Saw my physician today, and tomorrow I will be heading to the hospital for some ultrasounds and other tests re: the hernia, and then getting locked up in the big house for a while.

See you all on the other side.

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    Mzinformation says:

    Wishing you only the best John!!!!

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    Bon voyage.

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    Karen in GA says:

    I guess this means you got a bed? Good. Wishing you strength and a relatively smooth transition to sobriety.

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    Good luck John, with everything and remember that Tunch is watching over you.

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    Baud says:

    We’ll miss you, Brad.

    I mean, John

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    Patrick Thompson says:

    Rooting for you, Cole.

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    w3ski says:

    Going to miss you and worry about you too. Get Better Fast, OK?

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    Suzanne says:

    You go, Cole. Kick that habit’s ass.

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    Alison says:

    Well, you said you didn’t want luck, but I will say that I hope you get what you need out of this, that it goes as well as can be hoped, and also – I am proud of you for doing this. *fist bump*

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    CaseyL says:

    Wishing you a safe and successful sojourn.

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    JPL says:

    We are all rooting for you. Take care of yourself and although you will be missed, we’ll be thinking good thoughts until you return.

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    JasonF says:

    Good luck!

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    currants says:

    Bon courage, John.

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    Dave says:

    Good luck, John. Good on you for persevering in the face of all the obstacles.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Baud: Are you implying that there could be a Chelsea Cole running this blog?

    @John Cole —– Good luck and FSM speed on your journey. Please come back soon.

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    Chickamin Slam says:

    Good luck Cole. We’ll miss you in the meantime. Best wishes.

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    Linkmeister says:

    I’m convinced you’ll do this just fine, John,

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    Marc says:

    Good luck, man. Be well.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Hang tough and be well.

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    bago says:

    Do try to enjoy the hallucinations. I’m serious, as I’ve quit drinking 6-7 times now and the hallucinations on day 3 can be not horrible if you’re ready for them.

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    dexwood says:

    Wishing you the strength you already have and smooth sailing.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Eh, you’ll still be Big Gay Al on the other side. Ain’t no twelve stepping that away.
    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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    JPL says:

    OT.. although I don’t think John will mind but it appears that Raven’s next representative will be to the right of Paul Broun. yup.. I know it seems impossible but there is always someone to the right.

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    Corner Stone says:


    as I’ve quit drinking 6-7 times now


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    Scott S. says:

    Good luck, John Cole. :)

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    srv says:

    How will a dry host work with a blog filled with DSM-IV footnotes/commenters?

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    Garbo says:

    You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and gosh darn it, people love you. Go get ’em, Cole.

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    hells littlest angel says:

    It’s “see you on the flip-side, motherfucker.”

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    Karen in GA says:

    @JPL: Oh, no. He’ll be my crackpot too.

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    Chopper says:

    As with all “I’m done for a while” posts outta cole, I expect he’ll have a bunch more posts coming up soon.

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    Corner Stone says:

    When will Shawn start FP’ng? I have so many questions.

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    JPL says:

    @Karen in GA: I never thought I’d say this but at least Tom Price is not as bad.
    I tried to go on the Secretary of State page to see what area reported results but it’s useless. The website is a mess and you can’t find it.

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    wick says:

    Be well.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Miss you already. I hope (no, I know) your adventure will be exactly right for you. When you speak of us — and you will — be kind, and remember you have thousands of people around the world wishing you only the best.

    Here are some hugs to pack in a corner of your suitcase and haul out when the going gets tough:


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    bk says:

    Been there did that ten years ago.

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    Biscuits says:

    Hugs and wishing you well. You are a good man John Cole.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Howard Beale IV:
    Malaysia is way behind Thailand in cat pictures. Amir needs to get on the ball.

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    cmm says:

    You can do this John. There are a lot of us pulling for you.

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    Aimai says:

    All love for you, john. I know you can do it.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Hope the hospital visit tomorrow is productive and they set a schedule for the operation. Also hoping the rehab stint happens too.

    Reposting something I posted below at the end of a thread.

    OT: Flags Changed on Brooklyn Bridge…..-1.1875673

    Friends pointed me to this story. I don’t think this incident will give anyone much faith in the NYPD security protocols for the Brooklyn Bridge, or for watching any of the cameras around the City.

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    mai naem says:

    Dude, good luck. Hurry back soon. Wouldn’t want Anne Laurie getting used to not having her post stomped all over. You are perfectly capable of overcoming this.

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    skippy says:

    just now recovering from a double hernia operation 3 weeks ago.

    it sucks. big time.

    good luck.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Good luck. We’ll all be thinking of you. I miss you already.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Karen in GA:

    Perdue and Kingston are still 50-50, separated by something like 250 votes at last report. Be wonderful if it ended up so close that they were forced into a time-consuming recount.

