Hubbers Anonymous

HubPages Addict - I Need Hubbers Anonymous

Ahem. Hello, my name is Shirley and I'm a Hubaholic.

This is my first time voicing this in front of a group but I'm confident that I'm not alone in my affliction, that there are others out there who need a hubbervention. (new word - hubber + intervention)

If this hub can help just one hubber conquer the HubPages monkey, then my work will have been successful. (See, admitting the truth is helping already, I only used the word, 'hub' three times in one sentence)

Symptoms of Hub Addiction

You may be sitting there denying the truth about how strong the HP hold is on you. Believe me brothers and sisters of the hubs, you have to face it to conquer it.

Force yourself to look at the following list of warning signs and honestly reflect on whether or not they apply to you.

Benson is a doctor so listen up!

"Hi, all. Recent research has also documented high incidence of insomnia, constipation and loss of libido in frequent hubbers. Don't ask me how I get to know about these but don't say you haven't been warned."
"Hi, all. Recent research has also documented high incidence of insomnia, constipation and loss of libido in frequent hubbers. Don't ask me how I get to know about these but don't say you haven't been warned."

You May Be a Hubbaholic....

Warning Signs of Hubaholism

  • The first thing you do upon rising is check your hubscore and comments
  • You tell your spouse, "Not tonight honey, I've got a hub to finish"
  • You leave family gatherings just to quickly check in at HubPages. Either you do this 18 times or you don't rejoin the others for 3 hours
  • The Last Post forum thread is your idea of 'the good old days'
  • You develop an alternate hub identity because of the Last Post forum thread (you know who you are and so do I!)
  • Your hand trembles if the HP page load is slow
  • You tell all your friends and family about the hubbers that you hang out with on the site. People who support your addiction become more and more important
  • You spend a lot time thinking ahead to what your next 17 hubs could be about. It's vital never to run out, to be *gasp* hubless and risk the D.T.'s
  • You only eat finger foods so you don't have to leave the computer. You've lost 36 lbs. but your cholesterol has quadrupled
  • You feel stressed for time because you HAVE to get your hub done and published so you can hurry up and do the next one and the next, more, more, more! Pretty soon, you're spiralling out of control
  • You start looking for ways to write more hubs faster, start hanging out in the forums and end up begging and pleading the prolific hubbers for their 'secrets'. Signs that you need a bigger, faster fix
  • If you're writing 'hot' on a hub, you'll forgo eating, sleeping and working somewhere else to finish it in triumph
  • You name your puppy or baby after another hubber
  • You look for ways of working at home so you never have to sign out, in fact you're racking your brain trying to scheme up ways to make a living at hubbing
  • When it comes to choosing whether to let your meal burn or finish your conversation with a fellow hub addict, the meal loses
  • You often find that your legs are crossed or bouncing up and down because your bladder is about ready to burst, but you just want to finish up this hub first before going pee
  • You take your laptop in the delivery room even though you're the one giving birth
  • HubPages is named as the co-respondent in your divorce papers

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This Could Be You!

Take a lesson from maestrowhit.  Save yourself!
Take a lesson from maestrowhit. Save yourself!

One Hubber's Sad Story

A Tale of the Ugly Side of Hub Addiction

in Maestrowhit's own words...

* Page that linked to the quote has disappeared.

"I see that it is lunch time, so I get up from my PC and go to the kitchen to cook something. I place my food in the hot pan and wait for it to cook. I think to myself, "why wait here by the boring stove when I can go back to HubPages and finish that enthralling discussion I was in!" So I go back to my PC with every intention of getting right back after a few minutes to take my food off the hot stove. From the minute I type the first word, my internal clock gets all screwed up, and what seems like five minutes is actually fifteen minutes. I don't realize this until the scent of smoke reaches my nostrils. So be very careful! This has happened to me more than once. It could happen to you too!"

...and later, after reading Benson Yeung's professional advice

"Oh, crap! That reminds me.....MY TURKEY IS BURNING!"

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B.T. Evilpants

Speaking candidly about how he covers his tracks when he gives in to hubbing and lets his food burn.
Speaking candidly about how he covers his tracks when he gives in to hubbing and lets his food burn.

How One Hubber Deals with the Shame

B.T. Evilpants recently went public to openly acknowledge not only that he suffers from hubaholism but also the fact that he hides one of the more common tell-tale signs.

"Happens all the time. That's why I keep plenty of gravy on hand, to smother things."

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Practical Advice from a Pro

Hi Shirley. One way to save your marriage is to have one more computer in the house so that you can video-skype with your better half while you both hub along. Or better still, you both hub on the same topic at the hubber's hangout. Disclaimer: this remedy has not been approved by the FDA and carry no scrutinized scientific evidence on it.

