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When people think of alcoholics they assume them to be lushes with little to no redeeming qualities, completely incapable of operating on an efficent level, and abusive to EVERYONE; completely destructive in nature with malice, scorn, and regret tatoo'd on their soul.

FUCK THAT SHIT.

Why I drink began as a simple extracurricular activity to accompany/compensate for marijuana.

In all honesty, I became an alcoholic very early in my life. By 16 I was drinking gin, corn liquor, bourbon, AND vodka.

If I had to say one or the other (alcohol vs. weed) had a more profound impact on my life?

Weed.

Legit.

HOWEVER, alcohol is a totally different thing.

You have to understand the subtle nuances of alcoholic beverages to actually appreciate them.

I love aged bourbon for different reasons. I love botanical gins for different reasons. I love vodka from different countries for different reasons.

I love beers from America, but Stella (Belgian Lager) is ny favorite in the world, with Tsing Tang (Chinese, 5% alcohol) being a close second; again, for entirely different reasons.

Every alcoholic beverage has a story to tell; I embrace the history and heratige of EVERY drop of alcohol I ingest.

I wouldn't have preferences, or even a single fucking opinion on the matter if it didn't matter. People died for this shit.

You know why?

BECAUSE HARD WORKING MOTHERFUCKERS LIKE ME NEED THIS SHIT TO DEAL WITH PUSSY ASS MOTHERFUCKERS LIKE "YOU."

That's about the best argument I could give.

Honestly, my body is so hardwired to run off the shit that I spent two years drinking Gin for breakfast.

I just run better with gas in the tank.

Weed normally doesn't improve anything except my ability to write music and make enemies online. xD

I mean, I have gotten face to ass drunk before, and totally trashed blackouts have occured; I've woken up ONCE in my life not knowing how I got there, and that was a once-in-a-lifetime-fluke-accident-totally-my-fault type ordeal that honestly amuses the fuck out of me to this day.

Weed and alcohol don't really mix that well... each should traditionally be enjoyed independenly of one another; unless you're trying to get fucked up, or it's free.

Free works for me, Jack.

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  1. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    I know several functional alcoholics and they are very nice people. In fact, I prefer them drunk than sober. They are miserable bastards when you see them too early in the day. I know this isn't PC to say, but I also have at least 2 sober friends and I respect them the most, because they tow their own line and take responsibility. The problem with the drunk is they seldom will take responsibility.

    I understand the blog though and I have written about my own love of alcohol. If I didn't have kids, I'd probably be a drunk, but you can't when you have to be a responsible parent. I guess I chose to not be drunk.
  2. Kevin's Avatar
    I... Uhm.. Tend to mess up when I'm drunk. I also forget things. That's probably the major mess up: being forgetful. So, I don't do it much because I feel stupid when I.. self-sabotage for me, which again I can't stand when I... Anyway. Hope your body holds up. I've had a couple friends die young from it. They were full time drinkers. I miss both of them.
  3. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    As simplistic as this advice is, I think it still holds true from the depression era generation- the Greatest Generation. Do everything in moderation and search for and find a way to be content. It'll help you to start to wake up from the drunk dream and see life can be beautiful even in all the misery. You have to choose to find it first within.
  4. RhythmOvPain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tinacrabapple
    As simplistic as this advice is, I think it still holds true from the depression era generation- the Greatest Generation. Do everything in moderation and search for and find a way to be content. It'll help you to start to wake up from the drunk dream and see life can be beautiful even in all the misery. You have to choose to find it first within.
    There's nothing wrong or skewed about my outlook on life, hon.

    I'm just a little more experienced than most. =\
  5. Plasticweld's Avatar
    ROP you said something I am going to call BS to. That is the term Hardworking. Just to explain as we are each allowed an opinion...and we don't even have to agree.

    I have yet to have an alcholic or drug user over the years ever...be what "I" called a hard worker. They always thought they were hard workers but never had the results to back it up. I have employed many guys over the years, ex cons, guys on probation and guys dealing with substance abuse. At one time I only had one employee out of 8 who did not have to report to a parole officer at some time during the week.

