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2011

Good morning fellow Exer's! It is the last day of July! My, how time flies when we are having fun! 181 days ago the Freedom Train made its maiden voyage! There have been so many changes for so many of us! The Freedom Train started on a whim to celebrate the 1 year Smoke Free anniversary of our dear sweet Flower, Daisy! I knew at once that I had discovered a vehicle that would be a great way for all to come a celebrate Freedom! So many have had the opportunity to come and celebrate their milestones, and those of their friends! Today, the Freedom Train has become a huge operation! I am told that the Conductor notes now contain the quit dates and projected milestones for more than 1000 of us! That just boggles my imagination! Unlike the dream I had about Reese Witherspoon, this dream has really come true!  I would be remiss if I did not thank,Maggie, LindaN, and Marcie for all that they do to keep this dream alive! But most of all I want to thank you, the members of EX who value the Freedom we have found here, and constantly reach out to share the joy of "Collateral Kindness"! We really do "help ourselves by helping others"! What a way to quit! What a way to live!

Everyone, come with us today as we make our daily run to Freedom from the bondage we have lived in! If you are new here welcome aboard! The only ticket you need is the desire to breathe Free! If you are carrying a lot of "extra baggage" bring it aboard! There is no baggage fee, and we will help you sort it out!

Today indeed is a Sunday drive, but we are making a stop in Minnesota! Our dear Friend Mojo has 150 Days of Smoke Free living to celebrate today! I am not sure where we will find our animal loving friend today! Someone check the garden. She loves it out there! Mojo, come get on this Train! Get your best party dress on! We are celebrating You and your 150 Days! Now let's get this party on the tracks! Wooooooooo Hooooooooo!

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! Before I fire up the Freedom Train for it's daily run to Freedom from tobacco, I would like to ask you all to observe a moment of silence, followed by a long low salute from the Train's whistle, as we acknowledge the passing of our sister Tamara's mother! Tamara know that our hearts, and our thoughs, are with you during the difficult days to come! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Tamara, we are here for you!

The first stop for the Freedom Train this morning is to pick up a true Legend! Yes that is right Christine(Legend)! We hope to make todays celebration Legendary as well! Christine is joining The Quad Squad! The Quad Squad Is group (first recognized here on the Freedom Train) of quitters who have reached that 1000 Day Milestone! For those of us who were amazed that we made it two weeks, this is an incredible accomplishment! Now Christine, I know that you have been having some issues with your computer, but you need to beg, borrow or steal one today! There a lot of folks coming to party on the Train today and they want to tell you how wonderful you are! 1000 Days! Wooooooo Hooooooo!

The next stop for the Freedom Train today is out west! And north! We are headed to the Big Sky country of Easten Montana! Cyn! Hey Cyn! I know that you have a lot to do today, now that your ex has caught up! But put everything on hold today if you can! You have 200 Smoke Free Days to celebrate! Now we are going to celebrate for you, no matter if you are here or not! But something tells me this is a party you are not going to want to miss!!

The next stop for the Freedom Train is north east Tenessee! Retia! Retia! there is a Train out here! Surely you heard the rumble echo through the hills and valleys! Retia(Momof4) has 150 Days of Smoke Free living behind her as of 10:00 tonight! Retia came to us not looking for it to be easy, she just wanted it to be possible! Looking around at all the wonderful people on this Train, and at this site I am sure she has found that it not only possibe, but that Freedom can be a lot of fun! Congrats Retia on the first 150 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free Life!

Christiangal4peace(Mary)! You are going to have to help me find you! I have not seen your lately, but you page says that you live on this planet "Most of the time"! Now we at the Freedom train are very good at finding those who are having milestones, but, could you narrow it down for us just a little bit? I am going to hold the Train very still and hope that you just jump on with us! See Your clock is about to show 150 Days! We want to celebrate with you! So Mary, go and get into your prettiest party dress and get on this Train with us! 150 Days is a great milestone! Now let 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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American Pie!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 26, 2011

Dale posted a quiz today that included a question abot Don MacLean song American Pie! I saw a comment from someone who is a bit confused by the lyrics! The question about the song being a tribute to ________? was answered by what most believe to be true! Buddy Holley! And yes there was an e in his last name! The song was actually a tribute to much more than Buddy!

The song was actually a tribute to the decade beginning with the plane crash that killed Buddy Holley, and ending around the time of the free concert at Altamont Motor Speedway. If you don't remember, that concert was headlined by the Rolling Stones, and while they were playing some Hell's Angels beat a black man to death right by the corner of the stage! Three other people died there! Two were killed when a van ran over their sleeping bag! Another guy drowned!

Remember the line from the song: "For 10 years we've been on our own, and moss grows fat on a rolling stone!" So if you are confused about the lyrics, listen again and think in terms of a decade instead of a single event!

I just wanted to share this! Either way I would not smoke over it!

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Happy Birthday Misty Dawn!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 26, 2011

Happy Birthday To You!!!

