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MarianJack

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Delaware County, PA
Home country: USA
Current location: Winthrop, Maine
Member since: Tue Jul 8, 2003, 05:38 PM
Number of posts: 7,951

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Sen. John Tester...

...is now following me on Twitter. I'm psyched!

He's the third member of Congress following me and the second senator. The other 2 are Sen. Amy Klobochar and Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

I just thought I'd share. Thank you for reading.

PEACE!

I have just a few things to say to and about SalmonChantedEvening and the Sunday LOL cats!



Thank you SOOO much!!!

PEACE!

One night mitt and queen ann are going over their expenses...

...and mitt says "queen ann, if you learn how to cook, we could fire the chef".

queen ann says "mitt, if you learned to f***, we could fire the gardiner"!

On edit: At the thought of firing 2 prople they both had an immediate climax!

Just a quick Monday morning joke, so please don't be TOO cruel!

PEACE!

I can't believe that I'm about to say something positive about willard romney.

Since marco rubio was such a total disaster for the GOPoop in giving the public the same talking points that got romney and the party as a whole shellacked last November, I have to say that the obviousconclusion is that willard is simply a much better liar than rubio or any of th other republican talkng heads. At least he is o accustomed to speaking with a mouthful of horseshit that he doesn't have to dilute it midsentence due to a very visible loss of bodily fluids.

He would still have been a disaster of a president, but at least he'd have ben more articulate than rubio.

Politically, however, I'd love to see a marco rubio/rand paul republican ticket in 2016. I don't expect much better regardless.

Thank you for reaing. I have to go take a shower now since I'd previously thought that I neve have to contemplat willard again. I'm so sorry that I was mistaken.

PEACE!

Rep. Loretta Sanchez!

Rep. Sanchez has just started following me on Twitter!

To use a phrase from the 80s, these are some seriously COOL BEANS!

Thanks for allowing me to share.

PEACE!

Something small happened today that I feel very good about.

My current job is to go to the homes and apartments of mentally ill people and help them with their daily living skills. Today, as I arrived a few minutes early at the apartment of one of my clients, I was gathering my things to go in. As I was doing this, a young woman was walking by on the sidewalk. When she saw me, she came into the street to my driver's side window and signaled me to roll down. I thought she was going to accuse me of checking her out (which I wasnt). Instead she asked for directions to a particular address that she identified as a recovery center. I gave her directions and she went to her car, which was a couple of spaces behind me.

I got out and approached her, told her that my name is Jack, and asked (politely and diplomatically) if she, as I, is an addicted person. She said that she is. She stated that she finally decided that it was time for her to do this. I shared with her that I've been in recovery for 23+ years. I told her that as bad as she feels today, that she's doing the right thing and that it WILL get better. I told her that someday, she'd likely be saying the same things to someone else what I said to her today.

She smiled a mile wide. We said our goodbyes and she tooted her horn to me as she was pulling away. I'd never seen her before and I'll likely never see her again, but I feel so good to see that a young woman, who may not have even been born yet (or at least was very little) when I went into recovery, has decided that she was going to take her first step today and that I got the chance to be a minute part of it!

Please allow me to ad that if anyone here is struggling with an addiction, and if you fear the difficulty of the choice to go into recovery, than it WILL get better and it WILL be worth it! I promise you that the wonderful woman who married me almost 15 years ago wouldn't have pissed on me when I was an active drunk and I wouldn't have deserved it. BUT, it IS a disease that you CAN put into remision one day at a time.

Thank you for letting me share. That's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that.

PEACE!

Earlier tonight, another DUer apologized for a "hidden by jury" post. A few thoughts...

...about that action of great integrity and candor.

In this site, I am not, haven't been and will never be a bomb-thrower. In almost 10 years here, I have been in exactly ONE flame war. I will admit that the person with whom I had that exchange is not my favorit person here. However, I have only 6 people on my ignore list and that person isn't one of them. I go out of my way to be civil, even when in disagreement and I avoid the most contentious threads with a pasion.

I've had 3 posts hidden by jury or deleted by the moderators since I've been here. 2 were OPs in the old DU and 1 hidden by jury here. The 2 ops were about the rather easy virtue of george w shithead"s spawn and the other was an inappropriate comment about an alleged lack of grace when I saw an old video of Natalee Halloway in a cheerleader routine. The post that was hidden by jury was one where I used an inappropriate term or 2 about the wicked witch of the west (AKA Jam Brewer).

