Sunday, August 28, 2005

today's quota: Views on Addiction

Franz Kafka quote:
"My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well."

Carl Jung quote:
"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism."

Seneca quote:
"Drunkenness does not create vice, it merely brings it into view."

Isolating oneself too long can have weird effects... are just a few interactive sites worth checking out:

Fellowship of The Ring Here

Got Baggins-ism? Official Site

Online AA Meetings and Fellowship, Lounges, Games Arcade and More

Alcoholic Faces

Faces of Alcoholism
A portrait of alcoholism told by the residents of the Queens nursing home in Minneapolis with photograhs by Mark Peterson:
Last Call - Photo Essay

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

today's quota: Cycles of Life and Starting Over

Change, Life, and Love

Love Addiction and other Recovery Help at Brighter Tomorrow

Starting Over
"I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round...
No longer riding on the merry go round, I just had to let it go."
- John Lennon, 'Watching the Wheels'

quipping post: Drunk Tilt-a-Whirl & Wheel Game

Quote from 'Clerks' the Animated Series
RANDAL: Those rides are put together by junkies and alcoholics.
DANTE: No, they're not.
DRUNK: Do you guys sell Elmer's glue and thumbtacks? We're trying to put together a Tilt-a-Whirl...
DANTE: No and no.
DRUNK: Well, rubber bands it is... I cut my hand on a rubber band! Do you sell Band Aids?
RANDAL: Band Aids is a brand name. The proper term is adhesive strips...
DRUNK: So do you sell adhesive strips or what?
DRUNK: Well, that's just great. How are we gonna hold the merry-go-round together?


Drinking Game - Players' Comments:

"I have been quoted as saying, 'Now I have a reason to drink!' Not that I was running out of reasons before we had your game..."

"I was Master and decided to make everybody drink without using their hands. To see all my friends drinking like cats out of bowls still cracks me up!"

"Nick had to run around the backyard and jump around the deck with his shirt off, tweaking his nipples yelling, "These are my beasties!"

Wheel Of Intoxication Home --- Online Version Page --- Players' Stories Here

quick-link added: Coffee Bitch Blog

Coffee Bitch
"This is all about me! No just about me not drinking":
Coffee Bitch

Saturday, August 20, 2005

today's quota: Rocking, Rolling, and Musicians in Recovery

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Quotes:
- "The only recurring dreams I can remember are all on going cold turkey, and it was always that the dope was hidden behind the wallpaper. And in the morning, you'd wake up and see fingernail marks where you actually tried to do something about it...."
- "Someone asked me how I cleaned up, so I told them I went to Switzerland and had my blood completely changed."
- "I've never had a problem with drugs. I've had problems with the police."
- "Nobody's got the right to judge over what I am putting into my body, apart from myself."
- "I haven't stopped smoking - anything."
- "I'm tired of being number one in the naughty boys drug poll. It's time they picked on somebody else." Website

Jam Session - Personal Recovery Stories Page
"Much like the stories that follow the first 164 pages of the 'Big Book' of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Men and Women of Musicians Anonymous have a story to share as well. Our stories disclose in a general way what it we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now":
Members of Musicians Anonymous Share their Stories

quipping post: No Name Drunk Joke

The Big Announcement
A musician showed up drunk again at his girlfriend's place at 3 o'clock in the morning. He insisted she wake up because he had a big announcement. "I think I have the perfect name for my new band! 'Sir Rocksalot & The Knights of the Sound Table'. Whaddya think?" And on that note, she had heard enough. "I'm going back to bed now and don't try to follow me! For all I care, call it: Sir Drinksalot Can Spend the Night Under a Bar Room Table."

online resources: Recovery Talk Radio

Recovery Radio Resources Online:

Recovery Radio Broadcasting Online 24/7

Radio and Resources

Still more like this...
For lots of recovery broadcasts and music available online,
scroll down to the dryblog list in the right column or click here

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

today's quota: Elvis Presley and Drugs

Elvis Presley Talking about Drugs and His Own Death
Fictional posthumous Elvis quote from Paul Jaffe's book, 'Clothed in Light'

"Wasn't anybody's fault. I don't wanna sound conceited, but it's almost impossible to describe what it was like being Elvis. I needed to relax and catch my breath, that, and I couldn't stand the pain of my family breaking up. That's where the drugs came in.

