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November 27, 2002

Iowa. Iowa. Iowa.

Last night, as I was getting ready to hop into bed, I did one last check of the email, to see if there had been any update from Bob in Iowa about his baby girl.

There was.

Read on...

Date: Tue Nov 26, 2002 20:43:06 US/Pacific

Subject: Boodlie-Face update from Bob


I absolutely do not know how to thank you enough. At this very moment,
despite what you are reading, I am at a loss for words. Forgive me if this message is more rambling and incoherent than my last email, but I'm
basically just typing this as it slowly comes to me.

I am sorry for not responding to you until now, but I just got back from the hospital. First thing I did when I booted up my computer was to go to your site. I was astounded, and shocked, and pleased, and happy, and overjoyed that you took the time to a) post my message, and b) send me the mojo. But as astounded, shocked, pleased... is there a word that encompasses all five of those emotions?... as I was at that, I was completely blown away by the huge, and wonderfully loving, responses that it drew.

I read each and every one of them. I felt, in fact I *knew*, that I had to. I am sitting here, a grown man with a wife and child and ALL MAN BABY AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT!!!, and I am crying. Not a sobbing, heaving, snot-running-from-my-nose, I've-lost-all-sense-of-composure crying. Rather, it is a joyous, thankful, I-cannot-believe-how-incredible-complete-strangers-can-be-in-times-of-need, I-want-to-hug-the-whole-freakin'-world-and-I-just-can't-hold-it-in kind of crying. To you, Uncle Willie, and to all who sent the love, prayers, and mojo to my little Boodlie-Face, I just want to tell you: you made a grown man cry, and in the words of The Martha, "it's a good thing".

I have barely slept since I wrote that last email to you. We had to get up at an ungodly hour to get Her Royal Highness to the hospital on time, which we did *to the minute*, I kid you not. After she went in for the operation, my beautiful wife, my wonderful mother, and I were in the Day Of Operation Waiting Room. And this, well, this is the kicker: all three of us felt, at various times, a little dizzy for no good apparent reason. And not necessarily in a bad way, either. Well, not so much dizzy, but more like light-headed. For no reason, well, no reason that we could think of: remember, I had no idea Uncle Wil had posted my email or that I was, at that time, receiving some MAJOR positive energy from ALL OVER THE WORLD. And, despite my trepidation... and that is an understatement... before the surgery, I was much calmer and my mind much less troubled when the operation was actually happening. I wouldn't lie or exaggerate about this: it would besmirch the incredible outpouring of awesome good-will that Katie, my wife, my mother, and I received.

Bottom-line it, Bob! Okay, voices-in-my-head, here goes: the operation was
a complete success! No complications, nothing unexpected, everything went
textbook-perfect. Katie and her mother are at the hospital even as I write
this, and if all goes well, my beloved Boodlie-Face will be home tomorrow

But that's not the real bottom line. The real bottom line is that I fully expect that the post-op stage will be as hitchless... is that a word? hitchless?... as the operation itself. I now believe that fully and completely. I didn't just see the result of the mojonation in a successful operation; my mother and wife and I actually felt it. I wrote in my previous email that I'm not a very religious person. I am now going to reassess that stance. One cannot feel what I have felt, and am feeling, without being touched very profoundly, and I have Wil and all the
well-wishers to thank for that as well.

- Bob Roth, WWDN fan, and one very happy daddy to one beautiful little girl

Stop for a second now.

That feeling you have? That one that starts in the center of your body, and radiates outward to your fingers and toes? That joy? That astonishment? That feeling.

With just the tiniest bit of effort, you sent kind, loving thoughts out to a complete stranger, expecting nothing in return, and this is the result.

I defy anyone to tell me that we don't have the power to change the world.

Posted by wil at November 27, 2002 08:00 AM
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Cool. Good Thanksgiving mojo.

Posted by: Rasa at November 27, 2002 08:03 AM

You rock, Wil. Thanks for being such a kickass person.

And Bob, if you read this, I'm glad everything went well.

We all SHOULD take a minute out of each day to just send mojo to the world. I bet it would make a big defference.


Posted by: Clay at November 27, 2002 08:05 AM

You rule, Will. Just in case you weren't sure. ;)

Posted by: Rani at November 27, 2002 08:08 AM

Bob, my daughter goes in next week for her 3rd VCUG (which I'm sure you've been through) and they're HORRIBLE!! I hate having to hold her down as they perform these tests on her!
But we're hoping everything has since cleared up since last year and we can stop the DAILY dose of Bactrum!
Glad it all worked out for you!

