Saturday, July 5, 2008

Yay! Pollution!

Happy 4th of July everyone! Feeling independent? Maybe spiritually?


First off, Sonya is doing great. She recently had surgery to get a catheter implant for chemo therapy treatment, which we’ll be starting next week. It takes a lot of mental strength to subject oneself to 6 months of taking this poison, especially when you’re told that the cancer has been removed.. The thing is-they give you a 50% chance of it returning when it’s stage 3. That’s a flip of a coin, and a gamble we’re not willing to take. Every two weeks she’ll be hooked up to a machine for two days at a time.


In the mean time, she’s incredibly awesome!


Sonya and I took a trip to the Canary Islands for a pre-chemo get-away. I took a booking to get us there and I wrestled 4 matches in four days. I have to admit, being back in the ring didn’t suck. I’m not ready to live full-time out on the road again, but I’d like to see the NWE take off. Along with myself, the talent consisted of Rikishi, Orlando Jordan, Chris Masters, John Heidenreich, Ultimo Dragon, Juvetude, Vito and many wrestlers you might not know, with many more stars on the way. After I left for home, Raven and Booker T hit the shows. NWE sold out huge WWE size arenas and that along with the first class treatment made me forget the things I don’t enjoy about the business.


This week we flipped our calendars to July, which means here in California, it is officially illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving- unless you have a hands-free situation like a head set or speaker option. Now, this is something that everybody probably agrees “Sure, that seems like a good idea.” I know it bothers me to see some 16 year-old driver turning across traffic at a busy intersection with a phone stuck to the side of their head. Even more, sometimes I’m ashamed at being that idiot myself. Have cell phones caused a lot of traffic accidents? I don’t know, but let’s think this through, as long as we’re giving up more freedom. We should probably outlaw eating while driving, too. Wouldn’t that be at least just as dangerous? In fact, let’s also ban putting on chap stick or lip stick, definitely flossing, and probably smoking while we’re driving. Those of you who are saying “ None of those sound like good ideas anyway-except maybe smoking” let me remind you that we’re not talking about making judgement calls, we’re giving up the right to do just that. In fact, I was driving the day the law went into effect and wondered if I would be breaking the law by plugging one ear with my finger. I drove around for a few minutes with my one finger plugging my ear and I felt extremely shady, like I must look suspicious as fuck! It shouldn’t be illegal to stick a finger in your ear, should it? Can they take that away from you? I guess they can, since extending your middle finger is prohibited. Believe it or not, I heard you can tape a phone to your head! I’m just imagining all the new gimmicks that the phone companies can cash in on now to capitalize on this situation. That means big money for big businesses, and they keep us under their control.


The gays think they have freedom, now that California is allowing them to get married. If they have to find out what medical marijuana patients find out all the time...the Federal Government doesn’t give a shit about State laws. How’d you like to be enjoying life with your spouse to find out one day that Big Brother doesn’t accept your commitment so they decide you’re single all of a sudden? At what point is it none of their fucking business? When we blindly accept that things are either legal or against the law and use that knowledge to base morality on, we are disconnected from reality.


I’m sure you’ve heard that sodomy is against the law in many official books, right? You might have even giggled about it. Have you ever thought about the condoned and expected anal raping that would occur if you were locked up for doing the same thing without their control?


On the way back from Spain I couldn’t help but notice the junkies, all over the airports. In the rest rooms at the departure terminal, they’re getting their last fix before boarding an international flight. In the arrival rest rooms, they’re at it again because they can’t wait until they get outside at the bottom of the escalator. They know it’s against Federal law but somehow it’s ok. Outside, as we walked from one terminal to another, we literally have to zig-zag to avoid the bodies all over the side walk using their drugs. Any hope of catching some fresh air is always quickly put to rest as soon as those doors to the outside open and the cigarette smoke rolls in. Mmmmm. Yummy! Doesn’t reading this make you want a delicious roll of cyanide and formaldehyde right now? Why shouldn’t you? As long as you’re standing near 4 1/2 other people, they have just as much of a chance as you do of dying from the smoke. Besides, you can’t stop because you’re addicted, so what does anybody expect?


