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  1. Back in 2016, a buddy and I went to see Mr. Lahey and Randy from Trailer Park Boys do a comedy show at a VFW in Bristol, Tennessee (the No Pants Unpissed tour). I knew that the TPB cast were friends with the Hip, since they appeared in the video for “The Darkest One.”

    Well, they were doing a bit on the differences between Canadians and Americans or whatever and during the briefest of pauses, I yelled out “Gord Downie!” John Dunsworth stopped the bit cold and said he wanted to tell the crowd about a great Canadian that many of them had probably never heard of. He talked a little about the Hip for context, but mostly about the work Gordie had done for the First Nations community in documenting the tragedy of their forced cultural assimilation via the residential schools. He then went on to tell them about Gordie‘s illness and how he will always be remembered as a fine musician and a humanitarian. Very cool moment. 

    Postscript: I spent the 10 bucks for the meet and greet after the show and when I went up to them, Randy saw my Tragically Hip T-shirt (quite possibly the only one in all of East Tennessee), grinned, and said, “That was you, wasn’t it?”

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  2. Love the Hip. I got into them when I was at Penn State. It was crazy that I could see them in Philly or DC playing at an SRO club in front of 200-300 people. If you got there early enough, you could find yourself standing directly in front of Gordie. Then, when I would catch them in Canada, they would be selling out an NHL arena. I actually got to see them in Ottawa on the Man Machine Poem tour in what would be their second to last show. They were just a fantastic band, and I always smile when I see somebody mentioned them around here. 

    ETA: I just found out a month or two ago that the Hip have a dedicated station on SiriusXM, fwiw. 

  3. On 1/16/2021 at 10:15 PM, KGB said:

    req access again

    Hang in there for just a bit. It seems like Mr. Ham hasn’t been around for quite awhile and may not be part of the forum anymore. If that’s true, I hope he knows that I wish him well and appreciate his friendship and support.

    I will see if I can figure out how to do another Google docs tracker and invite the others to use that one instead.

  4. On 12/30/2020 at 11:32 PM, KGB said:

    Finally have some time off, (excuse)  will be working on this soon

    The spreadsheet has been really helpful for me - even if that’s not necessarily reflected in my line. Like @Mr. Ham said above, it’s about accountability. I’ve been lying to myself for many years now, and God knows I’ve lied to those around me. But I do not lie to the spreadsheet. I can now see quantitatively the extent of my situation, which will inevitably make it easier to chip away at a little bit at a time. 

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  5. 16 hours ago, Bracie Smathers said:

    #95  Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection

    Before anyone says the song is from 1970 it isn't. 

    It charted in May of 1970 but it was released in October 1969.

    I had never heard this song until I saw the movie, but I was born in 1977 so I’m kind of a late bloomer in this crowd.

    ETA: This is also, without question, my favorite bass line to play.

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  6. 1 hour ago, AAABatteries said:

    Good luck Honus.  If you don't mind me asking - do you see Alcohol Use Disorder and Alcoholism to be one in the same?  If not, can you explain how you see the differences? 

    The reason I ask is I'm not sure I've ever heard that phrase before.

    I am using those terms interchangeably. I guess to me, alcohol use disorder doesn’t seem to have the same negative stigma attached to it.

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  7. Yes, this is the same as alcoholism. I just wanted to start a new thread for those of us who are really struggling or for those who can offer helpful insights. I figured it would be simpler without the pole, focused more on folks for whom this is a real, life-affecting issue. 

    I am one of those people. 

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  8. OK, one last thing and then I will be quiet, thoughI have to admit I like that this is bringing my post count up.

    Loving the idea of a color scheme for quick reference. I’m just wondering if you mean:

    Green = 0 / Yellow = Less than or equal to daily goal / red = More than daily goal
    OR Green = achieved a daily goal / yellow = missed daily goal / red = missed daily goal abysmally

  9. 3 minutes ago, Mr. Ham said:

    1 ounce hard stuff =

    5oz wine =

    12oz beer

    Let’s keep it in number of drinks. Yes, there can be a range of proofs and alcohol by volume, but let’s keep it that simple.

    Set the number of drinks instead of ounces, and I’ll set the number of drinks instead of glasses.


    I think Google says 1.5 oz, but we can make it one. I know I’m splitting hairs, I just want to get this stuff sorted out from the very beginning.

  10. 1 minute ago, Mr. Ham said:

    1 ounce hard stuff =

    5oz wine =

    12oz beer

    Let’s keep it in number of drinks. Yes, there can be a range of proofs and alcohol by volume, but let’s keep it that simple.

    Set the number of drinks instead of ounces, and I’ll set the number of drinks instead of glasses.


    OK, that will work.

  11. 7 minutes ago, Mr. Ham said:

    You did great. You’re free to track in any way that helps you, but I made a couple quick edits to make it simpler.

    One, when you’re at or under your goal, which you set in oz, that’s a green box, not red. And to simplify, I just reduced your more detailed accounting to a single sum for number of ounces.

    I happen to be tracking in glasses of wine, not ounces, and I’m defining that as a 5oz pour. (There are 25oz in a 750ml bottle.) Occasionally, I may substitute a 12oz beer for a 5oz glass of wine, but same limits apply. 

    I also decided to give myself an extra glass on weekends, so tracking on two rows instead of your one (one for weekdays, one for weekends.)

    Feel free to ignore the suggestion and track it anyway you want. 

    Notice in my legend on the sheet, I allow for a yellow box, which I labeled “Better than fail.” 

    You can define that any way you want, but for me if I had 3 glasses instead of two, I’d like to distinguish that from when I drink the full bottle. That way having a bunch of red boxes actually means more in terms of going off rails. 