Then I became the slave rather than the master of these prescriptions. There I go, calling the drugs prescriptions; I used to delude myself that I didn't have a drug problem because it was all coming from doctors. It was just an excuse. Prescription drugs, street drugs, same thing if you use 'em like I did.

Nothing's more boring than drugs, even though some people think they're glamorous... I became something I wasn't. Once that happens, who cares?

What happened was a bad combination of drugs, the ones I usually took combined with the codeine my dentist gave me the night before. I'd had allergic reactions to codeine before but for some reason I forgot.When you don't care bad things happen. You forget what you need to remember. That's what happened to me 16 August 1977. But if it hadn't happened that day it would've some other..."

--- --- Website --- Elvis Impersonators ------ Sightings

This automatically starts in your RealPlayer:
Click to launch a RealPlayer Elvis Clips Medley

Have you heard about the time Elvis was in Las Vegas and he entered an Elvis-impersonator contest? He came in second. (A joke told to me by Jim S)

question with answers: The Addiction Maze

Are you looking for a way out of the addiction maze?...

There is a way out and free help available - see here:

Alcoholics Anonymous: Letter to Anyone New to A.A.

Narcotics Anonymous: Who, What, How and Why

For Family & Friends of alcoholics: What is Al-Anon?

Family & Friends of drug addicts: About Nar-Anon

quipping post: Prohibition & Alcohol Fun Facts

Weapon in the Prohibitionists' Arsenal

Fun Facts Index

quick links: New Beginnings and Change

New Beginnings Blog
"The moderately insane and often contradictory life of a formerly cynical and spritually bankrupt alcoholic in recovery, and my journey back from the dark side":
This is my story of recovery and a new beginning...

Changemaker Blog
"The purpose of this blog is to share her experience, strength and hope to anyone who would like to help others to better understand themselves":
Changemaker - Weblog about better understanding yourself

odd news queue: Beer, Sunbathing, and more

Unusual News Stories On Tap

Company launches world's strongest beer at 25% alcohol

Padlock removed from man's privates 2 wks after it was fastened when drunk

More beer? Not a prayer! Belgian monks are refusing to make any more

Tan-Timer bikini wth electronic beeper reminds sunbathers to turn over

Gang of prisoners tunnelled out of jail only to emerge in the prison yard

Say yes to napping! Bankers encouraged to sleep at desk

Woman eBaying a Polish pastry which features the face of Christ

Star Wars light sabre fetches $260,000 at auction

Young woman has beauty and brains but might be lacking in humility

Oops! Man drove for 6 hours before realizing he left wife at gas station

Woman being kept alive by Viagra-style anti-impotence drug

Man pretended car broke down to use people's phones to call sex hotlines

Lazy postman faces jail after he stashes 1000's of undelivered letters at home

Mayor of a town called 'F**king' appeals to tourists to stop stealing their road signs

Friday, August 12, 2005

today's quota: Dieting, Drinking, and Boating

Joe E Lewis Quote:
"I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I lost two weeks."

PJ O'Rourke Quote:
"In Western Australia they don't even know how to make that vital piece of sailing-boat equipment, the gin and tonic."

Drinking & Boating
The above is at best a humorous quote, but there's
nothing funny about drinking and boating - see here:
Boat Safety Information, Tips, and more

links added: Weblogs, Spirituality, and Recovery

Java Diva Blog
"Here you can read about my journey through battling addiction (as well as addition), trying to be the best Mom I can be and occasionally my incredible distain for sorting socks (Not necessarily in that order)":
Mommy Needs Coffee

Java Julie's Blog
"I rather enjoy reading others' blogs - in fact, it's how I avoid washing the dishes (at least for a while). Happily partnered lesbian, great job, good friends":
Life is Good ...but for the Grace of God

Searching For A Better Way Blog
"Clean and sober since Imbolc 2001 by the grace of the Celtic Goddess Brigit":
Recovery based on a progressive Wiccan Spirituality