On a recent episode of RVD TV, I discuss the power of the mind with Warrior and Chris Nowinski. My position is that there is no mental addiction. It’s just an excuse for a weak mind. I realize this may inspire some argumentative feedback from some of you, which is fine, but I doubt that you will change my opinion. Physical addiction I can understand, although I do believe the power of the mind can over come it. If your body chemistry is altered and becomes dependent on a foreign chemical to keep in balance, and the chemical is removed I can understand where some physical “freaking out” can occur. Still, a strong mind has all the answers within it. Most people that smoke cigarettes say that they don’t want to, but the addiction is stronger than their will power. I don’t mean to offend, but I call bull shit. It’s socially acceptable to be addicted to something so you have an excuse for being “out of control” of the situation. It’s still bull shit. They’ll tell you you’re a victim. You have a disease. That’s why you cheat on your spouse, you’re addicted to sex! Don’t blame yourself! You’re addicted to sabotaging good things in your life, you poor, helpless victim. Personally, I have gone months and months of doing massive amounts of recreational drug use and still quit on a dime when I wanted to. I have gone more weeks then a calendar year consuming cannabis 24-7 and still had no problem taking time off when I decided. It’s in the mind. We have a good friend who insisted for years that she couldn’t quit smoking and was willing to “try” anything. She just didn’t want to quit. If you light up, it’s because you want to. I have friends who tell me they enjoy smoking cigarettes and have no desire to quit. I can respect that. I don’t care what anyone else tells you-you are in control. The minute our friend that couldn’t stop smoking found out she was pregnant she stopped smoking-just like that. They will tell you that you are addicted so they can control you and you’ll let them because it’s easy. It’s big business. Get sent to rehab for any other issues and find out how quickly they will get you hooked on cigarettes while you’re there. In rehab! You will get hooked on nicotine, the most “addictive” drug we know of... in rehab...while you’re sent there to find out why you enjoy porn so much.


Are you comfortable with them in control of your life like that? I’m not.


So, back to Warrior. You may have heard some rumors about me training him recently. Here’s the scoop. He called with that request, and I was honored to get the call. He hadn’t been in the ring for ten years or so and he said he would be honored if I had the time to help him out. Because of our situation with Sonya’s health, I was only able to get in the ring with Warrior one day. We didn’t do a lot- mostly running the ropes, locking up and talking about what made Warrior so exciting to watch back in the day. I was ready for my outrageous Warrior moment. I had cameras standing by ready to capture the craziness that everyone has come to expect but instead, I spent the day with a hell of a cool guy that I shared a lot with. He showed me nothing but respect and appreciation, and at the end of the day I was amazed by how much we had in common. You may have seen the video I recorded of me imitating the Warrior on you tube.. I knew that people would see right away that he has a sense of humor, which is probably way different than your previous opinion. I have had nothing but good things to say about Warrior from my experiences with him and if I told you something bad, I’d be lying-which I don’t do. I remember watching that WWE video on him just like you did, and it just made me remember how exciting and intense he was. I listened to the WWE’ers claiming that Warrior was just detached from reality and couldn’t do a promo to save his life and I just thought “ How could that be true? I used to buy tickets to go see this guy so I know what he did worked!” It’s cool how things come around full circle and I’m glad we connected on a professional and even more so, a personal level.


Send your positive vibes to our boy Justin “the Insane One” McCully. He’s been in fight mode for awhile in preparation for his big return to the UFC octagon on Saturday, the 5th. His match with Gabriel Gonzaga isn’t scheduled to be broadcast, but from what I understand, if the fights run short on time we might still see the match so keep your fingers crossed for some quick knock-outs! Kick ass JMC!