Posted by: buntz at November 27, 2002 08:12 AM

I'm tellin ya man, tough guy that i may be (or consider myself to be) I'm fighting back the damn tears just reading that.

I'm glad it went well for you brother. That little girl'll be up running rampant over you in no time. :)

You should be proud Wil, look at all you're brought together.

If only the rest of the world could see things the way our little community does.

Posted by: Kane at November 27, 2002 08:12 AM

Coolest. Fucking. Shit., Ever.

Posted by: Kyle at November 27, 2002 08:13 AM

A little light in a big dark world. There's nothing better than seeing people show their best and most generous side--it's God in all of us. Thanks Wil, and congratulations and best wishes to Bob, Boodlie-face, and family.

Posted by: Interplanet Janet at November 27, 2002 08:15 AM

That was really awesome. That's the only word I can think of. Awesome.

Posted by: Jay at November 27, 2002 08:18 AM

I'm so glad that everything worked out!!! I was seriously distraught when I read about the situation yesterday. I just want to wish Bob and his family the best of luck! Wil, YOU ROCK!!!


Posted by: Kate at November 27, 2002 08:20 AM

Good stuff, I didn't post yesterday but sent the good 'mo-jo'. Glad it worked.

Thanks for giving us the opportunity for some positivity.

Posted by: saro at November 27, 2002 08:22 AM

You are an amazing man, Will. We're lucky to have people like you in this world of ours...

Posted by: Amythyst at November 27, 2002 08:23 AM

I just decided to just get the hell up and pretend I had a good night's sleep after a tossing night of one of the worse lower-back spasms in two decades. I decided to surf around on the Net and stopped at Wil's site to see what I missed over the last few days, only to find this message about Bob and his saga posted. This is such a joy to wake up to such great news, and to know that perfect strangers had such love for a fellow human being and his family to respond with such positive energy. I completely forgot about my pain and had my day made learning of someone else's deliverance from it.

Wil, you are at the center of a very powerful display of what human love was meant to be... you get more and more real every day, it seems. Happy Thanksgiving to everybody who reads this (especially you and your family, Bob!)

Posted by: Brad at November 27, 2002 08:23 AM

I'm fighting back the tears, because stuff like this chokes me up.
Bob, I am so happy to hear that everything went perfect for you and your baby. Lots of warm wishes coming your/ Katie's way for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: KateH at November 27, 2002 08:31 AM

I am totaly getting that feeling after reading that post! A great jumbly feeling of potential and hope and all that stuff :)

Posted by: s'becks at November 27, 2002 08:31 AM

Awesome!! Excellent to hear. Hope everything goes smoothly for the rest of your lives. Have a good one!

Posted by: Steveclank at November 27, 2002 08:32 AM

WOW! That's so wonderful to hear! I'm glad everyone's doing gr-8 and Happy Thanksgivng. Wil, that was awesome of you!


Posted by: Ashley at November 27, 2002 08:38 AM

I'm so glad things went well for Bob and his daughter. I know she'll continue to improve!

Happy Thanksgiving (a day early).


Posted by: Jasmine at November 27, 2002 08:41 AM

Bob, you said "I wrote in my previous email that I'm not a very religious person. I am now going to reassess that stance."

There is power beyond our comprehension in this world. Be sure to check it out.

I'm so glad for you, and for your wife and beloved Boodlie-Face. Please pass on our love in person to the both of them. . .especially your wife. . .so she knows she is not alone in this.

And Wil brother, you are the best. You continue to be the main reason why this site is so unique. RAWK ON!


Posted by: Ahud at November 27, 2002 08:48 AM

I can't imagine what it would be like to have to take any of my sons in for surgery.

Bob, I'm happy the operation went so textbook perfectly.

Mojo, good vibes, and prayer really can make a difference.

Posted by: John at November 27, 2002 08:50 AM

I am so thankful that things went well for a father and his daughter.

Not that that warm feeling you described needs any embelishment, but it's good for me to acknowledge the facilitator of such a warm thing.
Again, You've done another very good thing, Wil Thank you.

"Good Dog"
(My wife told me to pat Wil on his head, and scratches his belly)

Posted by: SugarBear at November 27, 2002 08:52 AM

Wow...*wipes away the joyous tears* Wil, you rule, you know that? :)

Posted by: Moonie at November 27, 2002 08:53 AM

Bob, I am so happy for you and your daughter. If there is anything else anyone here can do, please post on the board. I'm sure eveyone would be happy to pitch in.