Happy Birthday To You!!!!

Happy Birthday MistyDawn!!!!!

Happy Birthday To Yoooouuuuuuuuu!!!!!!

Good morning my friends. Our dear friend Sootie needs our prayers! Sootie's daughter has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Sootie is trying to absorb the shock, and prepare for the things that a mother of her caliber must do. Forgive her if she is away for a while, and not responing to our questions and messages. I will do my best to keep you posted on her progress.

Please join me as I fall to my knees and start the flow of Knee Mail! We all have seen the power that we have here through our prayers. I beseech each of you to offer, in your own way, the good thoughts, and well wishes we have for the daughter of our beloved sister, and Friend, Sootie!

God, I beg You to have mercy on this family. Please give them the strength to face that which is before them! Amen!

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The Freeddom Train 07-25-11

Posted by pir8fan Jul 25, 2011

Good morning fellow Exer's! The Freedom Train is about to make it's daily run to Freedom from tobacco! There are a lot of new people here who have some questions about who rides the Freedom Train! So if you will allow me a moment, I will try to clear that up! Everyone who yearns to breathe Free is welcome aboard the Freedom Train everyday! On the Train we try to give special recognition to people as they reach certain milestones!`Those milestones were originally intended to be 100 day and multiples thereof, and 1 Year and multiples! It has evolved to the point that we also try to recognize 50 days and multiples! Everyone is welcome, everyday, to tell us of your own personal milestones and we will help you celebrate! You do not have to have a milestone to be on the Train! Come and help your fellow Exer's celebrate theirs! And they will be here to help you celebrate yours! If you are carring a lot of extra baggage please bring it with you! There is no baggage charge, and we will help you sort it out! So, come with us aboard the Freedom Train everyday, as we escape from the bondage that we imposed on ourselves for so long!!

There was some confusion about a couple of people that I choose to put on the Train yesterday! Sandy's(keptpromise), Clock turned 200 Days at 9:00 PM last night and I picked her up on the Train yesterday! I normally do that the day after the clock changes! So I did it wrong! I was also reminded That our Sweet Indin Girl and Sandy share a quit date! So I picked her up also! Ok, I was wrong! However they are two wonderful Friends and outstanding citizens in our community, so I think the best thing to do the pick them up two days in a row! So Sandy and Indin Girl, get on this Train! We are going to celebrate your 200 Days again!

There are no other milestone listed in the conductor notes today! If I am missing you, or anyone you know, please notify me at once! Otherwise, I would like to open the floor to all of you to come here and speak of the people who have helped you in reaching your own personal milestones! Let us all give thanks that we can be Free! I will start by thanking The Legacy Foundation, for funding this site, and giving us a place to establish this great community. I would also like to tip the conductor hat to Admin for all that they do to eradicate the spam, and keep this place somewhat civil!

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 continue to be encouraged and amazed at all the people who are joining, and all of those who are returning, to make this a better and stronger site! Together we can do anything! Be proud of yourselves, and be proud of what we are building here!

It has been brought to my attention that one of our very strong quitters fell through the cracks a couple of days ago! It is not the intent of the Freedom Train to leave anyone out! I send apologies to Onelasttime! She has 552 Days today! Please join us on the Freedom Train today as we celebrate our Freedom from tobacco!

The First stop for the Freedom Train this morning is to pick up Dpenny! He has 400 Smoke Free Days behind him! I have to admit that I know very little about him! I do know that he has lots of beads in his picture which make me think New Orleans! His page does not even reveal his name! What I do know is that he has not smoked for 400 Days! So Dpenny, get on this Train! There is going to be a HUGE party today!

The nEXt stop is to pick up Quimby! Quimby and Dpenny share some things! Number one is a quit date! Both have 400 Days! Number two is they share a vail of secrecy. I do not know anything about Quimby either! So, Both of you come on the Train today and tell us about you and your 400 Days of quit time!

The Freedom Train is now rolling very close to home! We are in Bonita Springs to pickup our Dear Friend Sandy(Keptpromise)! Good Morning Sandy!! Are you awake yet? It is a good thing you don't have to work tomorrow! You have 200 Smoke Free Days to celebrate with us, and it is going to be an all day celebration!! Put on you best party dress Honey! Grab you dancing shoes! In spite of all that life has thrown at you for the last 200 Days, you have honored your word and your screen name! We are proud of you, and proud that you are a part of our community!

How about our Indin Girl! You need to get on this Train as well! You like Sandy have 200 Days to celebrate! My eyes are not what they used to be and I overlooked you at first! But you are a very special Lady and an important part of our community! So grab your prettiest party dress and come with me! Everyday you bring to us a message of faith and strength! Thank you for all that you add here! 200 Days Wooooooooo Hooooooooo!