While in Spain, I finished Brett Hart’s autobiography. Damn good book! Ever time I picked it up, I wanted to keep turning the pages to see what was happening. I had a hard time pulling away from it and when it was all over, I feel like I understand a friend much more. I’m amazed at how much I have in common with Brett, seeing as how he comes from a family of wrestling and I just followed a far-fetched dream to get into the business. He prides himself on things that I pride myself on and shares the same views on specific wrestlers, wrestling moves, and the ingenuousness of the whole industry, not to mention life. No wonder we get along so well. We sat in the same dressing rooms at different times and saw the same shadiness. Read his book.


I am planning to be at Comic Con in San Diego. I told some people that I wouldn’t be there but plans have changed so check the “news” page on this site at the end of the week to get the signing schedule.


Damn, this blog is long. Guess I should hit it more often. In the mean time, let me kick this out of my head. Did Santa deliver my Weeble Wobble Playset? Did the Son of a Virgin walk on water? Did an inventor attract lightning with a key tied to a kite? I have no fucking idea. It all sounds worth questioning, though- and if you wonder about shit like this or anything else that you feel you’re not supposed to think about...I don’t hate you. I think you’re fine.


Bye everybody. Live as if it was your birth right to enjoy each day to its fullest- because it is.

30 Comments:

Anonymous ali said...

rvd please come back!
For me!

July 5, 2008 at 4:10 AM  
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July 5, 2008 at 4:13 AM  
Anonymous blues_ux said...

first time i read your blog RVD, it was great, im kinda a fan, maybe not a hardcore fan, but a fan nonetheless, like when you won the WWE title, i marked out cause that was an awesome moment, it was great to see someone who really deserved it and worked his ass off, win. to bad about what happened though, i call bull shit, you shouldn't have dropped the title, and than when you came back, you had to bust your ass and job to people, especially in december to dismember, i mean cmon, how dare they! but yeah, good blog, you should write more, and if you ever return to the WWE, i wanna see you win the royal rumble, and headline wrestlemania or win the wwe title and be in the main event at wrestlemania...i wanna see CM Punk vs RVD for the WWE title at Wrestlemania, book it!! later dude


e-mail: blues_ux@yahoo.com

July 6, 2008 at 11:37 AM  
Anonymous justin said...

dude you rule.

i just had my first wrestling match last week and cant wait til next week to do it again.

you are the best wrestler ive ever seen

July 6, 2008 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

First time I read your blog and I found it entertaining. Not as entertaining as you are in the ring, but entertaining nonetheless. I am about to begin Hart's book so I hope it is as good as you say it was.

Anyway I wish for you to come back to wrestling, mostly the WWE because its what I watch; besides the indy stuff on youtube or daily motion. But I have a feeling you won't come back to the WWE, but I gotta let you know I've been a fan since forever.

July 6, 2008 at 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Felix said...

Stunning how quickly most people accept suggestions that rob them of their own ability to control their lives and be fulfilled. Could it be laziness on the part of the human? Lazily accepting the first "smart sounding" excuse to remain in bondage, rather than focusing their mind and overcoming "addictions" and strongholds. Fascinating thing about the mind is it's uncanny ability to reason contrary to the truth. RVD, I admire how you place no limits upon your consciousness and your no-limit extreme wrestling persona is the perfect metaphor this. I enjoyed your blog!

July 6, 2008 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Hey RVD,

Great to hear your wife is doing well. I hope to see you back on my TV someday but first things first when it comes to family. I've seen plenty of great RVD matches in my day and if watching tapes of the past is all I have... well it blows away 99% of what I see today.

Just remember RVD is no second class .... anything!!!

BOB - O

July 6, 2008 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger JAYLTEAVI said...

Hi, Rob hope your wife sonya,gets out of all the hard treatment pretty soon.And then all the rest in general.Sonya keep getting well.

Heard about you having in common things with Bret & Warrior.Well there both on my list of favorite wrestlers of all time.I could have known that you all had things in common By the way you have all expressed your selves toward the WWE.

