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John Burns

climber
Pothole, Utah
Mar 26, 2015 - 07:42pm PT

anyway,
all this is more easily swallowed
when my pipes they aint irrigating
adolf's piss.

cheers to you dry-folk. someday, I'll quit wetting my soul.
Poloman

Trad climber
Anna, Il
Mar 26, 2015 - 08:12pm PT
Hankster
With each passing day your endeavor will get easier. The hardest part is the change in routines and the way you socialize. It is very worthwhile.
Eventually, it will become effortless.
I have been sober for 31 years. For a very long time it has been effortless. I am so happy that I stopped when I did.
I am old enough that, by now, I would have been feeling the ill effects.
If you can do a month, you can go the distance. After a while, it won't even bother you.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Mar 27, 2015 - 12:40am PT
Psyched to see everyone is doing so well.
treez

Trad climber
99827
Apr 27, 2015 - 03:48pm PT
Nine months yesterday.

Did me a little of this to celebrate.

Credit: treez
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Apr 27, 2015 - 06:07pm PT
^^^looks like the best day eva:-)
two days for meez
and i'm runnin with it
no more stumbl'in
Thank youz for the inspirationz

3dayz.
couldn't sleep w/out routine 72oz'z
Olive'z bday tomorrowz
shez gettin a new dad
Cheerz
tremorz all day
took two handz to steer a pencil
only one thought on my mindz
and it aint balloonz
i m so d e p r e z z e d
My inspiration!
My inspiration!
Credit: BLUEBLOCR
May 6,
Had to jump back so as to count the days since the last time I was in a daze

10 TEN!!!!!!!!!! BOWWWwww!

The last 3 were rather easy being sick in bed:-(
Psyched to have my high times come strictly through breathe:-D
And I got all this extra money too nobody mentioned that$
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 27, 2015 - 06:16pm PT
hey there say, all... great to hear all the updates...

wonderful new ways for you to feel good, now...

keep up the great work... :)
eKat

climber
Apr 27, 2015 - 06:58pm PT
Sweet little guy, treeeeez!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 27, 2015 - 08:41pm PT
Having just had a climbing visit by a very dear, sober, friend made me really appreciate what I have and all the many ways that sobriety is the way for me!


Now my roommate.... Last night the sound of cracking pbr's sounded almost like hail! This morning the new toaster oven was in the backyard. I guess he showed it!

Go Bluockr!!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Apr 28, 2015 - 05:24am PT
Way to go, Blublockr.


The toaster oven story reminds me of a wonderful story one of the elder guys shared at a meeting. He was a debonair white-haired defense lawyer. Not the stereotypical oily kind getting baby-killers off, but the kind that believed with all his soul in the intent of the justice system; that all deserved a FAIR trial. Even a baby-killer.


So he tells of his last drunk, how he walked into the elevator of his Upper West Side high rise, and was immediately confronted by a POLAR BEAR! Standing tall and surely intent on mauling him.

Well, he fought back, and he fought, but he couldn't recall how he had survived.

How he ended up in jail, he wasn't sure, but apparently he put two and two together, when he was questioned once he'd slept it off. It seemed a little impossible to believe to himself, the idea that a polar bear was loose in NYC, in an elevator.....But he told his story nonetheless.

When the detective explained that he'd attacked a woman who had been wearing a full length white fur coat, he understood what had happened, that he was an alcoholic and his life had become unmanageable.....
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 28, 2015 - 11:37am PT
Hoh man! I've heard of pink elephants before but elevator cruising, polar bears?

So, I felt bad that that brave little toaster had to die for another's problems, so I fished him out of th garbage last night. I set him up this morning and made sourdough rye toast with almond butter, yum! I'll see if he's still with us or back in the gulag shortly, although at 12:30 it's probably too early for the executioner to be cognizant yet.....
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
May 30, 2015 - 07:14pm PT
I have not been on your side of this fight.

I am trying to console my daughter who just heard that her former fiance just died, very young. He had so much to offer. 35 is too young to die from the bottle, by the bottle. He wasted away to under 100 pounds on his 6'2" frame. He was a very likable, charismatic man. We embraced him as part of our family because she loved him, and we became fond of him.

I hear the guilt in my daughter's voice - why could she not inspire him to get sober? perhaps she gave up on him too soon? not soon enough? I tell her it had to come from within him. You can't choose for someone else. I hear her voice - and I can tell she thinks Mom is just trying to console her, but somehow she should have been able to do more for him.