Now, we have got to go find JoJo! No the other one! Having a number of JoJo's here can be confusing sometimes! There is nothing confusing  about being in Philly! The City of Brotherly Love! That love and compasion is demonstrated here everyday by our JoJo! JoJo is one of the very few that I have heard of that has been successful in her quit using the e-cigarette! Today she celebrates 150 Days of not smoking! So come get on this Train JoJo! It is party time!

Last and by far not least we going to pick up my friend Sspahn49! We are in the great state of Deleware! Being an accountant, I am sure that I do not need to tell you, my Friend that you have 100 Days today! The doors to The Triple Digit Club are about to swing open for you! So get on this Train and lets get ready to party! I have saved a special seat for you! 100 Days! What a great milestone!!

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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The Freedom Train 07/23/11

Posted by pir8fan Jul 23, 2011

Good morning fellow Exer's! It is great to back at the controlls of the Freedom Train! I want to start out by sending a thank you to Maggie, LindaN and Marcie who have made it possible for this Train to continue It's daily run to Freedom from tobacco!

Also, I have noticed that a lot of our more experienced quitters are returning to visit! Good example is Christy! Last night I noticed that Christy had returned to see us! Christy is a beautiful young lady from Indiana! She began her quit right here at Becomeanex! For whatever reason she has chosen to move on! But she has moved ahead Smoke Free! 774 Days of Smoke Free! It is a good thing when we have folks return and show those of us who have not been quit for as long that we can quit, and stay quit! There is a life after cigarettes! And a better life it is! We give up nothing in our quits! We simply regain our lives! Welcome home Christy, and welcome to all who are finding your way back home! We appreciate you!! I hope you stay with us!

The first stop for the Freedom Train this morning is in New York! Lanie! Yo Lanie! Do you feel the ground shaking? Do you hear the whistle blowing? The Freedom Train is coming after you! You have 200 Days of Smoke Free living to celebrate! We are here to celebrate with you! So get into your prettiest party dress (I like yellow) and and lets head for Freedom! It is the one hundred day anniversary of your induction into the Triple Digit Club! 200 Days!! Wooooo Hooooo! Party Time!!!

The nEXt stop for the Train is in Mississippi! We are going there to look for our Dear Friend Rita! Rita began her journey to Freedom here 300 Days ago and has been missing in action for a while now! Most of us remember the string of tragedies that befell her during her quit! She has not been on the Train for a while now and many of us are worried! I would like to ask all of you to take a moment to encourage Rita to rejoin us! Rita, no matter where you are or what you are doing, you are a warm and valuable human, and a very important part of this family! We have proven that we will be here for you through thick or thin! Come on back home! Rita, I care about you, and what you are going through! Come. Take my hand! Let's resume this journey, together!  Come and ride the Train 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

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Racing the Sunset!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 21, 2011

Good Morning fellow Exer's! A lot of you know that I just returned from San Francisco and my daughter's wedding! Last Friday was a bad day of travel! Between mechanical problems forcing a change, in not only planes, but airlines, and all the other hassles involved in air travel these days, my patience was tested! There was a time when this would have been cause for chain smoking! But, I Don't Do That Anymore! However, I did have a unique experience that I would like to share with you!

Friday evening, I finally left Charlotte, NC, with a belly full of Bojangles Chicken, at 8:40. As the plane was taking off, I witnessed the beginning of a gorgeous sunset! Now keep in mind that we were headed west! Because of that, the sun was not quite able to set! We were giving it quite a chase! For the next 3 hours and 25 minutes, the sun was trying to bring on the night! But the speed of the plane would not quite let it! It was a miraculous sight to behold! 3 hours and 25 minutes of spectacular sunset!

I eventually saw in this a microcosm of our lives! We all spend so much of our lives "Racing the Sunset"! We are all  busy focusing on the setting sun of our own lives! We are racing to achive all that we believe that we shoud before darkness overtakes us! My message today is simple. Do not focus on the end. Do not be driven by fear of the end! Enjoy the race, and run at your own pace! There is so much good to see and enjoy. Finish the race with a smile on your face and a song in your heart! And run your race Smoke Free! Enjoy your Freedom!                   Tommy Piver

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Thank you!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 18, 2011

I just wanted to stop by for a minute and say hi! I am sure most of you know that I am on the west coast with very limited computer access! My daughter got married yesterday!

I also want to thank the Conductoresses for the great job they are doing with the Train! I miss you all, but will be back in a few days!!  Keep your Focus!! Never lose your Determination!!          Tommy

Good Morning fellow Exer's! I want to start out by thanking all of you who made the Train's run to Freedom yesterday such a huge event! All of you contributed, but the honorees were the ones who drew the crowds and the well deserved accolades! Thank you all for a great run to Freedom yesterday! Now hang on to your hats, and lets get ready to do it again!

We are going a little out of order this morning, and I think that will be OK with everyone!

