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2011

Good morning fellow Exers! The year is half gone! Or to be more positive: We have half of the year yet to go! I hope everyone is doing good and is firm in their resolve to live Free of the bondage of tobacco!

The Freedom Train starts the morning out in the Chicago area! We are searching for a young Lady who has been Missing in Action for the past 60 Days! She had 305 days last we heard! Keeptrying! We are looking for you! The Freedom Train records have you at 1 Year today! We sincerely hope that you are out there and will join in todays celebration of the Freedom from nicotine! Keeptrying! We will keep looking for you!

For all the rest of us there is an uneasy though! Last we heard, Keeptrying had 305 Smoke Free Days! She was very strong in her quit. We all hope for the best for her! What happened? We may never know! The reminder is there for all of us. We are addicts! Things happen! Life happens! Have a plan! Know what steps to go through before you walk away from your future! Lets assume the best for our friend Keeptrying. Today we will celebrate the fact that she quit 1 Full Year ago! We will also celebrate you! Whatever day you are on! Today is a personal milestone! Be proud of yourself and be proud of your quit! Your fellow Exer's are proud of you!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                         Tommy

Good Morning Fellow Exer's! The Freedom Train did not run yesterday! Sorry! The Freedom Train is going to be making some improvements in the next few days in order to better serve our community, and the celebrations of our friends! I believe we are becoming better! Now let's get right to todays honorees!

Barbara, please step forward! Yesterday was the begining of your 3 Year celebration! Today you actually have 3 Years behind you! That is what we celebrate on the Freedom Train! So Dear Lady, please be the first to board the Train today! Barbara congrats on the first 3 Years of your Smoke Free life!

Dawn! Good Morning QT! I hope you are up to joining us today! You have 650 Smoke Free Days in the rearview mirror! We are going to be celebrating you today! All Day! As we continue to pray for you and wish you the best with your health, we hope you can find time to put on your prettiest party dress, and come to the Train today!  Join us as we  celebrate your milestone! 650 Days WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO! WTG DAWN!

The Freedom Train would also like to welcome aboard another long term quitter, that is a very valuable member of our community! Geminigypsylady(Janice)! Janice, please join us on the train today! You have 500 Days of Smoke Free living to celebrate! 500 is such an awesome number! Please climb on board and prepare to celebrate! You are a great friend and we are proud of you! Please save a dance for me! 500 Smoke Free Days! Great job Janice!

I would also like to welcome Geo to the Freedom Train! You have ticket to ride here everyday, and you milestones will be acknowledged! Welcome aboard!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                   Tommy

pir8fan

Freedom Train!! 06/27/2011

Posted by pir8fan Jun 27, 2011

Good morning fellow Exer"s Come aboard today, and ride this Train to Freedom from tobacco! Come, and celebrate the milestones of our fellow travelers on this journey! Also, come and celebrate your own successes on the rails to Freedom! If you have a lot of extra baggage, bring it aboard! There are no baggage fees, and we will help you sort it out!

Today we will celebrate one of the great people who helped lay the tracks that this Train runs on! HWC, Please join us, at your leasure today! You have 1200 Smoke Free Days behind you! What a milestone! Congratulations are in order! Awesome number 1200 Days!! Thank you HWC, for all you do here!

Also today MeanJean enters The Triple Digit Club! She will be reading this at lunch time! Before her 2 mile walk! Congrats on the first 100 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free life!

My friend Shannon(Wanting Freedom in S.D.) finds it today! Today she exits No-Girls-Land! WTG Shannon!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!            Tommy

Good morning fellow Exer's! I hope everyone is having a great week-end. The Freedom Train is about to start it's daily run to Freedom from the schackles that have bound us for so long! Climb aboard today and celebrate the Freedom that is within reach of us all! Together we can do anything!

The first stop for the Freedom Train today is in Maryland! Bonnie has 600 Smoke Free Days behind her! Bonnie has done so much, for so many, for so long! Take this opportunity to let Bonnie know how you feel about her, and all of her help and support! Come today and celebrate! 600 Days!!! WoW!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!              Tommy

pir8fan

Freedom Train 06/25/2011

Posted by pir8fan Jun 25, 2011

Good morning fellow Exer's! Apparently this bug, that I picked up, destroyed a bunch of brain cells! This morning as I was going over the "Conductors Notes" I found a number of milestones that I totally missed yesterday! The Train will be going after them today! Please join in on this Saturday of celebration! For all of those that I missed yesterday, I am sorry!! My failure in no way diminishes your accomplishments! Saturday is a better day for celebration anyway!!

From Yesterday:

DENISE                             851 DAYS TODAY!!

KELLIE                              751 DAYS TODAY!!

FROGUELADY       TODAY THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL INDUCTION INTO THE TRIPLE DIGIT CLUB! IT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED YESTERDAY! I AM SORRY! TODAY WE CELEBRATE YOUR 101 DAYS!!!

TODAY:

BJMARKS                          450 DAYS TODAY!!

Once again, to the people I missed yesterday! I am very sorry! You are all important people to me and to this site and hope you will forgive me!

Now, Does anybody want to PARTY like it is a SATURDAY??

