If anybody wants to reply. I know some about the people here, but not a lot of basics: where do you work, what defines you, etc.

I will go first:
Recovering alcoholic and schizophrenic. I work in computer security as a consultant. I help secure systems and networks. I am 49, but look younger then my age. I have four kids and a loving wife.

Interesting and off beat:
I have spied before, gathered intelligence from foreign (Chinese) hackers, whom I befriended. I also have had some miracles happen in my life, which is what truly defines me.

My schizophrenia used both facts to create delusions I believed for awhile. (Like that my coworkers were spies or angels, which is not true).

I like cinema (including television) and take it seriously.) I also like video games.

I am very well read.

Major current hobby is helping people on some Christian subreddit’s, counseling those who want to seek God, or have problems in their lives. I find a lot of fulfillment in that.

I do not go to church, but am a big AA’r.




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  1. Fletch 2 weeks ago

    55
    married 31 yrs
    2 boys, 22 and 19
    2 dogs, 5 and 2
    self employed
    recovering alcoholic (25 yrs, 7 months, about 20 days sober)
    slackliner
    mountain bike rider
    beginning Buddhist
    live in an affluent community just north of L.A.
    fan of the Dodgers and Lakers

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      five2one 2 weeks ago

      @Fletch Fair terms — what do you do for a living?

      Using your model:
      I am 49 (but oddly look a lot younger)
      I work in computer security, work at home
      I am married over twenty years
      4 kids, oldest 28… 20, 12, 15
      All girls but for the 15 year old
      I live in Houston suburb Sugar Land
      Hobbies: watching television, playing video games, posting online — I really like posting to help people in trouble, on christian subreddits
      sober close to seven months now — seven months tomorrow

      Was a schizophrenic alcoholic, which is a bad kind. I also abused cough syrup. I mean drink like two bottles at a time, where it becomes a hallucenogenic that lasts for days.

      Been in four institutions past two years. Lost almost every job I had over the past ten years to my illnesses. It was bad, but I hid both pretty well. That was a struggle.

      The schizophrenia caused me to believe immense delusions. I was reading code in things that were not code. I thought my coworkers were angels or spies.

      I have had experience with both angels and spies, for real, but I elaborated – on my own- far past the pale.

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  2. ladybarbara 2 weeks ago

    72 and single Native American that passes for white. Female. I have two sons 54 and 52. They live far away in California. I am retired. I don’t drink, or smoke. I am loosely a Baha’i. The Baha’is decided that they did not like me co-owning a house with Immortal Pirate , nor having a relationship and not being married —– so, I am no longer on speaking terms with the Baha’i Faith. I am a decent person. I just don’t think a group of people (the Baha’is) should be telling me how they think I should live. I live a quiet life. I enjoy gardening and cooking. I live in a suburban community just West of Phoenix, AZ. I live with Immortal Pirate. We do many things together – parties, theater, festivals, and getting together with friends.

    Right now, Immortal Pirate is fighting cancer. So, that is our #1 concern right now.

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    • Fletch 2 weeks ago

      @ladybarbara

      Positive thoughts to you and @immortal_pirate at this time. He’s a warrior in body and spirit, and a seems like a good man. He will battle.

      My Dad is in Prescott and I have been going over a lot lately since my Mom passed in July.

      Peace and Love to you both!

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      • ladybarbara 2 weeks ago

        @Fletch Thank you for the positive thoughts. He is a warrior and he will get through this battle. I am sorry for the loss of your Mom. It is sad when we lose our Moms. I lost my Mom 2 years ago and last year Immortal Pirate lost his Mom. May your Mom rest in peace and love , and live on in good memories.

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      • immortal_pirate 2 weeks ago

        @Fletch Thank you for your kind words.

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      five2one 2 weeks ago

      @ladybarbara Oh, that is terrible. Condolences.

      I forgot you were Bahai! You had not mentioned in a long time. Now, I know why…

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  3. immortal_pirate 2 weeks ago

    I am an immortal and will continue to believe such. I am a survivor. Prostate cancer is just a kick to the groin that will NOT defeat me. I am a warrior, and I will fight this battle and I will win.
    I need not post personal information about myself here. Most of you already know enough about me, where I came from, that I have loved and lost, and have produced offspring in abundance. Perhaps prostate cancer is God punishing me for the sins of my youth; having been quite prolific in re-populating several third world countries…fortunately, none of my sins have shown up on my door step asking, “Are you my daddy?”

    I actually live a rather quiet life now. Lady Barbara and I enjoy our retirement together and the freedoms that come with it, to go where we please, and engage in activities that bring us a sense of joy.

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