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Old 05-16-2007, 09:36 PM   #11
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Yes, but it wasn't a beer thread when the Kap'n started it! So I guess we highjacked his topic.

I used to work for a man who came in drunk around 10 every day, then went to lunch and
came back around 3 even worse. And he joked about it -- 100 % denial. He had grown
people in tears around the office almost every day. He cost us a lot of business,
cussing people out on the telephone -- customers!

And I could write a book full of people like that.

Then, once in a while there is a bright spot. We have a driver who spent time in prison and
generally boogered up his life somthing awful -- largely thru drink. Today he is one of
our most loyal and reliable employees. And I think he works at that, every
day, and my hat's off to him -- and anyone else who has beaten that problem.

Now, if we want to REALLY start something, we could get into the drugs that are NOT
sold in the grocery store.

I used to hire our drivers, and.... Well, another time.


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Old 05-16-2007, 11:01 PM   #12
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. . .Then, once in a while there is a bright spot. We have a driver who spent time in prison and generally boogered up his life somthing awful -- largely thru drink. Today he is one of our most loyal and reliable employees. And I think he works at that, every day, and my hat's off to him -- and anyone else who has beaten that problem. . .
I've been there, but for standing up for how we (my wife & I) should raise our children, not because of alcohol.

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Now, if we want to REALLY start something, we could get into the drugs that are NOT sold in the grocery store. . .
Um. . .yeah. . .lot's of experience on that road too, back in my younger days of stupidity. (I'm MUCH older and clean now, but haven't kicked the stupid yet , but I'm grateful for having come through as unscathed as I have! )

OOPS ! Sorry KaptnKAOS! Glad to know ya got those brake lights working again!
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Old 05-21-2007, 01:44 AM   #13
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Hey guys,

You know, I really don't mind where this thread has gone at all...
For the past 10+ years, I have worked at a drug and alcohol treatment program. I started out as a Treatment Attendant (the entry level position at the center) and am now the Intake Coordinator. I have a very short chain of command... Our Director -> My Supervisor (RN and Counsellor) -> me (Intake Coordinator). My office is the hub of our program.
The center is owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe here in WA. While it is primarily a Native American program, it is not necessary that one be Indian to attended.
Since beginning my sobriety (12+ years ago), I have helped literally hundreds of men and women get into our program where they can help dealing with the issues that lead to addiction and get their lives back.
I have seen many miracles as well as felt the disappointment when people go back to using.
Most people don't realize that drug or alcohol addiction is really not the problem, it is simply one of the symptoms of a much deeper problem.
I get to read each person's story before they enter into our program... believe me, most of us have never had to deal with the pain that many of our clients have experienced in the thier lives. I have often been touched so deeply by the stories that it has brought a tear to my eye and welling up in my throat more times than I care to count.
In most cases, a person begins to use beyond casual social use, as away to medicate undelt with pain. They simply use the substance to mask the hurt and make life bearable. It works for a while... soon however, it takes more and more of the chosen substance to get the same numbing effect... soon it doesn't work at at all and one moves to another more affective way of medicating away the pain...
The primary causes for the pain they are trying to numb themselves from most often include, unresolved grief and loss,(death, divorce and abandonment) and abuse issues (sexual, physical and emotional).
Having this basic understanding of the addictive mind set has not only allowed me to be a better advocate for our patients, but has helped me heal from my own personal baggage, and made me a much better person because of it.

Thanks for allowing the privilage of introducing myself...
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:58 AM   #14
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Well, now that we're off topic I'll chime in. I've been on the wagon for 3 1/2 years now. One of the best decisions of my life (next to building a skoolie)
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:32 AM   #15
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BRAVO! to both of you, and to all the others who've licked & kicked it, and are moving forward with their lives!
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:36 PM   #16
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Re: Old Skool's Got brake lights !!!

One important thing I have to add:

PLEASE DO NOT MOUNT GAS CANS OR PROPANE TANKS DIRECTLY BEHIND THE REAR BUMPER! THE RESULT COULD BE A TRAGEDY!
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:41 AM   #17
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Re: Old Skool's Got brake lights !!!

Actually, my plan is to extend the bumper out 2 feet.
Then fill the gap with either tongue and groove flooring or steel plate so I can mount a propane tank and a couple of 5 gal gerry cans in the back. It seems that having them mounted like that, there might be a little danger involved.
But don't really see how it would be any more dangerous than driving a standard auto.

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