Let Freedom Ring

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

19 Apr 2005, 06:02 #21

Congratulations Hillbilly Dave!
Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to post your milestone(s)! I'm very much encouraged by all three of them! Here's hoping you and Mrs Hillbilly have a wonderful night out and many happy returns of the day!

6 mos and a bit

Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

19 Apr 2005, 08:54 #22

Congratulations, Hillbilly!
And many thanks for your contributions.

Two years, three months, six days

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

19 Apr 2005, 09:05 #23

Dear Hillbilly Dave...

Here I thought this was a new "old" thread that had flown under my raidar, then I was so happy to see this was a NEW Hillbillyism, and a celabration, too! WOOHOOOO!!!

There is something about you, your style, that goes deeper than the gift of a good writer which you sure are. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your thoughts and words of wisdom, and now I am proud to be able to celebrate a milestone with you!

Congratulations on 3 years, and thank you for giving us a view through your eyes of where we can be, what we can become. You've sure helped me to think of how I want to view this journey, and how best to walk it.

Enjoy the party, you deserve it!

Sue - Not a single puff for 7 months, 5 days, 22 hours, 35 minutes and 53 seconds (218 days). I chose not to smoke 6974 cigarettees, and saved $1,495.36.
I've saved 24 day(s), 5 hour(s) of my life.

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

19 Apr 2005, 09:07 #24

Hillbilly Dave, Congratulations on TRIPLE GOLD!!!
And thanks for all your words of wisdom, I've been enjoying and learning
from your posts through the years. Thanks, you've made the road easier for those following along behind.
I have been quit for 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 22 hours and 7 minutes (22 days). I have saved $100.05 by not ingesting 412 nicotine delivery devices. I have saved 1 Day, 10 hours and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 3/26/2005 11:00 PM

Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:01

19 Apr 2005, 22:54 #25

Whhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

Way to go, Dave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an inspiration you are! Thank you for all those golden nuggets of wisdom. You've helped so many people. Thanks!

Hope you celebrate for a month!!!!!! Dance and sing and do a jig with your wife!!! Congratulations on three fabulous milestones!

Peace, Love and Fresh Air-
301 days yippppppppeeeeeeeeeee- thanks to the hillbilly over yonder......

Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:08

19 Apr 2005, 23:01 #26

Congratulatons, Hillbilly!

Hope you enjoyed your dinner and Anniversaries!


Joined: 20 Jan 2009, 21:49

20 Apr 2005, 05:09 #27

While this is near the top, I will take the opportunity to thank each of you for your kind words.

While I wasn't here from the beginning, when I joined Freedom it was still in if not infancy, then at least adolescence. I have watched this forum grow into an entity into itself that should make its founders swell with pride. It has become a living organism that has helped thousands of quitters.

I am proud to be a small part of this group and I look forward to many more experiences over the coming years. I congratulate all of you for your accomplishments and I challenge you to keep up the good work.

Thanks again.


I don't smoke and I don't chew and I don't go with the girls that do. 3 Years 1 Day 20 Hours 9 Minutes 35 Seconds, with $4,803.05 more in my pocket. Somewhere there are an extra 38424 smokes.

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

20 Apr 2005, 06:05 #28

Good to hear from you again!!!
Congrats on 3yrs I'm right behind you!!
Still Two years, eleven months, two weeks, one day, 9 hours, 49 minutes and 47 seconds. 86512 cigarettes not smoked, saving $21,584.92. Life saved: 42 weeks, 6 days, 9 hours, 20 minutes.
Smoke free!!!

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20 Apr 2005, 07:14 #29

Congrats Dave on 3 awesome smoke free years! You and your posts continue to inspire. Steve 11 months, 6 days.

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22 Apr 2005, 08:39 #30

Oh my I almost missed the triple GOLDEN party! Like others on this thread, I was fooled that this was an old classic Hillbilly thread (you are ALL over this board Dave!) and not this spankin new triple GOLD celebration! And I am not one to miss a party!

