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Time to Move On!

Flavius Victor

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It's hard to believe I've been at this for nearly 15 years!  

I remember the day I signed up at the original site that Matt Van Wyk setup and ran.  I was working in a new job and had finally sailed a can of Copenhagen out my truck window for the very last time.  I made a lot of friends that year, friends that I am proud to say that we are still friends to this day.  I also remember being shaken, to the core, when Matt announced that he was shutting the site down.  In that instance, I knew I had to do something.  I had to keep it up and running; not just for me, but for all of those new friends who were walking this walk with me.  It wasn't easy.  I had to pull together $3000.00 to buy the domains and collateral from Matt.  The wife wasn't too thrilled about that but she understood.  We made it work.  It's been a real joy and at times, a real challenge keeping this up and running.  Eventually, all things must come to an end.  

Over the past couple of years there have been a lot of changes in my life.  New responsibilities at work, new grand kids and most recently, buying and moving out to our own little ranch.  Working the ranch has been one of the most challenging and yet, rewarding opportunities of my life thus far.  Cows, calfs, fences, goats, goats getting out of the fences, chickens, guineas and all sorts of little critters to deal with.  Maintaining two residences, two mortgages, working full time then driving the hour to the ranch and working another 4 hours, then driving home to collapse and start all over again.  It's been an amazing blessing but, it leaves me with no time to tend to this place.

This site, the forums, they are like a pepper plant you buy at the Ag show with every intention of planting and growing your own peppers.  But, due to other priorities, you don't have time to feed and water it and, eventually, it dies.  That's exactly what has happened here.  I haven't had time to care for and nurture this site and, as a result, it's dying; withering like my non-hypothetical pepper plant.  This place deserves more; YOU deserve more.  I've agonized over this decision for quite some time but I'm convinced it's the right thing for me to do.

So, this is it!  I'll be shutting everything down at the end of this month (or soon thereafter).  If someone wants to take over, I'll gladly relinquish the reins over to you.  However, count the cost!  It will cost you time, it will cost you money and, it will cost you missed sleep (when it goes down and you're the only one who can save it).  Hosting account, database backups, software updates, ssh and firewall rules and php development.  So, if you're up for the challenge and want to take over, reach out to me via IM, on Facebook or call my cell phone (if you have my number).  

* EDIT *

I wanted to let everyone know that we will keep the Facebook group up and running. 

 



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Thank you for all you have done Dave.  Life has to move on for you and you stuck with it for a lot longer that others would have. Good luck on the ranch.

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Good luck on the ranch and thank you for what you've done!  This site is a large part of the reason that I don't dip.  Thank you from my wife and kids too!!

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Dave - I have loved this site off and on for 12 years now.  Thanks for keeping it up and going all this time - much appreciated.  I have made some lifelong friends here.

 

I started developing my own site a few months ago.  It isn't as robust as this one because it is just getting off the ground.  Any quitters from here are welcome to come take a look.

www.livingdipfree.com

 

Again - thanks for all you have done.

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Sorry to see the demise of the site, but I understand. I am quit now for over 12 years because of you and the site.

Thanks and good luck.

 

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Thanks for all you've done here over the years, it's been greatly appreciated. Congratulations on the ranch, I wish you the best as you move forward. 

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Dave, thank you for 15 years of selfless service to help us quit the selfish nicotine beast.

This site helped me immensely.

Enjoy working the ranch, sounds like a great obsession.

Cheers!

redhawk44 531

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Dave,

I appreciate all you have done over the past 15 years. This place helped save my life. 

Best wishes in your future endeavors!

RWM - 924

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Dave:

As all the comments have said, thank you so much for all you have done. I dipped for over 40 years. With the help of this site, I've been able to get to 958 days. Wishing you all the best. We also have a small farm. Not sure how you were able to work, do the ranch and this site but I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The quit will continue. 