- Benson Yeung, Surgeon and all around smart hubaholic

Editor's note: One out of one doctor that we consulted here on HubPages endorses the careful use of hubbing. In moderation, it's perfectly safe and not habit forming.

How to Kick the Habit & How I've Failed Miserably

Kicking the habit, that's why we're here isn't it? Well okay, maybe not. Let's face it, we don't want to stop, or at least I don't want to. I don't even need to, I can quit any time I want. I just don't want to, I'm not ready.

What was I thinking when I decided to write this hub? All I've suceeded in doing is relishing in my addiction. A giant step backwards, if you will. I don't have any tips on how to quit!

If any of you are stepping up to the hubplate to take the plunge into the sterile world of hubsobriety, well my hat's off to you and I wish you much luck and ask that you please not try to convert the rest of us. I think, that short of the end of the world as we know it, most of us won't kick. We experimented and got sucked into the underground world of seedy topics and comments stuffed in brown bags and read down dark alleys.

Just talking about all this Hubbers Anonymous stuff is making me antsy to start another hub. Withdrawal kicks in so fast!

To take liberty with some Brian Ferry lyrics, Hub is the drug I'm thinking of.

Join Us!

Come and be part of our nurturing writing community. Sign up for your own HubPages account and publish your work for others to see. You can even use your Hubs as sample clips when querying online publications. Publishers will be able gauge the caliber of your writing and you'll be making a bit of extra money at the same time. Can't beat it!

© 2008 Shirley Anderson

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jimmythejock 7 years ago from Scotland

Welcome to the club fellow addict lol.....jimmy


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RiaMorrison 7 years ago from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

The real question is, "Is every addiction a problem?" I mean, why would you want to kick the habit? :p


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

That was fast, Jimmy! Thanks for the warm welcome! I've still got a long ways to go to catch up to you and Patty Inglish, though.

Ria, I don't want to kick it. Guess that's what makes me a hubaholic.

Thanks for commenting you two!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

This is fantastic and I did leave Thanksgiving early so that I could publish and write, and I have burnt things as the hubis priority, yes I am addicted and it is a wonderful addiction!! I love it and thank you for writing iT!! Happy Thanksgiving and now I can grab a quick snack.:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

AEvans, I love the enthusiasm with which you embrace your hubaholism!!

Thanks for commenting and please have some stuffing for me, it's not Thanksgiving here in Canada.


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Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

That's hysterical!  You have plenty of support here :)  I have lots of favourites amongst your warning signs, but the winner has to be naming your puppy or baby after another hubber.  I have frequently checked my hubscore when there have been guests here.  And I've always got about 10 hubs on the go, lest my hub supply should run dry...


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

Hi - I'd just like to say there is a really simple solution to the burnt dinner problem: a laptop- so you can hub in the kitchen! BTW as soon as we stopped camping and rented a flat guess what the 2nd thing we bought was: the first was a microwave, the 2nd - a laptop for my partner so he didn't get between me and the hubs!


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Em Writes 7 years ago from Upstate NY

Too funny, Shirley! I wondered if it was a little sad that I looked forward to Thanksgiving dinner ending so that I could get home and check my hub traffic. :D


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Moon Daisy, thx for the support!  I thought you looked like a fellow hubaholic.  Can you imagine someone naming their baby Shadesbreath or their puppy Evilpants?  Thx for reading my hub, since that's part of the fix.  :)

Lissie, you've obviously put some thought into this.  So, how long have you had your symptoms?  Love that you don't let anyone come between you and HP!  Thx for sharing that great tip!

Em, you are the second person that I've heard say that today.  I think it's perfectly reasonable and if others can't understand, well....they're just not hubbers.  Thx for commenting!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I do NOT have a problem! I can quit any time I want! Really. Maybe I happen to like my food burned, and smothered in gravy.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Uh-huh. Me too.  Charcoal's good for the digestion.  And oh so tasty.


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Shirley I can't stop giggling. What a way to capture the intensity of hubbing. I love it. Stuff like this give ma a high. LOL. What a fix! hahaha. Keep them coming.:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daisy, I'm happy to give you a 'fix'! You reading and getting some enjoyment from my writing is a 'fix' for me!! Now that everything's out in the open, hubbers can help each other get 'high' with having to hide. Thanks, Daisy!


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina

Hello, my name is Dineane, and I'm a Hubber...


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I am reading this after just finishing our Thanksgiving dinner, so I guess it gives me away as Hubaholic. LOL! Your hub made smile, and I tell ya, I am very grateful for this community of diverse writers that keeps me entertained, informed and oftentimes inspired.