I agree that the post about george w shithead's daughters was out of bounds, not because I have anything even remotely resembling an iota of respect for them, but because I believe that the children are off limits in a political debate. That was made difficult becaue of sarah palin(comparison)'s kids and the entire romney family.

I was wrong with the Natalee Halloway post because she was a CHILD who went on a vacation to have fun and was (most likely) murdered by a rich little shit who seems to portray a romneyesque attitude of entitlement. I think he probably thought he had a right to kill her.

In each of these cases, I should have heeded my mom's old advice of "weigh it before you say it".

I guess that my point is that we all are human and we all make mistakes now and again. I am nowhere near stupid enough to say I won't do something that I regret again.

That's my 2 cents, and quite probably overpriced at that!

Bob Newhart taught me how to hunt.

Let me preface by saying that I have no problem with law abiding people who like to hunt by the rules. I, however, would probably shoot all of my toes off with my first 10 bullets and I DREAD what I'd hit with the 11th!

Way back in the 70s, in an episode of "The Bob Newhart Show", Bob and his wife (the late great Suzanne Pleshette) were disagreeing over weather he could survive in the wilderness. He finally asked if she was going to fix dinner and she said "OK, Daniel Boone, you kill it and I'll cook it". He then opened the freezer door, pointed his finger like he was holding a pistol and said "BANG", then turned to his wife and said "I just shot a roast". I practically peed my roughly 17 year old pants.

Even today, sometimes when my wife and I are grocery shopping and I'm in one of my frequent flaky moods, I'll be in the meat section and go "bang, I just shot some ground beef" or whatever we're picking up.

Again, people who hunt and do it the legal way are people with whom I have no problem. Up here in Maine, we know a few families who go hunting and use their kills for most of their meat for the year by having it processed and keping it in freezer in the basement in the cellar. If I had to hunt my meat myself I'd likely be a vegetarian.

That's my 2 cents and quite possibly overpriced at that!

PEACE!

I had a very great and very special anniversary yesterday, and...

...I completely forgot about it! I feel like a bit of a doofus.

Yesterday, January 14, was my 23rd anniversayr of sobriety. I'm not looking for kudos at all. I'm jist happy that it's been this long (and not even close to always being easy).

Thank you for allowing me to share.

PEACE!

An "Out of the Mouths of Babes" MLK Day story.

Some of the names are changed since I didn't get the permission of all involved to write about this on the web.

As many of you know, my wife and I are adoptive parents of a wonderful 12 year old boy who became a part of our family as a 3 1/2 month old infant. I'm white, my wife Puerto Rican and our son is African American. I'm Jack, my wife is Maria (hence the screen name "MarianJack") and our son is Jonathan.

The fictionally named individuals are my wife's co-worker Leigh, her son Harry (about 8) and her daughter Susie (about 5).

Back in November, shortly before Thanksgiving, They were over to our house for a "Pampered Chef" party. Harry disappeared into Jonathan's room to play video games, Susie played with our cats ( who just LOVED her) Leigh was at the demonstration and a good time was had by all. BTW, no shooting video games, so the NRA would hate this story!

Just this past weekend, Leigh was with her kids at another friend's place. This friend also has a son named Jonathan and Harry played video games with him. When they got home, Harry told Leigh that he'd like to go play video games with Jonathan again real soon. When Leigh said that they were just there, Harry said "No mom, I mean BROWN Jonathan", my son.

He then said, "You know mom, Because of Dr. Martin Luther King, it's ok for me to be friends with brown Jonathan"

I believe that almost 45 years after Dr. King's Death and with Coretta also no longer with us, I believe that they must be looking down from Heaven and smiling tonight. My wife and I certainly are. We are also very touched that even a little guy like Harry can see what a great kid that our son, "brown Jonathan", is. Maybe a visit is not too far in the future.

I just wanted to share a warm and positive story that hopefully won't get lost in all of the threads about stupid and moronic teabaggers, republican congress people and NRA gun loons. It's my 2 cents and quite possibly overpriced at that.

PEACE!
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