Tuesday, May 12, 2009

RPG Blog 2's Dad

This post is about my dad.

My dad is a tremendous guy. He'll never read this, but he was the greatest inspiration of my youth. His love of Tolkien, of Kipling, of so many classic adventure stories, helped form and enrich my life in so many ways. He's a man of integrity, a man of the Old Ways, and above all, a good man.

When I was leaving for the Air Force, he wrote me a letter that ended with this advice:

"To ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth. This was the ancient law of youth. Old times are past, old days are done; but the Law runs true, O Little son!"

--A sentiment I've tried to remember and keep always (with varying success, I'm afraid).

My dad, due to his work schedule and taking care of his family, has not been able to go to the Indianapolis 500 for some 15 years--an event we've always followed, no matter where I was in the world. This year, as sort of a surprise, I was going to take him to this weekend's qualifications and hopefully, the 500 itself. I knew it would mean a lot--it's something we did when I was a kid, and I can't think of many better memories than spending time at the track with my dad. This man has earned a day at the races. And it is killing me that I can't do that for him. This week, the engine blew on my car. With our tight budget, that is a dream-killer. I now can't afford to take him as I promised.

This isn't a cancer fund, this isn't life or death; it's just a guy trying to tell his Dad thank you. And I'm going to see what I can do to make this happen.

Here's what I (and you) can do: if you donate to help out, regardless of the amount, I will send you a pdf copy of my Irrin Campaign setting. I wish I could give more, but it's yours--just make sure to note on the donation where I should email the files. If you've ever taken anything of use or utility or entertainment value from this site, this is how you can say thank you--by letting me say thank you to the man I respect and love the most in this world. If you want to spread the word, that would be tremendously helpful as well. I'm asking for help--and if we can pull this off, I promise you plenty of great pics from a day at the track. And I will be eternally grateful to you for helping me make this happen for my dad.

To get your copy, paypal your donation--whatever the amount--to o_clever_odysseus@yahoo.com. Thanks for your time, and though you won't read this, thanks again, Dad.


Stuart said...

I wanted to pitch in and bought the PDF from your Lulu store just before you posted this. It's awesome, and people will really enjoy it.

Zachary The First said...

Stuart, man, you don't know what that means. I really hope this can happen for him. Thank you so very, very much.

Aaron said...

My readership isn't much, but I've posted this up on my blog; I hope you get enough to take your dad to the 500.


Zachary The First said...

Aaron: Thank you so very much. Anything that comes in will help. This really will mean a lot to him!

Steven said...

Contact me when you get time

Rite Publishing will donate some funds and we will add a give away coupon code for one of our products, for those who donate

steve (at) ritebpublishing (dot) com

Steven D. Russell
Rite Publishing

ancientvaults said...

I sent you what I currently had in my Paypal account, will send more when more money clears. I don't need anything, just make sure you get to take your dad to the race.

Jim said...


Give me a shout over on TheRPGHaven and we can discuss tickets.

I have four high in the fourth turn likely at a decent discount. We just need to figure how to make it work out.

Once in a Blue Moon Ticket Broker Extraordinaire.

Rob Lang said...

Dumped a bit of cash across the pond. No idea what the exchange rate will make it into.

Have a great day out!

Zachary The First said...

Thank you so much, everyone. I now know for certain I can get my dad to qualifications this weekend, and getting to the race is looking like more of a possibility. My car might be trashed, but I feel very fortunate to have such wonderful friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Jim: PM sent at RPG Haven!

I'll be sending out the files tonight, for those that donated!

Stargazer said...

You're welcome, Zach!

We are all glad we could help!

Zachary The First said...

Thank you guys again. We are close--really close!--to some tickets for the 500. That would be the icing on the cake for this. Just a wee bit more, and I think it will happen. I have faith--this has been such an amazing 12+ hours since I first posted this!

nytflyr said...

I sent some $$$ your way, I hope you and your dad have a great time

Zachary The First said...

Thank you very, very much!

Steven said...

Money sent,

Post about your race experiance.

shaynepower said...

I lost my Dad suddenly last year. I'd love to be doing something like this... Mind you, it would have been him taking me somewhere rather than the other way around.

Sent a small contribution, hope it helps.

Zachary The First said...

Thank you so very, very much. You guys are incredible. I can't hardly believe this...