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Monday, December 16, 2002

 

Uncle Bill's Helicopter



I know I come off as pretty grumpy in my blog. That's what it's for. It lets me vent. You don't have to read it, if you don't want to.

But over the last three weeks, I wrote a wonderful, uplifting Christmas speech. It's about a lot of things that I care about - it's about growing up, and it's about the space program, and it's a about a lot of people I've known in the IT business. It's about a lot of things you care about, too. Please give the story a shot. You should feel pretty good when you're done reading it. Read it aloud to yourself. There will be an mp3 up soon.

See: http://www.taht.net/uncle_bills_helicopter.html or
http://www.ackley.net/~mike/ubh.html.

I gave the speech on saturday, December 12, to the graduating class of ITT Tech.It's about my uncle Bill's Helicopter... and the rescue missions it flys on.

I made a lot of graduates feel really good about themselves, and the rest of the audience liked it a lot too.

One guy came up to me and said he'd been in the navy and knew the bird well.

A 8 year boy came up to me and asked me if my helicopter was real. I got choked up, and managed to tell him that it flew from aircraft carriers and over forest fires. I wished I'd had a model to give him.

I went and played piano for a while and two people came by and told me their stories.

Two beautiful 18 year old girls asked me for my autograph.

I'm glad I made so many people happy. Giving the speech gave me the courage to go on.

I feel terrible, and maybe you can help.

I wrote up the real reason I wrote it, and struggled so much with it, and found the courage to try and find a way to create a miracle for someone I love dearly for Christmas. If you wanna know, go read this speech now - there will be an mp3 up soon - get happy - and then continue reading. if you don't want to be depressed, don't read on, you don't deserve to bear my troubles. Just enjoy the story. But if you want to help - please do - post it to a newsgroup somewhere - print it out - tell slashdot - anything - I gotta create a snowball, a miracle, by christmas, and the only way I can succeed in my quest is cover the planet with this story.

I think I just built a good rescue helicopter, but I don't know where to send it!!! And there's only 9 days left til Christmas.

Thanks in advance.

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