Posted by: MsRetro at November 27, 2002 08:56 AM



Posted by: ionicus at November 27, 2002 08:58 AM

*ponders a moment*

No, I'm pretty sure that feeling is gas, maybe a little reflux.

But always glad to help.

***Post-Op-And-Down-Through-The-Ages MOJO!!!***

Posted by: Gwalchmai at November 27, 2002 09:03 AM

Sending more mojo for all who need it and read this...

It's been said before and i'll say it again, your not going to find a greater guy then Will.. Will of all the "star" sites i'v ever been to, i'v never seen one that does more for it's fans then you.. That not only speaks voulmes about you, but also what your truley like as a person..


Posted by: numb at November 27, 2002 09:15 AM

First off - most excellent! Continued mojosity to Bob & Boodlie-face.

Secondly - to all of you awesome no-longer-completely-strangers out there - thanks for renewing my faith in people.

Finally - Wil, for taking the time to post *both* emails from Bob, and for being affected by them - you rock. Wish I could buy ya a cuppa cuppa like a *real* pal.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Posted by: Dana at November 27, 2002 09:15 AM

I would be choked up, but I'm tough, dammit.

And I'm not sentimental at all.

Not a bit.

No, no, no.


Seriously, though, I agree with Kyle in the 6th comment down.

The power of love is truly marvelous.

Posted by: MrsVeteran at November 27, 2002 09:18 AM

congrats on the success of little Katie.

Thank you Uncle Willy for letting everyone know and allowing us to help out Bob and his family.

Families are too important to just let them go through these types of situations alone.

Posted by: Denise at November 27, 2002 09:19 AM

I am in tears over this. That was simply amazing stuff. Yea Bob & Katie and the Family!!

*Recovery MoJo!!*


Posted by: Stargazer at November 27, 2002 09:22 AM

This was the first thing I did when I woke up this morning (after hugging my own daughter), checking to see if there was any news on Katie.

I am so glad everything went well! Here is to a speedy recovery.

Take care and have a wonderful holiday weekend all!

Posted by: nancyann at November 27, 2002 09:24 AM

I have tears in my eyes from reading that.
I swear I could feel what he was feeling.
I am so happy that everything went good with his daughters operation. I was really holding her in my thoughts and in my heart.
Its a nice thing for the holidays too.
Thanksgiving tomorrow and Christmas almost on us its a nice holiday wish come true!
I wish them continued good mojo feelings.

Posted by: LadySprite at November 27, 2002 09:24 AM

I'll send on all my mojo, even the spare stuff I was saving in case of emergency. I've got kids, hell this IS an emergency. Hope the recovery goes well.

Posted by: scaryduck at November 27, 2002 09:32 AM

Like Saro, I didn't post a response (what words could I have used?), but I duly sent mojo throughout the day. Hundreds, if not thousands, of lurkers probably did the same. I love wwdn.

Posted by: Shell at November 27, 2002 09:39 AM

Amen. Events like this are what keep my faith in humanity alive, just when I want to give up completely. God, if everyone would just try a little harder sometimes, just look what we could do.

Posted by: Erin at November 27, 2002 09:46 AM

WWDN mojo...go ahead and try to beat it. You can't. You rock, Wil. And congrats to Bob and his family. Hey, here's a little extra-mojo for you for future use! MOJO! MOJO! MOJO!
And Wil, here's some MOJO for you too...jsut for the hell of it. Damn, I feel good.

Posted by: nelson at November 27, 2002 09:47 AM

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Thank you Bob, for the update...and Wil, for bringing us all together here.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Posted by: Radiate at November 27, 2002 09:49 AM

This is the coolest thing that I have read all week...well, I know that it is only Wednesday an all, but STILL WAY COOL!

Stories like this restores my faith in humanity.
My wife sent some of her "Hot Philly Chick Mojo" as well.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


Posted by: Anthony P. at November 27, 2002 09:51 AM

I am so happy for Bob and his wife that their daughter is going to be alright. Wil, you are right, people can change the world.

Posted by: angry penguin at November 27, 2002 09:51 AM

"I defy anyone to tell me that we don't have the power to change the world."

nice. that's one thing off your wish-list...

Posted by: m at November 27, 2002 09:52 AM

This mojo is for Bob and every other WWDN fan out there.

You all ROCK!

Posted by: Innkeeper2097 at November 27, 2002 09:55 AM

I can't remember if I posted "mojo", but I remember stopping by and praying for "Iowa" and his family as his daughter went into surgery. I was overjoyed to read the response, it's so rare that anyone "hears back" from the energy that gets sent out. Thank you for posting this, I'm saving this and keeping this to help me remember that yes, indeed, there is kindness in the world! Have a great day, and keep the mojo flowin'!

