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Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

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

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

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

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Easter Eve Reflection

Posted by pir8fan Mar 30, 2013

Tomorrow, all around the world, we Christians will celebrate the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. Those among us of the Jewish faith will, for the most part, politely ignore us. The atheish will scorn us.

With all that said I would like to propose that we all take a moment tomorrow and celebrate our our resurrections.

We, the lepers on the 21st century have risen, like so many Phoenixes, from the ashes, and stench of our own addiction. While I can not imply that the devine hand of God has touched us, it is a miracle of sorts that so many people from all over the country, and indeed the world, could become brothers and sisters for the same cause. Like all sibblings, since the beginning of time, we have our differences of opinion, and we squabble among ourselves. But we have caring, compassion and love for each other. We take the struggles of our brothers and sisters as our own.

So tomorrow, at some point, I am asking you take a moment to give thanks for those here who have never laid eyes on you, but are willing to spend a part of their life to help you! Also, take moment to feel the love of those that you have reached out to help!

 We are a very unique community, and I am very proud to be a part of it! All of you should be proud as well! We all came here to help ourselves! We have discovered, through "Collateral Kindness", that the best way to help ourselves is by helping others! What a way to quit! What a way to live! Thank you all, for helping me help myself! May God's smile warm your hearts this Easter week-end! Happy Easter!                   Tommy

Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

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

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

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

There is a spammer on site you seems to have access to a lot of our most recent members! The name of the spammer is Giftruba300! Be Very Careful About Sharing your information with this person!! Admin has been notified!         Tommy

Tonight a group of us from work stopped by Hooters! I had 20 Naked hot wings and 6 cold beers! I don't do that much anymore! The occassion was that a small local school, that did not EXist 7 years ago, was going to shock the world! Florida Gulf Coast University was playing the #2 seeded Georgetown Hoyas in the NCAA Tournament! A small school that should have been happy just to be there, and had no chance of winning, did just that! What an impressive feat!

I am reminded that we all can be giant slayers! We all have the talent and ability to do what is most important to us! As a small team no one but us locals, had heard of toppled the mighty Hoyas, I remembered how many people I have watched come to this site, and do things that even they did not think that they could! Including me! We all have the power to overcome the obstacles that we encounter on our way to Freedom! As a team, united in one purpose we are unstoppable! Join hands tonight my Friends, and refuse to lose! Freedom is ours! Let us all do this together!

PLEASE STAND BY FOR AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!

 

03/20/2013

Today our Freind Thomas has Three Years of Smoke Free Living behind him! Everyone should prepare for a HUGE celebration aboard the Freedom Train! Proper attire for dancing is the uniform of the day! Watch for huge quanities of food! Loud music will be heard!! Do not miss this event! Everyone is going to be somewhere, so you might as well be here!!

Please stay tuned to this site for further developements!

We return you now to your own awesome quit, already in progress!!                              Tommy
 

Happy St Patricks Day fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!! Our first stop of the morning is in Cleveland! Our Shawn Has one Smoke Free Year behind her! Do you hear that Train whistle Shawn! Grab your best party dress and dancing shoes! This Train is coming for you!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

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

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

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

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Did you ever ask yourself.....

Posted by pir8fan Mar 16, 2013

.......what you really know about your Friends here!

Many of you have benifited from the quiet wisdom of RickM! Do you wonder what he is like in person? Does Cindy(Determined in Dakota) really carry a large caliber hand gun to shoot nicodemons from the windows of the Freedom Train? How about Sarah? What drives her to reach out every week to those who are walking the trails of no-mans-land? SkyGirl is known for her impromptu parties here! Is she that quick to party, in person? Will Dale show up??

Answer these questions, and many more!!

In just 60-61 days the desert is going to erupt! Out in Nevada, a small town, known mostly for people playing cards and video games, and keeping it's secrets, will be invaded by a wild group of US!! Yes!! The EXer's are headed for LAS VEGAS! May 17th(16th for some of us)-20th we are going to show this quiet little town what a party looks like! Harrah's Hotel and Casino will be party central! If you do not have your reservations yet it is time to get a move on!! Be part of the EXcitement! If you are going to be anywhere, this is the place to be! See me for your first drink!