    In the 11th, Loudermilk is crushing Bob Barr.

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    Ford Powers says:

    Good luck…
    I’m already bored here without u

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    Ford Powers says:

    Good luck…
    I’m already bored here without u

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    Johannes says:

    Be well, John. See you on your return….

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    RaflW says:

    Hey John,

    I hope treatment goes well for you. I did outpatient (evenings) back about 2002 and it did help.

    I think the key after getting out is to build a supportive network of fellows who get where you’re at and you can do the mutual support thing with ’em.

    Being alone on a post-treatment path is, IMO, a tougher road to choose.

    Best to you! … And enjoy the institutional food! (Oh, wait, you were in the military, you know how that goes…)

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    Denali says:

    Yes, we already miss you.

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    raven says:

    Hang tough home boy.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: And Hice by a mile.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: Thank you.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Best wishes, John, and remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

    And you have thousands of people you’ll never meet, pulling for your success, here at our little corner of the Hundred-Acre Wood…

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    Svensker says:

    Break a leg, big guy. Not really. Kybosh that, or you’ll take it literally, prolly. But good journey, may the Force be with you, and the Light be around you and with you.

    To quote Julian of Norwich quoting God, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

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    Karen in GA says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: A recount would be entertaining.

    But I’m looking forward to a future of holding my hands over my ears any time Jody Hice speaks.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Anne Laurie: Are you suggesting that Cole is a bear of very little Brain?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Howard Beale IV:

    The very first cat I got after I hit “random” is a cat in Greece who looks exactly like our cat Charlotte. Freaky.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven: lucky you.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Karen in GA:

    I expect you’ll have plenty of opportunities.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: And IN Athens my friend the bomb thrower beat my friend the affiliative person in our district.

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    khead says:

    Good luck John.

    Did I miss the post that said who is in charge of the critters?

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    raven says:

    @khead: Sean

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    Richard Mayhew says:

    I hope that you find what you need and good vibes will be sent your way

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    Dog On Porch says:

    Keep in mind that Far Side cartoon, in which the reader’s perspective is above a psychiatrist’s shoulder, as he, in turn, looks at a patient laying prone on a couch.

    The shrink is patiently listening, all the while holding a notebook upon which he has written (in bold print with exclamation points) the word “NUTS!!”.

    Good Luck, Cole.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven: is that for a local office? State lege? I’m sure you said at some point, but I can’t remember.

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    khead says:


    Thx. Just curious since I figured they weren’t going with him.

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    Karen in GA says:

    Since some of us have gone a bit OT, I’ll just leave this here so everyone’s night is complete: Iggy goes gangsta — slightly.

    Now to avoid Jody Hice some more.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Good luck, Cole.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I think Shawn will continue to stay at John’s and take care of the piglets.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: County commission. The winner is a longtime “activist” who is really smart and dedicated to helping people but her mouth has really alienated a lot of people. I hope this is a chance for her to grow.

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    Lolis says:

    Take care.

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    JPL says:

    So I found the Secretary of State page on returns in GA and it appears that the Atlanta area still has several precincts out as well as east GA Kingston’s area. In other words we know nothing. Sorry about Hice but really does it matter?

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    raven says:

    @JPL: Matter to who? He’s worse than the jackass he’s replacing.

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    Jill says:

    Good luck with this latest endeavor, John. You are an incredibly good person and deserve a lot of credit for facing this so squarely in the face. My admiration and respect for you just keeps growing.

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    Emma says:

    Get well and come back. All of us inmates will be waiting.

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    JPL says:

    @raven: He’ll vote the same way though.
    That’s all I meant.

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    John, remember, naked mopping is frowned upon at most clinics. You’re doing good. Everyone is proud of you.

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    @khead: Shawn lives here now. Pets are the least of my concerns.

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    JPL says:

    @John (MCCARTHY) Cole: good. You’ll be okay.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @Roger Moore: Ah-yep. Also, it shows that folks aren’t too careful with their geolocation/EXIF data.

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    Nina-the-first says:

    Mach’s gut!

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    ruemara says:

    Stay safe, get well, we’ll be here.

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    Delk says:

    The worst part of rehab for me was having this song stuck in my head:

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    Keith G says:

    Just don’t talk about the mopping, the mustard, and the Subaru scarecrow lest they decide to keep you around for observation for a long, long time.

    And remember, you animals will be missing you. Yes, they will.

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    Mj_Oregon says:

    Been thinking of you for the past few days and hoping something, somewhere would open up for you to get going on the rest of your life. Good luck!

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    seaboogie says:

    Best to you, John G: “Courage”, and also “What is the frequency Kenneth?”. May these two thoughts and the BJ community, family and friends sustain you.

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    DaddyJ says:

    God be with you, John!

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    Newdealfarmgrrrlll says:

    YAY re the spot being open!