I have said here that you were as exciting as Warrior.And as cool as Bret Hart.I guessed you're all 3 very different styles of wrestling.Bret the Technician.Warrior the power house.And you the high flyer,but you also have technic & power.

You also had lot's of speed.Coming from Jeff Hardy saying you were faster then him,back when you faced him at Invasion.

Well i guess Warrior knew the type of individual wrestler you were & had no problem asking you to train with him.I doubt he would asked you if you didn't share somethings in common.

I know all of you don't share all in common,but the things you do ,have united yourselves.But either if you don't share all. you all do speak of for what you believe in.

And that makes you someone real.and not someone who does things just to be praised by others.

Well, got to go.Take-care Rob&Sonya.From probally your biggest fan.J.L._T.V.,bye.

July 6, 2008 at 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Jose "FUBAR" Sanchez said...

RVD and SVD!

Its good to see another blog from the mind of RVD!

Rob, you've always been my personal favorite! From the first time I saw ECW, to the interviews I was fortunate enough to do with you at the THQ Superstar Challenges, and to meeting you again at Comic Cons and E3, I can say that there is no one else who is willing to tell it like it is and just be THAT DAM COOL!

Wish you and Sonya the best! I've been through the chemo process with friends and family before, and it's rough, but if you will it, it is no dream!

All the best and to you and yours

Stay classy

July 7, 2008 at 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Jose "FUBAR" Sanchez said...

RVD and SVD!

Its good to see another blog from the mind of RVD!

Rob, you've always been my personal favorite! From the first time I saw ECW, to the interviews I was fortunate enough to do with you at the THQ Superstar Challenges, and to meeting you again at Comic Cons and E3, I can say that there is no one else who is willing to tell it like it is and just be THAT DAM COOL!

Wish you and Sonya the best! I've been through the chemo process with friends and family before, and it's rough, but if you will it, it is no dream!

All the best and to you and yours

Stay classy

July 7, 2008 at 3:20 AM  
OpenID joejoe988 said...

after reading your sodomy comment i couldn't help think of bill hicks. if you've never checked him out you really should look him up. along w/ carlin, and chris cornell's soul (which if you've heard any of his timbaland produced stuff u should know what i mean) are three of my fallen heroes.

July 7, 2008 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Horns Up said...

Hey Rob, thanks for this blog. This is the first time I have read any of your blogs and I have to say, you and I share a lot of the same views you have.

I too was a huge fan of the Warrior and I bet that felt so amazing to receive a phone call from an inspiration to help them out. I am very envious of you sir. I like seeing him in this light. Bad media can really damage a reputation. Look at Hulk and his family...they'll never come out of that hole they have dug.

I am in the same boat with the big corporate and social insanity. People do make a lot of excuses and wear the prettiest rose covered glasses. You and I sir need to have a sit down and discuss life. We have a lot to share and great insights to discuss.

If you are in AIM hit me up Empyrean Wyrm or if you want to email jmherlth@tmail.com

Take care man and best wishes to Sonya. You're a positive man and I am sure all of that will help more than any of that poison they put in her.

Peace.

July 7, 2008 at 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Gunner_mad said...

And...When a RVD book man??
Well, i´m spanish, and i read your Solowrestling interview, fuck Vince, he decided to destroy the ECW...Well, and funny history, 100 dollars from a show qhen you kissed the shoes of Dibiase XD. Bye Rob.

July 7, 2008 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Mario Kartist said...

Wow. That's a lot of words!

Anyway, it's nice to hear that Sonya is doing good.

And I think that I understand what you're saying about addiction. And I know one thing for sure about addiction. AAnd that's that you'll never see me addicted to anything ever. Hell, I'd be ashamed of myself if I ever drank beer, or did any kind of drugs.

July 7, 2008 at 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SO glad to hear about Sonya doing well- I don't get near a computer as often as I'd like to anymore, but me and mine are always sending you and yours positive thoughts.

And is it really a great suprise that people refuse to take responsibility for their actions or habits? Honestly. We're in the society of "It wasn't my fault" (Snitsky joke in there, too lazy to find it), or "I can't help it."