"And... hello, my name is Marie and I am a hubaholic, and proud of it! hehe"


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hello, Dineane.  All hubaholics are welcome here, anytime!  Thanks for coming bravely forward and admitting your problem.  Normally, that's the first step, but we've decided to enjoy it instead of kick it.  So, I guess in the end, what we're really doing here is celebrating our hub addiction.  Ain't it great?

Thx, Dineane.  Your very visit has given me a fix.


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hello, my name is Daisy, and I'm in denial. LOL. Oh boy, I think I'm delirious now. Thanks Shirley...(starting to get groggy) will be ...back for more..:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Marie, welcome to Hubbers Anonymous! Glad you came by to exchange 'fixes'. Happy Thanksgiving to you, my American friend. If I may be so bold as to add my Canadian gratitude to yours re embracing hubaholism, I'd be - well, grateful. Thx so much for coming by!

Daisy, you do make me chuckle! Think maybe you overdosed? Take on a really big hub or something?


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

(jerks up) Huh? Say what? Oh...hehe.. (drops to sleep and dreams of the next hub she MUST write)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

That's okay, Daisy. Just sleep it off, you'll be alright in the morning. Oh wait! It is morning where you are, isn't it?


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahahah yes dear Shirley. I was just in my "creative mood", thanks to you. I like to fool around with friends and use my acting ability to have fun. I do enjoy these exchanges with you. This type of session is really helpful for a Hubaholic like me. LOL. Do have a good rest. Godbless:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Isn't it fun giving each other our fixes? :-D


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

You can say that again! LOL. See, this comment box has now turned into a chat service. hahahahaha. Now I know where to go for a fix:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Anytime, Daisy, anytime!


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

My name is Annie and I too am a Hubaholic - just love it - must admit that I have oversteamed vegetables, left meat on the oven a wee bit too long just so that I can check the score, hot hubs, laughs on hubs, & to see who is involved with whom in some convoluted issue ....it's all a bit of an addictive worry really, but oh so much fun! no cure I'm afraid...


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Welcome sister in hubbing, Annie! There might be a cure, but we don't really want it. Even now, I have an article to write for a client, but here I am. As soon as I'm making $100/day with AdSense (hahahahaha) I'll hub all the day long!

Thanks for coming forward, Annie.


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Marian Swift 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Hi, Shirley!

If I count correctly, you list 18 Warning Signs of addiction. So if, say, a certain Hubber has only 11 out of 18, then I ... er... they, ummm, don't have a problem, right?

A ... friend of mine ... yeah, that's it ... a friend of mine wants to know.

And for myself, I gotta say, Great Hub!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Well Marion, I hate to say it but I think that you - I mean your friend - is in denial. That's okay, it's protecting you right now. You'll face the truth when you're ready. Oops, I mean your friend, yeah your friend, not you.

Thanks to you and your uh, friend for coming by. Awareness is the first step.

Just remember to practise safe hubbing.


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rmr 7 years ago from Livonia, MI

I don't suffer from hubaholism, at all. I enjoy every second of it! I am a functioning hubaholic. And I never hub and drive!


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

Dear Shirley,

very smart and well-rehearsed use of ideas from the recent forum thread, another sign of severely diseased hubaholics. You should start drinking beer to kill off the slowest functioning brain cells. That's your only chance.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Now THAT sounds like the voice of wisdom! You should listen, Shirley. It would probably be a bad idea to question a doctor's advice. I would start with a Labatt's. In fact, I already did!


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Lgali 7 years ago

very intreresting


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

LOL, now that I was almost quitting hubpages you just ruin it :D

Oh well, I´m going to put my dinner into the oven... and now lets keep reading some hubs :D

Honestly, I try everyday to avoid coming here but it´s stronger than me :rolleyes:.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Sometimes you just have to quit quitting, funride. Sometimes what you need, is a little hair of the dog.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RMR - long time no see! Have you been off on a hub-binge? Glad to hear that you don't take any chances with the hubbing and driving thing! It ain't worth it.

Benson, thanks so much for coming by and offering that diagnosis of hope. I shall begin beer therapy immediately! I can't afford to lose any more of the good brain cells. Thanks also for your contribution to the hub and the fight against (or is it for?) hubaholism.

Lgali, thx for coming by.

Funride - sorry to throw you off your rehabilitation! By the way, the pic is pretty small here, but it looks like you're leaning against a ladder in your new profile pic - where does it go to?

