Richard Klaus Thoughts

The World according to Richard Klaus..Trains, Planes, Cars, Wales,Scotland.

Ready for pre-read.

The Dayton Letter is still a little rough. The text still contains a few notes to myself.
If anybody would like to read this early version I can send a PDF file.
As I’ve mentioned previously the story got a little “Adult” in some of its content. Time travel,sex, violence, more sex, at least one case of violent sex, well you get the idea.
One of the characters is a victim of sex trafficking so, there you go.
In comments or e-mail, all I ask is that you let me know what you think. Oh. And please don’t leave this out for the kids. One of my early pre-readers has commented that I might have accidentally written “Fifty Shades of Dr. Who”.


June 1, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My First Book

It has taken much longer than it should have but, “The Dayton Letter” is almost ready.

In the next month or so. My full-time job with the truck, pushes these schedules back at times. Anyway the first read should be out there. The characters are so firm in my mind that I feel it’s a good idea to have a few people pre-read the book. Then I will know if I’ve left any details out.

No spoilers, but it’s a work of Si-Fi spawned by a tragic episode in the past. One I only became aware of decades later. We have time travel, violence, retribution, and the “Adult” content got a little carried away. Let’s just say that this will not be on any young persons reading list.

Characters include a pilot, turned inventor, a veterinarian, and oh yeah, a victim of human trafficking, she was to be in the story for a couple pages but grew to a major character.

The only problem I have at this point, is that I’ve had to drive a stake in the ground and bring the first part to an end. The good news is that there are several back stories, and of course all my character want to go on to other adventures.

As someone once said, “I know the voices in my head are not real, but they have such good ideas.”

March 8, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s been a rough couple years.

Took a bit of time to put things back together. A few of you may be aware that on May 23 of 2017 my wife June Klaus passed away.

Some of you may be aware that those last few years were marked by a degree of tension between the two of us. June had for years a very untrusting nature, and probably in part due to the same Keltic background responsible for her flaming red hair, she had something of a temper.

Well during May last year, her health began to suddenly fail. Actually, it had been headed that way for some time, but she stubbornly fought every step of the way, not even asking for help until the last three weeks.

During that last three weeks a, for me, life-changing moment took place. I had taken a step back from my driving job to spend more time trying to make her situation better, although frankly by then there was not much anyone could do. On one visit to Falls City to try to help, when I was ready to leave June stopped me.

She said, “Love you.”

I responded, “Love you too, always have.”

June. “I’ve been wrong about the past, haven’t I?”

Me, “Well yes.”

June. “Can you ever forgive me.”

Me. “Already done.”

Ten days later she was dead.

Several people have asked me a couple questions about those last days.

Question one: “How long does it take to get over the loss?”

Answer: “Don’t know, but I’ll let you know.”

Question two, “Would it have been easier for you if that reconciliation had not happened?”

Answer: “Well that’s a tough one. It was a more painful loss, but I would not have traded one moment of this pain for her death not knowing I loved her.”

So there you go. Heavy stuff I know, but now I begin to slowly go on without her.

November 11, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

OK, really back this time.

Yeah I know, been gone for a while. Working on my first, well second book of Science Fiction. The first was a very A. Bertram Chandler type of work, the main character sort of a space going, free trader. Never finished that story, but it has potential in the future. Of course after all these years it will probably be seriously rewritten.

The current work, tentatively titled “The Dayton Letter” is a time travel work. Very near done, at least to the test read point. This story was spawned by an incident in the past that I did not hear about until much after it had happened.

Several years ago I began to look for some friends from my very early years. Found some but Janet Crouchley was elusive. Not just a name change, it was like she had dropped out of existence. Turns out I was tragically correct.

We had been really good friends in grade school but went separate ways in our teen years.

Finally found a newspaper article that mentioned a Janet Jewell in Oklahoma City. A victim of a serial killer. I dug in deep and yes it was Janet. The details of her kidnapping rape and death are more than I’ll share here, but suffice to say horrendous.

That led to a conversation at the local pub, where Jody, the bartender at the time asked, “What if you could go back and change that day.”

Thus was born “The Dayton Letter.”

Since some of you might be test readers, I’m not going to get into details of the story here, I think that could ruin the whole point of a test read. At this point, what I’m looking for is about 10 people that would like to read a rough bound early version of the story. Maybe for some of you a PDF file for your computer?  Then get back to me with anything you don’t understand about the story. Of course, the problem is that myself and a few people that have been in on the early development know so much about the characters that we might unconsciously fill in the blanks, and let the book come out with gaps in the background.

Now the warning. A few of the characters get a bit adventurous in their adult behavior. An early reader of the first bits said I was very close to writing 50 Shades of Dr. Who. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing, but there you are. It’s not a kiddie book.

Anyway, I’m starting to look for those first readers, if anyone’s interested.

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Look forward to hearing from you.

November 11, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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A couple people have asked about the Freightliner. Well here it is.

September 20, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cessna Caravan

Cessna Caravan

Vancouver B.C. Canada

October 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

I’m back

Sort of forgot about this site. Have a ton of new photos, and notes from a recent trip to London, and Dublin to share.

Being on the road most of the time makes updates a little difficult, but I’ll have something at the end of the week.

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Update on the Jeep.

A bit of tinkering and the Jeep is coming along quite nicely. Little electrical problems are done, and the air conditioning came back with a simple recharge of the system.
The mileage could be better, but it’s not bad for a V-8 4X4.

October 11, 2010 Posted by | Cars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Wheels

OK I know it’s a little bit “Show and Telly”,but. A few weeks ago I was returning for a delivery in Halsey, Oregon. Coming north though Salem, I decided on the spur of the moment to take Highway 99, instead of I-5 back to Portland. Just south of Oregon City I spotted a Jeep Cherokee for sale at a towing company.

Turns out it was an impound (Driving without a license), and he never came up with the storage fees. Well $1475 later and it’s ours. Runs great, doesn’t handle quite like the Intrepid, but also doesn’t drag the underside on rocks on the way to the quarry.
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A few little things need looked at, but I think it’s a keeper.

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Cars, Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

One more post on the 747-8

Just in case there was any doubt about the new 747-8 being possibly the prettiest big airliner ever. Case closed.

June 23, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Airline Stories, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment