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Thank you too.......

Posted by pir8fan May 27, 2015

........ everyone who joined us for the first Game Night on the Freedom Train last night! I think a good time was had by all! I am listening for feed back! Do we want to do it again next week? Should we try a different catagory, or a different game altogether? Speak up!!

Also I want to ask everyone to continue to send up prayers for our sweet Ms.J! I tried to reach out to her today and have not heard anything, yet! I will keep you posted If I hear anything at all!

Thank you all!      Tommy

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Ms. J needs our prayers!

Posted by pir8fan May 26, 2015

I have received a message from Ms.J! She is not only in the hospital, but has been in ICU since Saturday! She is suffering dehydration and renal failure! She says that she is on the road to recovery!

Let us take a moment and pave that road with our prayers!!

Thank You           Tommy

Welcome all! Tonights game is Movie Trivia! The game has very little structure and fewer rules! If you have a trivia question, post it! If you have an answer, post it! The only thing that I ask is that no one do internet searches for answers! 

Now! Who wants to go first?

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Memorial Day!

Posted by pir8fan May 25, 2015

Today I would like to pay tribute to all of the brave men and women who gave their lives so that we can live Free!

There seems to be some a problem with private messages! I saw some people talking about it yesterday, but there are only two messages on Admin's page! Please tell me that you are not sending him PM's! If you would, please post here and let us know that last time you received a PM!

I also woud like to make you all aware of the fact that the first Game Night On The Freedom Train will be Tuesday 05/26/15! It is going to be Movie Trivia Night! It will be informal and there will be no moderator! Please post your best movie trivia questions and be prepared to answer other peoples! This game will be on the honor system! No Googling for answers! I will post the Train at about 7PM Eastern, time and the game will continue as long as we have players wanting to play! I am looking forward to a lively game! And, through this process I hope we become closer to each other in this community!

See ya Tuesday!!                           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! 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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Freedom Train 05/17/15

Posted by pir8fan May 17, 2015

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

  

Today I am seeking your help to put a new idea in motion! GAME NIGHT ON THE FREEDOM TRAIN!

Between a dear friend's comment and the joy of spending time with fellow EXer's in real life in Nashville, Orlando and Las Vegas, a new idea was born! A way to spend time together! And have fun!

Before the comments start, let me point out that I am well aware that this is a quit smoking site! However, of all those who have met at our EX togethers, not one person has relapsed! This leads me to believe that companionship, and connections beyond discussing the evils smoking, help build accountability between each other! Building that companionship and accountability is the goal of this endeavor! And having some fun!

For those who may disagree, you will not be forced to play! Nor will you be allowed to derail the Train!

For all who think this is a good Idea, please comment on this blog with your suggestions for games to play and nights that may be best! In the past there have been some scattered effort at games like Movie Trivia! That is a start! Of course we can play all kinda of trivia games! What other ideas are there? I have a suggestion for the game Two truths and One lie! What game do you like, that would translate well on line? What is the best night to play? Should we limit it to one night a week?

Let me hear from you my friends! Living Free can be more fun! Let's prove it!!        

Game Night will be brought to you by The Freedom Train! "IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"                                   Tommy

P.S.  Start making your plans for the 4th of July Bonfire!!

............I am convinced that if Hell froze over there would be less slipping and sliding than I am seeing around here lately!

There is a huge team of elders standing by that can help you stay Smoke Free! Isn't that the reason that you joined this site? Everyone, PLEASE use the resources that you have here! There is a vast storehouse of knowledge here! There are hundreds, yes hundreds, of years of quit EXperience here! Please use our EXperience and our knowledge to help you! You can do it! Do not just give your quit away! Give us a chance to help you help yourself! 

Do you want to quit, and stay quit? Come and ride the Freedom Train! Share the celebration of Freedom!

Do you want to quit and stay quit? Then grow a backbone where your wishbone is!

Do you want to quit and stay quit? Use your LIFELINES! They are very real, and they work!

#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 or text 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!

Please do not ever let me see another blog saying "I failed" or "I lost it", without first seeing a blog titled "HELP!"!

This message was brought to by: The Freedom Train! "IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"                    Tommy

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Happy Mother's Day

Posted by pir8fan May 10, 2015

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

Today 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

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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Reflections of Nashville!!

Posted by pir8fan May 9, 2015

Two weeks ago at this time I was in Nashville! And, so were you! Because you are all part of the heart and soul of this site! 18 of us were there in the flesh, and probably, at no point in history have 18 people shared so many hugs in such a short period of time! I am so very happy that I was a part of that! Friends, who had met before, all dropped their conversations to line up for hugs with their friends that they had never met before! But the conversations were so often about those of you who were not in the room! Yep, we talked about you! I hope you felt the love! And no, it was not gossip!

