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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:56 PM
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Diary of a Plamegate Junkie
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 03:04 PM by WilliamPitt
8:12am Wake, sling blankets aside, startling cat into sudden flight.

8:13am Pull up New York Times website, scan for news of Fitzgerald indictment.

8:14am Thump head repeatedly on desk, further confusing already-rattled cat.

8:17am Make coffee, check CNN in case something was missed in walk from office to kitchen.

8:22am Down coffee in single gulp, remember that the voices of CNN talking heads are like fingernails across the chalkboard of my soul, change channel.

10:23am Hit refresh on Times website. Sigh.

10:30am Decide a ham-and-egg breakfast sandwich would be a good thing, grab jacket and wallet, head out.

10:31am Race back inside, hit refresh again, sigh. Notice that cat has gone into hiding.

10:58am Return with breakfast sandwich, wolf down in three bites while checking the blogs.

11:41am Check Washington Post website for change of pace. Notice Dan Froomkin article about fear stalking the White House corridors. Chortle through mouthful of cheese.

12:22pm Send email to Joe Wilson asking for comment on the situation.

12:23pm Check email for reply.

12:24pm Check email for reply.

12:25pm - Check email for reply.

12:26pm - Check email for reply.

12:27pm - Check email for reply.

12:28pm - Check email for reply.

12:29pm - Check email for reply.

12:30pm Slap self in face repeatedly, refresh New York Times page, sigh, pace around.

1:33pm Gobble handful of Tums to counteract surge of stomach acid from chugged coffee and gobbled breakfast sandwich.

1:34pm Refresh.

2:41pm Make conscious decision to walk away for a bit. Pick up book Gorky Park and try to do some casual reading.

2:46pm Fling book across room, hit refresh, sigh.

2:50pm Analyze headlines from last few days: Cheney May Be Involved, Investigation Expanding to Manipulation of WMD Evidence, Hannah Cooperates with Fitzgerald, 22 Different Files Opened in Investigation.

3:41pm Look into background of Cheney aide David Wurmser, who is also apparently cooperating with Fitzgerald. Make seventeen Animal House jokes to self. Giggle like titmouse.

4:02pm Take moment to let reality of other headline wash over soul: Arrest Warrant Issued for DeLay. Twitch. Shiver.

4:03pm Refresh.

5:00pm Suck it up and turn CNN on again. Hurricane Wilma sends chill up spine. The storm developed faster than any on record, and is impossibly huge. Nah, theres no global warming.

6:22pm Sixth cup of coffee with Tums chaser. Check web forums to see what people are talking about. Check blogs again. Check New York Times again.

7:12pm Dig around in Google for articles I wrote about Wilson and Plame over last two years. Find this from February 2004, in essay titled A NOC at Bushs Door:

Lewis Libby is one of the most important people on Cheney's staff. Along with John Hannah, who served as one of Cheney's Middle East Policy advisors, Libby was deeply involved in the activities of Rumsfeld's hand-picked Pentagon group, the Office of Special Plans. This group was put together specifically to re-engineer data regarding the threat posed by Iraq so as to manufacture justification for a decision to make war that had already been made. On several occasions, Libby visited CIA headquarters at the behest of Cheney to browbeat CIA analysts into "toughening up" their assessments of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Given all the work Libby and Hannah put in to make sure Bush got his Iraq war, it is no wonder they were less than thrilled with what Ambassador Wilson had to say.

Did these men out a CIA agent and destroy a network that tracked weapons of mass destruction? We may soon know. Attorney General John Ashcroft has recused himself from the investigation. A bulldog of a U.S. Attorney named Patrick Fitzgerald is special prosecutor investigating the matter. Several members of the Bush administration have been dragged before a Grand Jury, including White House spokesman Scott McClellan, McClennan deputy Claire Buchan, former press aide Adam Levine, Republican consultant Mary Matalin, who served as a counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, White House communications director Dan Bartlett, former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer and Cheney aide Cathie Martin.


