Learn About Rickie Traeger

Welcome to my website. I am honored to tell you a bit about myself. Please sit back and enjoy.  I will begin by saying I am a person of strong beliefs and morals. I am loyal and hard working and help others out as much as I can, in any way I can. I have a heart of gold and passions for many hobbies.

Mottos I Live By: 

  • Never Bite A Hand That Feeds You
  • Trust No One  (By Fox Mulder on X-Files)
  • Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up
  • Don’t Raise Your Voice, Improve Your Argument
  • Try Not To Be A Person Of Success, But A Person Of Value
  • Without Hard Work, Nothing Grows But Weeds
  • Opportunities Don’t Happen, You Create Them
  • Be A Voice, Not An Echo
  • Confidence is Silent, Insecurities Are Loud

As you see, I live by many great motto’s and I live by them religiously!

What Do I Like To Do? 

  • Spending quality time with those I love and trust
  • Ham Radio. My callsign is WX9RLT.   Check out my page on here, to learn about my Ham Radio hobby! (CLICK HERE)
  • Listening to the police scanner. I love listening to the aircraft bands! I grew up around scanners so I love this hobby a lot. Now that my dad and grandpa passed away, it also keeps them in memory. They taught me everything  I know about scanners and the hobby.  I mainly listen to the aircraft bands and search for stuff you normally don’t hear.  It is a good hobby to have, you can listen to many things such as aircraft, speedway, tow trucks, emergency personnel, etc…  If it keys up on the air, you can probably hear it!
  • Photography.  I have had a lot of my stuff published worldwide. I do photography because I enjoy capturing those moments in time. Just me and my cameras 🙂
  • Playing Video Games.  I play on PS4, my screenname is (Drumroll…..)  “RockfordScanner”   I enjoy all types of game genres. Add me on PS4!
  • Hiking.  I love a good hike when the weather is warm. I enjoy bushwhacking!
  • Learning new things.  It don’t matter what subject, I just enjoy learning. You can strip a man of all his belongings, but you can never strip a man of his knowledge 😉
  • Helping Others.  I enjoy helping people in anyway possible. From lending a friendly ear, to feeding the homeless, etc…   And keeping people informed via Rockford Scanner

One of those online question things, figured I would do so you can get to know me a bit more. It says it is 200 questions, so kick back awhile and see if you can read them all. Enjoy, I think, LOL

Casual questions to get to know someone 2:52am

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?  If I didn’t sleep I probably would enjoy spending quality time with those close to me

What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned? I like steel toed boots.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? I would love to get into flying and aviation. But I just don’t have the money to become a pilot

What would your perfect room look like? I never really thought about this before. So I don’t really know. If I had to choose off the top of my head it probably would be a room with a good view of the night sky.  Maybe a skylight and some windows by my bed so I could lay in bed every night looking at the stars.

How often do you play sports?  I used to play them all the time. These days, not so much.

What fictional place would you most like to go? I have many real places I want to go to, lol. But a fictional place I probably would have to say somewhere magical with a breathtaking scenery. One of those places you never want to leave.

What job would you be terrible at?  Probably being a doctor, LOL

When was the last time you climbed a tree? Earlier this year

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?  Talking to much and timing out ham radio repeaters 😛

What is the most annoying habit that other people have? Pretending to be someone/something they are not!

What job do you think you’d be really good at? I have many skills, so I don’t really have one job that comes to mind.

What skill would you like to master?  Learning a new language.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?  An adventure.  To visit the most amazing and beautiful places on Earth! Beaches, Waterfalls, Fields, Mountains, etc…  Just going to wherever I wanted, when I wanted. That would be an epic adventure!

If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?  I would build a house with about 10 rooms, 10 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, gaming room, ham radio room, 4 car garage, and a ton of land!  I want that many rooms so i can have family and friends stay over whenever they wanted.

What’s your favorite drink? I love Dr Pepper.

What state or country do you never want to go back to?  Illinois, but I am stuck here, LOL

What songs have you completely memorized?  Stone Sour “Bother”

What game or movie universe would you most like to live in?  I think I would have to choose the Brady Bunch universe. Everyone is so peaceful!