The time went too fast, and we did not spend enough time as a group! We were spread out in a number of different hotels, and that, in retrospect, was not a good thing! It is unfortunate that Nashville does not have enough hotels! The future of our get togethers seems to be limited to Las Vegas and Orlando! Those are places that have economical flights, and big hotels at affordable rates! There is also a piece of me that would love to do New Orleans! The bigger hotels know better how to accommodate a crowd like us! I hope that those who attended for the first time will be motivated to join us next time! 

Our numbers continue to grow, and that is great! The number of people who have made every event dwindles, and that is to be EXpected! The good news is that no one who has ever attend one of these events has ever relapsed! That alone adds tremendous value and incentive to these get togethers! But, the most amazing thing is still to see the avatars come to life! To put your arms around the person behind the words that you have read everyday!

I want to thank, Sarah for all the organizing! I also want to let you know how impressed I am with your overall health improvement efforts! You are Gorgeous!! But you were always gorgeous! And Skygirl, who not only brought a carload of beautiful women, but at great personal EXpense provided and gathering place for us and cooked a fantastic brunch! Thank you also Kathy(Strudel) for the time and Expense you devoted to that brunch as well!

Rick, it was great to see you again! It was even better to see Sue! I am so happy that she is living in Freedom with us!!

Stacie! We have been too all so far! You bring your enthusiam and love for all to each every one of these events! 

Shawn! Dreams do sometimes come true! Thank you for the chili dawgs! Now that you have met us we EXpect you to be at all future gathering! Right?

Giulia, Giulia, Giulia! It was great to finally get my arms around you! Thank you EXtending the Tennessee hospitality to me!! Memories that will last a lifetime!

Sootie! The easy comfort of spending time with your best friend! You are and always will be special to me!!

Jim and Storm! Great to meet you both! But there was just not enough time!!!

Jackie, you are a great person! I hope that I did not make you husband too jealous with all the attention I gave you! If I did tell him to get used to it! Cause I will do it again next time!

Youngatheart(Nancy) you are treasure! I insist on your attendence all future events!

DJ you are EXactaly who I knew you to be! I am so happy you came! And I hope you found an EXperence with us that you would like to repeat!

Laura and Laura! Two ladies, one name! One I had met before and one I had not! Now I am fortunate enough to know and love both! Vegas next year girls? 

Betty! My dear sweet Froguelady! The moment I laid eyes on you(Sneaking up behind us) all the memories of our time at the site flooded back! And the flood leaked a little from my eyes! I hope you know how special you are to me!

Ellen, I am so happy that I met you! The gentle hugs were small samples of the strength that you have! And a testimony to the ability to endure whatever life throws at us! I can learn from you!

There was no role call of those that have been before and could not make this trip! But they all live in my heart! Teddy, Pattycake and Cindy missed for the first time! Mistydawn is a charter member of the first event! Polynha and Smorgy, msgarengirl and Marilyn! And our dear Lisa! I so wish you all could have been there! Next time! OK?

I can't wait to see the pictures! and I cant wait to see everyone of you in Vegas!!!!             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! 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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Feeling guilty!

Posted by pir8fan May 1, 2015

Saturday night my Dear "Sweet Young Lady" LindaN fired up a cigarette and watched her quit go up in smoke! Damn this horrible addiction! Dammit! Dammit! Dammit!

Now the rest of the story!

A long time ago the Freedom Train became more work than I could keep up with! Maggie stepped up to help, and we both knew we needed more help! We recruited Marcie and LindaN! Maggie had to give up the Train for a variety of reasons! Marcie retired from the Train a while back! The senior conductoress was LindaN! I don't think anyone loved the Freedom Train more! A couple of weeks ago LindaN turned in her keys to the Train! It was a very sad day for me! In the past I have always blogged my thanks and appreciation to those who retire from this awesome service to our community! But, this time I did not! I refused to believe that she was really leaving! So, I held my tongue! I waited! That was a bad mistake!

So let me say here, LOUD and Clear: LindaN, I love you! I appreciate all you have done for me, and this great community! And, I am sorry that I waited too long to tell you that! You are the spine of so many quits here! And, you have often stiffened the backbone of my own quit! You have given so much of yourself! We all know it! I just waited too long to articulate it! I am so very sorry and I hope you will forgive me! I hope my lack of official gratitude did not contribute to your decision to smoke!

Please understand that I am not giving you an EXcuse or a pass for smoking! Whatever the reason, you made a bad choice! But that is behind you now! There is only the future in front of you! You know how to live a smoke free life! You have learned it, and you have taught it! Your keys to the Train will always be there for you! Take it for a run anytime you like! But if you choose to stay retired from the Train, I hope to see you ride everyday! Stay close to the place that your quit was born and raised! And, never doubt the love that we have for you!

Live Free my Sweet young Lady! Live Smoke Free, forevermore!  XOXOXO           Tommy

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