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Old 04-30-2015, 11:30 AM
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At least it gave me a chance to read everybodys posts.

Congratulations on 6 months Bernie, you're a champ

Long weekend here in Blighty. I'm going to be spending some of it with daughter 2.0 who is off to work in the US on Thursday.

I have a friend who is a year older than me who has just announced that he is getting married for the 3rd time. Wants to have a Stag Weekend in Tallinn, Estonia. No way I could go to that. I wonder why he wants to make such a big deal about it, I mean he's had two already.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:42 AM
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BigS - do you have those plants in the pics? Beautiful. I come from a culture with decorative plants and gardens, so I love it.
Yes haennie, those are all my plants. I have a total of 10 on my rooftop terrace and 5 on my side porch. Most of my potted plants contain at least 3 species of plants in each pot - you gotta mix and match. "Fill, spill, and thrill" is the name of the game! When I got here 1 year ago it was completely empty, I've worked on the project here and there and built it slowly over time. It's a never-ending hobby, always something to tinker with, fix, adjust, etc. Working with my plants is my go-to "nothing else to do" hobby. Guess how I used to fill that kind of time? On the couch with a bottle.

Good to see everyone on the bus, new faces and old. This weekend I've got to clean - I'm subletting my house to a couple from San Fran for the next week! I'm taking the opportunity to head up to the Western Highlands and Lake Atitlan for the entire week next week, I rented a great apartment up there on the lake. Perfect trade-off. It's tough sledding to get there: a 2-hour car trip, then a boat ride to a small lake town, then a 30-minute hike (with what's bound to be a huge backpack) along the shore and up the mountain to the cabin. Pretty extreme but so worth it. Keep living sober folks! Adventure awaits outside of the bottle.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:53 AM
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Sounds exciting Big Somb.

Mesa it just occurred to me that I recognised a name in the Beverly H's cast list - is that THE Max Baer, the heavyweight?
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:08 PM
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It is his son, Max Baer, Jr. He recently died, as I recall.
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:28 PM
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I wondered where you were Sao!
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:29 PM
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Hi, everyone! Ruby suggested this thread to me, and it looks AWESOME so count me in!
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:33 PM
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Saoutchik ~

Good Eye, Sir! Max Baer Sr. the Boxer was 'Jethro's' Father, if my Scotched-out Memory isn't totally shot. See Max Baer Jr. here in this short Clip as he ventures into the Casino Biz, and signs plenty of Autographs, I would guess. I just saw Gilmer's Comment as this Posted. Wiki indicates Max Baer Jr. is still alive. MB Sr. is long gone...

~ Max Baer Interview ~

Ruby2 ~

Thanks for the reminder on Behan's Gender. I was pretending we were Married, and not paying attention to anything she says or Posts.-) So much for waking up about 4:30 this morning and Posting. Kinda like Texting Hammered, but I can blame no Coffee for my daily gaffe today. Stay tuned for others; they're inevitable.

Haennie ~

My last Corporate Trip circa 2002 was to Brazil to research the Cellphone Biz there. I shaved. When in Brazil... I also had some fee_nominal BBQ. They haul Meats around to your Table, and carve them there. Incredible! From the mid-price Hotel I booked, I copped the Design idea of a Glass Shower Door that just clears the Tile. No Water leaks out, and you don't have any 'humps' under the Shower Door. I designed our Solar Retirement House to be Geezer-compatible, and Barrier-free.

I took the Cable Car up to this Site and had a 'Pop' with Folks from all over the World while watching Sunset. Amazing place...

The Vocal delivery in this Song always reminded me of Bill Murray doing his cheesy Nightclub Singer Schtick on SNL.


'Rio' ~ Duran Duran
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:11 PM
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Thanks Gilmer and Mesa (I thought he looked a bit young and not "bashed up").

Thanks Della - yeah stuck on a train no fun

Welcome noexcuse - I think Ruby is awesome
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:13 PM
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I'm in.

This is a bank holiday weekend...not sure what I'm going to do with myself. I'm thinking of going to the cinema.

I have just come back from an aftercare meeting and there were a few new faces. Two of them shared their stories...and I'm still speechless. And I think I have problems...

Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones...
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Beeraholic View Post
Looking forward to my 3rd straight sober weekend... The only three sober weekends in at least 10 years. I'm in!
Welcomed beeraholic! To both SR and the Weekender!