Sorry BT, I'm a Molson girl, don't like Labatt's but that's okay, I can improvise. You're right about the hair of the dog. :)


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

@ B.T. Evilpants - ... hair of the dog!? LOL I guess you´re right, I am now quitting quitting :D

@ Shirley - I would love to say it goes to heaven but in fact it goes up to a fire watcher tower. BTW, I took this photo myself with the camera on the ground. You can see it bigger here http://photos2.hi5.com/0053/884/217/XZ7Evo884217-0... , on the background you can see Obidos Lagoon which it´s not far from where I live ;)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Funride, what beautiful scenery! You're in Portugal, aren't you? I've not been there, but have been to Spain. It's a very beautiful part of the world. The ladder does have to go to Heaven because it's all around you.


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BeatsMe 7 years ago

It seems to me that there are many hub addicts 'round here. :) Wait. You may have left out a lot of others who still don't admit. :O


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DrJim 7 years ago from Oklahoma

That was GREAT!!!!! I too am a Hubaholic...It's because I hang out here with all the people my mother warned me about


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

Hello, My names comp, and I too am a hubaholic! It seems, Shirley, like we are not alone and compared to my other addictions, this one, i can be proud of, and u2;) and Im so glad your an addict! :)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Beatsme - I think you're right, there are hub addicts everywhere, we're surrounded! Many are still in denial, you're right about that, too. Thanks for coming by. I noticed that you didn't 'fess up about being a hubaholic yourself. :)

DrJim - Thank-you! and welcome to the fold, brother! Yes indeedy, stick with us and you too can become corrupt! But you'll have a blast getting that way. Tell mom not to worry, we won't hurt you, we don't have to. We've gotten you addicted, you'll come to us.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LOL, CS, that pic is still throwing me! I just don't feel right about calling you Mr. Furry Pants anymore.

You're right about this being a good addiction. :) The worst thing that can happen is that you don't make much money. I'm glad you're hubaholic, too!!


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

Hi Shirley!, i have been confused many times too! trying to find the real me!:/

Im working on a new avatar!!, i did think of comments that people have made relating to my original avatar! so i have placed a pic in pic, i was thinking of a pic, in pic in pic!

Watch this space..

Oh well, no more furry pants:(

:D


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

I understand it all -- No Internet conenction is fast enough and I want a voice recognition program so I no longer must type.... And 5 computers so I can do multiple Hubs at once.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

CS, I'm happy to see that kitty is still represented, I've missed him!

Patty, I had to laugh when I read your comment. It's soooo hubaholic! I'm hyper to begin with, so when I feel that way I'm not surprised but I haven't figured out yet if people who aren't hyper before their addiction, become so afterwards. Thanks for your public confession! It will help other hubbers to come forth and admit that they too have a hubmonkey on their back.


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rmr 7 years ago from Livonia, MI

My technique is to limit my hub time to 10 or 15 minutes. Unfortunately, I do that at least 6-8 times a day. If my wrist watch had an internet connection and a keyboard, I'd think i died and went to heaven!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RMR, maybe the jackalope could invent one for you.  If he hurries, he could make the Christmas market even.

Thx for sharing your tip, by the way.


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rmr 7 years ago from Livonia, MI

Think I'll pass on that one, thanks. I get a little scared, every time he goes down into that bunker. I heard barking down there, just yesterday.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh no, poor dog! Really, what were you thinking giving him power tools?


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

I'm sorry to be avoiding you Shirley on this subject but I am in denial and am not ready to admit it yet. I'll be back later with an update!:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

It's okay, Dottie.  Most of us are still at the denial stage.  Others among us are proud of being a hubaholic.  Let's face it, you can't just eat one potatoe chip and you can't just write one hub.  It's beyond our control, I think hubbing is our crack.

When you're ready to talk about it, we'll be here for you.


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Hilarious Hub :), I think we are mostly in the denial stage. Hubaholic is a great word.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Cgull. I agree, denial is big on this site. Thank, God!


SirDent 7 years ago

I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubhaolic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic, I am not a hubaholic!!!!!

Glad I got that off my chest.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LOL, very good SirDent - no denial AT ALL! Keep it up and you'll convince yourself in no time.


SirDent 7 years ago

I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial, I am not in denial,


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LOL, I believe you, sure I do, but that monkey riding around on your back isn't so sure.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Shirley, I dreamt I was in front of a computer writing a hub and woke up with my hand typing in the air. Gosh am I getting screwed up in the head? LOL Dr. Benson, help, I need an appointment! :) tee hee


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hot dorkage 7 years ago from Oregon, USA

I guess I just don't see what the addict gets out of HP. Hardley MONEY! At least with drugs you get high. Just a dabbler.


