Quotes from Joe Walsh about being an alcoholic, and sobriety

I’ve been a fan of Joe Walsh for a while, especially since meeting a friend back in 2013 that had a drug and alcohol problem. Here are a few quotes from him from an article titled, Creating While Clean (Sober musicians on how to thrive creatively without drugs or booze):

Most of my buddies are dead. And for some reason, I am not.

I would say I’m a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous. I have 25 years of sobriety. But the important thing is, I haven’t had a drink today.

How do you say it? “A huge ego with no self-esteem.”

I was that scared little kid again. And I managed to get some consecutive days of sobriety, and I went to some AA meetings, and I realized, “I can’t say my life got better, but it stopped getting worse.” And that was huge. So I stuck around. And I realized that I’m not one of a kind and unique and different from everybody else. I’m an alcoholic. And a big light went off, and I didn’t feel alone anymore.

I can’t say this to you in ink. I can pencil it in: I know I’m good today.

My life has got better beyond my wildest imagination.

(And if you’ve never heard it before, here’s his song, One Day At A Time.)

Working on pickup lines with my nieces

Worked on pickup lines with my nieces in Illinois last night. I usually go with, “Excuse me, do you know how to bake cookies?”;  “Oreos: Regular, or Double Stuf?”; or the classic, “What did you do when Hostess went bankrupt?” But thanks to them I’m working on my repertoire:

You’re so hot you must’ve started global warming.

Did it hurt? When you fell from heaven?

If you were a booger I’d pick you first. (might be best used in grade school)

Is it hot in here, or is it just you? (may be good if the woman appears to be having hot flashes)

Do you have a map? I just got lost in your eyes.

Stop, drop, and roll, baby. You are on fire.

Woo baby, you’re hotter than donut grease. (works best at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts)

Alexa, never play songs by James Taylor

Me: Alexa, play 70s folk music.

*Alexa starts playing a James Taylor song*

Me: Alexa, never play songs by James Taylor.

Alexa: Shuffling James Taylor playlist, on Amazon Music.

My niece is raising money for children

If you’d like to donate some money to a worthy cause, my niece is studying to be a nurse, and she’s helping to raise money for sick and injured children. Here’s a blurb from that page:

“I'm on a mission to help sick and injured kids in my local community and I need your help. My local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their illness, injury, or even their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries they may get from just being a kid.”

Any help is appreciated!

You’re dreams don’t die until you give up on them

“Keep grinding man. If you’ve ever been down, misplaced, overlooked, just keep grinding baby. You’re dreams don’t die until you give up on them. Just continue to keep working.”

~ CJ Anderson, let go by the Broncos, Panthers, Raiders, and now a star in the playoffs with the Rams

TextMate TODO tag syntax highlighting

As a brief note to self, I like the way the TODO tag is highlighted when using TextMate, so I dug around to see how it worked so I can make other words be highlighted the same way it is. The short answer is that in TextMate, click the Bundles menu, select Edit Bundles, then scroll down to select TODO near the bottom of the list, then Language Grammars and TODO. The last few steps are shown in the image.

Edible marijuana is causing a lot more health problems than inhaled marijuana

For folks in states like Colorado where marijuana is legal, per uchealth.org, edible marijuana seems to be causing a lot more health problems than inhaled marijuana. A few notes:

  • It can take up to four hours for the high from an edible to take effect
  • Edibles are 268 times more likely than inhaled marijuana to cause users in Colorado to seek help at an ER (despite the fact that many more people use the inhaled form)
  • Edibles have a more severe toxicity than inhaled forms and the effects are psychiatric in nature