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                    Tommy

pir8fan

Freedom Train! 06/24/2011

Posted by pir8fan Jun 24, 2011

Good morning fellow Exer's! The Freedom Train is about to start it's daily run to Freedom from tobacco! Before we start, I would like to address those of you who are new here, and don't know much about the Train! Everyday, this Train runs and pays tribute to those who have reached milestones in their quits! The original plan was to honor mulitples of 100 days and mulitples of 1 year! Recently we have been honoring mulitples of 50 days! You do not have to be honored to ride the Train! Everyone who yearns to breathe free is welcome aboard everyday! Whether you contribute or just sit and read, come and celebrate with us, the milestones that are listed here, and the individual milestone we all reach everyday! Bring all of your extra baggage! We will help you sort it out!

The first stop that Freedom Train will make today is in Coastal Georgia! Our good friend, and writer extrordinare, George has 300 Smoke Free Days behind him! George came to this site looking to make some changes in his life! I think when he got to knows us a little bit, we scared the hell out of him! So he started running! Seems like everytime I saw him he was running! I remember one day when I was driving the Train, (it was Daisy's one year anniversary) I saw George running along side the tracks! I slowed as much as I could to give him a chance to jump on! But he just kept running! I have heard reports of him running everywhere! Even as far away as Charleston, SC, where he was spotted running across the Cooper River Bridge! That is quite a feat for any one, much less an EX smoker!

Anyway, George does take time away from his running to come here and chronicle the wonderful changes that quitting have made in his life! Being the excellent wordsmith that he is, George has a unique way of helping us all understand how much better our own lives can be when we live them Smoke Free! So everyone, please, take a little time from your busy Friday, and come aboard the Freedom Train and let "Jawidge" know just how much he means to us all! George, this run is about you!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!             Tommy

Good morning fellow Exer's! I hope no one is disappointed with the new quick and easy format of the Train! I realize that it is not as personal, and hope I will be able to do more soon! I will try to keep the Train running, but I need you to help make that honorees feel special!

Claudia                                       900 Days today!

RI1181(Stephanie)                     150 Days today!

My Dear friend Cindy(Determined in Dakotas) can look back at No-(wo)mans-land! She 130 Days behind her today!

Papa Jim reminds me that we all have milestones everyday! Come and celebrate those who are honored, and while you are at it celebrate Yourself!  You are worth it! Let this celebration roll!!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                         Tommy

pir8fan

Freedom Train! 06/22/2011!

Posted by pir8fan Jun 22, 2011

Doctor says I will survive! Anti-biotics and bed rest! Sure feels miserable!

Our Good friend Sandee has 1150 Days today!

Triple Digit Club for Jonilou!! 100 Days today!

How about that first milestone Alice? 50 Days today!

I hear that Troy was not with us for his Day 50 on Sunday! Today we celebrate his Day 53!

Please help these great people celebrate their Freedom today!!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!! Tommy

pir8fan

Freedom Train

Posted by pir8fan Jun 21, 2011

I am sorry, but I am very sick!

Papa Jim(Taddeo)                  1095 DAYS (Three years)

YaYa                                         500 Days

Tammy(Empathy)                    350 Days

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                         Tommy

Good afternoon fellow Exer's! First of all I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who sent well wishes for my birthday and Fathers Day! The cruise was very nice,and a fantastic getaway! I got a lot of rest, and all of you were close to my heart the entire time that I was gone! I have not had an opportunity to catch up on what I missed by not being here, but hope everyone had a great week-end! I do not see any messages of impending doom, so I assume all is good! There are a lot of people getting a very late start on today's edition of the Freedom Train! Anybody feel like celebrating??????

The first stop for the Freedom Train today is in the Boston area! Moe Unfiltered has 500 Days to celebrate today! In spite of all the health issues that our dear friend Moe has endured, one thing has been solid. and unwaivering! Moe has been solid in her own quit, and unwaivering in her support for everyone else! Moe has spent the last 500 Days proving to all of us that there is never a reason to smoke! Congrats Moe, 500 Days is awesome!

Now there are some folks that I have not heard from in quite a while, but they are going to be mentioned and celebrated on todays Train! JL Brinks you have 250 Days today! Come and celebrate with us! Does anyone know where she is?

Cawcaw has 200 Days today! We need to find her and tell her she is being celebrated!

You may notice that The Doors to The Triple Digit Club are swinging open now! We have to new inductees today! Sarah10671! You have 100 Days offically behind you now! YogiB, did you know that you and Sarah shared a quit date?  That is right! these two fine ladies are both being inducted into The Triple Digit Club today! Congrats young Ladies, on the first 100 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free Lives!

