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How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist : Part 2

This is a continuation of the story, How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist Part 1. If you haven't read that already, you should do so before reading this article.

Papa was notorious for being in contact with everyone in the pickup scene. I couldn't blame him, either - he was the business side of "Real Social Dynamics", a company that taught seminars and workshops to aspiring players. Not surprisingly, he was the only person at the seminar that I knew.

In order to extract every last precious second out of my experience, I had gotten on the earliest flight to Chicago that I could book. I called Papa when I arrived at the hotel at 10am. I could hardly make out his voice. He'd been out in the clubs until very late and was still sleeping.

Persistence and Pete the Cat

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My younger son just read aloud to me (three times) the lovely book Pete the Cat. It's about a cat whose beautiful new white shoes get all dirty in various ways. Pete is not put out by this: he loves his shoes in all their colors and states of being. He sings his love aloud. And

the moral of Pete's story is: No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song......because it's all good.

I enjoyed the book a lot, but it also made me thoughtful, partly because of two other things that I read today. One was a nice post on veraiconica's blog, with this quote:

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements,and impossibilities: It is this,that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.

It's from Thomas Carlyle, an interesting but rather polarizing figure, whose own "strength" could I guess be debated. But I do think that it contains truth. I tell my boys that "persistence" is one of the things that characterizes our little family. We do not give up. Everyone makes mistakes and fails and falls short of his or her dreams. But some people keep trying. I am committed to try.

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