Chandlers spin dramas in a tangled World Wide Web
Have you ever Googled yourself? It’s a highly personal question, I know, but everyone’s done it at some point. In my case, I was looking for an old story that I had written, and thought it would be out there somewhere in the vast expanse of the Interwebs. So I typed my name into the Google search engine, and it wasn’t long before I found the story.
But that’s not all I found. A bunch of other Rick Chandlers popped up in the Google search — people I would never have known existed but for the Internet, which dropped them suddenly into my lap. It kind of puts life into perspective; that with just a twist of fate here or an a happenstance there, anyone’s life could be dramatically different. For instance, I could have very well been Rick Chandler the real estate agent, owner of Rick Chandler Realty in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Or Rick Chandler the Submersible Operations Coordinator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass.
Then there is Rick Chandler of Chandler Auctions in Perry, Ohio, who specializes in antiques and collectibles (pictured on his site standing next to a stuffed bear). And Rick Chandler the karate expert-turned-golf teaching pro, from Catoosa, Okla. No … you may NOT play through.
But perhaps my favorite Rick Chandler — and this includes the Rick Chandler that I currently occupy — is a fictional one. He was created by romance novelist Carly Smith. Here is the synopsis of one of her novels, “The Playboy.”
“There isn’t a woman in town who’s immune to the legendary Chandler charm. Yet so far sexy single cop Rick Chandler has managed to fend off the marriage-minded advances of Yorkshire Falls’s entire female population. A past mistake has taught this wary Chandler man never to put his heart on the line … until he answers the S.O.S. of a ravishing, real-life stranded bride. In spite of her pearly gown and tiara, Kendall Sutton now vows to never wed — which makes her the ideal pretend lover. When their passionate charade flames into the real thing, Rick is suddenly thinking about those magical two words that spell forever after. The only obstacle is Kendall herself.
“Will she ever say ‘I do?’ Can a woman who’s had it with weddings tie the knot with the town’s most popular playboy?”
No, Rick! Stay single, you fool!
— Rick Chandler can be contacted at RickChand@GMail.com