Tammy88! Come get on this Train Dear Lady! You have reached that first important milestone! You have your first 50 Days behind you! Come aboard the Train and celebrate with us! We are all proud that you are here!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                          Tommy

I hope that most of you know by now that the Freedom Train was, and is using a different format yesterday and today! I will be MIA for a long week-end! My birthday is tomorrow, and Sunday is Father's Day! So my daughter and I have teamed up to send me on a short, three night cruise! I have detailed in the past my love for the sea and cruising! Therefore, if this had been a 90 night cruise, I probably would have still called it a "short, 90 night" cruise! Again, I would like to ask you all to pay homage to those who are reaching milestones this week-end! As I did yesterday, I am about to list everyone, who I know of, that are celebrating milestones this week-end! Please, feel free to add to the list if I miss anyone! I also hope that I will not return to find that I have been replaced by fire fighters, and that I am no longer needed here! There are two ladies on this list that were a huge part of the early days of my quit! Both have gone through serious personal struggles and remain Smoke Free! Neither have been here very much lately, and understandably so! But If they are able to show up for their minestones this week-end please make sure they know that they are loved here! That is My Sweet Flower, Daisy, and My Dear One KathyS! While everyone here is Important to me, without these two ladies, I may not be here! Please, Celebrate with, and for all of the people listed here this week-end! They are all deserving of more than I can give!

TODAY:

Daisy                                 500 Days!!!!!

Gypsy                                250 Days!!!!

Lauren                               200 Days!!!!

Onedayatatime                 150 Days!!!!

FRIDAY:

Carenda                             700 Days!!!!

VickyE                                250 Days!!!!

Jamie (Burton)                  150 Days!!!!

SATURDAY:

KathyS                               500 Days!!!!

Mike                                   150 Days!!!!

SUNDAY:

Sheryl                                 950Days!!!!

Cat Lady                             250 Days!!!!

Pugs Girl                            200 Days!!!!

TerrieB                                200 Days!!!!

KS100207(Kelly)                 150 Days!!!!

Sarah10671                         100 Days!!!!

 

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                    Tommy

pir8fan

Happy Birthday!!

Posted by pir8fan Jun 15, 2011

I just wanted to take a moment to extend wishes for the happiest of Birthdays to my friend(and yours) Janice(Geminigypsylady). Happy Birthday Honey!

Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday To You!!

Happy Birthday Dear Janice!!!

Happy Birthday to Youuuuuuuuuu!!!!!

pir8fan

Freedom Train

Posted by pir8fan Jun 15, 2011

Good Morning fellow Exer's! The Freedom Train will be taking on a new format for the remainder of this week! Due to time constraints, I am going to ask you all to help me out a bit! Today's celebrants will be listed! I need you to add the comments that make them feel special! Since that Train will not run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Thursday's Train will list all of those that should be honored for the remainder of the week! I am asking you all to pick up the slack for me, please! Mondays Train willl be an afternoon run, and hopefully things will be back to normal! Thank you all in advance for your help!

I need to issue an apology to Spunkie! Yesterday she had 750 Days and the Train missed her! Please help her celebrate 751 today!

Bjmarks                     450 Days

Keeptrying                 350 Days

Zena                           150 Days

Growing Pains          150 Days

Chell                           150 Days

Pockets                      100 Days

Izzy                               50 Days!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!            Tommy

Good morning fellow Exer's! The Freedom Train will be making it's daily run to Freedom today! However after picking up our stateside honorees, we will be meeting the Freedom Cruise Liner to go pick up one more honoree! So, pick your mode of transportation! Or, through the magic of Freedom go back and forth between the two!

The first stop for the Freedom Train today is in Illinois! We are picking up Anacondahead! Our resident that is sometimes affectionately called Snakehead has 700 Smoke Free Days in the rearview mirror! 700 Days is one awesome achivement! Come and celebrate with us today Anacondahead!

The next stop is going to be in Ohio! we are going to pick up Dodge! The Sheriff has 150 Days behind her today! The Ohio Spilnter of the Dakota Posse has had a tough time!  We all remember the struggle that she faced as the end of No-Mans-Land approached! But she persevered! Today she stands on the good side on that journey, with 150 Smoke Free Days to celebrate! Congrats on the 150 Days of your New and improved Smoke Free Life, Dodge!

The next stop is in the same state! Still in Ohio, let's go get Lori Cook! Lori has 150 Smoke Free Days as well! What was going on in Ohio 150 Days ago! Whatever it was, we need to spread it around everyday! Lori is a very social animal! So it may be a struggle to decide on the Train or the Cruise Liner! But that is a couple of great options to chose from! 150 Days! Come and celebrate with us, Lori!!

Alllllllllll Aboard, cause we are headed the meet the Cruise Liner! Anybody want to go to Hawaii? Yep, Hawaii! Tamarale has 100 Days today! So the Freedom Cruise Liner is headed your way Tamarale! Once on board you will find a celebration tailormade to prepare you for your Induction into The Triple Digit Club! Stand back Ladies and Gentlemen. The Doors are about to swing open for Tamarale! I hope you brought you prettiest party dress Honey! This party is going to HUGE!

EDIT EDIT EDIT------ Due to a communications failure it has been brought to my attention the Tamarale has re-started her quit! The good news is we are still going to Hawaii, to welcome her back and offer our special brand of encouragement! So while The TDC will have to wait, We are here for you Tamarale! Use us! We care about you!

This Train and Cruise Ship are bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN AND THE BOAT"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                              Tommy

 

Here is a hint!

 

Tomorrow is a day that should mean something very special to those of us in the United States of America!

IT IS FLAG DAY!!!

Proudly display your Red, White, And Blue!