    I have often call my companies the home for misfits. I have seen good guys fall off the wagon. Have one bad night. I judge a guy but what he an do..not his past, yesterday is gone and every is new day and a fresh start. I can say in all honesty, those who have shown up drunk or with a hangover will swear that they could work just like normal. I will say no one is harder on a drunk than a sober one who has to carry one. All of my guys are paid production and when one of them is off everyone pays.

    I would want to ask those that work with you with..just how hard you really work... You may just be the first guy to pull it off, the first guy I have ever conversed with who can do it....but I kind of doubt it. You might be one of the toughest guys around sober and able to work a good man into the ground...I am sure your not the same guy with a buzz...

    Just 43 years worth of being the boss and giving lots of guys a second chance... I still will always give a guy a shot, forget yesterday and let any guy prove me wrong... It is that fight many times that saves a guy.
  6. H.Brown's Avatar
    I would have to disagree Pw I regularly smoke pot, yet I am a manager of a play centre that's capacity is over 1,000 people. I work on adverage 180+hours a month running around and helping my staff. I also work hard around wf when I get home and on my days off. However I also keep the pot away from my work life, I do not smoke before going to work, so that I can work as hard as I do. So hello you have now met a hard working drug user.

    Rhythm what can I say, I'm not an alcoholic but I have been close to becoming one. I have also been drinking since I was 15, moving from cider to vodka before I was 16, then college came and I migrated to whisky, wine and vodka shots and by my second year of uni I was drinking from 12 in the afternoon until 4/5 o'clock the following morning, 7 days a week. Yet the me now after having almost 4 years of next to no drinking, compared to the me back then are comoletly different. I am more confident in myself and my abilities, I am nolonger afraid to stand up for myself to anybody. I am a much better person in and of myself. Yet it wasn't methat dug myself out of my hole and bring me out of myself, it was my other half. He has over the years fixed most of the things that had been broken or beaten down inside me. It is much easier to battle any addiction with someone by your side, so if you ever need/want to, give me a shout and remember you're not alone.
  7. RhythmOvPain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    ROP you said something I am going to call BS to. That is the term Hardworking. Just to explain as we are each allowed an opinion...and we don't even have to agree.

    I have yet to have an alcholic or drug user over the years ever...be what "I" called a hard worker. They always thought they were hard workers but never had the results to back it up. I have employed many guys over the years, ex cons, guys on probation and guys dealing with substance abuse. At one time I only had one employee out of 8 who did not have to report to a parole officer at some time during the week.

    I have often call my companies the home for misfits. I have seen good guys fall off the wagon. Have one bad night. I judge a guy but what he an do..not his past, yesterday is gone and every is new day and a fresh start. I can say in all honesty, those who have shown up drunk or with a hangover will swear that they could work just like normal. I will say no one is harder on a drunk than a sober one who has to carry one. All of my guys are paid production and when one of them is off everyone pays.

    I would want to ask those that work with you with..just how hard you really work... You may just be the first guy to pull it off, the first guy I have ever conversed with who can do it....but I kind of doubt it. You might be one of the toughest guys around sober and able to work a good man into the ground...I am sure your not the same guy with a buzz...

    Just 43 years worth of being the boss and giving lots of guys a second chance... I still will always give a guy a shot, forget yesterday and let any guy prove me wrong... It is that fight many times that saves a guy.
    ...

    I'm sorry, I just got done laughing.

    So this week alone I worked two twenty hour shifts switching between two labor jobs. Tomorrow morning I'm going out at 5:30 A.M.

    I sometimes work 6 to 10 hours before I even eat lunch, and some days simply don't stop; that's upwards of 12/14 hours of straight ass busting labor.

    By my third High Gravity, IDGAF. I swear my man and I once did a whole 22 hours with nothing but hot pockets we cooked on the dashboard while we were working, a two 24 packs of water, and two cases of Corona a piece. By the time I got home I was so wired I went and worked my other job without going to sleep, haha.
  8. Plasticweld's Avatar
    ROP you must be a wealthy man if you work that many hours and do all the things you say....My apologies
  9. RhythmOvPain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    ROP you must be a wealthy man if you work that many hours and do all the things you say....My apologies
    Meh, I was at one point.