The first stop for the Train this morning is in Philly! LindaN! I know that you are up, and I know you heard this Train coming! Linda has hit the Daily Double! It is a double Birthday! Today we are not only going to help Linda Celebrate the anniversary of her birth(Happy Birthday Sweet Young Lady), but the first 1 Year anniversary of her re-birth as a NON- Smoker! That is right LindaN has 1 Full Smoke Free Year behind her! Get that party dress, and get on this Train honey! Any seat you want is yours! Including mine! You may drive the Train some, if you like! Or, relax as everyone comes by to tell you how much you are loved! Happy Birthday and congrats on the First Year of Your New and Improved Smoke Free Life! WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Folks, that is just the start! We are headed to Jersey! Our dear Sweet Friend Denise has 850 Smoke Free Days behind her! Denise, I know that you do not get to spend much time with us, but you are still a very important part of this community! Your 850 Days is a big milestone and we welcome the opportunity to celebrate it with you! Thank you for being part of this huge family! Congrats on 850 Days!!

Next stop is in the Great Southwest! Aztec! Aztec! Do you hear that Train coming? It is the Freedom Train and it is coming to get you! You have 800 Smoke Free Days behind you! You did not think we were missing that did you? My friends, Aztec comes hear every day and tirelessly EXtends a welcome to sooooo many of our newbies! I have no idea how many of you had your first welcome here from Aztec! 800 Days is a huge milestone! Take a little time for yourself today! Come and celebrate with us! Congrats on 800 Days!

Hang on everyone, that Train is rolling again and we going after Anacondahead! Hey Sweet friend there is a Train on the way! You have 2 Years of Smoke Free Living behind you! 2 Full Years!! And for those years you not only have honored your comittment to quit, you have shown up on a regular basis and offered your wisdom and guidance to those that have come behind you! Thank you for all that you do here! Congrats on the first 2 Years of your Smoke Free Life!!  Now, we have loaded the Train with some great quitters! Look around Ladies and Gentlemen! If you enjoy the Freedom Train, thank these wonderful people who helped lay the tracks that this Train runs on! Now, let the party begin!

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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Freedom Train 07-13-11

Posted by pir8fan Jul 13, 2011

Good Morning Fellow Exer's! The Freedom Train Is about to begin it's daily run to Freedom from tobacco and smoking, and today we have an incredible group of quitters to honor! Before we start, I want to take a moment to Thank our new Conductoresses! LindaN and Maggie have gotten their maiden voyages behind them! Marcie is contributing behind the scenes! These Ladies are doing a great job of organizing, and the Train is a much better ride because of them! Thank you Ladies!!

The First stop for the Freedom Train this morning is in Oklahoma! We are stopping here to pick-up Peggy(ckoalaco)! This young Lady needs no introduction! Peggy has 2350 Smoke Free Days behind her! Back home we call that "a damn good start"! Take a break from all your labors today Peggy and come celebrate with us on the Freedom Train!

Now lets head up to Molly's place! Molly(Molzep) is part of the November to Remember gang along with my finest of friends, Sootie! Molly has 600 Days behind her today! 600 Days is and awesome accomplishment! Welcome to the Freedom Train Molly! Prepare to party! It is going to be a big day!

If you are looking out the window, that landscape you are seeing is South Dakota! Cindy, Cindy, Cindy! Yes, you, Cindy(Determined in Dakotas), looks like a buck fifty Sweetie! That is right 150 Days for Cindy! Get yourself on this train young Lady! Miller Lites are never expensive on the Train and today yours are FREE! Just like you! Just like me! Just like so very many whos journey you have made better! Thank you for being here my Dear Friend!

The next stop is for Chili Dogs at the Varsity! No. Wait a minute. I got side tracked! We are picking up Tracy! Tracy(TL) is Cindys quit buddy! Did you two know that? Tracy also reaches the 150 Day Milestone today! Come to the bar car Tracy! We are starting early today! I have got the beer, because I know that one day you are coming to Naples, and you are getting the first round! Congrats on the first 150 Days of your Smoke Free Life!

That is Michigan I see out that window! Marcie you made it!! Marcie, the Freedom Train's own Marcie(simtageous), stand back Honey! The doors to The Triple Digit Club are opening! And they are opening for you! Let all hear it for Marcie! She has her first 100 Days behind her! We all know what a huge milestone that is! So Marcie, put that paint brush down! Go and wash the paint off you hands! (Leave the little spot on your cheek, that is cute)! Go and get into your prettiest party dress! There is a huge celebration bustin' loose! May I have the the first dance? You are a special Lady! You make the train a better place! Congrats on the first 100 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free Life!   Are we going to Rock This Train today or what?

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

These are word you hear on a regular basis from me! They come from a blog I wrote about 65 days into my quit! I am going to re-post a portion of that blog here today! I hope there is motivation in this for all who seek it!

As I read the various blogs I find everyone looking for just a little more than help with kicking a nasty addiction. There are loud screams and soft cries from people with varing levels of despiration. Today I would like to share with you two stories that I have encountered that demonstrate FOCUS and DETERMINATION.

