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Living the Dream!

Posted by pir8fan May 30, 2014

Langston Hughes wrote long ago: "What Happens to a Dream Deferred"! The answer does not matter! Unless you defer your dream! The Dream is Freedom! And you are the only one who can defer your dream! We can encourage you! We will be here for you, when you need a reminder! But, it is your dream! And you can live it! If you want it!

So, what happens to a dream deferred? As I read it, nothing good! 

  
   

What happens to a dream deferred?

  
  
   

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

  
  
   

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

  
  
   

Or does it explode?

  
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Freedom Train 05/25/14

Posted by pir8fan May 25, 2014

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! 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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SHERI!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

                             
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Can You Imagine?

Posted by pir8fan May 20, 2014

If you are a football fan this will be easy! If not you might have have a little harder time with this one!

Imagine, if you can, The Hubert H, Humphrey Metrodome in Minnesota(Picture below), with people filling it to capacity! A butt in every seat, if you wiil! A huge crowd of 64,000 people! Imagine all of them simultaneously pulling out a cigarette and lighting it up and smoking it to the end! Imagine, if you will that huge cloud of smoke!

That, my friends, is EXactaly the amount of smoke that has not been processed by my lungs in the last 1600 Days! There is no way to estimate the damage that would do! However with the health problems I have endured because of smoking, I think it is safe to assume that I would no long be walking among you! And, I for one, am very glad that I am still here! Some may disagree, and that is OK too! 

What I am getting to here, in my usual round about way, is that I want to send out a big THANK YOU to this site, and all  of you who have helped me stay FREE for 1600 Days! No matter how long you have been here, you are a part of my success! Some helped me stay on track in the early days! Many have kept me Focused by allowing me to help them! Many have bolstered my Determination by showing me what failure looks like! All of you have contributed, in one way or another, to my success! You are the sails that catch the wind and propell me through life! I want to invite all of you aboard the Freedom Train today!( https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/ShawnP-blog/2014/05/20/tuesdays-freedom-train-52014 ) Come and share this FUNTASTIC VOYAGE to FREEDOM with me and all your neighbors in EXville!              Tommy

 

                             
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Freedom Train 05/18/14

Posted by pir8fan May 18, 2014

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! 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

  

Good morning Fellow EXer's! There is one among us you deserves special recognition today! Our Sweet Sister Lisa has hit the 1000 Day mark! I am here today to hold the door to the Quad Squad open for her!

                             
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   Welcome Lisa,!!! We have saved a seat for you!! 
  
   Don't forget your Special Orlando Party Hat!! Many X's and O's! And Very warmest Regards!! 
  
   
                                           
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

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My, How Time Does Fly

Posted by pir8fan May 14, 2014

Good morning fellow EXer's! Two years ago today I came to this site to inform you that our Dear Sister in Freedom, Dawn had gone to her reward.(see link below) As I look around the site today I realize that most of you never knew her! She was the first site member that I ever met in person, and while we were very different in a lot of our thinking, we became very good friends! To this day, the last photo of us together graces my home page at this site!

The memory of her death, two years ago, serves to remind me today that life goes on Smoke Free or not! Good things will happen to, and because of us! Very bad things will happen to and because of us! It is life! And, good or bad, no matter which we face, life is better when we can face it Smoke Free!

In the last two years many of you have faced horrible things. So many of you have done this and not used your plight as an EXcuse to smoke. Some of you have faltered and recoved, and are living Free today! Some have used "life" as an EXcuse to return to addiction. I hope you can find your way back to Freedom.

Our Dawn was a fine EXample of of facing life, and sticking to your committments! During the last year and a half of her life she fought a cancer that has no cure. She knew she was going to die. And she lived in constant pain. But, never once did she back down from her two big commitments in life. Her faith in God, and her committment to never smoke again. A doctor once ask her how she knew she would never smoke again, and she replied "Because, I would rather die than smoke another cigarette!". That is committment! As far as her faith, a few weeks before she died, one of her daughters did something that made her proud, and she told me (not for the first time) "I am His favorite, I tell you!" In spite of the pain and suffering she was going through, she still believed she was God's favorite child!

Today, I hope that every one of us can find strength to stand by our committments the way my friend Dawn stood by hers! Understand, my friends, that the burdens that life piles on us are not reasons to smoke! The celebrations that life offers us are not reasons to smoke! There are no reasons to smoke!

Live life out loud my friends! And, live it Smoke Free!               Tommy

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! 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

Mother's Day 2014

Posted by pir8fan May 10, 2014

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

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. Your own 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 when 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 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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Going North!

Posted by pir8fan May 4, 2014

Tomorrow, when I leave work, my truck will be full of gas, and my luggage and CPAP machine loaded aboard! I will dirve North to the happiest place on earth! I wish I could take you all with me!

I am going to spend a couple of days at Disney World! The highlight of the trip will be my Tuesday at EPCOT! It is always fun to see Mickey and the gang! Of course my favorite character is Belle, from Beauty and the Beast. However, the thing I find myself looking forward to the most is the opportunity to hear my favorite singing group! Back in world Showcase different countries of the world display their culture and cusine. In The American Adventure A group of singers preform, a cappellla, a variety of song that track the history of our culture! If you have never heard them, it is worth the trip!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The Voices of Liberty

http://youtu.be/cHY8qYdBulw

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Freedom Train 05/04/14

Posted by pir8fan May 4, 2014

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! 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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Need a little Luck?

Posted by pir8fan May 1, 2014

You will find Luck at the intersection of Opportunity and Preperation

At this site you have the Opportunity to draw on the EXperience of successful quiters! Preperation! Prepare yourself by learning all you can about your Addiction! Put the two together and you have your Luck! EXcept around here we call it FREEDOM!       Tommy

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