most of you probably know this video showing a con appearance in Italy from 2011 but I post it anyways (not just because it's very funny!) because IMO it just shows so well what a great guy Dirk is (this coming from a perspective of a non-native English speaker). It might just seem like a tiny thing for most people, but it's the tiny things that make a character.
I've seen a bunch of con videos in which Dirk talked like a waterfall. In this one though he shows his patience, thoughtfulness and care for other people. At first he makes pauses for "Skippy" to translate everything. Later when he notices from the laughs that most in the room understand him just perfectly he was very impressed by that.
And then something happened that I think is just an awesome thing to do for a native English speaker (because most I know don't do that). He purposely spoke clearly (which - actually - he always does) and slowly, trying to make it as easy as possible for everyone to understand him. That is just so thoughtful, it's amazing. He even went so far to use different descriptions for sayings that every native English speaker would understand but which might just cause confusion for everyone else.
For me as a non-native English speaker this is something very special, it shows a great deal of respect from him for other cultures and for other peoples' will and ability to learn a foreign language. And it shows that he cares a lot about other people.
I wonder if that might have to do with the time of his life when he travelled a lot, especially in Europe. He probably has a lot of experience when talking to non-native English speakers.
I just wanted to share this with you guys because it really put a big smile on my face and made me feel understood (even though I'm not Italian).