The first is about a lady named Trudy. In 1925 she dreamed of becoming the first woman and only the sixth person to swim the English Channel. She made her plans until the day she set out in pea soup fog to make her dream a reality. She swam with all she had for as long as she could, but finally had to give up. She was pulled aboard a boat and latter discovered she was only 1/4 of a mile from the shore. She realized that she could have made it if she had known how close she was. Her attempt to live her dream was crushed because she could not see how close she was. In 1926 Gertrude Ederle went back on a clear day and became the first woman to swin the English Channel. This time she could see her goal. Her ability to focus on the shore helped her reach dream. And she did it more that 2 hours faster than any of the men who preceded her.

My second story is about a man more well known. His name is Sir Edmund Hillary, The first man to reach the summit of Mt. Everrest. Most know his fame for this accomplishment, few know it was his second attempt. His first attempt was a failure. But the man was determined. Two months after his failure while giving a speech at the base of Mt.Everrest, Sir Edmund Hillary shook his fist at the mountain and proclaimed " I will get you next time, you are as big as you will ever be, but I am not done growing!" The rest is history.

So, with the Focus of Ederle, and the Determination of Hillary, pledge another day to be SmokeFree and move a step closer to FREEDOM!                                     Tommy

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Don't Forget Your Lifelines!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 11, 2011

There are a lot of new people here, and this is also a reminder for those who may have forgotten! Always remember your lifelines!

If you should have a serious craving use your lifelines before you smoke!

#1. Ask The Audience!    Come here and tell us that you are in danger and why! Wait 15 minutes for us to respond! Give us that opportunity to help you! That is why we are here!

#2. Phone A Friend!    Befriend someone here that you feel you can trust! Exchange phone numbers with that person! If you are in a situation that you can not handle on your own, call that person!

#3. 50/50!     Make two list! The first list should be all the reasons you should not smoke! The second list should be all the reasons you should smoke! Now take the second list and mark out alll the "Excuses" to smoke! Excuses and reasons are two very different things! If there is anything left on the second list let me know! Keep your first list handy. Read it if any of the "excuses" try to steal your quit!

Good morning fellow Exer's! Welcome aboard the Freedom Train as we make our daily run to Freedom from tobacco and smoking! In case you missed last nights announcement,Three new Condutoresses are joining the Freedom Train, to help make sure there is a seat everyday for all who yearn to breathe Free! They will also help to continue that Freedom Train tradition of acknowledging the personal milestones that we all pass in this journey to Freedom! The new members of the Freedom Train staff are! Maggie, LindaN, and Marcie(simtageous)! Please join me in welcoming them to their new positions! The Freedom Train just got a lot better! Everyone come and ride! Bring all your extra baggage! We will help you sort it out!

The Freedom Train starts the morning off on the west coast! You may note we are stopped in the woods! That is because we are picking up Ima Deer! While deer are generally a bit skittish about Trains, we hope this one will come aboard! See, Ima has 1650 Smoke Free Days behond him! This is a great number for any human! For a deer it is even more remarkable! Everyone stop by to shake his hoof!

The Train is now quickly traversing the country as only the Freedom Train can! We are back to my home state of North Carolina! Debi! Do you feel the ground shaking? Can you hear that Train whistle? The Freedom Train is coming after you! You have 600 Days to celebrate! Debi is a member of the November to Remember Group! This group found a magic among themselves, and an incredible number of them supported each other to successful quits! Debi! Grab that party dress honey! We are going to be celebrating you!

JoJo! Hey JoJo! I hear you in there laughing your a........, well, I hear you! So get that a.. out here and get on this Train! You have 250 Smoke Free Days, and we plan to have a blast! JoJo was sortta tied up with some medical professionals on her 200th Day, so I think we need to make up for that today! JoJo comes here daily, as living proff of the damage that smoking can do to you! As she prepares for a lung transplant, heed her words my Friends! Smoking is gambling with a deck that is stacked against you! Congrats on the first 250 Days of your Smoke Free life JoJo!

Now we are going to look for Ohwellmaybenot! Due to my poor typing skills, I will be calling her Kelly! In spite of the negative sound of her screen name, Kelly has 100 Days behind her today! So stand back everyone! The doors to The Triple Digit Club are about to swing open! Kelly, welcome to the club! 100 Days is the first huge milestone! You have made it! There is nothing in front of you that is harder than that which you have already faced! Welcome to The Triple Digit Club! I believe we should start a little party! What do you all think?

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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Freedom Train has BIG NEWS!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 9, 2011

It gives me great pleasure to announce that The Freedom Train is no longer a one man operation! From the humble beginnings of one mans effort to motivate his friends to maintain their quits, the Freedom Train grew into a labor of love that one person can no longer maintain! But thanks to all of the loyal riders that see the value in saluting our fellow Exer's as they arrive at their milestones, I feel that it is an endeavor that should continue! To that end, the Freedom Train would like to introduce, not one, not two, but three new Conductoresses, who have volunteered their time and effort to keep this Train rolling!