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trish1048 7 years ago

Very funny hub!  I so relate!  I used to be addicted to the computer, period.  I was literally glued to it in every waking spare moment.  Remember that commercial, 'it's 10 pm, do you know where your children are?', well, my kids definitely knew where mom was :)

I have to say, I have since weaned myself from having to sit in front of this thing, I can actually leave it for a day or even two at a time, without suffering withdrawals.  However, when I do sit here, the first thing I do is check hubpages.  It used to be eBay, and the good news is, this addiction doesn't cost a penny.  So, I can justify my addiction to hubpages.  It's saving me money :)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Michelle, that's hilarious! You could get a lot of writing done that way. I'm sure the doctor will be happy to schedule you in. Thx for reading!

Hot Dorkage - a dabbler?!? Is that just denial speaking? I didn't think mere mortals could just be HP dabblers, I though it grabbed you and forced you to come back for more. Wow, you have incredible willpower. Thx for reading even though you don't need help. Maybe this hub will prevent it from ever happening to you.

Trish, I am in awe! Two days without turning the computer on? I'd have to be in a coma. Way to beat the HP addiction monkey! Thx for being a good example to the rest of us.


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

Hi Ripplemaker,

you don't need an appointment. You just need beer. If you really want to consult me. We both need the skype video running in the background of our hubbing. Still we will not have enough time for that. I suppose just the beer will do.


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

Trish,

look out. If something doesn't cost you money, it usually causes a part, usually quite substantial, of your life.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

As always Benson, you have wonderful advice! I'm sure it will help Ripplemaker immensely.


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

Hi Shirley,

sorry that I have un-invitedly co-hosted your hub. You probably will understand and forgive this kind of obsessvie compulsive behavior in a fellow hub-aholic. I have really done well today, not signing in for 23 hours in a row and rightly deserve a pat on the shoulder.

cheers.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Benson, you so deserve a pat on the back!! What restraint - 23 hours in a row, wow, I couldn't do it and I'm impressed with you. And you come on ahead and co-host, it's an honour to share a hub with a fellow addict.


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trish1048 7 years ago

Shirley, I used to feel that way.  It was so bad that even if I had company, I had to have the computer on, and when I went visiting, I made sure to be near a computer.  After all, I might miss finding my knight in shining armor, or miss the email that said I was the grand prize winner of $1,000,000.  Hah!  how mistaken I was.  And how very pathetic LOL,,

You can do it though!  Really!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh, Trish! I get the shakes just thinking about it.


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trish1048 7 years ago

LOL, it's not as awful as it seems Shirley

Benson, I'll give up part of my life for this, where else could I go and be entertained, be sociable and educated all at once? all from the privacy of my own home. I love it! :)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ah-hah! I knew it! You're hiding your hubaholism, arent you! You know that's a symptom, right?


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

LOL Shirley, you're like a cat, just waiting to pounce! Is that another symptom?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

My wife has taken my computer from me. But I'm not worried. I have another one stashed under the mattress and another in the garage. In a pinch there's always the computers at the library. Come home with a copy of "Spatial Relationships in Escher Paintings" and she's none the wiser.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dottie - that's definitely a symptom, guilty as charged.  HP is usually going in one tab while I'm working in another.  By the way, how'd you notice - are you watching me?

Christoph - hope you've got one stashed in the toilet tank.  Ya know, just in case that's the only room in the house you can hub unobserved.  "Spatial Relationships in Escher Painting"....photos of painting of aliens?


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Yes I was Shirley...I guess I do have symptoms....ok I'm slowly coming out of denial...are you watching me, by any chance? pounce


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LOL, yeah! Guess I should add stalking and paranoia to the symptoms list. Okay, gotta go back to the hubtivity page now, see what you're up to and follow you.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Shirley, this is priceless! I'm a hubaholic too, and I have suffered from all of the symptoms Benson has mentioned...except for constipation. I hesitate to mention this to other hubaholics because it's frightening to talk about, but my hubtivity has decreased over the past few days due to...intermittent loss of internet service!

Yes, it's true, and yesterday I lost internet totally. It was dead, and it was horrible. I broke out in a sweat, I got the shakes and became irritable, my hair stood out on end - all 2 feet of it, and I could of sworn I saw Jesus. I started plotting how to steal internet from some place else. Like maybe I could take my son's laptop and drive around till I could pick up on someone else's wireless signal, but he locked himself (and the laptop) in his room and told me to go take a nap or something. I had to take 4 naps. It was ugly, very ugly. ;)

Thanks for the chuckles Shirley! ;)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank YOU for the chuckles, Pam. That's hilarious, I mean sad. You poor thing going through the D.T.'s like that. You may have scared others from hub rehab, they're not gonna want to go through that pain.

