Growing up in the suburbs of Boston. Some of the charateristics that was instilled in me when I young enough to walk was to stand up for yourself, don't let anyone disrepect your family, be tough, if something brakes you fix it, and never miss sunday dinners. We would always hang in the neighborhood with the same kids, same families. I wasn't the best student and easily distracted by the lime light of being a pro athlete. I mean, what kid that played sports and spent nights going to the games with your dad didn't? In a city where you don't normally venture off and see what the world is all about. None of my friends or family ever lived outside of Boston. When I had an opportunity to go to a junior college in California. I was nervous and my friends at the time weren't supportive. My mom was always my biggest support system when it came to my dreams. She would always say:
Dave, you can be whatever you want to be. If that's what you want to do, don't let anyone tell you different. it's better to try it than never try at all."