Posted by: Susan at November 27, 2002 10:00 AM

oops...I read this late can I put in a little late/recovery mojo?

Posted by: phrainq at November 27, 2002 10:01 AM

Bob, Katie and family - so glad you got the major mojo. I'm so happy that everything went well for all of you.

Thanks Wil for keeping us up to date on this. This story has really lifted my spirit and added to my faith in humanity.

Posted by: Eleanor at November 27, 2002 10:04 AM

glad to hear the good news.

I believe people are inherently nice, and that most people in the world are nice..
Its just that bad people make much more noise..

Its cool when something allows good people to make some noise too.

Posted by: a. roland j. at November 27, 2002 10:08 AM

I too read it late and am sending a huge amount of recovery MOJO out to Bob and his daughter to compensate!

Wil, you do indeed rock, and just look at what you and the rest of us achieved! its absolutely f**king GREAT!!!

Posted by: rach at November 27, 2002 10:20 AM

This comment is for Bob. Bob, if you are reading through today's comments... thanks doing what you did and sending an email request to Wil - who in turned did the good thing - and gave us the opportunity to love and pray for you, Katie and your loved ones through her operation.

I think that more often than not, people assume that no one will want to know or care about our circumstance. Your need and the opportunity to reach out to you in prayer - gave me something in return. And I wasn't intending to get anything in return. I have hope and joy today. Thanks.

Posted by: Janece at November 27, 2002 10:50 AM

just when the darkest moment has arrived...and your dream seems bound to die...a prayer and a little mojo from your friends can make all the difference...wil...you did a real good thing...'cause you know all about the mojo...thanks for passing it on.

Posted by: d. burr at November 27, 2002 10:53 AM

That's very happy news. The power of prayer is an amazing thing (or the power of mojo if you prefer)

Posted by: Sunidesus at November 27, 2002 11:06 AM

U of I has a great hospital with great people..

I hope you have a wonderful Turkey day and Christmas too.

From a fellow Iowan..

Posted by: Jennifer at November 27, 2002 11:09 AM

God and a whole lot of MOJO was watching over one special little girl in Iowa. God bless her entire family, on this very special holiday season.

Posted by: Terry at November 27, 2002 11:13 AM


I have been sitting here, reading this blog for some time now. I have always walked away wth a sense of happiness or the feeling that I have not put enough thought into how I run my life day to day... I have always admired you and what you have accomplished in your life. I have never posted here before for lack of anything intelligent to say. . . That has changed. I am taken aback, nay, astounded by the impact you are having on the global community by just being yourself. Everyone gets star-struck now and again (even yourself; Isaac Hayes) but the fact that you are a normal person (OK...WRITER SLASH ACTOR) and you have the ability to make so much mojo focus in one place and change somone's life goes beyond stardom Wil. you are obviously no longer a child actor. You are no longer a brainy geek, nee Beverly Crusher. You have become an icon, a conduit, a focal point, a loving father and husband and the envy of many, myself included. If i continue on the path I'm on and I become half the father you are, half the husband you are and garner half the respect that you do, I'll die a happy, happy man. To quote Kyle, "Coolest. Fucking. Shit., Ever." And it's all because of you Wil...


Posted by: John-Boy at November 27, 2002 11:29 AM

Man, you leave me speechless as ever!

Posted by: Christian Humberg at November 27, 2002 11:37 AM

I am also at a loss for words. All I can say is Praise God. I'm so glad that you are reassessing (that does not look like it's spelled correctly) your religious outlook. So thankful. God Bless you and Katie and the rest of your family!

Posted by: Angie at November 27, 2002 11:37 AM

a little mojo goes a long way......
but a LOT OF MOJO can change the world...

3 cheers for all that sent the good vibes down to Bob and his family when he needed it...

and 3 cheers to wil for being the lightening rod to channel it all...

wow...(pauses to consider it all) feels pretty great to be a part of something bigger than yourself ...don't it....?

Posted by: Tyson at November 27, 2002 11:38 AM

So am I the ONLY one that believes God is the reason for this little girl's life & her parents' relief, not (no offense) Wil??? I think we all forget that God kept that little girl safe & healthy, not some "mojo" we typed on our keyboard. Our prayers were heard and answered by Him. Bottom line.

Posted by: Jenne at November 27, 2002 11:40 AM

Hey Wil;

You're the MOJO man, no doubt!!!!

Now listen, I just bought these lottery tickets....

Just kidding, man! :)
You Rock!