First of all is Maggie! Maggie of course need no introduction! She has shown up with a regularity that you can set your watch by!

Second is LindaN! Again no intro is needed! Everyone has known and loved LindaN for a long, long, time!

These two Fine Ladies will begin their tenure with the Freedom Train at once!

Very soon, a third new Conductoress will join the crew! Marcie(simtageous) Marcie has also agreed to lend her talent and enthusiasm to the Train!

These Ladies will all add their own unique perspectives, and I believe offer a new enthuisiam to the Train! The mission of the Train will not change! We will continue to make daily runs to Freedom from tobacco and smoking! Along the way we will continue to honor the milestones of our fellow Exer's!

I, of course, am going no where! I will still take my turns at the throttle! I will still be involved in the day to day operation of the Train! The fundamentals of the Train remain the same! Just the labor has been divided!

So LindaN, Maggie, and Marcie, would you all step forward and accept your keys to the Freedom Train! Welcome aboard my Sweet Friends! A new era of The Freedom Train begins, and I want to thank you! The pay is non-existant but the rewards are great! This Train is bound for Freedom, and there are Three wonderful new Ladies in the cab!!

I ask you all to welcome our three new Conductoresses!  And remember:

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

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!             Tommy

Good Morning fellow Exer's! Welcome, one and all, aboard the Freedom Train, as we make our daily run to Freedom from tobacco! I know that this site is about quitting smoking and learning to live without smoking! With that thought in mind, I am not going to mention that our Dear Sweet Friend Sandy(keptpromise) has a birthday today!! I have met Sandy, and though she claims to be more mature, going by looks, I am pretty sure she is about 38. Anyway, you should not go by her page and wish her a Happy Birthday! Because that is not what this site...... Ah, Hell! Go by there anyway! Happy Birthday Sandy!

The first stop for the Train today is a familar place! We are in Jasper and we are picking up Joanne! See Joanne has 1150 Smoke Free Days behind her! She embodies all that is good about this community! She quietly goes about the business of her quit! She share her happiness and joy with all of us, while staying above the fray in our occassional ruckus or rucki! So Joanne come aboard this Train and bring a suitcase! 1150 Days calls for an all-night party! We will drop you back off at the church in the morning!! Joanne, thank you for being part of out community! You are rocking your quit!

The next stop is in Connecticut! Julia Amy! There is a Train out here! Wake up! you have a busy day! You are being inducted into The Triple Digit Club! That is right folks, as we speak the hinges are being oiled on the doors of TTDC! On March the 30th, Julia Amy walked away from somking and joined us! That was 100 Days ago! We all know what a great milestone 100 Days is! So Julia Amy grab you prettiest party dress and get on this Train! And, by the way, save a dance for me! Please! There is a huge celebration about to start!

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! Be sure to be here tomorrow for a very exciting announcement from the Freedom Train! I am seeing a lot of new people here and a lot of people who are returning! It is great to see so many people who are yearning to breathe the fresh air of Freedom! Join us everyday on the Freedom Train as we celebrate that Freedom, and the the milestones of those who are making this great journey!

The first stop for the Freedom Train this morning is in Pennsylvania! We are here to get one of the finest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! Sootie! Sootie! Come on out here my Dear Friend! You have 600 Smoke Free Days! That means we are going to celebrate! Folks, if you do not know Sootie, take the time to get to know her! A person can not have a better friend! She comes here everynight and shares her wisdom with us! She is a cool and calm voice of reason! Early in my own quit she said something that really put this all in perspective for me! If you will bear with me for a moment, I will try to paraphrase it! So many people quit because they want to keep from dying! That does not work. We are all going to die. The reason to quit is so you can live while you are still here!! Powerful words! It made me realize how much of my life I wasted, looking a place to smoke! Walking away from the good times, so I could smoke! We only have so much life! We should not waste it! Sootie please put on your pretties party dress! This celebrations is for you! And also for you: http://youtu.be/0iM38PyxzG8

The next stop for the Freedom Train is in Southwest Virginia! Pipster! Pipster540! There is train out here looking for you! You have 200 Days and we are here to bring the party! Come and get on this train! You have had 200 Days of Freedom and we are going to help you celebrate! (Pipcorn Optional)! Perhaps we can even stir up a minor ruckus for you!! Thank you for the contributions you make to our community! Now, let's get this party rolling!

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! Welcome aboard the Freedom Train! If you are new here, or just returning let me introduce you to the Train! My name is Tommy! I am the Conductor/Engineer of the Freedom Train! Everyday this Train makes a run to Freedom from the addiction to tobacco and smoking! Along the way we salute those who are celebrating milestones! We welcome them aboard and celebrate their success! There are congratulation, food and beverages and sometime music! It is an all day celebration of our Freedom! Please join us every day! Tell us your quit date, so you can be honored at your milestones! The only cost of the ticket is the desire to breathe Free! Bring your extra baggae aboard! There is no baggage fee, and we will help you sort it out!