 

 

 

I Am the Flag of the

 

 

Of America

I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up and see me.

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
My head is a little higher,
My colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped - I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.
I am respected - and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years. I was flown at
Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy.
Guam, Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me.
I'm presently in the mountains of Afganistan and the hot and dusty deserts of Iraq and wherever freedom is needed.
I led my troops, I was dirty, battleworn and tired,
But my soldiers cheered me and I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled on the
streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled in the streets of my country.
And when it's done by those Whom I've served in battle - it hurts.
But I shall overcome - for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent
at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,

I am proud.

 



I am incredibly embarassed! Either my eyesight, my handwritting, my math skills, or my memory has failed me! Probably all of the above!

My dear Kathy, please please forgive me! This should never happen, but the fact that it happened to you leaves me speachless! That takes a lot! I am profoundly sorry! I can never say that enough!

The Freedom Limo is going to transport you to the Freedom Train! There will be a huge celebration upon your arrival!

Congrats on the first full year of your Somke Free Life!

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Good Morning fellow Exer's! The week starts out with the Freedom Train getting a late start! Before the week is out this will get worse! The Freedom Train will not run Friday, Saturday, or Sunday this week! All of you who have milestones will be honored on the Freedom Train on its Thursday run!(at least I hope all! I have been known to miss). I will try my best to make sure all are honored and will try to see that you are also blogged about on your special day!

The first stop for the Freedom train today is to pick-up one of our most staunch supporters, Thomas! Out friend Thomas is coming aboard the Train today to celebratre 450 Smoke Free Days! I could talk all day and probably not tell you anything you do not already know about Thomas! He come here daily and chronicles his battle with COPD, and in doing so sounds that alarm to all who have avoided this disease thus far. He serves as a human wake up call to us all! The inherent dangers of smoking are very real! Thomas, thank you for all that you do here! And congrats on the first 450 Days of your Smoke free life! Stand by to Party! And dance!

The next stop on the way to Freedom today is in Canada! Bobbiesue Come get on this Train! Bobbiesue has 250 Smoke Free days to celebrate today! Bobbiesue loves to travel, and spend time at their lakeside cabin! She has 4 grandchildren who light up her life, and give her 4 good reasons to not light up a smoke ever again! Congrats on the first 250 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free Life Bobbiesue!!

The next stop for the Freedom Train is in Texas! that would be Grapevine Texas!Home of our own sweet Patty! We will doing the Texas Two Step on the Train today! Patty has 200 Smoke Free Days in the rearview mirror! So grab you prettiest party dress and you best dancin' boots, Honey! There is a party 'bout to break loose, and you are one of the reasons for it! In fact I see no reason to wait. So, Thomas, if you will ask Bobbiesue, I will ask Patty, and the four of us can get this party under way with the first dance!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                        Tommy

pir8fan

Freedom Train Sunday Drive!

Posted by pir8fan Jun 12, 2011

Good morning Fellow Exer's! Once again the Freedom Train is making it's Sunday drive to Freedom from the bondage of tobacco! Join us today as we celebrate tha milestones that we pass along the way! Extoll the virtues of Freedom as we celebrate those among us who are having special moments!

The first stop for the Freedom Train today is in the great state of Ohio! Anybody here know RickM? Everybody does, I am sure! You can not hang around this site for 800 Days without people noticing you! Add to that the quiet guidance that Rick has given to so many people here, and you are bound to be a celebrity! RickM, wake up this morning! Join us on the Freedom Train! Grab that morning cup of coffee(maybe a little shot of Cognac in it) and prepare to celebrate! 800 Days is a lot of days! We plan to celebrate every one of them! We are going to ignore that embarassing pom-pom incident in Cindy's dream! We appreciate you being here, and all that you do to help others achive the Freedom that they seek, and deserve! Ladies and Gentleman, let us raise out glasses in a toast to one of our finest! Congrats Rick on the first 800 Days of your Smoke Free Life

The next stop for the Train today is in Jackson, Mississippi! Miss Cogs has reached that milestone that is most special! While I know that a lot of things have been going on in Mississippi, and that Miss Cogs has been busy and off the site for a bit, I hope she will be able to get on the Train today! You see, she has 100 Days! The doors to The Triple Digit Club are about to swing open! Yes, Miss Cogs, they are opening for you! So, drop what you are doing! Get your prettiest party dress and your dancing shoes! This is your day to celebrate! We are here to celebrate with you. or for you as the case may be! So, Lets get the celebration started!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!               Tommy

pir8fan

The Freedom Train!!

Posted by pir8fan Jun 11, 2011

Good morning fellow Exer's! I hope you are all ready for a great week-end! Has anyone noticed how many birthdays we are having lately? I wonder if Geminis are more like to quit smoking, or if they are more likely to start in the first place, or just more likely to write about quitting! I wonder if the government will fund that study if I undertake it! Sadly, they probably would!

The Freedom Train is making it first stop this morning in "Winter Wonderland". I am not sure exactally where that is, but we will find it! That is where BJ lives! And BJ has 150 Smoke Free Days to celebrate! BJ ,who recently thought she might need to be admitted to an asylum, I believe escaped that fate! So today BJ you are being admitted to the Freedom Train! So put your best party dress on, tell Brutus you will be late tonight, and come get on this train! You have 150 Days worth of celebrating to do!

