Marty a.k.a. cigarjunkie
|Birthday:||October 14th |
|Occupation:||Sales / Marketing|
|Location:||Metro Detroit, USA|
|Personality type:||Myers-Briggs INFP, which suggests that I am introverted, intuitive, feeling and perceiving. (Whatever.)|
|Height:||5' 10" (178 cm)|
|Hair Color:||Light Auburn|
|Hair Style:||Straight - Short|
|Clothing Pref.:||Business - Casual|
|Undies:||Briefs - Bikini|
|Piercing Info:||Left ear.|
|Relationship Status:||Single - Divorced|
|Family Info:||A daughter at the University of Michigan, and two high-school-aged sons who live with their mother|
|Astrological Sign:||Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 23)|
|Liquor:||Gave it up|
|Your Home:||Live alone|
|Biography/About:||You don't want to know.|
|Interests:||family activities, writing, reading, photography, theology, music, history, art, cigars, travel, driving on the Autobahn (yeah, baby!)|
|Languages:||American English, High German, Koine Greek; some Japanese, Korean, Russian; and occasionally a smattering of British English (e.g., "Show us yeh tongues mates"), Canadian English (e.g., "Gimme a large double-double, eh, and like a whack of Timbits"), Bavarian German (e.g., "Des woas i ned"), Swabian German (e.g., "Mir gebet nix"); and just enough French to fake the hotel staff into thinking that I actually speak their language|
|Frequent traveler:||Sky Team (e.g., Northwest, KLM, Air France, Malev, et. al.); Star Alliance (e.g., Lufthansa, Air Canada, United, US Airways, British Midlands et. al.), British Airways, Ryan Air, Air Berlin, and of course -- Deutsche Bahn!|
|People/Heroes:||Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Martin Luther, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Jacques Louis David, J. S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, Arminius (Hermann), Alexander Hamilton, Henry Clay|
|Books:||There's simply not enough room to even begin to list them. I have nearly three thousand (not including softcover & bound periodicals) mostly in English and German, and not a one is fiction.|
|Music Genres:||Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Swing / Big Band, Motown, Vintage Rock, Vintage Country Rock, Vintage Jazz, The Blues, perhaps some selected modern popular titles|
|Bands/Artists:||, Johann Sebastian Bach, Count Basie, The Beatles, Ludwig van Beethoven, Blondie, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane, Sheryl Crow, The Doors, Antonin Dvorak, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gloria Estefan, Maynard Ferguson, Georg Friedrich Handel, ink1, Joe Jackson, Jethro Tull, Stan Kenton, Kraftwerk, Diana Krall, k. d. lang, Michael McDonald, Gustav Mahler, Meat Loaf, Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Xavier Naidoo, Roy Orbison, Pink Floyd, Michael Praetorius, Gioachino Rossini, Seal, Steppenwolf, Styx, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi, Richard Wagner, The Who, Kai Winding, ZZ Top|
|Songs:||Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues)|
|TV Shows:||American Idol, Bauer sucht Frau, Mr Bean, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Bizarre Foods, The Bob Newhart Show, Cold Case Files, Comedy Central Presents, Deutschland Sucht den Superstar, Engineering an Empire, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, Forensic Files, Futureweapons, Galileo, Get Smart, House M.D., Keeping Up Appearances, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Naked Archaeologist, The Outer Limits, Police Squad, Reno 911, Seinfeld, Sledge Hammer, Star Trek TOS, Star Trek New Voyages, The Three Stooges, Twilight Zone, Wetten Dass?, What Not to Wear, Whose Line Is It Anyway?|
|Movies:||28 Days, 300, Mr Bean's Holiday, The Butterfly Effect, Casablanca, A Clockwork Orange, Contact, Crash, Femme Fatale, Hairspray, Johnny English, Lord of War, Master and Commander, Matchstick Men, Miss Congeniality, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Moulin Rouge, The Naked Gun trilogy, National Treasure, Only the Lonely, Pay It Forward, Phantom of the Opera, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Rear Window, Rent, The Ring, Rope, The Rose, The Secret, Sleepless in Seattle, Simon, the Alien movies, The Blues Brothers, the Dirty Harry movies, the even-numbered original-cast Star Trek movies, The Gods Must Be Crazy, the James Bond movies, The Matrix trilogy, The Passion of the Christ, What About Bob?, When Harry Met Sally|
|Actors:||Sandra Bullock, Nicholas Cage|
|Cars/Motorcyles:||BMW motorcycles, esp. up to the /7 series|
|Season:||Stan Fields: "Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date."
Cheryl, Miss Rhode Island: "That's a tough one. I would have to say April 25th, because it's not too hot, not too cold. All you need is a light jacket." (from Miss Congeniality)|
|Food:||Sliders (but they don't like me)|
|Drink:||Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet A&W Root Beer|
|Quotes:||Love hurts. -- Roy Orbison|
A Dream within a Dream |
A Dream within a Dream
by: Edgar Allen Poe
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a...
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
For some reason I am both drawn to, and depressed by, this song. I believe it to be one of the most powerful songs ever written. It is "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" (lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman; music by Michel Legrand). This song says at once everything that is right, and everything that is wrong, with life.
What are you doing the rest of your life?
North and South and East and West of your life?
I have only one request of your life
That you spend it all with me.
All the seasons and the times of your days.
All the nickels and the dimes of your days.
Make like Heinz and catch up
Being in recovery is quite a trip sometimes. Once one has significant clean time, one can truly become a new person -- a very different person. One approaches life and relationships in ways they never have before. One's thinking is markedly different. All for the better, I might add.
Yet, for people who were in the recovering person's life back when they were still in their addiction, they still see that person (at least in part) as their former self. They knew how to relate to the addict; they haven't gotten to know the new person in recovery yet. They think they know this person, but...
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence." -- George Washington