For details join this group! Don't sit home, and wonder what you are missing!Come be part of the fun and let those back home wonder what you are doing!!        Tommy

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/ex-weekend-2013         

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A Second Season

Posted by pir8fan Mar 15, 2013

To the people who have been doing this for a long time, there is a period of between mid-December and mid-January that we call the "quitting season"! Every year, this is the time that smokers seem to pause, and take stock of what they are doing to themselves!  This year we welcomed some very dedicated quitters who are doing an awesome job! Not only are they protecting their own quits, but they are practising "Collateral Kindness"! I have never seen a group being so supportive of those behind them, so early in their own quits! I believe that because these people are so fresh in thier quits, more of the new people, that we are getting now, can relate to those who are offering them help! It seems we are having a second quitting season! I am not implying that the wisdom of the Elders is any less important that it has always been! But now the quitting EXperience is enhanced by a combination of the seasoned veteran and those who are just finding their own way! I am EXcited by this!  And, I am prouder than ever to be a part of this community! We are getting bigger and better! That is Fantastic!

Our second wave of quitters, this year, are entering a dangerous part of thier quits! We need to be there for them as much as possible! I am seeing some familar phrases popping up! "I hope" I wish" "I will try"! These word are dangerous! Therefore I am adding some words here, that many of you have heard from me before! I copied this from a copy of a blog from long ago!

I have noticed that some of you seem to be struggling! I read a blog yesterday morning from someone who was hoping to get through the day smoke Free. I looked at it in much the same way one would look at a suicide note! I read it twice and realized that it was to late to save this quit. As it turns out, I was right! Folks please lose the junkie thinking! Lines like; I hope I can, I don't think I can, I wish I could, I do not believe I can, wish me luck. These are all signs that you are not committed! There was a time when I was not committed either, although there were a number of people who thought I should be! I have said this before and I will say it until everyone agrees with me! You have to grow a backbone where your wishbone is! Stop wishing and get it done!

Congrats to all of you who are protecting your quits, while you reach back to save those who are struggling to get to Freedom! Thank you for all that you do!                     Tommy

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Freedom Train 03/10/13

Posted by pir8fan Mar 10, 2013

Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

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

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

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

pir8fan

A huge THANK YOU!.....

Posted by pir8fan Mar 9, 2013

..... to all who responded to my question about the Freedom Train!

First of all, I want to make it abundantly clear that not one single conductor has complained to me! This was based entirely on my own observations! We have a good working arrangement about posting the Train!

The second point is, that I can confidently say, that the Freedom Train is not going into mothballs! I started the Train with the idea that if it helped just one person, it was worth the effort! After reading your responses to my blog, I think it is apparent that people are still finding motivation and committment on the Train! It is still providing a vehicle where we can celebrate our Freedom, and announce our milestones! And it shows new people that we can be happy, and celebrate without smoking! It is possible to be both Free and Happy! It also gives us a focal point to concentrate on our next milestone! And our next celebration!

Everyones thoughts and ideas will be deliberated! I think that the most important challenge the Train faces is one of advertising! We must find a way to educate our new people about the Train! We must let everyone know that they are welcome! Bring everyone into the party! I am going to focus on this! I ask all of you to share the Train with all you know, and all that you meet! Lets make this the place to be, one more time! Come to the party, and remember: "IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD                           Tommy

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Your Input please!

Posted by pir8fan Mar 8, 2013

If you missed this blog this morning, I am ask you to please take a look, and let me have your two cents worth!

Thanks            Tommy

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/pir8fan-blog/2013/03/08/what-is-the-freedom-train

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What is the Freedom Train?

Posted by pir8fan Mar 8, 2013

Good morning fellow EXer's! I hope today is a good one for all!

On the eve of my one year quit celebration 12/31/10, in a blog, I vowed to drive the train to Freedom the following year! In January of 2011 the Freedom Train became a daily blog in which I named the people I knew who were celebrating milestones on that day! 50 days,100 days and multiples, and one year and multiples! The Train would go to their hometown and "pick them up"! All of their friends and fellow EXer's would then come aboard the Train with well wishes, and food and music, to help celebrate their milestones.

After about 6 months the task of tracking everyones quit dates(with pen and paper) became more than I could keep up! Our dear Maggie steped up to help me! We quickly recruited LindaN and Marcie and soon others! Some software was now involved! The Freedom Train became(I believe) the most recognized icon of this site! People looked forward to the daily celebration of Freedom from the evils of tobacco! 100's of people joined us on our daily journey to Freedom! And no one wanted to miss their own celebration!

