This is my first thread after being here two months now. I didn't want to put something up just to put something up, and something finally popped into my beanhead. Of the character and personality/behavioral traits that seem to have been passed down to you from your parents, can you describe what each one contributed? My Dad was cool, calm, and collected, but was quite the Social maven. He didn't have a nosy bone in his body, and he had a great work ethic. He was a fine athlete, and he accepted people for what they were, not what he wanted them to be. I also got my competitive nature from him. He was kind of iconoclastic. My youngest brother and I decided he had what we called the "John Wayne Syndrome", work your ass off, hold your booze, keep your mouth shut, and if anybody messes with you, kick their ass. My Mom was just the opposite. She could make a mountain out of a molehill faster than anyone who ever lived on Earth. She was artistic and musical, singing in the Grand Ole Opry for a little while before I was born. She was very inventive, and I seemed to get that, as well as my musical ability from her, as well as a great imagination. She attempted suicide twice when young, and today she would have been diagnosed as bi-polar. There was a lot of instability in her side of the family. Both sides liked to imbibe often, and I inherited that tendancy also. That isn't a problem for me now.