Posted by: LeeB at November 27, 2002 11:45 AM


I think Thanksgiving will be even better this year with simply knowing that there is a wealth of positive energy still out there among us. Thanks, Wil, for helping us focus on something we can all be thankful for. Gobble.

Posted by: marrasaff at November 27, 2002 11:55 AM

YES!!!!! It feels good to see Bob's response about his little girl. I am THRILLED that she came through the operation with flying colors... and believe what you will... the power of prayer/mojo/whateveryouwannacallit was with Bob and his family because he asked for it and we gave freely and willingly. Period.

Posted by: Tammtamm at November 27, 2002 12:17 PM


Posted by: Toonces at November 27, 2002 12:22 PM

Much relief on my end...I'm glad to hear that it went well. I will continue sending my mojo towards Bob and Katie for a swift recovery.

Wil, my crush on you is back on display for the world to see. Not just because you were Wesley Crusher, but because you're a class act.

Posted by: skandrae at November 27, 2002 12:23 PM

DAMN IT! You made me cry at work! Isn't it amazing how far a little Mojo can go. I will think warm fuzzy thoughts for all of you thru this holiday weekend, and would someone please fart at the Thanksgiving feast on my behalf?

Angela in Seattle

Posted by: angela at November 27, 2002 12:37 PM

I know this isn't supposed to be used as a BBS, but I feel kind of compelled to respond to something I read on here about MOJO vs. God. I'm not going to single the person out at all, because I'm not going to beat her up over what she said. However, I think in this forum it's important to realise that MOJO is whatever good wishes/prayers/chicken sacrifices the individual chooses to make it. Assuming that everyone believes in the same God (or gods) or that they SHOULD believe in the same God, is wrong. I kinda like the MOJO ideal, simply because it embraces focused thought on one thing. How that is acheived is up to the individual sending the MOJO> Prayer? Okay. That works just as well as a simple good hearted thought directed towards someone. No one is thanking Wil for anything other than this forum. Wil didn't help the kid out-the doctors did, along with thousands of good hearted thoughts directed to Katie. Oh, and Wil along with the WWDC posse. I am sorry for soapboxing. Extra MOJO for all of you for putting up with my rant. I just want everyone to be cool. Thanks guys, and thanks Wil.

Posted by: Nelson at November 27, 2002 12:41 PM

I have said it before and I will say it again
"Monkey's..and their MOJO have THE power!!"

In my case it was JUST a leaking roof that "the
MOJO" protected...

However the people that are part of THIS community
ARE the best in the world...


I am awed and humbled to be part of it.


Posted by: bluecat/redblanket at November 27, 2002 01:00 PM

For those of us who believe in God, "mojo" would be prayers. Wil may have brought this to the attention of all who come to his website, but IMHO, I stand firm in the conviction that this event in "Boodlie-face" and her family was another miracle from God. And thanks not only go to Wil for his involvement, but ultimately to the One who gave the doctors the wisdom during the operation. : )

May the family continue to receive much "mojo" in the little girl's recovery.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Take care,

Posted by: Mark at November 27, 2002 01:06 PM

Thanks for the update, Wil. You're a sweetie.

Bob, you made me cry with your update. They were tears of happiness. I'm so glad that everything went well for your little Boodlie Face and that she's expected to recover well.

I also cried with happiness because of the wonderful connection we all were able to make even though the distance.

Hope everyone has a nice holiday weekend.


Posted by: Ness at November 27, 2002 01:25 PM

Whoa. I did pray for Bob and his little girl... cheers to all who mojoed. Amazing! I am really happy to hear everything went fine.

Posted by: Patty at November 27, 2002 01:36 PM

Nelson, I stand corrected.I by no means meant to come across with a "you have to believe in my God" view, and I see now that that is what did come across. I was merely trying to say I didn't understand why it appeared (another correction on my part) that everyone credited Wil for this miracle. You corrected me, and I apologize. Thank you Mark for saying it so much better than I did. :)

Posted by: Jenne at November 27, 2002 02:10 PM

This is so great. Thank you Bob for your wonderful letter and thank you Wil for posting it. :)

Posted by: Angelwwolf at November 27, 2002 02:18 PM

Wow... I have no words. Except these im typing.

I feel all warm and...cuddly inside. Its most unfamiliar. I kinda like it.

Go Baby! Go! Heal!

To the Mojo mobile! Away!

Posted by: EnglishBen at November 27, 2002 03:03 PM

Thought for the day:

"I believe in an ultimate decency of things."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted by: Andrew at November 27, 2002 03:28 PM

Just a bunch of *Well-Wishing MOJO* to everyone!

