Willie has been telling me about his pal and fellow NZer living near him in Daytona Beach, Florida Robin Kirk. Robin is blind and I asked Willie to share his story about this extraordinary NZer.

“From the moment you meet this unique kiwi who has been known by many as the “blind guy” in Daytona Beach Florida, you can call him what you want, he’s no slug, more a stubborn “SOB” with an inspiring personality that leaves you speechless with his awesome attitude for living life. Good kiwi boy. He has been known to dive into empty swimming pools, fall off a gang plank between a cruise ship and the Dock, sit in the wrong vehicle waiting for his wife to return, (the owner of the vehicle had no idea who he was and was not impressed) rode a bicycle solo with his mates steering him with a, go left go right, and he actually made it to the next bar, (a few comments from passing Motorists yelling that guys blind drink) I could go on on on ….

This guy is a true blue kiwi. Jandals, a beer, shorts and a T shirt is what he hangs out in on the weekends. Now here’s the best part.

He sells time shares and has won sales person of the year many times.  He takes people on small tours, showing potential customers the time share models (they have no idea he’s blind ) he can text, write email, and even planned and directed the building of his own home. While proudly taking me for a walk-through before final inspection he walked right into a hole. I knew he had cause all I heard was, “Here I am Willie”. I looked down and there he was. It’s no wonder his real nick name to many of us is “Tons of Fun” or TOF. We even wrote a song about him.

Anyway one heck of guy that if you think you’re having a bad day, go for a walk in Tons of Fun’s shoes. It’s no fun, but you wouldn’t know it with this bloke.  If you meet him, his first words will be, Hey Pal, where are you from in NZ, and if its not Wellington, then get ready to take some heat. Oh yeah, want to debate sport, he’s an encyclopedia and of course hardly ever wrong.  Rugby, Rugby league, College Football, sailing.  He’s the Man! Proud of you my mate TOF.”

Kia kaha, Kia Kaha “Willie”

Author: GBA

Retired New Zealand/American/British citizen living in New York City.

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