What do you consider to be your best find? Someone loyal and has my back and tells me when I screw up, and has my back when I screw up. Someone I can count on when needed and someone to have a lot of fun with!

Are you usually early or late? Early for work, but late in personal life

What pets did you have while you were growing up? Tarantula, cats, dogs, newt, turtle

When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with? Oh man, don’t get me started on this one.

What takes up too much of your time? Work, Work, Work!

What do you wish you knew more about? Astronomy.  We live in such a vast universe. We are just a tiny pinprick in a gigantic field of dreams.

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years? WTF happened would be my question to ask.

What are some small things that make your day better?  Smiles, hugs, and taking things slow and easy.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to? As I type this, I am listening to “Bring Me The Horizon and their album Thats The Spirit”   But my go to artist is “The Doors”

What shows are you into? Walking Dead, Curse Of Oak Island, X-Files, Supernatural

What TV channel doesn’t exist but really should?  A 24/7 horror channel!

Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished? I am sure many people would choose a famous person or some god. But me, it is my mother and father.  My parents have raised me well and I have loyalty and respect. Their accomplishment is raising my brother and me 🙂

What age do you wish you could permanently be? 21

What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch? Soap Operas

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend? Waking up on the beach and having breakfast, kicking back all day on the beach. Then watching the sunset and holding that special someone in my arms while watching the sunset. And then laying on the beach watching the stars at night. All weekend!

What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without? Ham radio

What’s your claim to fame?  I am actually well known.  I actually prefer not to be, but it is what it is. So the “Claim to fame”  is not my thing.  To me, its more like how do I not do the claim to fame.

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?  I enjoy a good ol pen and paper.

What’s your favorite genre of book or movie? Horror

How often do you people watch?  I am always aware of my surroundings.

What have you only recently formed an opinion about? I am not a good mechanic. I thought I was, but realized I suck at working on my vehicle, lol.  Came to that conclusion about an hour before writing this.

What’s the best single day on the calendar? Halloween.

What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of? I think many have heard of it, but just aren’t into it as much as I am. That is the paranormal field.

How do you relax after a hard day of work?  Doing what I am doing now.  Working on my websites and blogging.

What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read? I am reading a really good book called “Witness to Roswell”  and is one the best books I have ever read.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Maybe 900 miles or so

What is the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?  I think helping others, in any way possible is the most heartwarming thing I have saw.

What is the most annoying question that people ask you?  I would have to say, “Are you”

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Rockford Scanner and police scanners.

If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do? This should be fun!  I would definitely make sure everyone is peaceful and exile those who cause problems. I would make sure everyone is happy and also well fed and had roofs over their heads. I think those would be the main dictatorship stuff I would do.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?  Have a child.  That has been by far the most rewarding thing in my life and I would recommend it to everyone. It is priceless being a father!

Would you rather go hang gliding or whitewater rafting? Hang gliding

What’s your dream car? Many are about to laugh, but a Jeep Wrangler. I always wanted one!

What’s worth spending more on to get the best?  Survival gear.

What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of? Spinner fidgets

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? Expanding Rockford Scanner even more than it has

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been? When I was a kid, my parents took me on a trip and I was inside an awesome cave that had crystals all over the walls. An amazing sight to see for sure!  I think that was the most interesting place I can recall right now.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it? Traveling. I want to travel, but haven’t

What’s the best thing that happened to you last week? Thanksgiving. Spending time with those I love and mean alot to me.

What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?  Super Nintendo!  That was the most awesome thing when I was growing up.

If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have? Something easy, LOL.

What amazing thing did you do that no one was around to see? A close friend and me scaled a 1000 foot wall in a quarry.  Without any gear and it began to rain while we were half way up. I am spontaneous and we just went for it, and did it!

How different was your life one year ago? 1 year ago, not too much different than it is now.

What’s the best way to start the day? A hug and kiss

What quirks do you have?  OCD on odd and even

What would you rate 10 / 10? On the beach looking up at the stars!

What fad or trend do you hope comes back? Skateboards.  They are around still, but they need to be more popular.

What’s the most interesting piece of art you’ve seen? Starry Night

What kind of art do you enjoy most? I like photography.  But I been getting into paintings lately

What do you hope never changes? Summer, I want it to be summer all the time!