    Ideally we see mostly green, and some yellow. Of course, all of us will mostly likely have a share of red. My one ask, and I’ll abide by it, is under no circumstances edit the truth. Document what you actually did. We don’t really know each other. There is no judgment.

    That’s fantastic, i’ve probably said too ambitious a goal as I am tapering (terrified of DTs) so I will probably have more red unless I temper my expectations.

    One line will be enough for me since weekdays and weekends are all about the same in my life.

    One thing though, sometimes I drink the hard stuff, and sometimes I drink beer. Sometimes I drink both. How do you think I should itemize that?

  12. 46 minutes ago, Mr. Ham said:

    Got it. Invite sent.

    Let me know if you can access and edit without a Gmail account. (I’m not really sure.)

    Though if people want to email me, I can just update for everyone’s behalf if it’s read only.

    Please let me know what happens when you get the invite.

    Hey, I’ve never used Google docs before. I think I have made an edit on line 9. Let me know if it doesn’t show up. And then let me know how to make it show up ;)

    Also, feel free to fix my formatting so everything is uniform.

  13. Maybe Fred or somebody else should start a new thread for those of us who are concerned about our drinking and might benefit from a little discussion. Not necessarily an AA thread per se, but some place for FBGs to talk about challenges, successes, failures, etc without all the extraneous noise. 

  14. 4 hours ago, IvanKaramazov said:

    I'll be honest that I'm one of the people you're talking to here.  I've been a heavy drinker since my 30s.  When people think of alcoholics, they tend to think about "real degenerates" who crack open a beer with breakfast, drink at work, pick up DUIs, black out every night, and suffer all sorts of relationship problems.  That's not me.  I have no desire whatsoever to drink before about 4:00 or so.  I have a great marriage and a great relationship with my kids.  I've never had a DUI and I don't drive drunk or buzzed.  My job is great, I've run five marathons, etc.  

    The problem is that I really like alcohol.  It tastes great, but more importantly it feels pleasant.  It temporarily shuts off the inner monologue that I normally enjoy but need a break from on occasion.  That's all fine of course, but I know my drinking is problematic for several reasons.  First, none of the rules you mentioned above work.  Obviously this isn't meant to be critical of you because I know you mean well, but people like me look at rules like "Just don't drink on weekdays" or "Stop at three drinks" and know that stuff like this is just wishful thinking.  Second, I've always been the kind of person who would rather have four drinks than one, and who would also rather have zero drinks than one.  That's not a good sign and indicates a dysfunctional relationship with alcohol.  Finally, I know that the overall quantity of my drinking -- a handle of hard liquor would typically last me about four days -- is inconsistent with good health even if hasn't caught up with me yet.  

    I'm not going to call anybody out, but I can name at least half a dozen long-time posters on this forum who fit the exact same profile, and I'll bet most readers of this post can as well.

    What worked for me is a solution I mentioned in another thread that admittedly isn't possible for everyone: I made a road trip to a nearby state with a well-developed recreational cannabis market, and I loaded up.  For me personally, that has been an extremely positive lifestyle change.  I don't know why this is, but the effects of marijuana make me not want to have more than a drink or two, which is a complete game-changer.  I can have a couple of glasses of wine, or a glass of whisky*, and that's it.  Since early August, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've been drunk, and I'm no longer concerned at all about the occasional lapse.  It's also really nice to get a full night of healthy REM sleep and to wake up feeling like a million bucks.  

    Thank you for this and the other comments you’ve made in this thread. I was just going to lurk after voting yes, but you and Fred have emboldened me. I am in just about the same situation - four days for a handle. I know it’s not healthy, and it makes me feel bad about myself pretty much all the time. The problem is, I am bored/lonely, and being drunk just makes things more interesting. When I am drinking, I can watch a ball game between two teams that I care nothing about and be riveted. I can watch a movie that I suspect is going to be awful, and still be entertained. It’s something to do and it’s been a habit for a very long time. Can’t remember the last time I took a day off. 

    Just Thursday, I finally mentioned it to my doctor. He is strongly advising me to enter rehab. I cannot describe the extent to which I don’t want to do that. I don’t even want to quit altogether, and I know that  attempting to do so would ultimately end in failure. No, in a perfect world I would be able to drink when I wanted to, but I would be able to stop at a certain point and I would not feel compelled to do it every night. I’m trying to taper but I’m worried about DTs. My doctor said that trying to do it on my own is dangerous, and he has absolutely put the fear of God in my heart.

    Unfortunately, cannabis is not an option, because I don’t live in a state that even borders a state that has it. I mentioned in the Kratom thread that I just wish there was something I could obsess over that wasn’t slowly killing me. I guess I’m just of the nature that I feel like I have to find some way to alter my reality every day or the day is just not complete. So I have all this swirling around in my head at this very moment. I’m glad I had a chance to tell someone. 

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  15. 2 hours ago, SWC said:

    look brohan i dont know if you have seen tombstone but unless smeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee is made out of wheels its all over when tombstone chops it into a fine mist of metal and tears take that to the bank brochachos 

    Oh, I think you’re probably right, but I also think that if Tombstone doesn’t kill Smeeeeeee with those first few hits, I think it is at risk of launching itself just like it did against RotatoR and Bite Force last year and five others in years prior. I don’t think Smeeeeeeeeeee could be the one to stop him, but I also doubt he’ll run the table this year.

  16. 42 minutes ago, SWC said:

    it will be fun watching tombstone literally turn that thing into a pile of smoldering garbage likely in about three different spots on the arena floor take that to the bank bromigos 

    Looking at some SMEEEEEEEEE fights on YouTube, I think the idea is to be an impenetrable wall that can chase the other bot around and cause it to destroy itself. Interesting concept. The smaller versions in the videos have four wheels on either end, so it might be able to keep going even if it gets cut in half.

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