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scouser1
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Whether they are living or dead, famous or not, who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
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Myself. Because.
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Trust you to be self obsessed KL [Razz]
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When I saw this thread title, my immediate gut response was "your mum". [Embarrassed]
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seeing as though this is an American forum shouldnt it have been "Yo' mamma"?? [Razz]
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My mamma AND my pappa. [Smile] I literally couldn't have done it without them.

Ed.

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work ethic, kindness- mom
economics, international policy- M. A.
progression, repentance, truth-seeking - John my beloved
humility, selflessness- the kids
patience against selfish people- dad

[ February 18, 2009, 05:55 PM: Message edited by: munga ]

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My wife, cuz she made me a dad.
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Bodhidharma Daruma, the 28th Enlightened One.
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My parents, in ways I cannot fathom and did not choose. My husband, deliberately. My granddaughter, who required of me the greatest sacrifice and elicited from me the greatest love.
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kenmeer livermaile
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"seeing as though this is an American forum shouldnt it have been "Yo' mamma"??"

Oh, mama tried to raise me better but her feelings I denied, leaving only me to blame 'cuz mama tried.

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Anyway, I find it impossible to list just one as the most, hence my original answer.
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Good call, scouser! Or even "mom" would be better. (Do Americans even say "mum"?)
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Obama, by a mile.
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Oh, and then God.
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I think most people might say mom and dad, but definitely it was George Carlin for me. He was always there when nobody else was
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A instructor I knew in one of the more "motivational" phases of my military life. All limits are self imposed, the desire to win is everything.
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Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.

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Robert A. Heinlein
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Here is my long winded answer:

I have a strange ability to subconsciously observe habits, mannerisms, and attitudes...along with the actions and philosophies of those around me. I take the bits and pieces I like and assimilate them, and discard the parts I don't. Then I see other people with characteristics I hate, and make sure I don't do that same thing. And so there is no one person who has influenced me the most. Rather there is one specific group of people who have influenced me the most...the stupid. For they are far more prevalent in the world, and have helped to strip away those things in me I don't want.

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My father
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BTW any of you ever hear yourself speaking as you get older and suddenly feel like you're channeling your parents?
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My wife. No question about it. Without her, I would either be dead or wishing I were.
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quote:
Originally posted by Viking_Longship:
BTW any of you ever hear yourself speaking as you get older and suddenly feel like you're channeling your parents?

Most people do, to some degree or another, yeah. Hopefully you don't slap your hand over your mouth in outrage when you do. [Wink]
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quote:
Originally posted by Kent:
Obama, by a mile.

Oh, and then God.

But you repeat yourself... [Razz]
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quote:
Originally posted by Viking_Longship:
BTW any of you ever hear yourself speaking as you get older and suddenly feel like you're channeling your parents?

Do I ever. Weird turns of phrase like "You kids, I swear..."
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My mother, then my father.
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kenmeer livermaile
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Ricky is a mama's boy! Rocky is a mama's boy!

Interesting, even ironic, that in such a patriarchal culture as Judaism, it is the mothers with whom we are by far most familiar as archetypes and influencers of their children.

I think it may be those curly sideburns. How can a young man *really* respect a father who looks like that? It's like taking vocal lessons from Milli Vannili. [Wink]

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[LOL] ya said ricky then rocky!! Slip of the keyboard key there [Razz]
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For me its always been my mother. Because after everything I know shes been through, shes still a strong woman to this day. Takes no BS, rights other peoples wrongs, and inspires me to be a good person no matter how other people treat you. If I am even half the woman she is then i'll be doing well [Smile] And my grandmother is a close second for all the same reasons.
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