Wow... Under ten posts.

We love to chat and show that living sober can be as Fulfilling as we want it to be.

Please check in often and share what you might be up to. Lots of support here.

And to all the newer folks. Jump right in. No rules. No worries you are off topic. No real topics but to get each other through a sober weekend!

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Old 04-30-2015, 01:31 PM
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Hi, everyone! Ruby suggested this thread to me, and it looks AWESOME so count me in!
Welcome noexcuse! Ruby is not wrong. This is an awesome group of sobrietists all living sober! Join in all you want!

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BigS.... You make me feel like I can let loose and do anything. I have such OCD issues that I am not sure I can sublet my residence out. Lol

Thanks for being here and sharing. I love being on your adventures with you. Well not with you. I mean I cannot see in your room right now. That would be creepy. Well for you anyway. But I get off topic. Thanks for sharing!
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Hi noexcuse ....glad you joined us for a sober fun weekend.

I'm having a siesta from work and will return in a little while. Not a bad week and it's almost done already. How time flies.

Confidence is not one of my strong points...but I'm working on it.
gotta run, see you all tonight.
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I have such OCD issues that I am not sure I can sublet my residence out. Lol
The trick is to just stuff all the dead bodies in the broom closet, then lock it with a double-bolt and hide the key in the bushes. Guests are none the wiser.

Thanks Weas, it's really great to be getting out into the great beyond and I'm glad to be able to share it with you guys. I don't really have anyone else to share it with! Sometimes I like it that way, though. I don't need to have one of those "Look At Me Travel!" blogs. Seems like every 20-something who books a ticket abroad thinks they are the first person to have done so. Millenials, yeesh. I simply tell people close to me what I'm up to from time to time. Some are interested, others are not.

I do hope to inspire some newcomers. I felt like my chance to start over had come and gone as I slipped into alcoholism. But, when I saw others in sobriety living well, looking good, and living their dreams...I thought there might just be hope for me yet. It's nice to see so many people here doing that!
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I forgot to mention that a couple of months ago, a few second year medical students asked our therapist if they could come in at the end of our aftercare meeting and ask us some questions as they were doing a project. Our therapist put it to us, and we had no problem with that.

Today our therapist told us he had a call from the university lecturer who organised the session. The young medical students couldn't believe "that they were all so normal"...

I was highly amused. Ah.. to be so young and innocent again..
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"I have such OCD issues that I am not sure I can sublet my residence out. Lol "

I know what you mean Weasel. Guys living on their own for any length of time go either disgustingly squalid or obsessively clean.

I let my flat out during the Olympics to a delegation from Gabon. Happy days! The joy of earning a ridiculous amount of money for 10 whole weeks for minimum work, I could get used to being capitalist scum.

BigS you made me laugh, I have an underground river and a canal near me so getting rid of the bodies is easy

Tetra, I love your posts
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Weekenderrrrrs!

Over 6 months ago, I dreaded weekends. They were so tough and repeatedly ended with me feeling guilty and regretful on Sunday evenings...Bleh. Now, I look forward to them and the opportunity to recharge. It DOES get easier.
To get through the first few, I kept a sober toolkit (backpack) in the trunk of my car. It had books/magazines,, chocolate, seltzer, earbuds, walking shoes, sunscreen,...anything I could think of that I could lean on for a replacement escape from cravings. I walked a LOT and allowed myself (a notorious people pleaser) the freedom to tell others that I was busy and needed to move along when cravings got strong. There were a few white lies thrown out about my availability, but no harm done. I Had to remind myself that it's not only OK, but necessary, to put my well-being first for once.
Newly sober friends, You got this. Spoil yourself this weekend. Stay close. This is an awesome group to spend the weekend with. Again, it does get easier. ***pinky promise***
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Hello there. Everyone sounds so chipper this weekend. I'm having fun working all the time! It's true the early season is the best. This time of year is so full of hope.
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Saw this thread recommended somewhere...

I'm not sure it counts as a weekend, as I don't work your typical 9-5, but I'm in anyways! Working Saturday, but that still leaves Friday and Sunday
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Just want to say that work is a whole lot less stressful now that I'm not going everyday with crippling alcohol induced withdraw anxiety. Night and day difference. This weekend bus helps a ton. Ya'll rock.
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