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YOU WERE THERE!!!

Posted by pir8fan May 28, 2013

I am sure that most of you are ready to put the Las Vegas trip to bed! But, I cannot let it rest without sharing one more piece of information! Those of you who think you were not there, you were!

As we gathered and talked about our community, you were there!! Over and over I heard your names and knew that your contributions were represented! Your words echoed through all of our conversations! Dale and Giulia skyped in, but that was a small part of their overall contribution! Sootie was there! Her wisdom travels with me everywhere! Maggie, Marcie, Cyn, LindaN, you were a part of the conversation! Especially when the Freedom Train was mentioned! Ex Nancy, Youngatheart! I heard about you and your contributions! Peggy and Mother Goose! SmokedOut, and Sheryl! Shawn and JoAnne!! Kris and Carenda! Names I heard time and time again! Niki! You were there too! I guess you did not make it into anyone suitcase, but you traveled in our hearts! Sheri, you are no longer at the site, but you showed up in Vegas! And Dawn! While you have left this earth to go to your reward, your influence on people here represented you well! Kellie, and Kelly! JoJo and JoJo! Owlfeather, and Aztec! Joni, and Thomas! Froguelady, Bonnie and Mike!! Lady Hycinth, not sure where you are these days, but you were in Vegas last week! Brenda and Judy (aka !)! Lisa and IrishRose! Yep, you were with us!

I wish I had the time, and the memory, to list everyone who was mentioned by name! But the truth of the matter is that you were all there! If you have ever offered help to anyone here, or you have ever given anyone here a chance to help you, then you are a part of the "Collateral Kindness" that makes this place work! That is what makes this community! "Helping ourselves by helping others! What a way to quit! What a way to live!" The fact that this place works is what makes it possible for us to come together as a family in person! There were no strangers in Vegas! And, there will be no strangers at the next get together! For we are all family! And we are all in this together! Orlando is next! Try to be there in person! But, if you can't, know that you will still be there!

A wonderful family has formed because of "Collateral Kindness" and N.O.P.E. and N.E.F. and Focus and Determination, and "We Don't Do That Anymore! Stay with us my friends! The best is yet to come!!    Tommy

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Freedom Train 05/26/13

Posted by pir8fan May 26, 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

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Viva Las Vegas!

Posted by pir8fan May 24, 2013

Elvis and Ann Margret did that in 1964, I believe! BecomeanEXer's did the remake in 2013! I saw them both, and the second one was better!

What a challenge! I am going to try to describe one of the most moving EXperiences of my life, without making the people that missed it feel any worse than they already do! OK! I am not that good! So let me apologize in advance to those of you who were not there!

I arrived at Harrah's after flying in a very hot plane from Chicago, and waiting in a long line at the rent a car center! I am ashamed to say that my deodorant did not live up to the challenge! I was not about to show up at the pool smelling like a goat, so I went to my room first and washed up, and changed clothes! I knew that everyone who was there, were waiting by the pool! So, I rushed down there to make my appearance! The pool closed 15 minutes before I got there! (My thinking) That is OK, I will call Cindy and ask where they went! Where the hell is my phone? Oooops, left it in the room! Raced back upstairs and found my phone! Hey Cindy where are you! "We are in Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar!". Dammit! That was 40 feet from the door to the pool! I saw it! Should have looked inside! Back down stairs! Hurry up elevator! Rushed to the bar, and stopped just inside to let my eyes adjust! And suddenly time slipped into slow motion!

I heard Cindy scream my name! Everyone looked at me! Not just EXer's but the whole place! Cindy ran to me in slow motion, and the hugs started! Four days later the hugs had not stopped! Rick and all his crew were there! Stacy was there also! Soon we would be joined by SkyGirl and Teddy! And the next day by MistyDawn and Patty-Cake! And Sarah and her husband! And at long last, the one and only, Strudel! In the place where dreams are made and broken, Avatar’s came alive! The weekend had started! The people to whom you had sent the cyber hugs and kisses were suddenly flesh and blood! There were no awkward moments of getting to know each other, for that had happened many smoke Free days ago!