Now let's go find our Mojo! We are headed to Minnesota(again)! Mojo, come out here and get on this Train! Mojo recently slipped away for some surgery without telling us! But she is not escaping today! Mojo is being inducted into The Triple Digit Club today! That is right, 100 Days Smoke Free! So come and join the party onboard the Freedom Train on this great Saturday! It is an all day party and it is all about Freedom!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                   Tommy

Good Morning Fellow Exer's! I hope everyone is feeling good today, because we have a lot of celebrating to do again today!

The first stop for the Freedom Train this morning is in Monck's Corner, SC! Irish Rose has a Year! Yes! Our beautiful catapiller(I never thought of her as a worm) has emerged as a Butterfly today! I could write for a long time extolling the virtues of Irish Rose, but I would probably lose the whole blog, and I have to go to work this morning! So, I am going to leave it up to all of you to tell her how wonderful we think she is! Irish Rose Welcome to the One Year Club! This, of course, is a huge milestone, and we are all very proud of you for keeping it together with all that you have been through! I have been saving you a seat!! You know that I Love You, right?

The next stop on the path to Freedom is at Aunt Dee's place! Aunt Dee has 450 Days of Freedom behind her! I have not seen her lately, but we are looking for her! Aunt Dee, if there is anyway that you can, we need you to join us on the Freedom Train! We will be celebrating your 450 Days and would like for  you to be here!

The next stop for the Freedom Train Is another one of my favorites! Kat! Kat we have steamed all the way to Connecticut to pick you up! Go get that party dress honey! You have 250 Smoke Free Days to celebrate! So, hop on this Train!! And you can sit with BT for a while if you would like! 250 Days! WOOOOOO HOOOOO! Did you ever notice how much wooooo hoooooo sounds like a Train Whistle!

One other shout out today! Ohwellmaybenot(Kelly) has 10 Weeks behind her today! 70 Days! We all missed her 50 day milestone and I just want to say "sorry"! Just one question sweetie! Will you consider changing that name to something more positive? And shorter! Remember that I type like a kangaroo wearing boxing gloves!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                   Tommy

I am not sure if I am supose to tell anyone or not! So I am not going to tell anybody Bee Jay! I am just going to quietly send you the warmest wishes ever, for the Happiest of Birthdays from me and one other Friend!

Good morning Fellow Exer's! It is another busy day on the Freedom Train! So lets get right to it!

This morning the Freedom Train starts its day in Canada!  Connie(Mothergoose9) 2100 Days! What can I add to that! I could restate it! Two Thousand One Hundred Days! I think you can finish med scool in that length of time! Connie has definitely earned her doctorate in quitting! Thankfully, she comes here everyday and treats the problems we have with quitting! And she never send a bill! (I guess if you are a goose, you need to keep your bill)! She brings a level headed and honest and fair approach to our site! We are all very blessed to have Connie in our community! Connie, come and get on this Train! There are a whole bunch of people who want to tell you how special you are to them!

Next stop! San Jose! We are headed to pick up another beautiful Lady who is very special to me and our community! Gretchen(Lewis65)! Gretchen come on out here you Sweet Young Lady! Put on that prettiest party dress! This is a huge milestone! 500 Days! Come aboard this train and let us celebrate with you! You are special, and I do so much appreciate your Friendship! May I have the first dance? 500 Days Smoke Free! Awesome

Now lets roll this Train to the Eastern Montana! Cyn!Cyn! Leave those lambs alone for a while and come get on this Train! You have 150 Days behind you and it is time for a celebration! I am not sure we can make you feel as good as that check did, but we are going to try! So kick back, relax, and let me bring you a drink! 150 Days and it is party time! If you don't believe me just ask.........

Nocigs(Peggy)! We might have been a day late for your TDC induction, but I will not miss you this time! You have 150 Days since you said "I took control of my choices and my life"! That is a powerful quote from your page and one we all should live by! So, park that '06 Mustang, give those 3 labs a scratch behind the ears, and grab a seat aboard the Freedom Train! You have 150 Smoke Free Days to celebrate! And we are going to help!

The 5th stop on the rails to Freedom today is in Northeast Tennessee, Momof4(Retia) did not need for it to be easy! She just wanted it to be possible! And possible it is! Today you are inducted into The Triple Digit Club! You have 100 Smoke Free Days behind you and your whole life in front of you! So grab you best party drees and come with us! 100 Days is a milestone we all looked or look forward to! You are there sweetie! And now it is Party Time!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                Tommy

Good Morning fellow Exer's! I hope everyone has stopped holding their breath! Let's all take a deep cleansing breath! Be grateful that we can do that, and that we no longer have to smoke! Let us return our focus to the task at hand! Rescueing those who come to us for help! I had an old friend who is not here very much anymore tell me yesterday that she came to the site one day and found 40 some comments on the Freedom Train. I was thinking "That is good" Then she told me she found a new quitter calling out for help that had three comments! ............So I want ask everyone to continue to come on the Train and celebrate your milestones, and those of your friends! But glance out the window occasionally, and help me make sure we are not rolling past someone who needs our help! Help me stay vigilant! If this train distracts us from the job of saving others, we will have to scrap it! I thank each of you in advance for you assistance! Now let's pick up todays honorees!

