When I was a kid, my Dad and I had nothing in common. It was not until I became an adult did we finally have something in common in which to bond with... the TI-99/4A Home Computer. The TI gave us something to talk about, hardware wants, software wants, computer desk design and even programming, (yes I can program somewhat, but only in BASIC).
With our computers we communicated over the BBS, got together and delved into other stuff. Over the years, it was flying and Amateur Radio among other things, but if it were not for the TI, I would never have gotten to really know my Dad.
Today my Dad passed away at 86 years and a month to the day. I wish I could have shared the resurgence of the TI with him, we both would have enjoyed that time together.
Rest in peace Dad, I'll miss you.