Allspirit Website
"Spirituality is the theme of Allspirit, and spiritual writing, poetry, quotations and song lyrics can all be found in abundance...":
From Advaita to Zen, Ancient to Contemporary, Something for Everybody

Steps For Recovery Magazine
Online guide to clean and sober lifestyles:
Step Magazine August Edition

This Month's Recovery Horoscopes Here

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

today's quota: The 'Eat, Drink, and Be Merry' Girl

Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' Film Quote:
JEFF: She's like a queen bee with her pick of the drones.
LISA: I'd say she's doing a woman's hardest job: juggling wolves.
JEFF: She sure is the 'eat, drink, and be merry' girl.
STELLA: Yeah, she'll wind up fat, alcoholic and miserable. Maybe one day she'll find her happiness.
JEFF: Yeah, and some man'll lose his.

Hitchcock Trivia
"Alfred Hitchcock was once stopped at the French border by a suspicious customs official. Eyeing the space where Hitchcock listed his profession as "producer," the official demanded, 'And what do you produce?' 'Gooseflesh,' Hitchcock cooly replied." More like this:
Alfred Hitchcock Anecdotes and Fun Facts Page Here

Filmography Page ---- Cameos Page

quipping post: Alcoholic Character Profile

Barney Gumble
If there's one thing Barney Gumble loves more than beer, he hasn't
discovered it yet. And not for want of trying. Hard liquor, sterno, cough
syrup, turpentine, he's tried them all. Once, in a fit of desperation, he drank
some non-alcoholic champagne, with near-fatal consequences. But beer!
Wonderful Beer! Barney would kill his own brain for a beer. He's drunk beer
out of ashtrays, sucked beer out of rags, licked windows made of old beer
bottles, and realizing a dream come true, drunk straight from the tap until
his heart stopped. As he's said more than once, "If Moe's Tavern didn't
close, I'd never leave." Official Website

videos online: Auto Theft, Drugs, Games & Spirituality

Bait Cars & Drug Addiction
"A bait car is a vehicle owned by the police and is intended to be stolen. After a bait car is stolen, the location, speed, and direction of travel of the vehicle is monitored by police dispatchers at EComm through GPS tracking. Everything that takes place inside the bait car is caught on audio and video. The dispatcher will coordinate a police response and once officers are in position behind the bait car, the engine will be disabled at the click of a mouse button which allows for the quick arrest of the car thieves." -- According to this website, many of these videos demonstrate a linkage between auto theft and hard drug addiction. See for yourself here:
Police-Captured Videos and Auto Thieves Page

Bait Cars Are Everywhere. Steal One. Go To Jail.

Bible Games instead of Grand Theft Auto?
Marketing God and the Bible as opposed to blood & guts to video gamers:
Read the Story and Watch the Video Here

See Trailers of Bible Video Games

Online Buddhist Multimedia Flash Animation Collection

Friday, August 05, 2005

today's quota: The Beatles on Drinking and Drugging

Ringo Starr Quotes
- "I hope the fans will take up meditation instead of drugs."
- "That's all drugs and alcohol do, they cut off your emotions in the end."
- "There's a woman in the United States who predicted the plane we were traveling on would crash. Now, a lot of people would like to think we were scared into saying a prayer. What we did actually - we drank."
- "So this is America. They must be out of their minds."
- "I'm not going to say anything because nobody believes me when I do."

Paul McCartney Quotes
- "LSD opened my eyes. We only use on-tenth of our brain. Just think of what we could accomplish if we could only tap that hidden part! It would mean a whole new world if the politicians would take LSD. There wouldn't be any more war or poverty or famine."
- "I now realize that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without having a headache."
- "I am alive and well and unconcerned about the rumors of my death. But if I were dead, I would be the last to know."

George Harrison Quote
- "There's high, and there's high, and to get really high - I mean so high that you can walk on the water, that high - that's where I'm going."
George Harrison

John Lennon Quotes
- "LSD went on for years. I must have had a thousand trips. I used to just eat it all the time."
- Ev'rybody's talking about Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism, This-ism, That-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m. All we are saying is give peace a chance."
- "There's nothing you can know that isn't known. Nothing you can see that isn't shown. Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be. It's easy. All you need is love."
Instant Karma