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Old 07-19-2018, 06:25 AM
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Good to hear from you guys. I lurk here once in a while but rarely post anymore. Busy with work and I've been seeing quite a few shows this summer, running away on weekends to enjoy live music. I signed up for an online writing class - contemplative writing - pretty interesting. I've written a lot of short stories, or the beginnings of stories. That and meditation seem to be honing the brain - all that scattered creativity of early sobriety is starting to take form. Instead of haiku and poetry I'm more inclined to write for extended periods, and not much about alcohol or substance abuse. My mind is pretty settled. It's interesting to write from groundedness as opposed to angst and anxiety. Anyway... I hope all is well in Canada and Australia... Things are weird and getting weirder here in the states. Time will tell. I'll keep voting, make donations here and there, but damn, hard to know where we're heading. Idiocracy. Yipyaw.
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Old 07-20-2018, 04:07 PM
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All good here Jack - winter here - it's very temperate tho.

Hi Zero - just so you know, we had to place a ban on talk of politics here last year - people tend lose their minds when the subject comes up, whatever side of the fence they be on.

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Old 07-20-2018, 07:11 PM
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No problem, Dee. I kept it pretty vague.
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:17 PM
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well, I've seen posts say less and still cause trouble.
Words like Idiocracy don't go down well.

Rather than removing posts, I'd rather count on your cooperation

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Old 07-21-2018, 06:30 AM
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True enough. Funny movie, though.
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Old 08-18-2018, 07:03 PM
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Still lurking, Zero? If so: Hi!
Not much in a big picture update here. Re-subscribed to the New Yorker. It comes every week to my rural mailbox. Love it! Like the short stories, the fiction., among all the other stuff. Great story about a couple in a car evacuating in the face of an oncoming storm. You squirm at their relationship as it first presents and then magic happens, and you embrace them. I love good imaginative short fiction writers.
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:51 PM
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good to 'see'you Jack

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Old 09-08-2018, 07:39 AM
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Hey Jack, Dee...

I lurk here once in a while, a random post here and there, try to stir up trouble. Lol.

I took a writing class this summer, and I'm over 100 pages into a novel. Long story. Well, it's a novel.

Crazy to think I'm creeping up on 5 years sober. It was fall, 2013, that I did any drugs, and then alcohol came last at Christmas. Last night I went to an open mic and played a few tunes, then hung out at the bar for over an hour BSing with old drinking buddies. It's to the point now that I can enjoy being with people who are drunk, I can get silly and not be too self-conscious. Most people don't notice I'm drinking club soda. But I didn't stay late. I value my sleep. And mornings...

Anyway, hope y'all are well. I gotta go mow the lawn. Yippee.
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:30 PM
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What, in a nutshell, do you think this novel might end up being about, Zero? Although, I understand that you're not a nutshell kind of guy. Good for you for jumping into fiction. I'm currently reading The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner. Brilliant but brutal. Visit to grandkids and family in Montreal this weekend. Lovely city. Must work on my French. Heatwave last week, tonight it's chilly and time to light a fire. As the world turns.
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:09 AM
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Good to hear from you. The novel is kind of future/Vonnegut/Atwood... Dee wouldn't want me to explain it here. Might make somebody mad. Absurdist political comic drama. Off topic, don't ya know. Lol.
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:14 PM
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Any December 2013ers out there these days? Did I scare you all off? Lol. Hope you are well. I'll have five years sober in a few weeks. Planning my sixth sober NYE... Get down to the funky beat, y'all...
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:40 PM
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congrats Zero

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Old 12-14-2018, 04:16 PM
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Good stuff, Zero. It's been fun and interesting and heart wrenching, at times, to follow your well-reported journey. You do write well. With honesty and humor. Humor even under extremely challenging circumstances. I hope the others who passed through this room are all alive and balanced. I'm doing well. Still a winehead. But healthy and happy in my life as it is. Family flourishing. More wonderful grandkids. Still happily working as the big seven oh approaches. Still love the Rolling Stones. Bill Frisell. Glenn Gould. And my daughter put me onto listening to podcasts by Sam Harris, which I've been so much enjoying, listening on my earbuds as I work. I like the way he parses things out; he plays out ideas like analyzing a chess board. (Speaking of chess, I was happy to see Magnus Carlsen squeek another world championship victory recently). Hope the novel's going well. And the music. And the job. Again, congrats.
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Old 12-14-2018, 04:32 PM
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Happy Holidays Jack

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Old 12-14-2018, 06:28 PM
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You, too, Dee. You're moving toward your longest day, as we move toward our shortest. All the best. Thanks for your good work.
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Old 12-16-2018, 01:16 PM
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Good to hear from you, and that you are "healthy and happy with life as it is." I have to admit the novel is kind of stalled out. Just freaking busy. I got a good start on it during a few days in a cabin last summer, but struggling with a regular writing practice or schedule. Slow going, but not abandoned. Good to hear you stay interested in family, music, the world. I've passed five years for all drugs other than weed and alcohol. Winter solstice will mark five years without weed, and St. Stephen's Day marks my last alcohol. Right now I'm just tired, so I'm gonna watch football and not feel guilty about it. Ciao!
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Old 12-16-2018, 02:18 PM
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Guiltless enjoyment can be a challenge. If it's daytime, I find it takes a lot of effort for me to lay down on a couch and read a New Yorker without somehow feeling that I'm doing something lazy and illicit. If it's dark: no prob. Darkness, in that case, can be merciful.
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Old 01-20-2019, 03:16 PM
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Quick check in to a favorite spot. Snow storm, frigid temperatures, slightly aching back from blowing out long driveway with a determined, if ancient snow blower. This time last week, was soaking up sun and sea in a small beautiful place in Cuba. Technology, and air travel make spectacular transitions possible, and kind of easy these days. I see that parts of Australia are dealing with heat verging on 50C! I can't imagine. We get drowsy, grumpy and sweaty at 32C. It is our wall, beyond which civilized discourse segues into selfish comfort-seeking. Life is still good, though the challenges of my vice still dog me. Significant birthday coming soon: 70. Planning a trip to Italy with Irish friends. I guess I'm doing a lot of absorbing at the moment. I still feel 40ish. Which I gather is the norm for much ageing. All the best to you guys.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:09 AM
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Good to hear from you. It sounds like you're getting in some travel and enjoyment. Those are good things. I'm still trying to figure out how to slow down. Just too much going on. Feeling a need to eliminate some things, but don't know what, don't know how. But, I am going to a music fest this weekend. Enjoy Italy!
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Clear night sky. Cold. Blustery. Fireplace. Warm house. Finishing Arbitrary Stupid Goal, By Tamara Shopsin. Wonderful, funny memoir. Her father, Kenny, just died. Great portrait of Greenwich Village in the 60's to the 80's. Kenny sounds like the inspiration for Seinfeld's Soup Nazi. I guess that I shouldn't be treating this as a book reading group, but, hey: what's lost? Check out the Shopsins.
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