Life Changing Moments… Death of Someone Close

In December 2016 I had a sturdy job as webmaster making over $100,000 a year with San Bernardino County and a second job as an adjunct professor at La Sierra University. My wife, Karen, had a well-paying position as a Special Education Teacher at a school district. We lived in a three-bedroom, two-bath house in the Inland Empire. We enjoyed weekends on a 30 foot sailboat. We are a highly educated couple with a doctorate, master degree, and multiple teaching credentials. So, why change anything? Time for a mid-life crisis? No, it didn’t quite happen that way.

My grade-school years were possibly the last time I remember the same complacent feeling in my gut. In a way, coasting through life, carefree, and having the feeling of mastering my own existence of radio control planes, boy scouts, playing trumpet, and school. It was right before 6th grade started, August 1979, when I received my wake-up call, well, a phone call that shook my existence. David Mraz, a playground friend and classmate had passed away from a brain aneurysm while swimming in a pool. A real wake-up call. I was 11 years old when I discovered my life was not a guarantee. I think I have been seriously committed to everything I do ever since.

The rest of my childhood was the product of aerospace. My dad, Bill, worked for a number of aerospace and manufacturing companies. When a contract ended, people were laid-off, and we moved to the next town, state, and job. Picture my mom, Bee, in a full-size Dodge van with five kids and a German Shepard dog, while my dad drove across the country. It is kind of a blur in my memory, but I think I attended eight different schools over the next six years. Since then, I have been incapable of coasting through life. Change became my norm. Accomplishment became my milestones. Ironically, I am not competitive with others. It is much worse, I am competitive with myself and keep raising the bar.

Maggie and Eugenia
Mom Maggie and her friend at the nursing home, Eugenia
Skip forward to November 2016, mom Maggie lost her battle with ALS. To the end she fought for respect and dignity for everyone in the nursing home. She believed in me and I admire her courage and voice for others. I can’t let her down. My family believes in me. My wife believes in me. I believe in me. But it wasn’t until I felt the reminder of how fragile life is and no guarantee of tomorrow, that I decided I could not wait another day. I had to make a change now. Whatever amount of time I am given on this Earth I have to use to make a difference. I believe I can change the world for the better. Optimistically, I believe that people will embrace it.

If people will embrace 3D Browsing and our concept of 3D Buildings and 3D Communities, we can make the money needed to help so many people with ALS, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and nursing home quality of life. These diseases and conditions affect everyone and the people closest to us. 

So I pictured where I want to be in a few years… Staying at the County job wasn’t going to get it done. Up to now, I had helped myself and now it is more important to me to help others. I can use my talents to make the money and help others. Don’t get me wrong, I want to make a lot of money to take care of me, my family, and my investors that put their faith in me!

By the time I asked my wife Karen about making a change and giving this business a fair shot, she could see in my eyes and heart that I no longer had a decision to make. It had been made for me, by the deepest part of me. Without hesitation, she once again put her trust in me and said yes.

Now, at the end of March 2017, We survived the change, put our stakes in the ground in San Diego, staying on our sailboat, opened an office, and working full-time for HTTP3D Inc. and WalkTheWeb.com 3D Browsing.

Some family and friend investors got us in the office, but we need your help to get the word out: Please try 3D Browsing at walktheweb.com and please contact me if you or someone you know would like a 3D Building website! They are great for businesses and organizations, and can draw more attention to your traditional websites. With your help, 3D Browsing will be the future of the internet!

Thank you for your continuous support,

Aaron Dishno Ed.D.
adishno@walktheweb.com
(WAL)KTH-EWEB
(925) 984-3932

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Once Again I am Inspired

Five years of working on a 3D project for no pay, while working full-time, sleepless nights, working evenings and weekends, and trying to find family time … following seven years of a doctorate dissertation project with the same dedicated passion and drive to completion. Insane? Some may think so, but I asked myself, why do I do it? Here is one good reason.

Several years ago my wife Karen and I were visiting my mother-in-law Maggie and her husband Ray. We were sitting on their front porch in Maine discussing movies, when Maggie mentioned seeing the movie “The Social Network”. She knew I was a programmer and was always working on something. I will always remember her words (in a Maine accent), “Aaron you’re smartah than that guy, why don’t you come up with something bettah and make millions. I know you can do it.” Little did she know I already started on an inspiring idea about 3D Internet Browsing.

Maggie and Karen telling stories
Maggie and Karen telling stories

Since that day, every time I get frustrated about slow development progress or the tunnel to completion getting longer, I turn on the movie “The Social Network”, take a couple deep breaths, and get back to work. I have seen it so many times that I rarely look at the screen and just know it is on in the room while I program. So thank you Mark Zuckerberg and the cast of the movie. You and Maggie have inspired me.

Now there is a new chapter in my admiration and inspiration from Maggie, at 78 years old has ALS and is fighting for her life. Recently, Karen and I were fortunate enough to be able to fly to Maine and spend some time with her at the nursing home. Once again, I am inspired by Maggie. At first glance, I saw a lady in a power wheelchair fighting sclerosis in her legs. Seconds later, the wheelchair fades from view as her warm smile and caring eyes overtake the room. While we try to find out how she is doing, all she wants to talk about is how we are doing! By the end of the visit and all challenges considered, I can say that she is doing well. Maggie shared with us dozens of old family photos dating back to the Civil War as she named almost everyone in each photo. She spends her time visiting other patients, knows everyone by name including the regular visitors, and even got reprimanded by the therapist for putting her wheelchair in power level 2 (P2) and zooming past her door! P2 is for outside only! She has touched so many lives.

I understand how she will be remembered and loved by many people. Now I will push play on “The Social Network” and get back to work!