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Why am I here?

Posted Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 4:50 PM

That's a question that was posed on one of Mike's blogs I believe. CJW asked why there were bloggers and people making comments that aren't even from Mt. Home. Since he mentioned Caldwell, and as far as I know I'm the only one here from Caldwell, he must have meant me. He also said something about being here because we got permanently banned from blogs in our own town or were ashamed to state our real feelings close to home.

Well, I've never been banned from anything. I do comment on the Idaho Statesman. A rag, I know, but there opportunities for some polite discussion at times. I use the same screen name as I use here. The discussions I usually get involved with center around alcoholism, something I am well acquainted with. It reached the point that I got tired of typing the same rant so I saved it in word and just copied and pasted it. It goes as follows

 

I don't freaking believe it!! Oh well, here goes again.
1) It has been proven WE are wired that way when we are born.
2) If this were a choice, then WE should be put away forever as a danger to society.
My journey into active alcoholism started at age 13.
I finally started my recovery at 59. A choice to live like that? Are you insane?
WE all live that one crisis away from the insanity to think WE can handle just one. ( Sorry for the convoluted way I put that. )  Oh heck, most of you out there know what I mean.
S55,wordsmith, and many many more out there do understand and do not JUDGE!
God help me if ever reach that point of insanity. My just one will be a very large bottle to accompany me on my last drive to High Bridge.

I have this little rant saved so I can repost it everytime I read something so stupid.

As to why I'm here, I came upon these blogs by accident. Then I started reading them. I kept my mouth shut for quite awhile before I registered and started commenting. For the most part everyone has welcomed me, warts and all. With exception of a person who is no longer allowed to comment here I have been called very few names, even though my politics are rather different . In fact one night Mike and I most likely set a record for the number of comments for a 90 minute span of time. Good polite discourse. We didn't change each others mind and agreed to disagree, but we listened to each other. I have met 3 people face to face, MsM, lamont and HewBet who is also gone. In my bio I state very clearly how I feel about name calling. Mike wrote a blog about the name calling. I will plead guilty to behavior and words that bordered on name calling with CJW when I felt that my integrity had been challenged, as well as my profession. I may complain about certain things about my profession, but all in all, I am very good at what I do and I enjoy the work.

Thanks for reading this.

Roy


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HAD great thing happen last night so I know why I am here .I will share.

pLAYED A GIG LAST NIGHT AT THE SOCKEYE....I got here years ago and met many good people one friend who also wore a uniform and had children was very proud of one and use to talk of him frequently.Well that friend has since passed.The young man he spoke of had went to N.Y. to study.Well last night I got to play with the comming generation.What a treat to watch a person grow and come to a point of professionalism.NO I didnt feel OLD I felt fullfilled what a great feeling.I am sure his father is proud.I have heard and played with a lot of good saxaphone players this young man is among the best.GOOD LUCK TO YOU THOMASE HUTCHINGS.....

-- Posted by lamont on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 7:08 PM

Yup

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Sun, Oct 23, 2011, at 6:59 AM

"Just one, is too many, and just one more is never enough." Merle Haggard

-- Posted by junkyard dog on Sat, Oct 22, 2011, at 5:33 PM

I believe that we are never put somewhere by accident. We all have a purpose in life and whether we get to see the fruits of our labor transform into the finished product, our efforts are not entirely in vain, ever.

The key is the recognize that some of us till the ground, others plant the seeds and the lucky few get to see the finished product.

One day at a time. One minute at a time on the really bad days. And my favorite for me is putting one foot in front of the other heading toward the light that beckons me on.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 11:41 PM

A link to a comment on the statesman. from there you can see my profile and most of my comments from the past.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/10/20...

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 6:24 PM


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I'm an almost 61 year old transplant from California 6 1/2 years ago. I work in road construction, those dastardly flaggers. My family roots go back to New England farms, not the big city. The last town I lived in when in California grew from 16K to 40K in 10 years, and that was enough to drive me out. I don't engage in or tolerate name calling. Name calling reduces an adult discussion to grade school play yard level. I have never served in the military, but have family members who have, dating back to WW1. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am neither extremely Liberal or Conservative. I am raising my 16 year old grandson, not what I expected at this age, and dealing with those issues as well as my health and near retirement which are 2 things I intend to talk about. I decided to try my hand at this thanks to the warm welcome I have received on Mike's blog. When I take a position, I will defend it until I am shown that I am mistaken, and when that happens, I apologize. There are other things about me that will come out over time I'm sure.