He lost her, his business, his house. He returned to his parent's home to live. They reached out to each other from time to time. He never gave up the bottle. She offered friendship, but not the romance they enjoyed before.

I am not surprised to cry for her and the useless guilt she feels. I am surprised at how I am crying for him. I imagine how lost he and hopeless he felt.

I can't change this. This is the third death too young in our family in the last year.

FOr those of you who do struggle, know how much you are loved, and how those who love you have no idea how to help you. You matter.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
May 30, 2015 - 11:38pm PT
Nice sentiments Seamstress. And suprema!

i can't believe it's only been 35 days SOBER for me. Feels like its been 35 years worth of experiences condensed in those 35 days : ) compared to the prior 3yrs feeling like one drunk'in day : (
treez

Trad climber
99827
May 31, 2015 - 12:01am PT
Way to go blueblocker.

Just passed 10 months myself.

A good friend joined me on the wagon recently.

It doesn't feel like work at all. It feels like a lot of work I don't have to do.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
May 31, 2015 - 12:09am PT
Thanks Treez!

Give ur friend a "BEST THING I EVER DID" from me too!

AND one from my daughter tooz
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
May 31, 2015 - 01:21am PT
18 months on the 26th, still hitting 2 or 3 meetings a day, the longer i stay sober, the closer i am to my next drink, my life fits inside a shot glass, what did i have to change? nothing but everything, soul building takes work, but so does drinking, still have problems but they are twice as easy to deal with than with the sauce, fear will keep you sober for a little while, when that wears off, we have to work with others to get out if our selves, otherwise, we are back on relapse boulevard, dang, gotta ditch the user friends, them or me, no more runnin with the pack,
restraint is my number one priority as i cease to fight anyone or anything,
weed helped, had fun, but i smoked like i drank, when i run out, there i go to the liquor store, gotta get a substitute for that life, gotta change my perception of the world, ran my own life, ended up tore up from the floor up, need a new manager, otherwise i'm toast,
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 31, 2015 - 05:57am PT
Well put
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
May 31, 2015 - 10:26am PT
Seamstress, I am sorry for your sadness and your daughter's pain. Suprema wrote it right, though of course "knowing" those words are right doesn't do much to help us feel the rightness.

I have gone to just a few Al-Anon meetings, but when I did, the ability to comprehend the simple truthfulness in my powerlessness over the alcoholic/their disease was instantaneous, and the relief was considerable. Nothing like sitting in a room full of others dealing with just the same sort of issues to find consolation and acceptance that it is/was not our fault.


I'm doing good, sobriety-wise. In just under three months will be my 19th year anniversary, so long as I don't make the terribly poor choice of having a drink. I've waded through the pull of enough emotional tides now to feel confident that I can deal with life, no matter what comes, but even so, I don't take my luck in sobriety for granted. It could all be wiped away in a second.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jun 1, 2015 - 01:30pm PT
Thanks.

Convinced her that a little outdoor therapy would give her some outlet for her stress. She finally got outdoors and argued with the sky. Everyone has a struggle putting one foot in front of the other nearly every day.

Wishing peace for all.
Bushman

Social climber
Elk Grove, California
Jun 9, 2015 - 12:54pm PT
'Happiness in Short Supply'

In days gone by when I used get high,
Depleting all the world's supply,
I scared the pusher outa his mind,
When I shouted "More Weed!" in words unkind,
He slammed that door right in my face,
And the very next day he deserted the place,
Then I had a mind to quit that dope,
The cigarettes, booze, and the cannabis rope,
I went cold turkey and my wife did say,
"I like you way much better this way!"
And I ain't looked back got no regrets,
Cause the liquor and weed and the cigarettes,
Were makin me crazy and makin me sad,
Them fractures and stitches were hurtin real bad,
But none of my worries ever compared,
To troubles and woes of those that cared,
And the look they gave me was so sad,
Such wild and wicked ways I had,
So I gave it all up and turned a new leaf,
And saved us then so much grief,
So I don't smoke weed or partake of drink,
And really don't care much what folks think,
Ive smoked my share and drank my fill,
From Timbuktu to over the hill,
And really don't mind if other folks do,
Cause the grass is still green and the sky's still blue.

-bushman
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Jun 9, 2015 - 01:18pm PT
THAT'S a Beuty :^D
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