7:13pm Pat self on back.

10:30pm Dig up old Hunter Thompson quote about Watergate and the tapes:

"There are a hundred or more people wandering around Washington today who have heard the 'real stuff,' as they put it - and despite their professional caution when the obvious question arises, there is one reaction they all feel free to agree on: that nobody who felt shocked, depressed or angry after reading the edited White House transcripts should ever be allowed to hear the actual tapes, except under heavy sedation or locked in the trunk of a car. Only a terminal cynic, they say, can listen for any length of time to the real stuff without feeling a compulsion to do something like drive down to the White House and throw a bag of live rats over the fence."

12:04am Hit refresh.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:59 PM
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1. "Nah, there's no global warming"
Reading my mind.

But I read your whole post and it's terrific. Here's hoping our fondest wishes come down the pike, and soon.

Got Xanax? ;)
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:59 PM
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2. I see many "porn holes" in that time line
:bounce:
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:32 PM
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44. ROFLMAO !!!
Yeah... checking his e-mails... as if...

:rofl:

That was great Will!

And hey... you actually GET PAID for doin that, LOL!!!

:hi:
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thinkingwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:00 PM
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3. Recommended, with a smile.
:evilgrin:
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:00 PM
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4. Oh my god, have you been spying on me?
This is a hilarious piece. I always think of you as so serious. Thanks for sharing the lighter side. :-)
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:01 PM
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7. He's become an Existentialist Detective
ala "I Heart Huckabees" http://imdb.com/title/tt0356721/
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Rude Horner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:01 PM
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5. Awesome post. Kicked and recommended
When I finished reading it, I paged up to see who wrote something so clever. I should have known it would be William Pitt. :)

:toast:

Here's hoping that you won't have to hit "refresh" for too much longer.
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:01 PM
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6. ...
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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mattclearing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:02 PM
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8. Still reading the New York Times?
Honestly, I don't know how anyone can trust them anymore. Judith Miller is scary.
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savemefromdumbya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:36 PM
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45. Out with the NYTimes
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:04 PM
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9. Refresh, refresh refresh.
I'm going to have to buy an office flask because I don't have any fingernails left.
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BeHereNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:05 PM
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10. Any chance for a web cam on that?
I'd pay.
BHN
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:06 PM
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11. Ha ha ha. Damn we could use a guy like Hunter Thompson right now
Note to self: I could check the headlines at salon.com one more time.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 01:59 AM
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46. Or hell, Nick Danger, Third Eye n/t
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:09 PM
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12. Will, here is a toast for all of DU:


Granted I only bought the sparkling wine for DeLay, but rest assured the good stuff is chilling in the fridge right now for Cheney.

Here's to you DU, Will Pitt, DKos, RawStory and everyone else who has been on this roller coaster.

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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:18 PM
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16. Right back at'cha


Me 'n Paulie (they guy with the hat) say peace!
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:23 PM
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18. Good times.
Notice my pic had all the elements of a Plamegate junkie?

Laptop? Check.
Comfy couch? Check.
Obligatory Kerry material still in the house? Check.
Caffeine (note coffee cup on table)? Check.

(Optional) Alcohol and cigarettes? Check.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:36 PM
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20. Cheers to both of you!


This picture is two years old but I've got more of the good stuff on ice just waiting for indictment announcements.
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:59 PM
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24. Cheers to you sweety darling! n/t
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Left Brain Donating Member (895 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:10 PM
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13. Will, that made my day.
Actually, that almost IS my day.
Thanks for the fun on an antsy Wednesday.
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LincolnMcGrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:10 PM
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14. Cable News?
Outrageous!

