My childhood was not that great, but still, I wouldn't trade if for a different one. All that crap shaped me towards the hilarious, smart and talented and so very humble and modest person you see before you today. You wouldn't think that mean, alcoholic parents with the combined intelligence of parsley should have that effect on a young man. But as it turns out, they didn't.
In the absence of good role models in my life I turned to books to find them. Among those books were science fiction from my Hero, Robert A Heinlein. I actually have a small altar in my home in His Honor with some pictures, candles and quotes, and I try to set aside time every day for a quiet prayer by it and maybe a little dancing too.
So I feel I owe big thanks to Robert A Heinlein for providing me with very good role models. It's his birthday today (2008-07-07), 101 years old. Congratulations buddy and thanks!