The first stop of the Freedom Train is for a young Lady who knows a thing or two about quitting! At least she should! She has been doing it for 950 Days! No wonder she is a Legend! Christine! Look, there is a Train out here! We came to get you because you are being celebrated today! You have not had to smoke for the last 950 Days! I am here to tell you that you never have to do that again! I am going out on a limb and saying that you are starting to get a handle on this! Congrats, Legend on the first 950 Days of your Smoke Free Life! Get you prettiest party dress and come with us! We are headed to get Jeannie!

That is right! this Train is rolling into Indiana. Jeannie! Yo Jeannie! Look at your quit clock! It says 730 Days! For anyone who might be mathmatically chalenged, that is 2 Years! It seems like just last month that you had 700 Days. Oh yeah. It was! But today you have reached a fantastic milestone! 2 full years! We are proud of you Jeannie! Come, ride the Train with us today as we celebrate your milestone, and the fact that you are part of our community! It is a great day to be free! 2 Years! WOOOOO HOOOO!! Now let's get this party started!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                        Tommy

pir8fan

Freedom Train Rolls Again!

Posted by pir8fan Jun 7, 2011

Good Morning fellow Exer's! Thank you very much for tolerating my break yesterday! In light of what went on over the week-end, I felt a need to look inward and be sure that I am still doing this for the overall good of the people here! I needed to make sure this was not just a cry for attention! I had a lot of support yesterday, including one very special PM from someone who was truely seeing the big picture! What I said in response was, I needed to make sure that I was not so busy blowing my own horn that I failed to notice that I had stopped making music! And that I was only making noise! I am convinced that my motive is still to give you the opportunity to celebrate your succees, and those of your fellow Exer's! So this Train will roll on toward Freedom From Tobacco!

The first stop today is in Minnesota(Again, lots of solid quitters there)! Did someone say Quitter? Quitter! Come out here darlin'! the Conductors notes say that you have 400 Smoke Free Days behind you! You have gone through a tough winter, and sand bagged against the floods! And through it all you came here and reported on the success of your quit! You are a fantastic role model for all tha come behind you! Congrats on the first 400 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free Life!

The next stop is in Tennessee. We are in Ashland City! We are looking for Tsana! I do not think anyone has seen her for about a month! But her clock is still running and it says 150 Days! Tsana, if you are here there is a Train out here looking for you! We are going to celebrate today! Come and celebrate with us!!

The next stop for the Freedom train is in Framingham, MA. Jasey! Get out here and get on this Train! You have reached tha 50 Day milestone and that is cause for celebration! You have survived the withdrawal. You have survived the break up of  long term realationships! Both with some one you love and with the cigarettes that were  killing you! Take time to celebrate with us today!

Last but not least Leeza! After many years of smoking Leeza broke her addiction! We should have spent yesterday in celebration of her 150th Day of Freedom! We did not, and that was my fault! So today I am asking Leeza to come aboad this Train, and I am asking you to help me make  it up to her as we celebrate her 151 Smoke Free Days! Now let get this celebration started!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                  Tommy

Good morning fellow Exer's! Leeza! I promise to pick you up tomorrow and celebrate your 150 Days! This week-end was filled with much drama about who is helping and who is not! What is the best way to help? Who know what is best? Who is doing harm while trying to do good!

Today, I intend to look inside myself! I am going to check my course. I am going to check my motivation! I am going to take a good long look in the mirror! Maybe we should all do that from time to time!

June the twenty first of last year a great sage and fantastic wordsmith left this site because of the kind of drama we had this week-end! But in his parting words he planted a thought that we should all keep sight of! Pig Brotha ask us to look in the mirror! I am going to quote him below! And I will spend the day trying to figure out which shoe fits.......

 

"Go directly to the first mirror, do not pass “Go” and look deeply into the reflective surface. Is that really you? Do you really advise humans on how to relieve themselves of a nasty ass habit?

OR… do you let the world know how “smart” you are now that you found your path to kick a nasty ass habit that you (and the humans for that matter) probably shouldn’t have started in the first place?

Do you revel in your new found brilliance or dig into your soul and repent for tearing down a perfectly good temple?

Saying too much invariably means that one eventually says the wrong thing. Believe it.

“Less Words = More Meaning” - Pig Brotha’ 2010

Think about it, do you pontificate for you or the humans?

The former in most cases is called masturbation the latter is classified as compassion."

I wish a good day for all!

 

        This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!        Tommy

          

God morning fellow EXer"s! I hope everyone stayed up long enough to see the lively debate we had here last night! It is good when we get a chance to compare ideas and learn different perspectives! Today, the Freedom Train makes it's daily run to Freedom from tobacco with the hope that all will ride, and celebrate their own personal Freedom, as well as that of a few Special Friends!