    The worst assignment I had in a group in treatment was making a list of 50 yes fifty! good qualities about myself. We were all flummoxed. The counselor said, “GOOD qualities. You have ’em but aren’t used to looking at them. I don’t want to hear about your bad qualities, you could all give me a list of 500 bad qualities in no time flat!” Dang. We all stalled out after three or four.

    The other toughie was an assignment in the outpatient aftercare to go visit my parents and hug them. Damn! Worse than the gut-wrenching soul-baring crazy stuff for this standard-model upper Midwest Scandahoovian. Hugging Just Isn’t Done! (Obviously, I survived. And now hugging in my extended family is the norm)

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    Botsplainer says:

    @Corner Stone:



    Be nice.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Nope, just that he’s the star of this odd little empire…

    (Fun fact, the original Bear of More-than-He-Admitted-Brain was named after a real bear, not a politician.)

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    YellowJournalism says:

    Hugs and warm fuzzies to you John. We’ll miss you!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    One of the wire services has called it for David Perdue but it’s not official yet.

    Kingston getting ready to speak. Will it be a concession speech or will he fight on?

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    Fair Economist says:

    Good luck with your decisions. Sounds like you’re ready to move forward and I think you’ll do well.

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    JPL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Kingston conceded

    kinda sad cuz I was hoping for a recount. I do think that Kingston’s ads questioning Perdue’s love of America hurt.

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    Scotty says:

    Good luck!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @JPL: yep, I was too.

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    Bobby B. says:

    Do yourself a favor,don’t let ’em give you any of that flank steak bullshit, TRY THE LONDON BROIL.

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    Barry says:

    Good luck!

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    Sarah says:

    Good luck, I will miss you a lot.

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    Pharniel says:

    You’ll be missed but Fuck Yeah doing what you need.

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    cmm says:

    I just hope tonight’s results are just deciding who is going to lose to Michelle Nunn.

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    dp says:

    Best wishes, man.

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    Karen in GA says:

    @cmm: Let’s hope.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Hear hear!

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    Flukebucket says:

    Get better John! Get better!

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    Mary G says:

    I know you don’t want to be wished good luck, so I will wish your hernia surgeon and nurses, as well as your rehab counselors, good luck instead.

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    Archpundit says:

    Goddammit. I finally get moved in and have some time to read my favorite blog and fucking Cole is going to rehab. After nearly five months of a hellish commute for a new job after 7 months laid off and Cole is going to rehab. Listen jackass you better get this right the first time because after my longest time away from this place over 12 years I want some goddamn Cole on a regular basis, so that means get better and get back here.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    Here’s to better days.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @Roger Moore: What’s weird is that when you zoom out to the max, it says there’s 13 cats in Antarctica. Zoom in, and that number goes poof. Even more surprising: North Korea shows 2 until you zoom in deep enough, then they go poof.

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    Blehmann says:

    I wanted you to know that your decision has made me decide to seek help. So thank you for your honesty.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    There are times in my life when I really need an anthem to get me through, and this one is working for me right now:

    “I Wanna Get Better” — Bleachers

    I didn’t know I was broken ’til I wanted to change
    I wanna get better

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    Steeplejack says:


    And good on you. Good luck.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Ford Powers: FourLoko?! Is that you?!

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    wds says:

    Have a profitable/life-changing rehab John!!! thoughts/energy/prayers your way….

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    So long, and thanks for all the fish!

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    Denny says:

    All the best, John.

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    Concerned Citizen says:

    good luck cole

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    BGinCHI says:

    Hang in there, JC.

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    Sandia Blanca says:

    I’m happy that you’ve found a way to get to the healing place. Take care of yourself.

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    Luthe says:

    Just remember: you’re only quitting drinking. You can keep sniffing ALL the glue you’d like.

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    Bob In Portland says:

    Good luck, man.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    A special edition I Know Where Your Cat Lives for Cole: Middle Eastern cat post-Furminating.

    Also, I keep getting non-cat pictures when I hit “random.” I want my money back.

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    jacy says:

    All the best, Cole. Things are going to be fine. :)

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    Karen in GA says:

    @Blehmann: All the best to you.

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    GHayduke (formerly lojasmo) says:

    May you feel as blessed as I do in sobriety.

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    Paul W. says:

    All the best John.. who is taking care of Steve though!?

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    Lori says:

    Best wishes to you, John.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Paul W.: Shawn will be still be at the house and taking care of the animals.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Paul W.:

    Shawn, Cole’s heterosexual life partner, is living at the house and taking care of the pets.

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    Radio One says:

    John, best wishes, good luck and everything else, I think you’re going to be fine.

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    strandedvandal says:

    Be well.

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    PIGL says:

    Singing: twenty, twenty, twenty four hours to go….