:evilgrin:
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:15 PM
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15. Sadly - this might describe my days
luckily I have three rugrats to distract me occasionally - however, they are all fully educated about Plamegage - is that a bad thing?
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Ladyhawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:21 PM
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17. Thanks a big bunch for the laugh, Pitt! I needed it desperately!
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 03:21 PM by Ladyhawk
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

:thumbsup:

Edited to add anal-retentive comma.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:31 PM
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19. Too funny, thanks for the laughs!
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cally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:38 PM
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21. Hits too close to home
except for an occasional work break. Thanks for making me laugh. :rofl:
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:57 PM
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22. LOL
:D
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bunny planet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:59 PM
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23. Kick for the Plamaholics.
I've got a monkey on my back and it ain't George.
Help!!!
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:04 PM
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25. repeat request
Perhaps, William Rivers Pitt, you would consider re-posting two articles for those who do not own a copy of Wilson's book. Those two are "Fair Game" (10-6-03) and "Memo to Central Intelligence Agency" (10-24-03). If I could be so bold, I would request that you explain to the DUers why those two articles are of particular value to those of us who are interested in this case.

Thank you for your consideration.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:04 PM
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26. Sure, hang on
and cheers to ya!
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:08 PM
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28. I think these
are classics. I think that DUers are in for a treat here.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:17 PM
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35. Here you go
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:22 PM
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40. Thank you.
These are great. I think they will help many DUers understand this case better. And for many of us, they are fun to read over and over!
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:12 PM
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34. So formal. Dear Man, tis a day of celebration - especially you.
Sorry, I'm tipsy on champagne celebrating DeLay.

But while I have your virtual ear - hats off to you. Your work has been outstanding.
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:06 PM
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27. Hillarious.
I am too embarrased to let anyone know my routine.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:09 PM
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30. Most people I know
have no clue that this is how I spend half my life, not even my parents.

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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:09 PM
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29. You are so NOT a fiction writer - What happened to the cat?
The cat subplot wasn't resolved. x(
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:18 PM
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36. He's still hiding
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:19 PM
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38. I bet he's plotting REVENGE
I wouldn't go to sleep if I were you.
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King Coal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:09 PM
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31. So where did you buy the ham and egg sandwich?
Don't they have burritos there?
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:18 PM
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37. Charlie's down the street
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hvn_nbr_2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:10 PM
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32. Throw a bag of live rats over the WH fence
That would have been appropriate for Nixon's White House. With this gang, it would be cruelty to animals, even if the rats were rabid.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:11 PM
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33. Want a hint?
You only need to do that on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as those are the days the Grand Jury meets.

:evilgrin:
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:21 PM
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39. Jesus, I'm busted
Pretty damn close. I left work early. Up at 4 am to check the news. Radio on KGO w/ Ray Taliaferro all night. No sleep.

And those fucking bats keep coming back. :)
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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:17 PM
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41. I'm exactly the opposite.
I don't listen to much.

I care, but a) I know everyone is guessing and bullshitting without any real information and b) I have faith in Fitzgerald. He's on the case. If there is evidence that crimes have been committed, he's going to find it and charge appropriately.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:21 PM
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42. Very funny & familiar.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:08 PM
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43. .
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 12:23 PM
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47. Link to final
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 12:28 PM
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48. This Is Compulsive BEHAVIOR!
I know... I suffer from the same syndrome!!!

However, as bad as it may seem to us here, just think how terribly it must be for those who may be in the cross hairs! That makes it a little more bearable, but only a LITTLE!

My worst nightmare is.... NO INDICTMENTS!! Time to check out the medicine cabinet and down something to speed up the process of La La Land!!!
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-21-05 12:59 PM
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49. Heh
*twitch*
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-21-05 01:11 PM
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50. Ewww. I know! I know!!!!
:silly:
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-21-05 01:33 PM
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51. I wonder how many "Addicts" are out there...
I live on coffee, I swear my index fingers on both hands have callouses, clicking refresh. Loved this article. Thanks Will

:thumbsup:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-21-05 01:43 PM
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52. LOL! Funny stuff, Will.
Guess we're all addicts, together.

:hi:
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