MT. LOOKOUT, OH (FOX19) - Before ISIS recently became known as a terrorist group, most people identified it as the name of an Egyptian goddess in Greek mythology, the word meaning 'throne.'
That's the way Rick Mahrt likes to think of it, especially since he lives on Isis Avenue. It's a dead end street in Mount Lookout with only a dozen or so residents. Mahrt and Barbara moved in eight years ago.
"Now if they named it ISIL, I may be lobbying to change the name," he jokes.
Though the world seems to be at war, Rick couldn't be more at peace.
"This could all end in a second. Everything could change," Rick said. It's not war he's talking about, it's life.
"I'd like to get 10 more years," he said.
Rick is waiting for a lung transplant. He has suffered from Alpha 1, a disease that is destroying his lungs for nearly fifteen years now.
While the world battles overseas, Rick is battling his body for just a few more days like these.
"I just don't share the sense of urgency with a lot of people I guess," said Rick. "I'm just tired of bombing people and killing people when the solution to it is unity."
Rick says perhaps if we all realized our own mortality much like he does now, maybe our world would look more like Isis Avenue.
"Love your family and feed the birds and the squirrels alike. Pay your taxes. Vote. Say your prayers. I don't know what else you can do," said Rick.