TONS of HUGS too. :)

Happy Gobble Gobble Day!

PS-Glad that everything turned out wonderful, Bob. :D

Posted by: Anne at November 27, 2002 04:05 PM

Glad everything went well. Happy Holiday.


Posted by: Fabian at November 27, 2002 04:45 PM

Way to go Wil! You change people's lives every day and you should be totally proud of yourself!

Posted by: Rosanthal at November 27, 2002 04:49 PM

*metal fist*

*devil horns*


Posted by: KJB at November 27, 2002 04:58 PM

I'm so glad to hear that the operation was a success. Thanks for letting us know! ^.^

Posted by: R. Khanyar at November 27, 2002 05:14 PM

:::claps happily:::
Sweet :)
Bob & wife & little Boodlie-face should have an awesome Thanksgiving... I'm so glad she came through all right.

thanks for letting us know, Unca Willie :)

Posted by: Thumper at November 27, 2002 05:16 PM

Bob (if you read this) i'm probably the happiest i've been in months - and I'm generally pretty damn happy. Overcome with joy that the operation went so well and even more overjoyed that I may have had a hand in making someone else's day go so well.

Wil, If you hadn't been such a geek with this little site, no one would have met bob and sent out some major mojo. Without your direction, we'd be holding out mojo for a selfish reason.

If we can make a difference like this while taking such a small amount of time. Maybe we're just a little bit closer to the altruistic society that Wesley Crusher was apart of.

May you, bob and family, have a wonderful day of giving thanks. I have a feeling I will now have something much more profound to be thankful for myself.

Thank you wil.

Posted by: Tim at November 27, 2002 05:39 PM

OK folks-let's not get carried away.

The real reason th wonderful little tyke is recovering is that there were really competent and efficient surgeons and doctors who were able to identify the problem and fix it.

There's been remarkably little praise for these people, or for the nursing staff, who helped get Bob through this.

Was this in fact the only pediatric surgery done in this hospital this morning? Was there a difference in outcomes based on 'mojo'?

And was Iowa the only place where such surgery was performed?

Wil rocks, for a variety of reasons. But let's not kid ourselves that we made Katie better.

How many HIV+ kids will pass away in Africa tonight (hint-lots). So, is this a lack of mojo, or whatever?

Posted by: Geoff at November 27, 2002 05:52 PM

Excellent news. And have a happy Thanksgiving day
to all of you.


Posted by: Bish at November 27, 2002 06:01 PM

power of prayer works!

Posted by: Emily at November 27, 2002 06:03 PM

i was reading all the comments, and the one that stsurck me most is someone asking how this helps all the other kids that are suffering etc?

simple. through things like this, we learn the power of our selves, and what we do and think and feel impacts thoroughly and totally in life - it resonates.

throw a stone into a pond. watch the ripples. THATS US!

sure, she needed teh surgery. but how well would she have healed, how quickly, how would her family have felt, without what we sent?

we dont really need to fret about that. we just need to enjoy the fact its happened

personally, im going to rejoice in the success of the mojo - revel in a beautiful little girl, same age as my genevra, being ok - goddess knows bob, i feel for you guys!

and im going to keep sending mojo into a fragile wounded world.

to us all, hugs and be well.

Posted by: romana at November 27, 2002 06:12 PM

To Geoff comment, i think its just nice to know people are thinking of you during time of need..and we are very lucky to have educated, well trained medical personal. I'm sure Iowa expressed his graditude to those who performed this operation. and although there is nothing i can do for the people in africa at this very moment, my thoughts are with them a lot as well as with the whole human race,and it does get stressful sometimes thinking about all the trying things happening in this world. but for a moment someone got to feel like people were there for him with their thoughts...and i would never take that away from anyone to have that chance..even while my thoughts are with people all over this world...my thoughts were on his family...anyways, i'm rambling now...so godbless to iowa and EVERYONE else exsisting in this world ...is that better?!

Posted by: emily at November 27, 2002 06:14 PM

I am so happy that so many people have made an effort to increase the peace and love in the world, and that you've chosen to do something, however small, here.

Just to clarify: I didn't *do* anything. All I did was what I hope anyone would do, if they had a chance: A man came to me for help and comfort, and I offered what I could to ease his pain.

Let's not lose the wonderful beauty of these two days: regardless of your belief system, many of you took a moment to think of someone else, and do something kind for him and his family. You all did it without any expectations for yourselves, without expecting anything in return.

You all did a wonderful thing, and nobody can take that away from you.