    These days it's all I can do to stay alive.

    Most of the time the payoff doesn't come until the project is done; otherwise it's like busywork that pays like shit.
  10. TuesdayEve's Avatar
    Dear ROP,
    What’s your point? Just trying to understand
    where you’re coming from... are you juss
    sayin’? Or complainin’? Or debatin’? You are
    too young to know, really know, the effects
    of booz on your personality because you
    haven’t had a long enough grace period
    being sober than stiff. You look mid twenties
    pushing thirty and I realize it’s the oldest
    you’ve ever been. But to many of us old
    fogies, with many years of experience,
    most likely with alcoholics including myself,
    you’re just a pup.
    And you’re rational immature.
    Now, don’t get mad.... ok, you like different
    kinds of booz for different reasons,
    you’re a connoisseur but you’re also a self
    proclaimed alcoholic...so what?
    What do you want?
  11. RhythmOvPain's Avatar
    Nothing, really.

    It just amuses me from time to time to see what people take away from my TFTD series. I figured I'd post one explaining my position on the matter.

    This whole topic is devoted to people who, LIKE MYSELF, drink alcohol.

    The truth is I've been drinking since I was at least 15 and I'm 29 now; in fourteen years my tastes, preferences, and intake have changed.

    „Wanna know what hasn't changed?

    Me. Alcohol has never changed me in any way.

    As I've already explained, I've got more stock in smoking weed than I do in drinking. Weed, and weed culture (arguably drug culture as a whole) have played a crucial role in my development as an adult.

    Alcohol is my passtime; weed is my passion.
  12. H.Brown's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RhythmOvPain
    Alcohol is my passtime; weed is my passion.
    I'm the opposite Rhythm weed is my passtime but I have many different passions.
  13. Plasticweld's Avatar
    You do realize how sad it is that you say, you started drinking and abusing at 15 and you have not changed. Most of us who went through that period of life became husbands and wifes, we became parents, we got educated learned a career or trade, bought a house. I don't know anyone that would say I have not changed from being a 15 year old.

    Life can be a great ride, it can be rewarding and tons of fun. It is only what you make it. My guess here, is that I am not the only one to be telling you; you might be missing out on some of the good stuff...and other kinds of fun and the joy of having other people in your life.

    We all get to chose our own path in life. You're and alcoholic I am a workaholic. Both have burdens both have pluses and minus.

    I would ask you the honest question of where do you see yourself in the next 15 years, are you going to be 44 and penning the same words and the same sediments. I would also ask you to take a look and find a 44 year old ROP, take a real long look and see if that's what you want... There are unfortunately no shortage of those types of people around.

    Like I said...Everyday we get to chose who we are.
  14. RhythmOvPain's Avatar
    I'm not going to debate you bruh.

    When I said alcohol hadn't changed me in 14 years, I meant that alcohol alone as an outside influence hadn't changed me in any manner or fashion.

    I'm really not a fan of constantly being questioned about shit I've already driven into stone; it falls upon other people to actually take initiative and think more than 10 seconds before they start ranting about how I'm "wrong."
  15. Winston's Avatar
    BECAUSE HARD WORKING MOTHERFUCKERS LIKE ME NEED THIS SHIT TO DEAL WITH PUSSY ASS MOTHERFUCKERS LIKE "YOU."
    Preach.
  16. mrmustard615's Avatar
    Hey, Rhythm. Try not to take some of the criticisms too personally. A lot of us are just a bit worried about you, that's all.


    By the way, your Youtube videos are pretty interesting. I think I'm getting to know you a little better.
  17. RhythmOvPain's Avatar
    I don't take any critism personally, but I do take to antagonization like a moth to a flame.

    I suppose that my weakness is just my conditioning to defend myself at all costs. xD

    Thanks for watching my vids and for posting, Mustard. <3
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