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Old 12-29-2013, 01:26 PM
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Yep- Adrian grew up in a suburb of Chicago, so he is a Bear's fan. Only member of his family, though. They are all Packer fans!


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Old 12-29-2013, 01:27 PM
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I was, I'm ashamed to say, unsuccessful in getting everyone out of bed in time for church this morning. Our service is early, 9:30 - 10:30 am, then our pastor drives to another church for an 11 am service. We'll have to have a devotional reading here in the living room to try to make up for it.

I do have something that's been weighing on me. Please forgive this:

An old friend and bandmate of mine is in jail, and has been for a couple months now, having started a good bit of trouble at a Beerfest near Savannah. He is bipolar, his first episode having manifested itself a few years back, and when he goes into the manic phase he's a big pain in the rear end. Since this started with him, I've defended him against all those people who call him crazy, explaining that it's just a chemical imbalance in his brain that can be controlled with medication. The problem is, he won't stop drinking long enough to take his medicine effectively.

I'm finally at my wits end with him. If he is going to choose to drink and skip his meds instead of taking care of himself, then he's on his own. I've refused all his collect calls from jail. Last week, I got a postcard from him, containing an apology of sorts, and a request for something to read. The jail allows books to be delivered from online retailers like Amazon. So, since it's Christmas and everyone deserves a Christmas present, I sent him a book yesterday.

I really hate that he has this burden to carry. His dad was bipolar, too, and I saw how embarrassing is was for him when we were kids. But new treatments can make the symptoms managable. All he has to do is give up the booze and put some effort into getting better.

Ah, sorry to unload this. His postcard is on my desk here, so it keeps him on my mind. He sounds better, judging from his writing, so maybe this time is the one that will change him...assuming he doesn't go to jail for a longer period after his hearing. Ugh.

I think I'll put on some Trans-Siberian Orchestra and grab a guitar. Have a great day, everyone!
I understand what you are feeling... always hoping for the best. Don't stop hoping, he needs you not to give up, but try to protect yourself and yours too - TSO is good!!!... I'm speaking from my memories as a child whose father suffered and I could do nothing.
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Over at my grandma's house there isn't a whole nativity on their shelf, but I felt some eyes on me and turned around to see this...



That crazy Carl has been here... Probably wanting some of grandma's good cooking!
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Good Morning Everyone,
Cold and damp here in Texas. I'm working on keeping the PCB's at bay. Already did a little online Christmas shopping for my wife and our two boys last night. Got it ordered and entered into my handy Christmas shopping list APP on my phone! A little early shopping always helps
Hi Slim, just a question out there for everyone shopping early for Christmas 2014... what if that person gets your purchase from someone else for a birthday or buys it themselves?
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Good morning,

I am starting to feel the PCBs starting to sneak into my consciousness, I am trying to avoid it by continuing to wear my Christmas t-shirts, watching Christmassy things from the DVR, and of course all my trees and lights still going.
Not much planned here today, my Bengals are on TV today hoping they win and the Patriots lose so the Bengals get the #2 seed and the bye for the playoffs.
My BIL will coming over to hang out tonight, he will probably pick on me for my post Christmas sadness, some people just don't understand how deeply the Christmas feeling runs in some of us. That is why I love coming here, you all understand it.

Have a great Sunday!!!
I'm going to be dragged from Christmas kicking and screaming.... hey wait what was my resolution? I'm not going to hide my enjoyment of the little things.. so Christmas music everyday and a movie a week!! YEAH!!! ;!
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LOL!!!!! I can see the Dateline episode now!!!!
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Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
Over at my grandma's house there isn't a whole nativity on their shelf, but I felt some eyes on me and turned around to see this...



That crazy Carl has been here... Probably wanting some of grandma's good cooking!

Uh oh, you better watch out!!!!! Who knows what kind of embarrassing pics and stories about you, he talked your grandma into sharing with him!!!!!
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Hi Slim, just a question out there for everyone shopping early for Christmas 2014... what if that person gets your purchase from someone else for a birthday or buys it themselves?
You know Virginia I've never thought of that. In the 8 years that we have started shopping right after christmas that has never happened. One thing I always make sure to do on electronics is purchase the 2 year warranty since it will be nearly a year before its unwrapped.
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I would like to take this opportunity to share something about myself before this thread runs out in a few days. I was raised on and still operate a ranch that my granddad started in the 1940's. Several years ago early in the year. Feb. I think it was. I got into a law suit with my brother over splitting the ranch. This was his idea not mine. He doesn't live here anymore and wanted to sell his half. Needless to say it was a very difficult time for My family especially my Mother and Father. Sometime in the spring that year. I think it was in April. My wife and I were at a Dr's appointment. I walked past a file room in the office and looked into the open door. On the back side of the room there was a decorated christmas tree, I assume it was the tree that the staff would set out during the season. I can't not tell you the hope that gave me. I immediately thought to my self. "This will be settled by Christmas" And while it was a very difficult year we did sign a settlement on Dec. 2nd.
Last year I started a HDD boring business with a partner. Things went well at first but started to go badly in late August. Unless we have some kind of miracle early in 2014 we will be closing the doors and liquidating the business. I am not looking forward to the next few months as we will be trying to deal with the lost equity in our ranch that we used to secure the other business. But every so often in 2014 I can look at my milestone calendar or the countdown thread and say to myself "this may be unpleasant for the moment, but no matter how it works out this will be settled by Christmas 2014" And that gives me a tremendous amount of hope.
Once again I am so greatful for this website.
Thanks for sharing. And remember, as long as you have belief, family and friends you have everything!!!
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Originally Posted by Slim View Post
You know Virginia I've never thought of that. In the 8 years that we have started shopping right after christmas that has never happened. One thing I always make sure to do on electronics is purchase the 2 year warranty since it will be nearly a year before its unwrapped.
I used to buy toys well in advance when the kids were little and odds and ends for stocking stuffers or the unexpected visitors. Now the kids are earning money they buy things as soon as I think of them ... it's really hard to get started
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