3 years vs. 3 days

Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:03

06 Jan 2005, 21:45 #11

Wow! OBob is three! Great post and congratulations on your milestone. I am proud to have made most of this journey with you, and I thank you for the help and inspiration you've given me and many others over the years.

The three months or so difference in our quits doesn't seem like much now, but not so long ago it was a lot, night and day, a long piece of "rope".

To all you new quitters, as usual this guy speaks the truth, so listen to him. It does get easier and it is worth the effort.

Enjoy your celebration, old friend and tell the missus congrats also.


I don't smoke and I don't chew and I don't go with the girls that do. 2 Years 8 Months 2 Weeks 5 Days 11 Hours 40 Minutes 19 Seconds, with $4,350.88 more in my pocket. Somewhere there are an extra 34807 smokes.
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06 Jan 2005, 22:23 #12

3 years!
Congratulations Bob!
I always enjoy reading your posts.
You are quite an inspiration to so many of us.
Thank you!
I hope you get this. Everyday I try to reply to someones post and it is hit or miss!
My computer is ......very tempermental!
If it get through I also want to Welcome all our new members
Congratulate all who are celebrating milestones.
Way to Go BOB and Bob's Wife!
One year, five days, 9 hours, 14 minutes and 17 seconds. 11141 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,531.96. Life saved: 5 weeks, 3 days, 16 hours, 25 minutes.
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06 Jan 2005, 22:59 #13

Congratulations, OBob!

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06 Jan 2005, 23:06 #14

Congratulations on three whole years of Freedom OBob and to Tess on her 1000 days. Personally I love your metaphors - rope burns and all.
I've often written to newbies that they have great bragging rights with a few days under their belts - because it is the early bit that is the toughest. Not that we aren't all still vulnerable always. All that stands between me and a puff is a personal committment and an education in nicotine addiction gained here at Freedom. That said, it is lovely not to have to fight that urge, to have made it up the rope to that sunny deck.
Lorraine GoldX3
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06 Jan 2005, 23:19 #15

Wow. OBob is three. Time really does fly when you're having fun, doesn't it? ... and although that may be difficult for our newest newbies to believe, this journey DOES get fun after a while.

I loved your rope analogy too, Bob. And boy, do I remember dangling for a while there on that rope. Heck, I even made the leap back into the abyss after two whole weeks of FREEDOM cause my inner-junky somehow convinced me that I didn't deserve the FREEDOM you and the other "oldbies" told me felt became so comfortable. BUT, thanks to you and many others here, I quickly found the courage to jump back on that rope and start climbing again. That was the point when I finally was able to prove to myself that I can't have just one. Well, maybe I didn't convince myself ...this helped: The one puff files

And then when I came up on two weeks again, and I started doubting again whether or not I deserved this FREEDOM, I read this: The monster under the bed and your words of wisdom once again shed a bright light on this path:
Confront the fear, and confront the voice. Our junky side doesn't fight fair, and uses confusing logic. It plays upon the parts of us that feel most vulnerable. The parts of us that want to hide and wish things away. You can eliminate the fear, and silence the voice by always looking it in the eye, seeing it for what it is, and never letting it get away without shedding the light of truth upon it.
BINGO! I was back on track. And then again, at two months quit, I had some hard times. As Sue "Pryde" described so eloquently "the wind kick[ed] up, and I [found] myself swaying". I pulled out my Last line of defense ! and I DID make it through but I still had to share...you know, to gather some strength to keep on holding on. So I posted this: An Escape from Reality? and you told me:
"Mary Kate, You get it."
That was HUGE for me. The fact that you, oldbie O'Bob comfortable on the deck, would encourage little ole me dangling from the rope to keep on climbing, well, you (and many here actually) saved my life that day. Thank you.
That was also when I started to really believe THIS is it, this is my last quit. I started Turning the corner -towards acceptance, and you played a big part in that Bob. Thank you.
Congratulations on your three years of FREEDOM Bob. You are one of the people who make this place work. You are a man who has an amazing ability to describe this journey so it makes sense to us hazy addicts....and your words have helped save a lot of us from taking the plunge off that rope.
I'm looking forward to an awesome celebration on the deck tonight...I expect our very own resident rocket scientist will supply the fire works.
Oh, and as Homer would say: Woo Hoo!!!
Mary Kate
Following in O'Bob's well lit footsteps for 2 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 8 hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds (835 days).
I have saved $6,265.08 by not smoking 25,060 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days and 20 minutes of my precious life!
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06 Jan 2005, 23:46 #16

Bob: You always have the right thing to say here at Freedom.....you are a special man who recognizes his special gifts and uses them to benefit others. Thank you for that! Enjoy all the comfort and joy that not feeding your addiction brings. You deserve it!


2 Years and 6 Days of Glorious Freedom.

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:59

06 Jan 2005, 23:49 #17

Hi Bob!!!
To me, those people seemed like heroes.
From my perspective, they were superhuman, with this gift of comfort.....
Amen. Amen. As always, you have the ability to express in words what most of us don't seem to put so elegantly.
As someone a month behind you.... I know about superheros. I know that often someone just a few feet higher on the rope (from today's perspective ) can be a superhero, too. I was personally blessed by watching and reading your progress.... and your own struggles and insight cast brilliant light on the path that I was walking. Thank you, my friend!
Keep climbing that rope. Don't let go of it. It'll get easier. We promise.
... and sometimes the person nearest you on the rope is the one who can reach down... even just a "little bit", and give another a hand up.....
BillW (OBob - 32 days... )
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06 Jan 2005, 23:49 #18

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this post.

Thank you for keeping it real and remembering what it is like to be a new recovering Junkie.

Thank you for your wisdom and your humour.

God Bless you for being here and being you.

