It will take a long time for the dust to settle. In retrospect that should not surprise me as much as it does -- the complete unpredictability was the driving force behind making this so interesting in the first place. Not just interesting, but also frightening.

Most of the people affected will never really understand the power they had for some time. I can't really bring myself to blame them as the power of having anything you wish next is well beyond human comprehension, and casually thinking "I wish it were already Friday" is too easy. It's not a real wish after all -- it's just something for the mind to look forward to, keep itself busy and hang a carrot on a stick in front of one's sub-conciousness.

It was the perfect experiment. Of course it was also the most extreme version of Russian roulette anyone has ever played, but all great explorers accomplished what they did by risking their continued existence for something they weren't even sure was there to begin with. Not to mention actually finding it. Little Timmy hit jackpot without even going for it when his dad happened to think "I wish my son had become a respected doctor", while little Jack from the broken family across the street happened to think "I wish my parents were dead". Of course many people wished to win big in the lottery. Actually so many that their joy was diluted by the fact that the total prize of 10 million ended up being shared by hundreds of others. My self confidence of being invisible or popular enough not to end up in the receiving end of one of those "I wish they were dead" wishes was way across the border that separates confidence from hubris.

That's why I did what I did. A curious man can't change his curious nature like clothes. But maybe the real reason was to make all human kind -- myself included -- learn an important lesson. Careful what you wish.

That's why I chose to give all those people the power. It took me a lifetime of hardships beyond what I believed a man could survive, but it was worth it. Worth every trip around the world, worth every scar and illness, worth every single betrayal along the way. Now I know what happens. One question weaved by my curious nature has been answered, and now I'm at peace for the time being. "I wish every single person in the city would get one wish" sounds really lame when you think about it -- and it's also somewhat against the rules you have to work with. It's essentially the same as wishing for more wishes, but it seemed interesting enough for the rules not applying. That's why the genie allowed it. Curiosity brings out both the best and the worst in all of us, and even seemingly omnipotent creatures are vulnerable to it.

I still have two more wishes.