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ToddDH February 16th, 2013 08:15 PM

Back again.......................I hope
Sorry I've been absent for awhile but........

I've been quite ill (physically, mentally, you name it); with what I know not. All I can say is it's been a an extremely rough period. I think I'm getting better if only I can't see how I could get any worse at this stage.

Rest assured, I think of all of you all the time so please don't take my absence personally in any way. It's as if my world just crashed in on me. That is the best way I can describe it. I've been like a hermit more than anything else. Possibly it was Fran's loss two years ago this past November10. But whatever hit me didn't until right after the new year (which is strange, at least to me).

Please forgive my lack of answers where appropriate. I actually didn't even peruse the site during the period.

As usual, I love you all and pray for each and everyone of you on a nightly basis. I so hope there haven't been any personal tragedies during my absence. If there were, please forgive me for not responding and understanding that I probably didn't even know about them.

I believe and I fervently hope that things are returning to some sence of nomalcy. I'll try responsding in a more usual fashion but forgive me if I don't simply because I don't know where I stand. Although I have been known to be a hard nosed sonofa***** (and that's putting it rather mildly), but in actuality I'm not like that at all. I am fighting something with which I'be never been confronted, consequently, I don't know how to respond. In one way thankfully I haven't changed and that is if you're a low life cull (whether you're in uniform or not (such as that guy in California), I'll take you out in a New York minute. I guess in some ways, we never do change.

Again and in closing, I send my heartfelt love to each of you, my adored cruisemates.


Manuel February 16th, 2013 10:25 PM

Welcome back Todd. I send my prayers and hope that you get your strenght back.


dezertcruzer February 16th, 2013 11:22 PM

I too bid you a fond welcome back. I fervently pray that you continue to improve, both health-wise and in spirit as well. Please take care of yourself, and let others do the same. Wishing you all the best.

belgique February 17th, 2013 01:00 AM

I've been through those lousy, confusing, painful times. Sometimes it's overwhelming.

We all understand your situation and wish you some sunshine in your life.

Have faith and courage - God will provide the strength.

A good dog or cat doesn't hurt either!

Donna February 17th, 2013 06:50 AM

Welcome back Todd,
Keep up your strength and hang in there...

kandajones February 17th, 2013 08:13 AM

Hi Todd, I can only repeat the previous good wishes, it's great to see your name up on the board again, and hope that 2013 sees you improving on a daily basis.

Look after yourself,

Alan & Katrina

rayb February 17th, 2013 08:36 AM

Praying for you

Glad you was able to let us know that you are "ABOVE GROUND". That is what I say to people that ask "how are you."

I am still kicking but getting slower. Still going to my regular routine. I think I have found a person who can give me some relief. Have a weekly visit there now. Had the first treatment Friday and I beleve it will releve my neck pain some.

Keep on going Todd. I think of you ever day.

Trip February 17th, 2013 08:45 AM

We've been missing you, and pray, the road to a full recovery is soon at hand. Whatever words you can share,when you can, you storyteller you, we await.:)

rollerdonna February 17th, 2013 09:00 AM

Todd, I am so relieved to hear you are still with us! I was getting worried about you and thinking of you a lot. I do hope you will continue to feel better, mentally and physically and stick around with us a good while longer! ((HUGS))


Lakers Fan February 17th, 2013 09:47 AM

Welcome back ,Todd . I look forward to reading your posts for many years to come .

Moiraine February 17th, 2013 09:59 AM

Welcome back sweet man. xoxoxo

LS80 February 17th, 2013 10:31 AM

Welcome back have been missed......


Paul B February 17th, 2013 11:19 AM

Great to see you back , Todd.

canuckity February 17th, 2013 11:22 AM

It is so good to hear from you Todd. A very, very "welcome back." I don't post all that often but read the boards most days and the first thing I look for is to see if you have posted. I so enjoy reading your posts and almost feel as if I have known you for years since you share so much. Keep moving forward to improved health it is so nice to see you back! Always in my prayers.

Haimia February 17th, 2013 11:31 AM

Todd, please take care. Take all the time you need to recuperate and gain your strength back. Miss you but understand the need to get away from stuff at times.

CruisinK n J February 17th, 2013 02:06 PM

Back again . . .I Hope
A warm welcome back, Todd. I hope you mend physically and mentally.


ToddDH February 17th, 2013 06:19 PM

Well, just the fact that I in essence repeated my first post probably best underlines how screwed up I am! rofl (Actually, I thought I had deleted it).

Seriously, thank you all for your kind words, you have no idea how important they are to me. That should give you some idea how high I value your comments and opinions. Of course two or three cases of Sam Adams have been known to make me a tad more normal :). (I can only admit that now that Fran is gone!).

Again, thank you and God Bless each of you. I wasn't even going to share this info with you but I figured Hell, if you can't share with family, who can you share with? Though some of you may feel otherwise, I assure you that each of you are family, whether or not we may agree on certain issues or not.

God Bless you all and I so hope I'm there for you when you need someone as well. If you wish to remain anonymous, just PM me.

Love to All,


Manuel February 17th, 2013 10:18 PM

Todd I feel flattered to be part of the family.


Lisa February 19th, 2013 03:11 AM

Todd, at some point in all of our lives, we have been where you are now. It seems like nothing will ever be right again, that nothing will ever feel good. There are times that we need to just turn into ourselves and that is all we can deal with. After a time, you begin to need to reach out again; and you realize that there are others out there who can relate and empathize with you.

OK, I can admit, been there and done that. I hope you know that I (and everyone else here at CM) are there for you when and if you want our help and support.

We love you, man!:D

AR February 20th, 2013 09:56 AM

Great to have you back in action. I'm sure you know that you're in everyone's heart.

Hang in there.

Mean Dean February 24th, 2013 03:37 AM


I'm pleased to hear you're still alive and kicking! Much better than the alternative......

I don't get on the boards much these days, but I always look to see how you're doing.

Besides, we have unfinished business, you and I. I believe we have yet to discuss Savo Island, the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, and United States Navy battleship, USS Washington BB 56's pounding of IJN battleship Kirishima, 14 November 1942.

Keep the faith, brother, and keep posting! Our world is a better place because you're here.

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