There were margaritas for some, and milkshakes for others! There was fine food and cheap snacks (that were not cheap), there was music, and there was the buzz of the gaming from the casino! There was all of the Glitz and Glamor of Las Vegas! There were distractions everywhere! But above it all was internal "radar?" that kept us connected! In a huge casino and hotel, we never had a problem seeing each other, or finding the one we were looking for! Somebody, tell me how that happens!??

The brunch party in SkyGirl and Teddy’s suite was the main event, that no one saw coming! Sky printed our first blogs (actually a couple of mine)! Dale and Giulia skyped with us, and brought an extra ray of happiness to the room! Then, the most moving part of our trip! We went around the room and read what SkyGirl had printed! There were chocked voices, and tears in every eye! We looked back at the people we used to be, in those printed words, occasionally looking up, and into the eyes of the people who helped us become who we are!!! You had to be there! I don't think I can put the emotions into mere words!

Sunday we went for the Champagne Brunch Cruise! It was awesome, but we had all found so much more than we came to Vegas looking for! We had found the LOVE that only a family can find in each other! We had discovered a CARING that crosses the lines of all demographics! We had found the MAGIC that is BecomeAnEx!

How appropriate that no one gave second thought to having our next event in Orlando! The home of Disney World! The land of The MAGIC Kingdom! Anyone who was in Vegas will tell you "DON'T MISS THIS ONE"!!   

Tommy

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If You Look at My Page.....

Posted by pir8fan May 14, 2013

........... You will find a picture of me, and Dawn. As I head off to Las Vegas this week to meet a group of our fellow EXer's in person, I am reminded of the first EXer that I met in 3D! That was Dawn! And reason we met was to try and plan a get together of EXer's in Florida! Our plan never really grew legs, but the evening was the beginning of a very special, and somewhat unlikely friendship! Dawn was perhaps the most devout person I have ever know! I, on the other hand, am sometimes a bit flippant about my beliefs!

What we did share was a similar sense of humor, and a love of life! During the last year of Dawn's life I had the priviledge of spending a lot of time with her, even though it was a 7 hour round trip to see her! I saw her suffer in pain in the hospitals, and I saw her rejoyce on Christmas Eve, in a church, where we managed to get together with all three of her daughters, and her two Grandaughters! Her last Easter Sunday was spent at the House of Blues Sunday Gospel Brunch! The memory of her head thrown back, and her hands clapping to the music, will alway live in my head!! Oh, how she loved the Lord!

I listened to this brave Lady talk about her cancer, and the effects of the drugs that she had to take! Through this all, she never once ask "Why Me?".

One year ago today, our Sweet Sister in Freedom went to her reward! Through the medical trials I have faced in this past year I have know that there was one Special Angel watching over me! And, when the end comes for me, I hope I can handle it with the dignity and class that my Friend Dawn demonstrated!

Many of you knew Dawn! Many of you never did! Below is a link to the blog that I posted one year ago! I ask you all to take a moment today to remember our Sister Dawn.

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/pir8fan-blog/2012/05/14/dawn-krupa-rest-in-peace-my-dear-dear-friend

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

For All of You, Mothers!

Posted by pir8fan May 11, 2013

All of you Mother's, and I think most of you know who you are, may I have your attention!!!!

Tomorrow is a special day set aside to pay tribute to you and all of your virtues! The virtues of a Mother are far too numerous to list! I suspect that the job is part instinct, and part learned behavior. And where does one learn such behavior? From your Mother. So first of all, everyone of you lovely ladies are a walking tribute to the person that taught you to be a Mother.

Then there are your children. They love you!! They appreciate the nights you stayed up with them when they were sick. They remember the nights you could not sleep until they were home safe. They remember the times you laughed, and cried with them. Or just let them talk. They may tease you and call you a martyr. But they know! They may not express it very well, but they know! You are the only source they can count on for unconditional Love. There will be times when your children will not like you, and times that you will not like them very much. But they know! You will never stop loving them. From you they will learn to love themselves, and learn to love others. So, it may be true that all the love in the world first comes from Mothers.

I would like to take this moment to salute all the Mothers here, that bring love to this site everyday, It is fitting that there is a day set aside to honor you. And, I would like to wish all of you a very, very HAPPY SMOKE FREE MOTHERS DAY!!!!!!!! Thank you for the Love you bring here!!!!!! Tommy

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Freedom Train 05/05/13

Posted by pir8fan May 5, 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

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