Five Minutes With … a Salvation Army bell ringer
Name: Dick Ryman
Lives in: Glenwood Springs
Place of birth: Lincoln, Neb.
Years as a bell ringer: About five
Length of his bell ringing shifts: About two hours, three times a year
Why do you do it? It’s fun. I enjoy it, because I get to see people that I don’t see very often, and it makes me feel good that I’m doing something for Christmas. And it makes me feel like I’m doing my part. In small towns, everyone’s got to help out a little bit, and this is my way of doing it.
Does that constant bell sound get on your nerves? After a while, your ears get numb from hearing it. You don’t hear it anymore.
Any memorable donations? Yeah. Last year, somebody gave me a $500 check.
How are people this year ” generous or stingy? I think this is a very good year. My feeling is that we’re probably doing a little better than last year. People who stop here, who pass this bucket, are very generous people. They’re very nice people. I don’t notice any effect of the economy.
What are you looking forward to this holiday season? I’m looking forward to Saturday (today), when skiing finally starts, looking forward to every day when ski season starts.
So, you’re a pretty avid skier? Oh yeah. Ski every day when the season starts, almost every day. My wife, Cindy, is a retired nurse from Valley View Hospital, and we both ski. And she’s a bell ringer, too.
What’s the best Christmas gift you ever received? During World War II, we were in the Philippines and, on Christmas day, we got the first mail we’d received in a long, long time.
Christmas movie: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Place to spend Christmas: At home, with the whole family
Place in the area: Buttermilk ski area
Place in the world: The Utah desert
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