Neal, you have taught me:
- To be an independent thinker
- To question liberals and conservatives - especially those who want to force their ideals upon us and control us using the police power of government
- To work hard, really hard - and then keeping on working some more (the 40 hour work week is for losers indeed)
- To take care of my health
- To appreciate every moment with the people I really like to be around (I really miss Royal too)
- To not be afraid to speak my mind if I feel strongly about something (you helped inspire the name of my company, Principle Logic)
- To read, read, read and take in as much knowledge as possible
- To be a better writer
- To hold people accountable
- To laugh
- To go all out
My late mother, Linda Beaver, used to call me Neal Boortz Junior...all the time. She loved you too. I know she's happy for you as well.
With each day that passed this week, I got a bit choked up knowing that I was one day closer to losing the very inspiration and insight that has helped me reach such a great point in my life. Around 11:58am today, as you were signing off, it all came to a head and I broke down.
I owe you a debt of gratitude Neal. A big one. I wish I could repay you somehow.
Most importantly Neal, e n j o y y o u r r e t i r e m e n t. You're a very lucky man because of all the luck you've created - now go have some fun! Just know that you'll be greatly missed.
Adios MFer! ;-)