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my dad's influence

My Dad. His Email signature line reads "anything is possible!" and he really believes it.

My blood father lives on the streets of Chicago, and every month or so he calls me excitedly to tell me about his new project.

"I've got a big project in the works...I'm putting together a deal to buy a cafe/ a bookstore/ a health club/ a movie theater, and I'm going to expand it to make it an internet cafe/ alternative health mall/ natural foods store. It only costs $100,000 and I'm going to sell lifetime memberships for $2,000. All I have to do is get 50 people...just 50 people and the place is paid for free and clear. Isn't that exciting?"

I want to support him because he's so excited every time, but I just get weary after a while. "That's great dad," I manage to say sometimes, "only 50 people eh?"

It's been like this for years.

I set up a website for him at thewowcenter.com. It is a work in progress, of course. By all means, read some. You will undoubtedly see some really spot-on concepts, marked by perhaps some disorganized thinking.

He is a fervent man, and I've seen him work the coffee shops of Chicago with a supreme skill, talking excitedly about his newest project, pointing to his diagrams, and selling photocopied self-published copies of his book.

I've had a hard time thinking about how to write about him in the tinyblog...you know, honestly and respectfully. I said something last night about the ways he's influenced me, and he said, "Wow! You've never told me that before." (patently untrue) And then he requested that I write down how he's influenced me, so there would be a more permanent record, not subject to the whims of memory.

So I will endeavor to say in the next few days how my dad has influenced me, and perhaps tell a few good stories about my ol' man, heretofore hardly mentioned in the pages of the tinyblog.


My dad is very much the same. Every time I see him he's got a new scheme on the brain. I think most recently it's starting up a bar in the south of England? I'm sure he'll forget this soon.

ah, sweet daniel,
your words capture not only pictures but deep feelings in my heart. you inspire me, you touch me and i am richer because of your existance.