Yes, Benson's a surgeon, he knows what he's talking about with that list of physical symptoms. Maybe he can invent a pill or something as a cure. I have a feeling though, that it would take a lobotomy - at least in my case. I guess that wouldn't be so bad. I'd be really relaxed and would have lots of free time to chase butterflies and stare at my feet.

Thx for bravely sharing your experience, Pam!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Shirley if you are still spying please go and check your mailbox. There is a surprise for you it is soooo beautiful and it is not from me. Wait till you see it. Go get it now. I know you are spying. GO to the mailbox NOW!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Yes'm! On my way, thanks for letting me know.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I LOVE IT!!!! I'm going to print it out and hang up beside where I work. We look like Charlie's Angels.


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

Fabulous hub Shirley--I like to think that I've conquered my addiction and that these days I am a social hubber--but perhaps I am just in denial :-) I don't have the physical signs--no insomnia or constipation and just what is a libido anyway???... and my Thanksgiving turkey didn't burn( but of course I didn't cook it) so I must be cured of my addiction, right??? ROTFL


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Um, sure Robie, sure you're cured. Absolutely, only social hubbing for you. Uh-huh. You can quit anytime you want to, can't you?

Thanks for the comment and the compliment! May you never be cured.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Isn't it beautiful Shirley.  Ya, I like that....Charlie's Angels!  You are all on my Wall of Fame!  LOVE IT! :)

BTW...it is after 10:00 pm and have not braked for dinner. Is this a sign? LOL I'm sooo hungry.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

It is beautiful Dottie, I truly loved it and it brought a tear to my eye.  What a sweet surprise!  We're on your Wall of Fame?  Wow! 2 surprises in one day.  Am I lucky or what?!?  Thx!

After 10:00 and no dinner yet.  Well, I'd have to consult with Dr. Benson to be sure, but in my humble opinion, you got it bad.  Yup, a full-blown case of hubaholism for sure.  Sorry, but that's the truth of it.  It's rehab for you....just as soon as somebody comes up with one.

Hey, I just realized - we're in the same time zone.


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hello Shirley and Dottie, it is simply adorable to witness your reaction to the surprise. I guess the surprise was partly caused by Hubaholism and Hublovinism?LOL.:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I never thought of surprise being a symptom of hubaholism, but I'll bet you're right! That laser hub focus keeps us from seeing what's sneaking up to yell, "Surprise!"

It was a truly wonderful one too, Daisy. I absolutely loved it, took it immediately upstairs to show my friends. What a gift you girls are to me!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Here is three of Charlie's Angels.  Where is the other one!  Where oh where can the ripplemaker be.  Oh where oh where can she be!

(shirley, you don't mind me clicking on that ad under me do you? It said from the Boston area so had to check it out);) (if anyone wants to come down to Boston for the Rich Dad's education come on down Dec. 16 - 18. I'll put you's all up!


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

She's coming...she's back on line..wait for her....


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahaha hello shirley, daisy and dottie!!! You like it? dottie, don't print it out yet, we would like to send you the one with the original photo size... hahahah that's funny you also thought of the name charlie's angels because that's what I told daisy. There is also another term I thought of -christmas angels! Hahahha


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You two make smile big! I was reading about the Rich Dad when I was researching a potential article. It sounded pretty good.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LOL, Michelle, I think that you and I were posting at the same time. 

Yes, Christmas Angels we are and shall be...at least for a month or so.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hey, Charlie's Angels is good because we're on a mission.


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Dear Fellow Hubaholics, There is an urgent chat conference going on. Please wait for your turn and Shirley will get back to you soon.:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daisy, you are too funny, I love it!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Damn Rich Dad knocked me off line. I want my money back! Shirley it is after midnight I haven't had dinner yet! I'm going to die soon! I need water, Help Dr. Benson, Help!


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I could not resist it. I saw an openning and had to do something. I couldn't just let it go like that. Please forgive me....


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Charlie's angels is fine with me. LOL at least it will not be for xmas only. I like that. I would like to hug the 3 of you now at the same time. {(( hugs ))}


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LOL, Dottie! You are sooo a hubaholic! Go eat, drink, be merry and get some rest. You'll start cramping up and you need your strength to do this again tomorrow.

I'm going to bed ladies. Sweet dreams to you all, talk again soon.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Good night all my sweet angels. I need food. Talk to you all tomorrow! Love you guys to pieces. Sweet dreams.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daisy, you are welcome to hold my calls anytime you like!

