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Whereas Emma is the eldest of 13 kids, Uncle Rick is the youngest. Like his siblings before him, Rick carries on the tradition of kindness, generosity, and the trademark Placencia sense of humor.
If Sue is the nice one and J is the funny one, then Uncle Rick is the cool one, the guy you can kick back with over a beer and an episode of Seinfeld and just hang. You don't have to be around him long before you know Rick's the kind of guy who's just cool to be around. As a child, he always reminded me of Isaac, the cool bartender from The Love Boat. They both smile all the time, they're good guys, and (at least at the time) they both had amazing mustaches.
While I was living in Indiana a few years ago, Rick was always very eager to open up his home and have Dad and I over to watch the big fight or a movie or just have dinner and relax.
Writing about someone who's as cool as Rick is hard because you never feel like you can never capture just how cool he is. You can't really describe him, you have to be around him to witness it.
So Rick is cool. Just take my word for it.