This morning I am breaking out the Freedom Limo! Our first honoree lives about 11 miles from the railyard! So about the time the Train gets a full head of steam we would have to stop! Therefore I am sending the Freedom Limo to pick up my Dear Friend Sandy! Sandy, you need to take the dogs for a walk and get ready! You have 150 Smoke Free Days to celebrate! The Limo is on the way! There are a couple of Miller Lites in the cooler if you want one(it is 5:00 somewhere)! I would just like to acknowledge the outstanding job you have done with your quit! Through all that life has thrown at you, you have kept the courage of your convictions! You have dealt with the illness of your sister, and helped her and her family get back on track! And through all the back and forth driving you have stayed true to your quit! The Freedom Train salutes you Sandy, and I am proud to call you my Friend!! Here comes that Limo now!!

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The next stop for the Freedom Train is to pick up indin Girl! Indin Girl and Sandy quit on the same day! So she also has 150 Smoke Free Days in the rear view mirror! Way to go my friend! We are proud of you! Come aboard the Train today and help us as we celebrate your Freedom! I understand that someone may have been less that kind to you! Shame on them! Come aboard the Train and remember how most of us feel about you! You are a valued member of our community! Come on back home! 150 Days! WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!

The next stop for the Train today is in Deleware! Sspahn do you hear that Train coming? It is the Freedom Train and it is coming for you! As a retired accountant, I fully expect you to chastise me for my poor bookkeeping skills! You completed you first 50 Smoke Free Days yesterday! I missed you! I am Sorry! Please join us as the Freedom Train takes a Sunday Drive, and we celebrate the first 51 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free Life! Get your best party dress Sweetie and bring your dancin' shoes! It is PARTY TIME!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!       Tommy

Good morning fellow Exer’s! The Freedom Train has an all-star cast today, so let’s get right to it.

The first stop is in Minnesota where we are going to pick-up Breakingthechains! This young man is not only breaking chains, but he has been breaking them for 800 Days! While he was breakin’ chains, he was also forming another bond! He got married! Chains, you bring a great perspective to us as you blog your observations of everyday life! Come and celebrate with us today! Congrats on the first 800 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free Life!

Now let’s go get Kellie! Kellie our Sweet Kellie! You have reached the 2 Year milestone! It is my fervent hope that you feel up to coming aboard the Freedom Train today and celebrating with us! You blog http://asiliveandbreathe-kellie.blogspot.com is a blessing top us all! You selflessly chronicle the horrific down side to smoking to all who will heed your words! Thank you for being part of this great community and Congratulations on the first 2 Years of your Smoke Free Life!

The Triple Digit Club is going to be busy all day today with inductions! It is indeed a red letter day when we have not one, not two, but three inductees! What is about the name JoJo? They keep coming and they are all keepers! It is quickly becoming the most popular name on the site! We may need to issue numbers to them! The JoJo that we are picking up today lives in Philly! That is the home of our wonderful LindaN. JoJo! There is a train out here looking for you! You have 100 Smoke Free Days behind you! So, you need to come get on this Train. We are here to help you celebrate!

The next stop is LAX! We have a plane to meet! You see while you were sleeping the Conductor of the Freedom Train changed hats and dispatched the Freedom Plane down under! There is one Crazy Quitter down there that needed to be on the Train today! That is right the Crazy Quitter has 100 Days today! It seems like such a short time ago that I climbed up on that fence with you, and invited you down on the good side of life! I promised to hold your hand all the way! Now here you are at 100 Days Smoke Free! You can indeed do this! But I am still hanging on to this hand!

Does everyone remember the wisdom and information that <3Live.Laugh.love<3 came here and posted? When she disappeared, how many thought that she had fallen off the wagon and was gone? WRONG!!  Liz  had a very hard couple of months! Let us all pray that things get better for her! But, I am happy to report that she has maintained her quit! Liz has 100 Smoke Free Days today! Honey, I hope you can find time to come aboard the Train today as we celebrate your induction into The Triple Digit Club! Congrats Sweet Lady on your first 100 Days! Now it is PARTY TIME!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

   "IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"  

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!          Tommy

pir8fan

Freedom Train!

Posted by pir8fan Jun 4, 2011

The Freedom Train disappeared! Please stand by!

Good morning fellow Exer's! Once again today the Freedom Train sets out on it's daily run to Freedom from the evils of tobacco! I saw were Whitney Houston was diagnosed with emphysema. The doctors said she must quit smoking or die. Everyday we listen to our friends here, and know the risk. As much as I am sorry that she has the disease, perhaps she will get the message out to a lot more people that we can reach! She once famously said "Crack is whacked"! Maybe she will make a smilar decelaration about smoking!

The first stop for the Freedom Train is in Mississipi! We are going to try to find one of my favorite Young Ladies, who has been MIA for a while now! Rita! Hey Rita! Can you hear that train whistle blowin'? Can you feel the viberation in the ground? It is party time for you! You have 250 Days!! That is 250 Days that you did not smoke! How cool is that? Today the Freedom Train would like to honor you! We have a bunch of people waiting to tell you how wonderful you and your quit are! So, Drop whatever you are doing, unless you are counting eggs or something,and come celebrate with us!!