Gibb13

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I've been a member since 2006, before the big split, and have faithfully posted each week (only about 3 times a week in recent years) and had hoped to continue at least until I reached 15 years. But like you, my life is changing. Thank you for stepping up when it looked like this forum would go under when so many depended on it. As we Navy vets say, "Fair Winds and Following Seas".

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Flav,

I remember the first time I logged into the site some 11 years ago, you were one of the first people to greet us by posting in my then quit group (under a different name). 

Thank you for all that you have done for myself, and for everyone else who has found this site and also found freedom from tobacco. I am grateful for all that you have done.

Sincerely,

Phil

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Dave,

Thank you so much for continuing Matt's work for SO LONG.  I am quit today, 5,608 days later, because of the original site and this site, and Matt, and YOU, and everybody on here, but most importantly those guys from 2004 right before me and up to and including the August BOSS group and those after,  I met some great people online that all quit in 2004, and many of us have met in real life and I consider many of you friends, even if we do not gather or see each other much.

I honestly believe I might still be chewing had I not found this site.  But things came together at the right time, and I found this place, and with this place and the people in it, found the strength I needed to slap that nicotine bitch into submission.  All of us that have been helped by this place can never thank you or Matt enough, but the least we can do is thank you publicly for keeping it going as long as you did.  You are a rock star for doing that, and if the Big Guy is keeping score, you are going to get brownie points in the next place for helping your fellow man.

Now, onto the pressing business.  Ranch.  Gathering.  Tractor out of hiding.  BBQ.  Old Timers.  Fellowship.   I know I am full of it, but at least think about it.  :)

Again, Flav, thanks for EVERYTHING.

Sincerely,

Buff

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Dave,

Sort of a shocker to get the news, but not surprising either. I guess the real news is that you hung tough as long as you did. Your efforts are very much appreciated, by myself and by the hundreds (thousands?) of others this site has assisted.

I am thankful that I was able to meet you, and sincerely hope we can follow the Buffler’s lead and put an old timers gathering together sometime soon.

To borrow a quote: “You sir, are a man’s man!”

Wishing you all the ranching best!

’55

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Dave,

I appreciate all you have done.  I hate to see this site go. It has become as much as a connection to the friends I've made here as much as anything. I'm 10 years dip free and this site has a lot to do with that.

I wish you the best. Enjoy the ranch and the kids. You deserve it.

Donnie

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36 years a hopeless nicotine using addict. 8 years, 9 months and 30 days free of nicotine and I can say that your efforts, this site and the dozens of friends I've made was my only way out. I don't know how to thank you. God bless you Dave.

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The difference you have made in the lives of some many people is beyond measure. Warmest thanks to you and best wishes.

 

#SteadyOn

Dan Flowers aka

hoytraptor 

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Dave,

Because of you and Matt I am closing in on 16 years quit.  Thank you for all you have done to help so many people quit this addiction.  

Best of luck with the ranch and the grand kids!

Jeff

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Thank you Flav for 15 years of service to this site. I can only guess how much work and effort went into maintaining it. I certainly would not of stayed Quit without it, so therefore owe you and Matt and all those before and after both Quitters and cavers a huge debt. Good luck in future endeavors!!!!

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Cheers brother Dave - thank you for helping me get to nearly 10 years quit. What a great service to host all of us young quitters. We're all going to miss the opportunity to help each other. Cheers brothers !

Jimmy V

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Dave,

Thank you so much for keeping this site alive for so long.  It is the main reason that I am tobacco-free today.  Just know that what you created (tobacco addicts helping other tobacco addicts will live on -  on social media and on other quit sites.  God bless you and God speed with your other endeavors in life. 

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Dave-

What can I say that hasn't already been said? Thanks for providing a forum for us to help save our lives! My family and I appreciate it greatly! Thanks

PMFJ - 780 - working toward the 8th floor!

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Many owe you the deepest of thanks for saving his or her lives,  but your treasures will be collected in the tremendous good you have done in heaven.  Where would we be without men like you?    Best of luck and thank you for the path to freedom! 

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