About Me

Like dogs need to sniff the asses of other dogs a way of saying hello. So here is my ass! Sniff away.

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The way I look now!

My name is Michael A Rios one of three sons, born to Antonio Jesus Rios and Virginia  L Bradford. I studied at Butte Community College located in Oroville, Ca and followed up my degree in Network Systems Administration with DeVry University.

The education part is out of the way.

I was a line cook and worked underneath a Chef while living in California and later became a Sous Chef, I put in close to 12 to 15 years cooking in the restaurant industry.  Prior to my cooking career, During one summer, I was employed by John Taylor working the Cantaloupe and Watermelon fields-ten hour days in the beating hot sun and the water truck coming on the fourth hour. The ones working the fields today have it much easier for they do at night while a tractor furnishes the light for the workers, at least what I noticed here in South Dakota.   Later on, I worked in the Banking industry processing student loans for five years before I obtained a position as a Tech Support.

October 3, 2013 I had a surgery on my left arm to repair a damaged Ulnar nerve. I was told four weeks by the Surgeon himself that I would be good as new. What a bunch of crock that was!!.  I started having problems, my hand started forming the letter C. I would call the nurse’s office and they told me, “It will be fine, just remember to put ice on the arm.” Reflecting back, I should’ve told her where she could put that ice!  I saw the Physician assistant and he told me it would take a full year to recover since that nerve was damaged severely. He placed an order for me to start seeing the Physical therapist for one month. During the therapy sessions, the woman told me that my hand was malforming and there was nothing else they could do for me. Freaking far out! Eventually the company that I was employed with let me go for it was taking too long for the arm to heal.

As of now, I am doing the Vocational Rehab thing that at times really feels like a waste of time.

I am an introvert-so I like myself and who I am. Took me a long time to figure that out. I am also somewhat of a claustrophobic, I can do large crowds, I can be in large crowds but, when the crowd starts closing in on me like what recently happened to me during a Cheap Trick Concert, my air passage started to close as if the oxygen were gone, felt darkness engulfing me. Need that elbow room people!

I have been researching my family history for quite some time, and my patiences has paid off. I found a brother from my Dad’s prior marriage living in Kansas and I also found a first cousin and a few Aunts on my Mother’s side. I enjoy repairing old photos, Some of my family members say I have a knack for it. I have a portfolio up at: http://michaelriosphotos.wix.com/one-pager-portfolio

If you have an old photo that needs some help, I’d be glad to help. Email me at: michael.rios.photos@gmail.com

I am a big fan of “Finding Your Roots” hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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