The next stop is in New York! Lanie, where are you girl? Lanie, You are a guest of honor at this celebration! I know that you have been kinda busy lately, but you need to show up for this! You have 150 Days behind you! At 24 hours a Day, that 3600 reason to celebrate! On 01/04, you said "No More" "Nada" "No Mas" "Zip" "Zero" "Ziltch" and "Done"! you have stuck to your word for 150 Days now! it is time to celebrate Lanie! So, get on this Train my friend! the party is about to bust loose!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                    Tommy

Good morning fellow Exer's! It is a tradition with the Train to pick up the folks with the most quit days first! However since the people in that catagory are not likely to ride with us today, I am reversing the order! It seems, I am told, that as the Conductor/Engineer, I have that authority! Sooooo.

The first stop for the Freedom train this morning is in Georgia! We are just north of Atlanta in the town of Buford! We are here to pick-up Madyzsga Madyzsgou Madyzsgok Karen! Just kidding honey! Madyzsgocka! You all know that this young Lady came here amid deep personal grief, and proved to all of us here, that there is no wrong time to quit! Mady, today you reach the first of many milestones that we recognize here on The Freedom Train! 50 Smoke Free Days are now behind you! You are about to leave Chantix in the dust, and a whole new world is open to you! We are proud to have you with us. And I am proud to call you my friend! So, I hope you have that pretty party dress on, and you best dancing shoes at hand! There is going to be a celebration! May I have the first dance?

Before the Freedom train moves on to its next stop in Music City, we are going to make a detour, back down into Alanta, to pick up some chili dogs at The Varsity! However, since the idiots who draw the powerball numbers failed to draw mine, everyone is on their own for buying lunch!

Did I say Music City! Nashville, Tenn. That is where we find Ed(Exekex)! Yo Ed! There is a Train loaded with party animals out here looking for you! We know that you have 500 Smoke Free Days behind you! We also know that you have found peace with your quit, and do very well without this site at this point! We just came by in case you wanted to come out and party with some old friends! You are one of the success stories of this site and everyone should know about you! And you should know that you are remembered here! Congrats on the first 500 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free Life!

The next stop on the road to Freedom is in southern Ohio! Onelasttime(Deb) has 500 Smoke Free Days behind her as well! While you have made us all aware of the distain that you have for me personally, your milestone is significant! You are welcome to come aboard the Train and celebrate with everyone else!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!             Tommy

pir8fan

To be Free of Smoking!

Posted by pir8fan Jun 1, 2011

Good Evening my fellow Exer"s! I have been quietly reading a lot of what has gone on here in the past few days. It seems there are a lot of new members, and some of the not so new, who are running into some difficulty in finding Freedom from the bondage of tobacco! It is good that they have this place to come and chronicle their struggles! "From the masses we gather strength to battle on." I don't know if anyone ever said that before, but it sure sounds worthy of quotation marks to me! I do not think very many of us came here expecting it to be easy! And for some it is without a doubt harder than others! I, for one do not lay this at the feet of genetic predisposition! I think it has everything to do with attitude and an understanding of commitment!

As I ponder Freedom from addiction, the word Freedom itself take me back to the Revolutionary War! For those of us in The United States of America, that was the birthplace of Freedom as we understand it! I marvel at the attitudes and commitment of those men who suffered discomforts that we today can not even imagine! During the Revolution there was one man who often put pen to paper in order to motivate those men! His name was Thomas Paine! At the risk of a copyright violation, I am going to quote him here! "Heaven knows how to put a proper price on it's goods: and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated." WOOOW! I am motivated! The man just told us that the Freedom we seek, from the nicodemon that nips at our heels, is worth the effort it takes to achive it! It is indeed worth the discomfort and the anxiety that you go through! Because in the end you reach the top of the mountian, and scream to the world with clean lungs(and breath): I AM FREE!!

Good Morning fellow Exer"s! Once again this morning the Freedom Train sets off on its daily run to Freedom! I want to invite everyone to come aboard and read, and comment, and generally celebrate the Freedom that we are all claiming as our own! This is a Freedom that no one can give you! But it is there for the taking! Join us as we share the joys of re-claiming our lives!

This morning the conductor is oiling the hinges on the doors to The Triple Digit Club! Today they will swing open twice to welcome inductees! Our first stop this morning is to pick up Chuck! The Colorado air seems especially clean this morning! That is because for the last 100 Days Chuck has not been blowing smoke into it! And for the last 100 Days no one can accuse Chuck of blowing smoke anywhere! He come here and details the journey he is on in a matter of fact way that generates the support he needs and offers wisdom to others! Chuck, you are a valuable asset to this community! Today we are celebrating with you, the first 100 Days of your New and improved Smoke Free Life!

Our next stop is in  Baltimore! Catharris78! I am sorry that I only know your screen name! But that does not matter! This young Lady came here after 20 years of smoking and said "No more". That was 100 Days ago! 100 Days! That is Triple Digits! In spite of the hardship involved with daeling with a parent that suffer from a mental illness, she has come here as regularly as possibe and helped herself and other. She is proof that there is no reason to smoke! EVER! So, Catharris78, take some time off to today! Come aboard the Freedom Train and celebrate your own personal Freedom! Welcome to The Triple Digit Club!! Lets get this party started!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils of tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!                   Tommy

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