    Very best wishes, Mr. Cole.

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    HW3 says:

    One day at a time, brother.

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    Frank says:

    Best wishes and God speed.

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    Violet says:

    Wishing you all the best, John.

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    El Cid says:

    Good luck, man. You can do this thing.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Also, I keep getting non-cat pictures when I hit “random.” I want my money back.

    The pictures are obviously not curated. They’re just going by pictures that have been tagged with the category “cat”, which might wind up including people called Cat or earth moving equipment from Caterpillar.

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    Jane2 says:

    Take care, John.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I found this classic comic book frame at TV Tropes and if you ever actually thought that Silver Age Batman and Robin were straight, don’t click.

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    NotMax says:


    If you’ve never been to this site, prepare to spend some time chuckling while perusing Golden and Silver Age gems there.

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    daveX99 says:

    embrace this opportunity, john. really wanting to quit is such a big step. i quit 2 and a half years ago, and while life can be weird on the other side, i don’t want to go back.


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    Poopyman says:

    Late to the party, as always. Soldier on through. The only piece of advice I can offer is to stay away from Lindsay Lohan. I hear she’s a bitch when she’s trying to dry out.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    All the best to you, John. Hope you get the treatment you need and get better.

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    SFAW says:

    John –
    Good luck, best wishes, we’ll all be here (um FSMeswillen) when you get back.

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    MomSense says:

    John, take good care of yourself.

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    satby says:

    @Blehmann: Good for you, you can do it too.

    See John? You have been a positive contribution to the world in ways you don’t even realize all the time. We all wish the best for you, and love you in our own twisted and dysfunctional ways ;)

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    Manyakitty says:

    @Svensker: One of my go-to quotes. Excellent.

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    RSA says:

    See you all on the other side.

    Best of luck, John. You will emerge with some crazy/funny/sad stories about the people you’ve met, which we’ll all want to hear.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Looks like it’s “one foot in front of the other” time, Cole. Just keep pushing on through as you have been these past few days. Sending love and hugs.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good luck, Cole. You will be in my prayers.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Corner Stone: I think he likes the hallucinations ;-)

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    Trinity says:

    Thinking of you John. Much love and strength your way.

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    jnfr says:

    All hugs and best wishes to you, John.

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    Paul in KY says:

    Best wishes, John. Stay on the nurse’s good side. You don’t want a One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest situation :-)

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    everbluegreen says:

    You’re good people, John Cole. Bon courage.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    Best of luck!
    And stay safe!

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    Elie says:

    While I never take medical issues for granted, I expect that you will sail through this without any problems. Best to you always, John… Nobody runs this place like you do —


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    brendancalling says:

    good luck!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    LOVE Superdickery. G had to put a limit on how many of them I could read out loud to him, because otherwise entire evenings would have been given over to that. I’m not sure when the last time he updated was, though — I haven’t been by in a while.

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    Theotherwa says:

    Wonderful news. It’s not going to be easy, but you’re going to do this, John. We’ll be here when you get back.

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    Another Holocene Human (now with new computer) says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, John!

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    fidelio says:

    Good luck with it all, John. My mother, who will be 98 at the end of August and has a very dicky heart, had hernia repair surgery at the end of June and did very well, so I expect you to do the same.

    As for the rest, well, I wish you good help and support and everything else you need to power through the detox and rehab process, and start off on the next stage of your life.

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    Matt Smith says:

    You’re the best. Good luck. Looking forward to hearing about it.

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    Mary Brown says:

    We’ll be here waiting for you.

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    shelley says:

    naked mopping is frowned upon

    The naked mopping incident must have happened before I wandered upon this blog. It’s obviously taken on mythic proportions.

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    taylormattd says:

    Good luck Cole!

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    Miki says:

    See ya soon, John. xoxoxoxoxxoxoxo

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    Diana says:

    Tunch is indeed watching over you, and he was joined this am by my cat, Puffy, an adult rescue I adopted fifteen years ago.

    I like to think the Puff is finally being reunited with the mother that I am sure he was taken from too young (for he always liked milk and otherwise behaved like a still-needy kitten) but in between frolicking with his long-lost mother he is joining Tunch to send purrs in your general direction.

    Even in his last illness, if you made upset noises like crying or said anything in an upset tone of voice, he’d totter over to lean against you and purr. He knew that was a value to his human, and he never failed to supply it when he thought it was necessary.

    So I am sure he is watching over with you along with Tunch and all the other beloved departed pets of Balloon Juice.

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    Pococurante says:

    Best wishes John.

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    Steeplejack says:


    So sorry to hear about your Puffy. My condolences to you.

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    spender says:

    Best to you, John Cole.

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    Diana says:

    @Steeplejack: thank you

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    Valdivia says:

    Good luck John.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Hey, Cole. Thinking of you.

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