For anyone who wishes to turn this into a philisophical or theological discussion, we have a wonderfuil bbs here at http://www.wilwheaton.net/phpBB2 where you are encourage to debate.

But this is really not the place for those comments.

That is all.

Posted by: wil at November 27, 2002 06:22 PM

Too right, Wil. Well said. Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

Posted by: Nelson at November 27, 2002 06:34 PM


Wil, you don't have to 'do' anything.
Just be that wonderful man we know and love.
The rest will come, baby. :D

Posted by: cookie at November 27, 2002 06:48 PM

Kinda makes everything feel hopeful for the world. I only hope that my mom gets such luck.

Posted by: Artisticspirit at November 27, 2002 07:23 PM

That is just beautiful, beautiful. The world isn't always the shitty place we think it is. How reaffirming.

Posted by: Saara at November 27, 2002 07:39 PM

Woohoo!! What a wonderful way to kick off Thanksgiving weekend. Many thanks to *you*, Wil, for giving us space to spread the love.

Posted by: starshadow rivaulx at November 27, 2002 08:14 PM

Hey Bob - congrats! I'm so glad things worked out well and here's some continued mojo coming at you, Katie and your wife from Vancouver, BC - hey could someone send some mojo this way too - I have a big economics final tomorrow! Take care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Posted by: Katie at November 27, 2002 08:24 PM

Wil, Bob, reading this exchange has made yet another guy cry in happiness. I'm glad everything went well for you Bob, and, Wil, you're awesome for being the guy you are and giving us the opportunity to spread the "mojo." If only a little bit, the world is a better place because of you, Bob, and the people who have reached out in their thoughts to Bob and his family.

Posted by: Brian at November 27, 2002 08:32 PM


Posted by: Candice at November 27, 2002 09:11 PM

All Good things :)

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Posted by: SpiderWebb at November 27, 2002 09:44 PM

Well said Wil. Glad you little girl is ok Bob.

Posted by: Dee at November 27, 2002 09:51 PM

Geoff- I hated your comments. What Bob did was basically make a few hundred or thousand people aware of his feelings and the burden of worry he carried on the night before his young daughters procedure. MOJO being a mind set, not a mystical power. He shared with total strangers and most of us are better people for it. My wife does not read this site, but over dinner I told her about what I read. The next day, she out of the blue, calls me at work to ask me if I read anything about Bob's daughter. People out of this little group even got involved. Geoff, you need to soften up a little and see this for what it is, people are fragile and sometimes need to share the burden of life with others. I am just glad Bob had such a nice place to do it.
Chris from Iowa Iowa Iowa

Posted by: Chris at November 27, 2002 10:16 PM

What Chris said.

Posted by: wil at November 27, 2002 10:21 PM

We all rock. Every last one of us.

Posted by: Alejandra at November 27, 2002 10:28 PM

I missed the mojo call, not having checked in since the weekend. So here's some late, post-op, recovery good vibes to Katie.

And Wil, Benadryl is your friend.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Posted by: Chuck Kinney at November 27, 2002 11:26 PM

Congrats "Bob from Iowa". Wish I'd checked a bit sooner, but so thrilled to see so many others sending such good fortunes your way.

Thanks goes out to Wil too, for making a dear readers day!!!

Posted by: Satellite Mistress at November 27, 2002 11:52 PM

Off the air for a while so I missed the first Mojo.
I'm sending this mojo to Katie and to two boys in Texas from their friend in Ireland.


Posted by: Dev at November 28, 2002 12:43 AM

Awesome! Cannot think of another word really! Great news about the Op, Bob - Mojo is still heading towards Iowa from the UK for the post-op - and here's hoping you get the whole family back home as soon as you had hoped.

Great man Wil - thanks again for posting this whole thing. I emailed a friend with the links to your site and the "comments" section about this story, and we both feel that if ever we needed our faith in humankind bolstered - you just did it for us. You certainly do rock Wil!

Posted by: CharlieMouse at November 28, 2002 01:27 AM

Glad to hear everything turned out alright.

How about some RANDOM MOJO to

. . . angry penguin! :o) Why not?

Random acts of mojo-giving should be a part of everyday life. Sometimes we do it when we don't even think about it, I think. Whenever we think about a travesty or tragedy, and how we wish for things to be better, that's kind of like mojo, too. Perhaps it's just not as focused >?
Maybe we need to tap into that more, and become more pro-active.

Posted by: Reena at November 28, 2002 02:29 AM

You're a beautiful human being, Wil. I would be proud to call myself your stalker any day of the week.