Bev. ~ On day 5 with rope burning blisters, blood, sweat and a bad attitude. But hanging on, which is what counts today!

Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:08

07 Jan 2005, 00:07 #19

From one Bob to another - Congratulations!

Three years of Freedom! It has got to feel awsome!

Congrats to Tess, Also.

You worked hard to get here, rope burns and all. I always loved reading your well thought out posts and anologies. You will always be my "Superhero"

Thanks for stopping by and sharing and caring!

2 years and 6 months

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

07 Jan 2005, 00:11 #20

Congratulations Bob on your 3 years free of nicotine. As usual you have written a most inspiring, wellwritten post. You definately have the gift as Valerie said. I love reading your posts, they helped me numourous times in the beginning of my quit, when I was dangling on that rope. I'm happy to say I am comfortably on deck now, with calloused hands from hanging on to that rope. Enjoy your celebration, and give my congrats to Tess as well.
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07 Jan 2005, 00:15 #21

OOPS, forgot my stats.

Dina - Free and Healing for Nine Months, Twenty Days, 9 Hours and 40 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 25 Days and 13 Hours, by avoiding the use of 7360 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $2,681.95.

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07 Jan 2005, 00:37 #22






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07 Jan 2005, 00:41 #23

I am different, I'll never be comfortable

You know who else doesn't believe that a comfortable ex-smoker is like them? Current smokers. Almost any current smoker will tell you, "You don't understand what it's like for me. I'm so addicted." This morning I heard my gentleman friend talking on the phone to one of his managers at the restaurants saying, "I'm going to stay home this morning and do the financials for 2004. I could come in and do them but I'd just keep taking breaks to smoke. If I stay here I can smoke while I'm doing it and get it done. So call if you need anything." I don't ever, ever want to have to say anything like that again.

Congratulations on 3 years and thanks for sharing your insights with us. Your posts have been valuable to me on my journey.

1 year, 1 week, 3 days free.

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07 Jan 2005, 01:29 #24

I agree with you, Dave....
Congratulations !!!! (and nice to hear you on the boards again )
richard (34ish months)

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07 Jan 2005, 02:01 #25

O'Bob is GoldX3
O'Bob's wife is 1,000 days
Congratulations to you both !!! O'Bob, I just want to thank you for all that you have given of yourself to this site. Mary Kate did an awesome job expressing what so many of us feel. You have a gift O'Bob and you have so unselfishly shared it with us. Your posts are classics that are a part of what makes this site so awesome. Thank you , thank you , thank you......You can claim a part of my stats as your own also because you sure contributed to my success. Again thank you. Hug those quits tight and never take another puff.
yqs, sue-Gold
One year, nine months, one week, one day, 19 hours, 5 minutes and 18 seconds. 25991 cigarettes not smoked, saving $3,755.82. Life saved: 12 weeks, 6 days, 5 hours, 55 minutes.
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07 Jan 2005, 02:16 #26

OBob, Congratulations on your 3 year quit! You are and have been an inspiration to many folks here at Freedom, and your eloquent and thought-provoking words in your posts have helped to support the foundations of a lot of great quits! ...mine for one.

11 months, 1 day

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07 Jan 2005, 03:59 #27

Congratulations Bob and Tess!
We always know there is something good to read when we see Bob post. If you've been "OBobed" you've been enlightened.
Thanks for always giving, Bob.
Blessings of good health always,

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

07 Jan 2005, 04:33 #28

Congratulations OBob !

Still leading the way and still walkin' tall on those sea legs.

Thanks for all that you share.

Celebrating your freedom,
I remain
Honored to be YQS,
2 years 6 months +

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07 Jan 2005, 04:54 #29

"OBobed"! That's a good one, Joanne.

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07 Jan 2005, 06:07 #30

Congratulations on Three Years Free, Bob!

And thanks for so eloquently sharing your discoveries along the way.

One year, eleven months, three weeks, four days

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07 Jan 2005, 06:37 #31

WoooooHoooo! Indeed!
3 years already? Time really do fly in good company!
Congratulations to you both

Sten - 26 months

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07 Jan 2005, 07:19 #32

Terrific, Bob, just terrific
... for both of you
Your name at the top of a post has always guaranteed that it's worth the effort of reading. Your instinct for hitting the right note at the right time is unerring.

But it's not just the wisdom and insight that makes you such a central member of the Freedom family. It's the transparent warmth that shines through your writing that tells everyone that you really care. You've helped so many here, and been a continuing source of inspiration fo all of us.

Thanks for being OBob, and congratulations on your own success story.


NOT A PUFF FOR four years, one month, one week : 26967 cigarettes not smoked, saving £6,189.15. Life extended by: 13 weeks, 2 days

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07 Jan 2005, 08:02 #33

Hey, hey, hey, QB! A big congrats to you and the missus, the Lovely Tess! It's been a joy travelling along this road with you, Bob! You've demonstrated how it's done, that it's doable and you've done so with a wonderful sense of humor and style!

It's always good to hear from you! You've been a tremendous help to so many here.

Keep up the good quits, Bob and Tess!

yqs, Janet the Junkie :))
Three Years One Month +
Once an Addict, Always an Addict

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07 Jan 2005, 08:43 #34


I too have been "Obobed" a few times, and I can't thank you enough. The "Trump Card" absolutely saved this quit for me, it got me through, when the going was toughest. NTAP / yqb

Harleyboy_Gold 370 days of Freedom, working on 371

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07 Jan 2005, 13:07 #35

Y'all are great folks. Was away from the computer all day today, and just got back, and reading all your responses just has a gigantic smile on my face. What an amazing place. Thanks for all the congratulations and wonderful comments. Ditto from Tess.

Your quit bro,