywhere" is a heartfelt look at how one person's struggle to overcome an unbelievable childhood can turn into an incredible triumph. It draws us into a life we hope we never know, of abandonment, abuse and alcoholism. It also shows us how strong we can be as we follow the author through this dark path to adulthood. The book serves as a warning to parents (and future parents) about the influence they have over their children both good and bad. It also can provide inspiration for those whose childhoods were less than perfect that they can overcome the obstacles life has given them. I was captivated by this book. At first, because it was written by my friend, then by the stories of the town where I went to high school but by the end it was the empowerment Rich found and his triumph that made this book the gem that it is. I highly recommend it.
AnnetteMlr More than 1 year ago
This memoir recounts a life of abuse and utter rejection by both parents which leads to a young man's homelessness. This story will have you laughing till your face hurts, then crying for this young boy, turned man, and what he had to endure to become the amazing writer he is today. Even as a young boy of four he had a sense of humor, imagination, an independent streak as big as the state of Texas. It should give us all courage to see that nothing is insurmountable.
LisaKC More than 1 year ago
Trying to sum up Rich Ochoa's book, only one word comes to mind..."Incredible". I was taken on a very real emotional roller coaster ride. This book is raw with emotions and honesty with moments that made me laugh, broke my heart and moved me to anger. (I can only say, as a mom, I hope I never meet Coach Robinson.) Overall, what a wonderful example of perserverance and how a strong spirit can push an individual past obstacles that seem to be impossible to overcome. Well done! Thank you for never giving up!
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TanTrinh More than 1 year ago
At first, I was going to read a chapter a day. However, I could not put the book down so a few hours later...I was finished. Rich Ochoa did a good job keeping the reader engaged. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One Way Ticket to Anywhere is a cut above other memoirs written by well-known of childhood hardship like "The Glass Castle" or "Running With Scissors." The writer had me riveted by the time I had finsihed the Prologue. The names of the chapters are quite clever: In "Bouncing Baby Sister" his infant sister tumbles down the stairs. "I Bet Bruce Jenner Didn't have this Problem" recounts how his far-fetched dream to become an Olympic Decathalete ended on Christmas Day. "The Last Supper" describes the dinner-table showdown with his mother that led to his nomadic lifestyle of living with various friends, then on his own while in high school. Rarely does one find a book so funny with such emotional depth.
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