A number of people came to help, with the best of intentions! Cyn is still with us! The time commitment was too much for some, and others found that it was not something they really wanted to do! And that is fine! I appreciate everyones efforts! The Train continued to grow and we were tracking thousands of quit dates! It just became too much for any group to keep up with! So, we changed the format! Now, we ask everyone to come aboard and announce their own milestones, and those of their friends! And, ridership has dwindled!!

So, today I come to you to ask you if the Freedom Train should continue to ride the rails to Freedom! Each and everyday a dedicated group of people post the Freedom Train, and it still makes it daily run to Freedom! But,I see seperate blogs celebrating peoples milestones! And they are good! These celebrations once happened on the Freedom Train! My question to you is whether the Freedom Train is still wanted and needed! Is it still relevant! Please respond to this blog! Let me know your true feelings! Is the Train still helping anyone! Or should we retire it, and let our dedicated conductors go!

Thank you all for your input!!                    Tommy

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Freedom Train!!!! 03/03/13

Posted by pir8fan Mar 3, 2013

Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

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

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

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

pir8fan

My History! My Future!

Posted by pir8fan Feb 28, 2013

I was involved in a long EXchange, with someone Dear to me, today when a question arose about my formative years! It took me on a winding trip down memory lane! Back to the years B.S. (before smoking).

My sister and I were raised by my father’s parents until my grandfather passed away. After that my grandmother carried the responsibility without him! Every summer we would spend about two weeks with Aunt Lucy and Uncle Harpel on their farm! For a young boy that was as close to heaven as it could get! There were chickens to feed and eggs to gather! This was done with a careful eye toward the mean old rooster! There were hogs to feed, and hay for the mules, that worked the tobacco fields! There were cousins down the road a little ways, but I had to have an adult come and watch before I could cross the road!

Tobacco was a huge part of this rural life! All of the adults smoked! I guess I always knew that I would too! But in these days there was no thought of that! The long summer days were filled with all manner of EXploring and playing! When I was not helping tend to the animals, I was free to roam. There were no rules to limit where I could go, EXcept down to the pond! It was big and deep with no shallow edges, and Uncle Harpel had no confidence in the swimming ability of children! Plus there were some water moccasins down there! But there were woods to search and trees to climb! In the woods was a very old graveyard! The markers that could still be read were from the 1800's! There was one old grave there that had a big holly tree growing out of it! Now while adults may not give that much thought, to us kids there was a vampire buried there, with a stake of holly through his heart!

I remember fondly these days when I never walked anywhere! I ran! There was so much to do and see! And the only time that had meaning was bedtime! There was no air conditioning and the thunderstorms came on often on those hot summer nights! But I remember lying in bed and counting the seconds between the lightning and the thunder to figure how far away it struck! The sound of the rain beating on the tin roof was a symphony that is yet to be matched by mere mortals!

By the age of 11 I was smoking here and there! By 13, I was a pack a day kind of guy! The innocence of childhood faded fast! The central figure in my life became smoking! I worked hard, and played harder for the next 44 years! The constant through it all was the cigarette! I learned how to use them! The pause to light one before making an important announcement! Or, hiding behind lighting one when I needed time to think my way out of a jam! They were as much a part of me as my laugh, and the glint in my eye! I turned a blind eye to the damage they had done, and were continuing to do! I did not run anymore! I said I did not need to run from anything, or to anything! Truth of the matter was I could not run if I had to!

Yes the days of running, and climbing trees, are behind me! The old farm is probably a sub-division! But, just as surely, the days of smoking are behind me as well! Tomorrow I will awaken to a whole world of possibilities! For as sure as the sun comes up there is new life to EXplore, there are treasures to uncover, and belly laughs galore! I am Free of the nicotine addiction that held me back so long! I am ready to EXplore the future with the wide eyed innocence of that child long ago! The world is my playground and there are no chains to hold me back! For 44 long years I was a slave to tobacco! But the child that ran, and EXplored long ago lives on! He will just be walking now!

My friends, I beg each of you to hang on to your quit! Reclaim your Freedom! And I invite you to come and walk through the future with me! A future that is not clouded by Smoke! A future that is limited only by your imagination! Come, take my hand, and walk to your happiness with me!   Tommy

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