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28 else who owns a business. There are some hardships in managing your own business. Also managing the sole employee,” he continued. Johnson likes to travel, but doesn’t have the chance to do it often. He also likes to cook, replicating dishes and recipes that he enjoyed at restau- rants. He even admitted to doing some recipe research on Pinterest.  “I like to cook a bit. I like to try things I’ve never tried before. I like to grill. I find something I like in a restaurant and try it myself,” he said. He said that he likes to stay busy and isn’t a sit-around-and-watch- movies kind of guy. “Part of what I do as well as horseshoeing is I do custom leather work. I like to build things and I like to be busy,” he said.  His perfect day would be one that wasn’t super-hot outside and he could shoe six or seven horses and still have time to grill and play with his dogs. “Relaxing and watching the sun go down, that would be a pretty good day. If I can fit in some golf too, that would be even better,” Johnson said. He only plays two or three times a year, and describes his skills as not really playing golf, but playing around at golf. He’s looking forward to getting out into the community as one of Parker County Today’s bachelors. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to get in front of people and sometimes it’s hard for me to break loose from my own focus and priorities. I’m forcing myself out of my own bubble and getting back to what I enjoy, interacting with and meeting people,” he said. “I really hadn’t heard of this event going on. I have a friend that volunteers for Careity and I learned about the organization from him. It’s a group of people that reach out to others in need. Any amount of money we can raise that can benefit others is the ultimate goal. I think there are some people who don’t know about them, but once they learn about it they would want to support it,” he contin- ued. “It’s always good to meet new people and network. I hopefully just want to establish a better relationship with the community and with my team,” Johnson said. Bachelor : Rick Crosley Charity – Children’s Advocacy Center Chef – Chef Aaron Austin of Vintage Grill  When it comes to having a sense of duty, Rick Crosley certainly has the dedication it takes to serve as a member of law enforcement. Having served in the Navy, he currently is a patrol sergeant, and started on the SWAT team in April of 2005, moving to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office from Springtown Police Department the following November. Originally from Colorado, Crosley wasn’t quite sure what to do with his life.  “When I got out of high school, I played baseball, and when I got out of college, I didn’t know what I was going to do or anything. We had some relatives that are drug addicts and family violence, and that kind of pointed me in the direction of want- ing to he lp people,” he said. He moved to Parker County in 2001.  Crosley’s charity is the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County, a non-profit organization which provides support services for child victims of crime. It’s very important to Crosley. “They paired me with the CAC, but I’m glad they did,” he said.  An investigator for six years, Crosley spent two of those years working specifically investigating crimes against children. “Working those cases was always more impor- tant to me than any of the cases that I worked. I did property crimes, which is just burglary and stuff, but when I got to the crimes against children cases, those were always … I liked working those more because you felt like you were making way more of a difference,” he said. What is he looking forward to the most about being a Bachelor? “Raising a lot of money for the CAC and getting it more well-known, because I think … the building is new, and more people are just now becoming more aware that Parker County is involved in that, so getting more people to know what it’s for and that’s what they do. It’s one of the most important things we do. When people think of law enforce- ment, they think of traffic tickets and stuff like that, they don’t think about some of the stuff we do behind closed doors, helping people,” Crosley said. Bachelor: Austin Livingston Charity – Weatherford/ Parker County Animal Shelter Chef –Ruth Hooker of Hooker’s Grill Not only is he a Parker County native, Austin Livingston seems to embody everything it takes to be a good ol’ boy. He grew up in Parker County, with the exception of a brief interlude in Maypearl in grade school. He graduated in 2012, and is currently attending Weatherford Continued on page 32