Part of the reason I don't drink is simply that I'm a 21 year old chick in college; every female I encounter, it seems, hides behind "I was SOOOO drunk" for any and everything they do that's questionable. I'm completely honest with myself. If I made a dumb decision, suprise. I made a dumb decision. My "habits" or lack thereof had nothing to do with my self control, and it's an excuse I'll never use.

In the meantime, governmental rants aside, we're wishing the best for you and Sonya.

Always-
Brianne
folkpunkgirl@yahoo.com

July 7, 2008 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Thank you for saying what you did about smoking and addiction. You have echoed what I've been saying for years. It's nice to know I'm not the only one with that view.

I found my way here because of a Chris Nowinski mention but I'm glad I got to read this.

You were an entertaining guy on tv and thank you for proving that wrestlers do, in fact, have brains and are, in fact, capable of putting together a grammatically correct sentence or two. ;)

I'm glad your wife is doing well, I wish you both the best in health and life.

July 7, 2008 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Dionisio said...

It was amazing to hear that the love of your life is doing well and getting better, it's amazing too hearing you were in a ring again... and that it was good for you... I can have no doubt about her strenght.. if she have you at her side... so... in that way I understand that you can not be away from home ... you have to, you must to... be at her side....

in the other way... I used to smoke abot two packages of 20 cigarrtetes each... per day....and I allways said to anyone who wanted to hear... that it was my own desission.. I did it cause I wanted to... It likes me and if I ever would like to leave.. then I shall leave it...
And so it was... two years ago...from one day to another, zero cigarretes til now... mi mind has no troubles about.... the first days it was like hell, of course... my body ask for nicotine but there was my mind saying NO!!.. the bigest bullshit about leaving an adicction behind, mentally speaking, it's the indulgence... 'cause if you breake your own desicion.. you're putting yourself out of yourself.. without no control of your life... and if you den't have that.. you don't have a life either... anyways...
I'm happy to hear sonya is good... and to hear that one ring still can bring you something to enjoy...
live your life in the better way you can... as allways...
and take care of yourself and your dear one..
Best Wishes...
Dionisio.-

July 7, 2008 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he rob.

July 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo rob. just ur biggest fan. ive been prayin for sonya like i said i would and im thrilled that she is feelin better. i know she will get only better each day like u did each match. i really hope u return soon and if u do please dont go to tna. i know vince is changing ecw for the worse but if u came back and kicked mark henrys ass for the ecw f'n w championship it would mean the world to me. ur my favorite wrestler ever. ur also a hell of a good guy and sonya is so lucky to have u. if u can deliver this message to her from me
sonya- u rock and i know that u will kick cancers ass just like rvd does to his opponents in the ring. but stay strong and u both got a place in my heart

rob im ur biggest fan but for now, just take care of urself and sonya. she needs u a hell of a lot more than i do. but when u do return, i will be watchin cuz ur the whole f'n show ROB VAN DAM. sincerly yours
spencer

July 8, 2008 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous CalmMountain said...

Nihao RVD-san,

Glad to hear from you! Spain and the Islands sound beautiful but as busy as you were and as much as you’ve had on your minds, did you guys truly get any opportunity to relax? Nice to know that you well treated and in good company, at any rate. Hope those trends continue.

Extra good energy coming your way. The first week of chemo is not always the worst but it’s a rough path to tread.

Happy to know that SVD-san is remaining her incredible self. Now what about you? You’re precious to SVD-san and also to many other people as well, so please keep taking good care. Because it’s difficult to be a good caregiver for others if you neglect yourself. Caregivers need to be reminded of these things now and then…

The whole ‘healing with poison’ thing is indeed ironic but as far as I know, it’s also pretty much all that our doctors are being trained to work with at the moment. Research is being done to change that. Hopefully within our lives, there will come a day when light and/or sound wave therapy will replace chemo completely. No surgery, no pills – just electromagnetic fields gently realigning our DNA into more health promoting patterns.