I am so pleased and proud that I have had the opportunity to share all of my journey with you Dave. You have a distinct writing style that soothes and comforts us quitters behind you and, for that, you are truly a treasure to this forum. For those who haven't seen you around much lately, I am linking a couple of my absolute favorite navel gazin' posts:
Congratulations on your three years of FREEDOM, your 29 years of marriage, and your 53 years of life!
Followin' in HillBilly's swaggerin southern footsteps for 940 days now. Yee haw!

Joined: 20 Jan 2009, 21:47

24 Apr 2005, 00:29 #31

Congratulations, Dave! Three years of gold looks heavenly on you! I hope you enjoyed your night out with the wife, and I'm happy to hear that we will be travelling on this road together for the rest of our lives! You are soooo right, Dave, in your comments on how this place has expanded over the years. And don't discount your contributions, dear man! You've had some powerful insights. Funny how we never really thought we could do it, isn't it? Like Lorraine, I've reached that place where there's no going back, no temptation, nothing. Gotta love it!

Congratulations, Dave!

And for you! A big


yqs, Janet :)
Three Years and Five Months +

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

19 Apr 2006, 19:46 #32

"Let Freedom echo through the lonely streets where prisons have no keys".

Thought I'd share a bit with the new class. More proof "it gets better with time" and that anybody can live free of tobacco.
Bringing back a 'Gold Celebration' post from a Year Ago.
Happy 4th Dave.

Our key to Freedom is Knowledge.
Read, read, read and Let Freedom Ring.

JoeJFree for 463 days

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:59

19 Apr 2006, 22:03 #33

Sorry for being late, Dave. Rocket procurment is backed up, and the warehouse was nearly out..... at least of the ones that automatically explode. But now we got enough and can celebrate
Three Years!!!!!
And for you new guys, Dave tells the straight scoop. You will get to where he is.... just hang on tight, and NTAP!
YQB BillW Four years, two months, one week, three days, 1 hour, 3 minutes and 40 seconds. 45901 cigarettes not smoked, saving $8,950.51. Life saved: 22 weeks, 5 days, 9 hours, 5 minutes.

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20 Apr 2006, 19:11 #34

Congratulations Dave,
your posts always hit the spot for me, an inspiration to us all
Free 3 months and 20 days after 45 years of enslavement

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20 Apr 2006, 19:47 #35

Happy Happy GOLD X 4 Dave....and thanks for the inspiration.
107 Days Free

Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

20 Apr 2006, 20:04 #36

Dave's GoldX4
Congratulations, Dave and thank you for all you have given to this bunch, in your 4 years. Hope you have celebrated in grand style. Never forget what a wonderful gift you have given yourself and never take another puff.
yqs, sue-GoldX3

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21 Apr 2006, 02:05 #37


~ Free for 44 days after 40+ years not.

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05 Jul 2008, 05:15 #38

Seems a good day to bring back Dave's post about freedom and this quote.....

"Well, it's been three years since I was in prison, and I'm here to tell you that my prison did have a key. And that key was education. I've been around here so long that nearly all of you have heard my story and are likely sick of hearing it, but I quit on my 50th birthday, with no real intention of "making it". Then I found this forum and some Yankee named Spitzer (preaching cold turkey of all things) and some shyster lawyer from back east putting out the same message and the rest is history. I got my education and it took and I haven't had a puff since. To say that my life has changed is a huge understatement and to say thank you to John and Joel and Grumps and Joanne is just not enough......(and this part)........
At this point in my life, my quit is not on my mind very much. Nioctine, or the lack thereof, plays absolutely no part in the living of my life, either physically, logistically, financially, or emotionally. It's just not a deal any more. Quitting, however, is one of the high points in my life that I am most proud of. I tell you all this to give you hope, you who are at three days or three weeks, or even three months. There is life after quitting and it can be a good life." 
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