The first stop for the Freedom Train today is at Doris's house! What were you doing 900 Days ago? Doris was spending her first day in battle with the nicodemon! Looks like she has a pretty good strange hold on him! 900 Days Smoke Free! Now, everyday Doris joins us here on the Freedom Train, and brings aboard the kind of food that I grew up with, and love! And that wonderful food goes so well with the thrist for Freedom that lives in us all! Doris, get your prettiest party dress on Honey! this celebration is about you!

A special shout out today to Jill(Healthyjayjo)! You are in our thoughts and prayers!

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

VERY IMPORTANT!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 6, 2011

Everyone please remember to say an extra prayer for our friend Jill(Healthyjayjo)! She is having surgery today that will determine the course of treatment she will need! My thoughts and prayers are with her, and I hope you will join me!

Good morning fellow Exer's! Now that the Casey Anthony trial is over we can re-focus on our quits, right? I hope no one chose to smoke over that verdict! I personally believe that the prosecution, in an effort to sound confident, set an expectation of proof that they could never meet! It is a reminder to us all to keep our expectation real! We can all beat this addiction if we take it one day at a time!

The Freedom Train is in Michigan this morning! We are here for our beloved Tammy(Empathy)!She has One Full Year today! My friend, it is your time to shine! All you dreams are on their way!(thanks Simon and Garfunkle) Tammy was long thought to be a serial quitter! She even had doubts about herself! To say that she struggled here is an understatement! There were a few who believed in her! Peggy, who will tell you she has no time for those who are not serious, had plenty of time or Tammy! I had faith in her as well! Our Dear Tammy never stopped trying and she never stopped learning! One year ago today, she took that leap of faith that began her "FOREVER QUIT". While Tammy has some issues with her health, but she never stops coming here and partisipating in the "Collateral Kindness". She helps herself by helping others! We are celebrating you today Tammy! So get into your prettiest party dress and get your dancin' shoes! This party is going to run late! I am proud of you!!! And a belated Happy Birthday to your Mom!

The next stop for the Freedom train is at an undisclosed location! Notice that the Train windows are blacked out!! We are here to pick up a very private young Lady who has one fantasic quit going! ! (Judy) You have 300 Smoke Free Days behind you! While there is little I can tell you about Judy, I never tire of the story of her arrival; here! Judy came to us with questions about her ability to quit! Her avitar was a question mark! After talking with her, I knew,  that all she needed was a tiny bit of confidence! I tried to provide that, and suggested that she change her avitar to am exclaimation point! She did that! Judy found with-in herself the ability to do what she needed to do! Now in the late evening here on the east coast, Judy shows up with carefully measured doses of wisdom to help those in need of it! I am proud to say that Judy is my friend and a friend of this great community! So come and celebrate you, my dear friend! And save the last dance for me!! 300 Days!!!

http://youtu.be/H_a46WJ1viA

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 07-05-2011

Posted by pir8fan Jul 5, 2011

Good Morning fellow Exer's! Last night at mid-night the final embers of the Fourth of July Week-end Bonfire were extinguished! I would like to take a moment to thank our host Madyzsgocka(Karen) for welcoming us all to Sheboygan! There was much fun and fellowship! And the final tally for unsmoked cigarette that went up in flames was (Insert Drumroll) 1,154,223! Yes!! More than a million unsmoked cigarettes! Great job Karen! And a big thank you to all who played role in this! A special tip of the Conductors hat to Maggie, who is always there to do what needs to be done for every event we have here! Thank You Maggie!

This morning finds the Freedom Train sitting at the airport! We are awaiting the arrival of the Freedom Plane, which is winging it's way across the pond from the UK! Happily ensconced on board is our sweet and wonderful friend Linda! Linda has 500 Smoke Free Days to celebrate today! We are going to party with her! Linda, as most of you know, is recovering from a battle that she had with throat cancer! A battle in which, I am happy to report, she is the victor! Linda has fought her battle, and overcome her demons, to prove to all of us that there is never a reason to smoke! Thank you Linda, for being a part of our great community! May I have the first dance? 500 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! Today we celebrate our independence hand in glove with the celebration of America's Independence! I will be brief! I can't find anyone who quit on the 4th of July!

Milestones for today are:

Patty             250 Days!!

MLB82          150 Days!!

Come one and all to celebrate Freedom! Everyone, please be safe! Let's make today a celebration to remember!!

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

Declaration of FREEDOM!!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 3, 2011

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to disolve the bands which have connected them to their tobacco products, and assume among the powers of the earth, the seperate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Natures God entitle them, a decent respect of the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that compell them to the seperation!

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all Exer's were created equal, and with equal opportunity to quit, and that they were endowed by their Creator with certain Unailenable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the persuit of Clean Lungs!

We, the Exer's do here by solemnly publish and declare that we are independent of tobacco and obsolved of any loyalty to the producer thereof.

