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I'll be completely away from my support system for a whole week and I am slipping downward as it is now.  It is for a conferencce that has some pretty strong triggers, but my airline ticket is non-refundable and I was fortunate enough to get funding this year.  I'm just rambling and I'm sure I'll be OK, just wanted to write it out to think.

Tommy

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DC is a great place.  I lived in the vicinity for more than 6 months... which is a very long time by herrfous standards.  I strongly regret being forced to leave.  See if you can find some things to do there - they often temporarily take your mind off of whatever's wrong.  Providing you can get out of bed (which has been a problem here - not depressed, just vewy vewy schweepy all the time).  Well okay, not that there really is anything to do in eastern GA/western SC. =P

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I'll be completely away from my support system for a whole week and I am slipping downward as it is now.  It is for a conferencce that has some pretty strong triggers, but my airline ticket is non-refundable and I was fortunate enough to get funding this year.  I'm just rambling and I'm sure I'll be OK, just wanted to write it out to think.

Tommy

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Which support system are you referring to? Will you have computer access? (CBer's are always here!)... I would imagine DC would have support groups, maybe someone you could call if things got rough?

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Yeah, what are you afraid of? Will you have a car? Have you ever been there? Are you a recovering addict (I am), what's the trigger? I can be at Dulles Int'l Airport in 1 1/2 hours. There might be some of us closer still.

You won't be alone. Do you have a laptop?

It sucks that the Smithsonian museums are only open from 10-5. Not sure about the Nat'l gallery, or if you're even into artsy stuff.

Stay close, keep us in the loop.

S9

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DC is where I met my first love after a 28 year absence and ruined my marriage and my mental health because of it.  Short version.  I'll be away from the computerr until monday.  Thanks, all of you.

Tommy

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See if you can find some things to do there - they often temporarily take your mind off of whatever's wrong.

DC is nothing to be scared of. Like the Nike comercial, Just do it, do it, do it DOO ITT! :ninja:  

I live near DC. Yep, DC is a great place. There are lots of things to do. Most of which I've never been. :ninja:;)   :)   :P

Nm, I've been to the 9:30 club. Good bands go there often, on 9th street. Check out 930.com

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Have a great trip Tommy!

When you are done with museums on th Mall, go over to Chinatown and checkout some of the great chinese restaraunts.  My favorite is the one with the guy making noodles in the window, a show in itself and they taste great.

A.M.

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Yes the chinese restaurants are good there! Go to the clean ones, I guess that's common sense. Some of them are filthy though, like literally coming out of a grimey basement with your food!

Good luck on your trip.

Ok that was kind of nasty. But also the metro goes to all the major attraction sites, might want to check that out as walking is a bitch in DC.

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Thanks, Guys,

I am feeling much better than the other day and am going to try to just enjoy the conference (It runs later each day than the museums are open ) and have a good time.  My old flame is now 500 miles south of DC and I should just quit worrying about her.

Tommy

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Tommy -

I lived in D.C. for many years and one of my favorite places that's open early and late and not weather dependent, can be free or you can drop some bucks if you feel rich, is Union Station.  The upstairs part with the beautiful gilded arched ceiling is a wonderful space to be in and there's plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by.  There are lots of interesting shops, some nice restaurants, and on the lower level a food court with everything from sushi to ribs, and also a movie theater.

It's on the Red Line of the subway or if the weather's nice it's just a short walk over from the Capitol end of the Mall.  D.C. is a great city for walking with all the trees and the National Park Service's landscaping.  Hope you have a great time.

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I'm so glad you've felt more comfrtable about it, Her Tommy. And what a perfect time to be going... believe me, you don't want to go in the sumemrtime. Humidity will kill you. Cherry trees are just fabulous. Have a great time.

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Well, I don't know when you are coming....but if you are here tomorrow, it's supposed to snow.  Yuck!!!

But I live on the VA side of DC, so if you want any recommendations for anything (I don't know how long it's been since you've been here), let me know.

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SNOW!  I love snow.  I lived in Beltsville for 3 years.  The conference is going to be on your end though, Old Town Alexandria at the Patent Office.  I guess I better bring a jacket (darn, I was counting on the small suitcase ;) )

Tommy

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SNOW!  I love snow.  I lived in Beltsville for 3 years.  The conference is going to be on your end though, Old Town Alexandria at the Patent Office.  I guess I better bring a jacket (darn, I was counting on the small suitcase ;) )

Tommy

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SNOW!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

The Georgia peach eye candy isn't worth never seeing the stuff for another 3 years!!

Well, I guess it's good that Asheville and the Smokies are just a little over 3 hours away (good weekend trip).

And thank God I'm not an agoraphobic... I just have the phobia of sitting around in one place for too long.;-)

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SNOW!  I love snow.  I lived in Beltsville for 3 years.  The conference is going to be on your end though, Old Town Alexandria at the Patent Office.  I guess I better bring a jacket (darn, I was counting on the small suitcase ;) )

Tommy

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No snow actually stuck on the ground, but it is pretty darn cold right now.  Definitely keep on eye on the weather.  We've been going from 70's to 20's and back again within a matter of days the last few weeks.  It's crazy!!!!

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I am NOT a snow fan and live in an area that gets a good bit of snow.

But Tommy, your ex lives far away. I think that if you focus on all these cool things everyone has brought up and even stuff that hasn't been mentioned, along with being busy at the conference, you'll have a great time. You'll be too busy to worry. And if you do, meditate or do journal or whatever it is you do when you feel like you're going to go psycho. I do all of the above usually on a daily basis (hahah).

You'll probably have lots of fun and good memories of the trip. Keep talking about it and you'll get out some of the fear.

-- loon

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