In the meantime… Goal #1 of chemo is to destroy any microscopic traces of cancer left behind when the tumor was removed. In that regard, chemo does a fairly decent job. Goal #2… Notice how chemo tends to be put through the entire body and not just the affected area? Yea. Cancer has this nasty habit of making a person more attractive to other forms of cancer by altering the bodys PH balance. Don’t know how common of an occurrence this is. All I know is that the chemo can make these previously undetected cancers flare up, which allows them to also be caught and dealt with.

A friend asked me to mention the upbeat book, Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr. ( http://www.crazysexycancer.com) I also thought about mentioning www.freewillastrology.com – for the Pronoia Theory and the Beauty and Truth Lab. But as awesome as you and SVD-san are, wouldn’t surprise me if you’re already heard of these or something similar and surrounded yourselves with the things that will help your positive energies stay strong.

On the subject of smoke, here’s hoping that Cali quits burning and soon. When it requires firefighters from 42 of the 50 states just to put out the fires in a single state, that’s a smidge scary. Not to mention bad for the air quality.

Happy belated American Independence Day. Yea. Honestly, seems kinda insensible to spend such large amounts of public money on decorative explosives during the height of fire season. If they moved the fireworks to, say, November or if they just plain spent the money on something else, like improving education or healthcare… Wouldn’t be as ‘fun’, I guess. But it might do a whole lot more to ensure that we at least try to remain a relatively ‘free’ people.

Take heart, RVD-san. The fact that a new law is passed doesn’t mean that it will be enforced with any regularity, right? That’s how all laws are. I’m not advocating that we all become outlaws, just am observing that the venerable police force is pretty much always claiming to be understaffed and/or underpaid. Plus there is such an absolute glut of laws on the book… It is highly unlikely that anyone even remembers half of the laws, let alone enforces them.

… With the sincere hope of making someone, somewhere smile I’d like to add as an example that out here it is illegal to go fishing off the back of a giraffe or camel. No idea where you’d find an actual live giraffe or camel or why you’d bother to take it fishing - but there you go. Either our history is far more interesting than anyone ever gave it credit for being or our law-making ancestor had really good imaginations. At least the laws like ‘do not tie a crocodile to a fire hydrant’ seem reasonable, if highly improbable.

Anyway. As you mentioned, the Feds do tend to ignore State laws. So what do you want to bet – the Feds will be among the first to drive around with cell phones and get away with it?

Still, I’ll agree that passing the law to ban phones is kind of stupid. Granted – people who don’t pay attention when they drive are capable of causing harm to others. But taking away one distraction is not likely to make the roadways that much safer. And, the whole general principle of taking away choices aside, it seems…well, a waste of time…that a ban would be placed on a technology that so clearly has the potential to change and leave the law completely outdated. We ought to find a way to raise awareness that doesn’t involve just passing laws right and left.

Eh. Big businesses and the Fed… There are a handful of positive exceptions but for the most part, you can’t fix rotting foundations with a new coat of paint. We might only be in the early stages of the crumbling. Let’s leave it at that.

Did you know about the Micro-Nations? There’s a few on American soil already, quietly and peacefully existing.

The mental imagine of a guy driving around with one finger in his ear is actually a tiny bit amusing. Thanks for that. Would it be correct to assume that most of the reactions you got were looks of mild concern? Or have you inadvertently invented a new gesture to replace the traditional middle finger, do you think?

Addiction is a prickly subject but what you say makes sense. However… Even if there is no such thing as mental addiction, there is still such a thing as mental and emotional imbalances. Perhaps this is why making the choice to change and actually changing can be two different things for some people. For some people, it does take outside help to keep them on track to positive things. And when they feel safer living with their ugly excuses, instead of reaching out… Even those of us who aren’t addicted to any substance and who have no such aspirations, this something we probably all need to work on – not using other people as our excuses.