What city would you most like to live in? Somewhere warm, as in a particular city I don’t have one. Wherever it is warm, that’s where I want to live in.

What movie title best describes your life?  It happened one night.  That title, because things in life can change in a heartbeat.

Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now? I enjoy helping others.

What’s the best way a person can spend their time? With those close to them.

If you suddenly became a master at woodworking, what would you make? An awesome walking staff!

Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been? Deep in the woods. So peaceful and quiet and nothing but nature around me.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you? My family

Where would you rather be from? Nowhere.

What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?  You can not realistically make yourself “unlearn”  something.   But you can “forget” things over time.

What are you looking forward to in the coming months? Snow, but I hate cold weather. Go figure lol.

What website do you visit most often? My websites.

What one thing do you really want but can’t afford? A castle!

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off? Anywhere theres nature.

Where would you spend all your time if you could? In a spaceship exploring the universe.

What is special about the place you grew up? People were real, because we never had much and we had each others backs.

What age do you want to live to? 116

What are you most likely to become famous for? Rockford Scanner

What are you absolutely determined to do? See the ocean one day

What is the most impressive thing you know how to do? I know one badazz card trick 😛

What do you wish you knew more about? Astronomy

What question would you most like to know the answer to? Life after death

Somewhat personal questions to get to know someone

What question can you ask to find out the most about a person?  Have they ever lied.  If they say no, you know they are a liar.

When was the last time you changed your opinion / belief about something major? Last election

What was the best compliment you’ve received? My eyes

As the only human left on Earth, what would you do? Find a way to create more people.  It would be lonely as hell to be the last person alive.

Who inspires you to be better?  My parents.

What do you want your epitaph to be? Enjoyed helping others.

What did you think you would grow out of but haven’t?  90’s music

In what situation or place would you feel the most out of place in?  Being around fake people

What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well? I tell people like it is. No point in lying. And people are shocked, but respect that.

They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?  My biography, I have done so much, saw so much, I could literally write a novel.

What is something you will NEVER do again? Trust certain individuals

What do you spend the most time thinking about? Planning my future

What are some of the events in your life that made you who you are? Becoming a father,  growing up with awesome parents, owning my first camera, being in a tornado, etc…

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?  Memory lol

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types? Real and fake

What is the strangest thing you have come across? I have experienced a few weird things, that I can not compare them too.

What is something you are certain you’ll never experience? Winning the lotto

What dumb accomplishment are you most proud of? Scaling the side of a quarry wall, without equipment. Friend and I scaled the quarry wall (Almost 1000 feet) and it began to rain while n the middle of climbing it. But we made it!

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make? No lying

What are you addicted to? Pop

What stereotype do you completely live up to? Men never ask for directions

What is something you can never seem to finish? Used to be books, lol.

As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of? Other drivers, lol

What is one of your favorite smells? Strawberries and Champagne lotion

What would be the scariest monster you could imagine? Clowns

What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking? New Kids On The Block

What would you do if you knew you were going to die in one hour? Be with those who mean most to me

What book impacted you the most? Witness To Roswell, or Amateur Radio & Storm Spotting

If you had to change your name, what would you change it to? I wouldn’t change it

If life is a game, like some people say, what are some of the rules? No cheating, Play to win.

Who is / was your most interesting friend? Depends on what you mean by “interesting”

Have you ever given to any charities? Yes

What is something that your friends would consider “so you”? X-Files fan

What risks are worth taking? Love

What can you not get right, no matter how many times you try? Soldering lol

If you could convince everyone in the world to do one thing at one point in time, what would that thing be? Giving hugs

What do you take for granted? We all take everything for granted. Life, loved ones, friends, food, clothing, housing, etc….