We the Exer's do here by attach our signatures to this document and mutually pledge to each other to protect our quits with our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor!

Witness my hand!     Tommy Piver

It is not too late to drop off the cigarettes thaqt you have not smoke since you quit! Your daily average multiplied by the number of day you have been Free! Come and add to the bonfire! Or you can drop them here and the Freedom Dumptruck will haul them over to the fire!

pir8fan

Freedom Train! 07-03-2011

Posted by pir8fan Jul 3, 2011

Good Morning fellow Exer's! we hadf quite a bonfire last night! If you have not been there yet, please come by and throw in all the cigarettes you have not smoked since you quit! Please also list your quit date! Maggie is putting together a spread sheet to make sure all milestones are acknowledged! If for some reason you do not wish to contribute to the fire, please go by Maggie's page and give her your quit date!

The Freedom Train is on the way to pick-up Giulia today! Giulia, come get on this Train! First we are taking you to the Bonfire in Sheboygan to drop of all those cigarettes you have not smoked in the last 1950 Days! Did I say 1950 Days? Yes, I did! One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Days! That is quite a number! Today the Freedom Train celebrates you! Come one and all! Celebrate the Freedom that we all so richly deserve!!

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

BONFIRE!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 2, 2011

Karen had some issues and will be with us shortly! Lets get this fire started! Click on the link below to set the mood and bring on those unsmoked cigarettes!

http://youtu.be/NOErZuzZpS8

pir8fan

Freedom Train!! 07/02/2011

Posted by pir8fan Jul 2, 2011

Good Morning fellow Exer's! I hope everyone will come aboard the Train today to begin a great day of celebration of Freedom from tobacco! The celebration will end at the Bonfire tonight in Sheboygan, Wisconsin! Remember to bring all of your un-smoked cigarettes, from day one of your quit through now! Also, know that Maggie will be there from our Department of Vital Statistic, with notepad in hand! She will be collecting everyones quit dates! So PLEASE remember to list your quit date! We will also try to have someone there from our Department of Redundancy Department to re-write those dates again!

The Freedom Train is in Arkansas this morning! We are looking for another Lady that we do not see much of these days! Tcollins(Terrie)! Come on out here and get yourself on this Train! Today is a BIG day of celebration and you have 500 Days to celebrate! We have been missing you! I know that your quit is solid and the need to be here is less! But come back and celebrate your milestones with us! We will be celebrating you. So you might as well enjoy it! 500 Days!! WOOOOOO HOOOOO!

Now lets go get Lynette! Good morning Lynette! I hope we are not waking you! But you need to get an early start. You have a full day of celebration today! 200 Smoke Free Days are behind you! So grab some extra clothes( don't forget that little black dress) and lets get ready to party all day and all night! Congrats on the first 200 Days of your New and Improved Smoke Free Life! You can come sit up front with me if you like!

I just want to remind everyone to party in a responsibe manner this week-end! And if you are traveling, please travel safely! I expect to see everyone back here Tuesday Morning Happy and Smoke Free! See ya at the Fire tonight!

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! As we head into the week-end I wish everyone a Happy 4th of July! Please take the advice that Thomas wrote a few minute ago! Light only fireworks(and be careful with those), and Smoke only Bar-B-Que(and save me some of that)! I would like to invite people of all nations who love Freedom to join in our national celebration! I would also like to encourage all to join us on the Freedom Train as we journey to Freedom from tobacco!

Please do not forget. Tomorrow night all eyes are on Sheboygan!! 8:00 pm eastern! 5:00 for those of you on the left coast! The Independence Week-End Bonfire! Come, Please bring all the cigarettes that you have not smoked since you quit! If you know someone who can't make it, bring theirs! Let's get together and make this the biggest Bonfire ever! I am thinking "Shut down the airports becuse of the smoke" big! It is going to be HUUUUUGGGGGEEE!

We are going to stop off this morning and Pick up Maynell! Hey Honey, do you have news for us? Let me just blurt it out! Maynell has 600 Smoke Free Days! For the last 600 Days, She has honored herself and her promise! That is awesome! Maynell, come and join us on the Freedom Train as we celebrate you and your great acomplishment!

The next stop for the Train this morning is in Maryland! We are going after Jill!(healthyjayjo)! Jill come and get on this Train! You have 250 Days to celebrate! You insipire us all! In spite of the issues with ex-spouse, and your lastest news, you continue to find the silver linings! Know that the thought and prayers of the entire Ex Family are with you everyday! For now it is time to celebrate! So put on your prettiest party dress, and get on this Train young Lady! 250 Smoke Free Days! WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO! May I have this first dance?

Now, let's head to Minnesota(again)! We are look for M! This wonder human has 200 Smoke Free Days in the rear view mirror! I worries me when I can't find people! So if anyone see a little creature that looks like "Woodstock" from the classic "Peanuts" comic strip, please yell out so I can stop the Train! M, 200 Days is awesome! Come today and celebrate your Freedom with us!

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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