Mr. Hart-sans book isn’t due to hit shelves out here until maybe October, last I checked. Look forward to it, though. Uhm. Don’t let the fact that you agree with much of his writing ever stop you from writing your own version. Okay?

Less than a month till the offical start of the Olympics. That should be interesting.

Health and patience to Mr. Justin and Mr. Warrior, with their respective fight paths ahead of them. Continuing health and patience to the residents of the Casa Van Dam, with their own battles.

Please keep taking care, one step at a time.

Courage and Peace!

~CalmMountain

July 9, 2008 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

RVD, you are awesome! I think it's a shame what they did to you in the WWE, but you were one of the few wrestlers that kept me watching in 2002. That Katie Vick storyline made me give up though. I hope that your wife and you will be alright. Could you write a little more about Hart's book?

July 11, 2008 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Gnomestone said...

You're awesome RVD. Only come back when you are ready. When you have the passion again to wrestle that would be the best time to come back. Don't feel rushed. You're 37 if I'm not mistaken and you're in amazing shape that you could be wrestling for the rest of your life. I hope you come back full time someday.

I'm 16 and I want to be a wrestler because of you, Rob. Best wishes.

July 17, 2008 at 5:03 PM  
Anonymous William said...

I'm glad to read that Sonya is doing well and I give you the best wishes for your battle against the cancer.

I'm an Italian fan and I'm happy to see your good impression of NWE. From august to july 2009 I will be studying in Vancouver hoping to see you in action.

About addiction, I think the same as you. In 2007 I didn't smoke a cigarette for 4 months because my girlfriend didn't want me to do that. Before that period, I was smoking 10-15 cigs per day, then I stopped. It's only a mind strenght matter.

xgugo91x@hotmail.it

Legalize It! ;-)

William

July 17, 2008 at 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Devin said...

I am not sure of the senator's name or state anymore but he was pushing for a law that would ban smoking cigarettes behind the wheel because of two reasons 1) His father died of cancer and 2) Because an estimated 1% of all car accidents were attributed to smoking.

I wonder.... does it take more brain cells to smoke a cigarette or talk on a phone? I don't disagree with what you are saying in general but certain things are more distracting than another.

All my best to you and your family! My prayers are with you.

July 19, 2008 at 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey rvs what do you think about the new ecw title http://www.411mania.com/siteimages/ecwtitlenew_5830.jpg

July 23, 2008 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Kurt said...

RVD, I don't know if you read these, and I don't know how to e-mail you directly. I'd prefer that since I'm hoping you respond.

Anyway, regarding your thoughts on the rightness or wrongness of homosexuality, if I understand correctly you do not see anything wrong with it. Taking a position on specific moral issues implies that we have some reference point (God, nature, some pragmatic philosophy), and you have taken your position. So I just wanted to ask what your moral framework is. How do you decide what is moral or immoral, good or bad? Thanks.

August 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger David White said...

well damn dude..you just blew my mind on that one

August 17, 2008 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Cherry Cerise said...

To be fair when it comes to cell phone use in cars, compared to seat belt laws for example, when a driver is distracted it's not just their own life at stake. At least an argument can be put in place with seat belts that if someone wants to increase their risk of death, that's their choice. The decision to distract oneself while driving is another matter altogether.
And yes, that should apply to eating while driving, etc. I wouldn't even be against repealing drunk driving laws as long as the drunk drivers were alone in their vehicles on streets either empty or populated only with other drunk drivers.
People doing stupid things resulting in their own deaths is natural selection in action. However, when they put my life at risk, I'd like to have a little say in the matter.

August 17, 2008 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous CalmMountain said...

Nihao RVD-san,

Just surfed by and was wondering - at what point exactly, does no news become good news?

Know that you and yours are always busy. Hope that you and yours are doing great. Please keep taking care. Courage and Peace!

~CalmMountain

August 26, 2008 at 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude you are awesome... you would make a great sociologist... we were talking about this kinda of stuff in my class the other day... like the day after i read this blog

December 6, 2008 at 2:51 PM  

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