What would be some of the most annoying things about having yourself as a roommate? Working all the time

What’s something you are self-conscious about? Weight

What personality trait do you value most and which do you dislike the most? Loyalty is my best trait,  Health issues is my worst

What small gesture from a stranger made a big impact on you? Being kind to me

What gets you fired up? Liars, Cheaters

What challenging thing are you working through these days? Preparing for winter

What irrational fear do you have? Odd/Even

What’s the best and worst piece of advice you’ve ever received? Best= Follow my heart. Worst=Bet on the favorites

If you had a clock that would countdown to any one event of your choosing, what event would you want it to countdown to? Rebirth, to live forever

What makes a good life? Family and friends

What do you strongly suspect but have no proof of?  Is there life out there

What’s the last adventure you went on? Road trip

When do you feel truly “alive”? Kicking back listening to music and looking up at the sky

What was the most memorable gift you’ve received? Photos, photos are priceless

What chapters would you separate your autobiography into? Years

What do you like most about your family? Too much to put here

What do you hope your last words will be? See ya on the other side

What stat for your life would you most like to see? How many friends I have

What are three of the most significant numbers in your life? Can’t tell ya.

What could you do with two million dollars to impact the most amount of people? Buy housing for families

If you were put into solitary confinement for six months, what would you do to stay sane? You can do a lot with your mind.

What’s something horrible that everyone should try at least once? Eat some liver

What fact are your resigned to?  Have to think on this

Have you ever saved someone’s life? Yes, several times over the years

What were some of the turning points in your life? Fatherhood

What would a mirror opposite of yourself be like? That could be interesting…

What are you really good at, but kind of embarrassed that you are good at it? Ragchewing

What are three interesting facts about you? Love aviation but have never flown, Love horses and horse racing, I have a gmrs and ham radio licenses

Which of your scars has the best story behind it? Probably one of the several stabbing scars I have, been stabbed several times over the years.

What’s the title of the current chapter of your life? Welcome to paradise

What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned? Trusting others

What mistake do you keep making again and again? Look above

What do people think is weird about you?  A ton of stuff 😛 lol

When people look at you, what do you think they see / think? Never thought about it much, I learned to not care what others think about me.

What have you created that you are most proud of? Rockford Scanner

If you could make a 20 second phone call to yourself at any point in your life present or future, when would you call and what would you say? I would give myself the lotto numbers!

What annoys you most about the in-groups you are a part of?  Not really a part of “in-groups” I guess if anything, journalists. And that would be how ruthless and cold hearted they can be off camera.

What do you have doubts about? Upgrading to Extra

What do you want to be remembered for? Being real, loyal, and honesty.

What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break? Never bite a hand that feeds me.

What do you regret not doing or starting when you were younger?   I have always followed my heart. So I have no regrets.

If you could have a never-ending candle that smelled like anything you wanted, what fragrance would you want it to be?  Vanilla

What’s the best thing about you?  Honesty

What bends your mind every time you think about it? My OCD, what it means…

What’s the best thing you got from your parents? Discipline

What’s one responsibility you really wish you didn’t have?

What is the “holy grail” of your life?

If your childhood had a smell, what would it be?

What are the top three things you want to accomplish before you die? How close are you to accomplishing them?

What do you wish you could tell yourself 10 years ago? What do you think you’ll want to tell your current self 10 years from now?

In your group of friends, what role do you play?

Among your friends or family, what are you famous for?

What is the biggest lesson you never learned?

What’s the most immature thing that you do?

If your life was a book, what would its title be?

What’s the best and worst thing about getting older?

What’s something that happened or something that someone said that changed how you view the world?

What are you most likely very wrong about?

If you had a personal flag, what would be on it?

What lifestyle change have you been meaning to make for a while now?

What would be your spirit animal?

What incredibly strong opinion or belief do you have that is completely unimportant in the grand scheme of things?

What chance encounter changed your life forever?

If you could have a video of any one event in your life, what event would you choose?

If you were forced to relive one 10-minute block of your life again and again for all eternity, what 10 minutes of your life would you choose?

Very personal questions to get to know someone better

How do you hope you’ll change as a person in the future?

What keeps you up at night?

What’s the most surprising self-realization you’ve had?

What’s the most illegal thing you’ve done?

What lie do you tell most often?

What do you regret not doing?

What gives your life meaning?

What do you most often look down on people for? What do you think other people look down on you for?

What bridges do you not regret burning?

What are you most insecure about?

How do you get in the way of your own success?

What’s one thing you did that you really wish you could go back and undo?

What are you afraid people see when they look at you?



More to come!