Thank-you, Michelle. (((Hugs, everybody!)))

Good night all. Tomorrow I'll start my calistenics (oh, I know that's spelled wrong) program so I can fly through the air and kick over my head and stuff like the real Charlie's Angels. As it stands now, I'd kill myself trying.

Nighty-nite, sleep tight.


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Good night and sweet dreams to Charlie's Angels. Shirley will be back online soon. Take care all:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, you are an excellent executive assistant! :)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Dr. Benson, I don't drink beer. LOL Good night shirley and dottie. It's lunch time here so i might take a nap too...after all the typing. See you later daisy. :)


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ASHWINSPGA 7 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

Spryte, Evil-Pants , Dayzeebee, Dottie, Hot Dork(age), JimmyJock, Maddie.

I swear i don't mean to be rude but I would love to name my future puppies with these really cute names. (",)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

WOW!! Nice hub about something I didn't knew I had until I read the symptom's now I got to take appointment from our in house Doctor Benson. I wonder if my insurance would cover it. What is that smell?..... Dang there goes my curry on the stove ruining my kitchen stove..Got to attend to it and will back....hehe


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Shirley, As I produced a serious hub several months back, but I am afraid by being subtle, trulynot wanting to be impolite by addressing such erudite persons with the fact that they have a 'problem', I chose to soft soup around that delicate issue and tried to reason with them, the writing was on the wall! http://hubpages.com/education/The-almost-Secret

Great hub


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Hi Shirley - Noticed there was yet another one in the same vein :)

We're all in the same soup!

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/confessions-of-a...


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

LOL, thank you Shirley. The good news is that I have lived to talk about my intermittent internet loss problem, and I haven't killed anyone. ;)

I hope Benson can invent a pill because I don't want you or any of us to be forced into a lobotomy. :) Actually, maybe we just need some tips on how to hide our addiction. Or good excuses. Or a doctor's note. ;)

I forgot to mention last night that I got so tickled over your editorial note..."One out of one doctors..." LOL! Good one! ;)


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I maintain that I am not an addict! I simply need to keep coming back, because you just never know when some big-shot publisher is going to leave a comment, with a multi-million dollar job offer. You know what I mean?


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DarleneMarie 7 years ago from USA

LOVE this Hub!  LOL - I see myself in just about every warning sign (not sure, if that is a good or bad thing), maybe it is just the addiction talking...I am certainly glad that there are so many of us...many who will not even admit they have a problem like B.T. up there (living in denial will not make it go away).  I ADMIT IT!  Fellow Hubbers are the only people that truly understand and I will gladly enable any fellow Hubber :)


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

I am not a hubaholic. I do not have a problem. My dearly beloved thinks I have. But she is mistaken. I often spend a day away, sometimes even two but then I have play comment catch up (like now for instance). I only publish around once a week, usually limited to hubmobs! So there!


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rmr 7 years ago from Livonia, MI

Sixty, I have heard that being addicted to something, does not necessarily mean that you need it every day. It only means that you need it! You may be in the early stages of hubaholism, and the late stages of denial. The sooner you realize this, the easier it is to deal with! In the mean time, have a beer!


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

Shirley,

You can call me Mr furrypants again as i have added me under kitty!:)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

MICHELLE - Again, Doc Benson will have to confirm, but perhaps a different alcoholic beverage or some near-beer or root beer would do the trick.

ASHWINSPGA - Definitely an addict!  Naming his cute puppies after other hubbers - classic symptom.  Welcome to the club!

COUNTRYWOMEN - Awareness has to be the first step.  You can't quit an addiction until you know you've got it.  Glad to have you with us!  We're in no hurry to get rehabilitated, by the way.

JUST RODNEY - You diplomat, you.  Thanks for the link, I am going there to read after I play comment catch-up from being away from the computer to grab a few hours sleep.  I don't how Sixty does it!

SHALINI - Thanks also for your link and I will read that as well today.  Wow, all these hubs about hub addiction.....must be a cry for help.

PAM - I'm happy to hear that you haven't given in to the temptation of homicide.  To the best of my knowledge, Hubaholism hasn't yet been made a condoneable defense strategy in court.  You like that "one out of one doctor"?  I didn't think anybody even noticed.  And yes, we need Dr. Benson Yeung to get working on that cure-all pill for us all.  Not too quickly though, I admit that I rather enjoy my hubaholism.

B.T. - Yeah, yeah.  We've heard that plea before.  Definite addict behaviour!  But I'll play along with your self delusions.  After all, every hubber copes with the disease in his/her own way and we have to support each other.  No one else will, they just don't understand.

