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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.

Robin Williams - Funny Man, Actor and Tortured Soul

On Zenthusiasm

The news of the loss of Robin Williams, age 63, to suicide was somewhat unsettling for me. I recall feeling similarly when we lost Heath Ledger at an all-too-early age, but I couldn't put my finger on what it was that was truly bothering me.

Robin was someone I've grown up with, since his brilliant introduction to TV as Mork on Happy Days, to a stirring dramatic performance in Dead Poet's Society, becoming Mrs. Doubtfire, fighting Captain Hook as an adult Peter Pan, a comedic radioman in Good Morning, Vietnam, and my all time favourite role of his, that of the sensitive, caring Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, a man that has experienced the ups and downs of life first hand.

I think with Robin, I saw a little bit of myself, or what I wanted to be. He was a master of the one-liner, and could make people laugh almost on command. He was intelligent - you could see it in his eyes. He studied and understood people - not just big names such as actors and politicians, but the average person, and what we go through, and that reflected in his humour.

He had another side too, and that side we got glimpses of in his dramatic acting skills. He wasn't just a comedian - he was a performer. He had so much to show the world, to reflect back at us, not just on the surface, but a depth that he also understood.

His passing, most likely by his own hand, shows that even when one has the praise of the world, the wealth of a celebrity, the opportunities to do almost anything he wanted - sometimes its just not enough.

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