Three cheers for Katie, Wil and all of us who were pumping out the mojo!




Posted by: Katie in Sydney at November 28, 2002 02:49 AM

Just remember, Wil, with great power comes great responsibility!

Posted by: Jules Bagools at November 28, 2002 03:09 AM

Thank the maker!
Bob, many happy years of good health to you and yours. Thanks for updating us all on this. I have been worrying on your behalf for the last 2 days.

Posted by: Peter at November 28, 2002 04:00 AM

Wil - your comments at the end of his email are astounding, well written, moving, and dare I say inspirational.

"I defy anyone to tell me that we don't have the power to change the world."

Wow. Good stuff.

You should write a book. ;)


Posted by: Chas at November 28, 2002 04:37 AM

Positive energy could make the world go round. We just have to convince them with situations like this. Soon, we'll have the world in our grasp and they will all be smiling and laughing as they realize there is no negativity anymore.

Power to the People!

Posted by: RavenBlue at November 28, 2002 05:12 AM

Wow, this is just great. I hope Katie has a long, long, long and happy life. Good on ya, Katie!

Cheers. :):):)

Posted by: Nadia at November 28, 2002 05:17 AM

I just want to say I'm so happy for you and your family Bob.
I have three of my own and can only imagine how scary that must have been.
I hope that your Boodlie-face is home and hoping around again soon.
This is going to sound cheesy =) but what the heck..The power of love is a VERY strong thing =) The world would be a wonderful place if everyone would show a little kindness to each other. Even if it's just a smile =)

Posted by: Gwen at November 28, 2002 06:16 AM

Bob, I'm so glad to hear that Katie's doing well. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to hold you and your family in the light, as the Friends say, and I'm glad to be reminded of the opportunity to hold _everyone_ in the light, every day, since there's no cost to thinking "I wish everyone in the world good wil(l) and happiness today." And I'll soapbox for a minute here-- there's no need to "reserve" mojo-- it's a renewable resource! (Off soapbox, Thanksgiving mojo to you all.(

Posted by: Erika at November 28, 2002 06:28 AM

This little boodlie-face is blessed to have such a great father!!! Cosmic mojo to the both of you and you also, Wil!!!

Posted by: Terry at November 28, 2002 07:10 AM

I am tearing up as I read how well Bob's little girl came through the surgery. I wish you and your family all the best in the world. Please keep us updated during her recovery.

Posted by: LadyPink at November 28, 2002 09:09 PM

I just wanted to let all of you know that Katie is doing just grandly. She is home now, and her recovery is going even better than the operation.

I simply cannot thank all of you enough, other than to say, "Thank you."

- Bob Roth, WWDN fan

Posted by: Bob Roth at November 28, 2002 11:21 PM

Best. Mojo. Ever.

Just read the Mojo Chronicles of the past several days.

Bob, glad to hear the Boodlie-Face is doing fine.

Wil, you gotta archive the Mojo sendings and put them somewhere here for everyone to read in posterity. I came upon them a few days late and it just took my breath away to read the kindness flowing from everyone to Bob and Katie.

Massachusetts Mojo going out ex post facto...

Posted by: SpaceWriter at November 29, 2002 08:30 AM

Dang. From now on, whenever I see some goofy "human interest" segment on the local news, I'll always remember Wil sticking his neck out on Thanksgiving 2002 for the Roths in Iowa and wishing that if the almighty camera eye would take a look at how deep the love and selflessness of people can run, this world really would be a much brighter place in the universe.

Posted by: Eric at November 29, 2002 02:53 PM

Dear Will,

I just wanted to let you know that you are indeed a great guy for sharing this with us. I wish nothing but the best for Bob and his baby girl. :-)

Posted by: Eric B. at November 29, 2002 04:26 PM

I know I'm reading this about 3 days late, but I just have to say, YES YES YES YES YES!!! Thank you, Bob, hearing that you have felt the power of God has absolutely blessed my day.

Posted by: Melanie at November 30, 2002 11:43 AM

A tad late ... but anyway, bravo for Bob and Boodlie-Face! Get well soon, baby girl!

And hats off to Wil for being a mojo catalyst.

Posted by: Tin Tin at December 2, 2002 06:02 PM

*big smile*

I hope this comes out but I barely got to read this post today because I wasnt able to access this site *groans* But anyway, Im sooooo glad the operation was a success!!!!

I will continue to pray for Katie as she goes through her recovery process. I once again send out my love and hugs to Bob and his family. =o)

Lets keep on showing kindness toward each other, even if we dont know each other personaly. We're all in this together. =o)

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