DARLENEMARIE - Yes!  Thank-you for being the first to say it!  We are all enablers!  No doubt about it.  And you are absolutely right about BT being in complete denial...he can't handle the truth.

SIXTYORSO - Yes, your dearly beloved is clearly mistaken.  You don't have a problem, it's easy for you to be a hub-binger.  Yeah, I've known others who prefer the binge method.  They trick themselves into thinking that it means they're okay, that they're not hooked.  We've seen you in the comments section of some of the popular hubbers, commenting up a storm.  Just getting your fix to hold you over until the next time.  You can't fool us, even if you have fooled yourself.

RMR - You said it exactly.  And beer therapy is the recommended course of action.

MR. FURRY PANTS!!  Look at you, you did it.  Out there for all the world to see!  I'm so happy to see you there I'm smiling.  Congrats!  By the way, I couldn't find your Christmas hub the other day....where is it?  Actually, I should look again, maybe you've posted it meantime.

Thx everybodyyyyyy!!!

Yours in Hub-aholism,

Shirley


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Good Morning Ms. Hubaholic:

Just stopped by to see if my rehab appointment had been set by the doctor! Not yet I see. He's probably trying to beat out his 23 hr. hubber signon withdrawal symptoms.

LOL to Ashwin - like Shirley says, you got it bad boy but if your puppy needs a middle name it would be Dottie Marie!;)

And Shirley, we got a new kid on the block. Let us not fight over him ok. I won't pull your hair if you promise not to scratch out my eyes, please pinky swear!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sorry Dottie, but the doctor can't see you right now, he's in hub surgery. We'll get back to you with an appointment time.

Re new kid, I had to think about that one - pinky swears are serious - but I decided that since it's you, I could do a pinky swear. No hair pulling, no eye gouging. Wow, addiction is stressful, isn't it?


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hello Shirley! Just dropping by to get a glimpse of "new addictions" for the day. LOL I'm off to work in a little while so you all take care.. :)


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

Shirley,

congratulations on turning a hundred, yet again. I don't mean your age of course.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Michelle! I'm always glad to see you, drop in anytime at all.

Hi Benson, I had to laught when I read your comment. It took me a minute to realize what you were talking about. Thx for the congrats! It's always exciting to see that 100 up there.

Dr. Yeung, you have patients that want to book an appointment. They've mentioned in the comments that they need your help and expertise in the area of hubaholism.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Ok, so maybe I have a small problem. But it hasn't effected me at all. Really! Just ask my wife. Hey, wait a minute. I don't see her anywhere...and the closet is empty. Hmm...


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I believe you when thousands wouldn't. Have you checked your HP email? She may have sent your 'Dear BT' letter there so she could be sure you'd read it.


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Bellemerchant 7 years ago from New York

Great hub. Hopefully i will soon be as good at writing hubs. Please visit my hubs and comment if you feel like it. Thanks


Kellys Writing 7 years ago

I joined hubpages two weeks ago and I am on here everyday, probably more than I need to be. Thank you for opening my eyes. I now understand whats going on.

Great hub.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bellemerchant - Thank-you, very much. I'm sure you'll be writing excellent hubs and suffering from hub addiction soon.

Kelly - Welcome to HP!!! You'll love it here. You're already showing signs of addiction, you're a natural hubaholic.


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Dorsi 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Hello my name is Dorsi and I'm a hubaholic. I am here because I'm not giving up hubbing.LOL!!!!!!!!!

Hysterical hub- gotta love it!!!

Thumbs up!!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Welcome, Dorsi! I think that Hubbers Anonymous is really for those who are addicted and want to be surrounded by other addicts. Ain't it great?

Thx for the thumbs up!


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ponywriter 6 years ago from Tampa, FL

Guess you found a topic that really speaks to the people - my finger grew tired as I scrolled through the comments...though I am a relatively new hubber, I can see how one might develop an addiction. (Though isn't a hub addiction far better than a vain FB addiction?)Pointed question, I know.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're right, Ponywriter, an HP addiction is far better than any other kind. If you're not suffering from HubAholism yet, you will. :) Don't worry, though - you won't want to be cured.


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RGraf 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I can't believe that it took so long to read this one. I love it. I have to admit that I suffer from it, too. I am horrible at it. My excuse is that I have to be polite to read the messages and since it is making money it needs my attention. I need some excuse.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Fantastic Hub! This is so true and so funny. Thanks for opening my eyes.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hey RG, you don't need an excuse, you're among friends and fellow addicts here. We've just decided to accept it. :)

Lovelypaper, you're welcome. Thanks for your comment.

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