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Offline Life

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I am in tears
« on: December 03, 2006, 10:51:55 PM »
Well, Wow, what a ride 2006 has been for me... 

One of the hotels I work for is having their big blow out Associate Christmas party downstairs tonight (tux's / formals) and very well dressed people..  I of course am not cut out for these events much anymore and both me and Will do not choose to go nor am I off work tonight..  Well I've been at it since 7am this morning and I get this call from my boss on the Security cell phone to haul my ass downstairs to the ballroom immediately.   I walk into the ballroom and there are about 600 Associates and their spouses, 1100 in total and the awards are on and spotlights spotting.   The Director of HR saw me and called me to the stage and I was given the "Stellar Performer of 2006 award"..   Never heard of it before!   The entire Executive Committee were on stage all dressed in formals and hugged me and thanked me for what I do for the hotel.   I cried and was really taken back by all of this..   Never would I have thought that I made that much a difference to so many.    Given what I have gone through these past six months and all, wow.   I can still do what I love to do..   I am so grateful for everyone here who has pushed and shoved me down this road..   I feel the best I have ever felt tonight...  Just thought Id tell you some good stuff about me and Will....

May the good stuff keep coming along...  Truly, happy Holiday's are in order..  Now I wish Will was here with me..


Offline Tucsonwoody

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2006, 10:56:30 PM »
Congratulations Eric - I was in the hotel business for a long time and finally got burned out and left it, but there are some great people around.

Hope you have a great holiday and enjoy your recognition am sure you earned it...and don't work too hard :)
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Offline Nashvegas

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2006, 11:01:34 PM »
That's awesome, Eric!!!!  

When I read the caption to your post ("I Am In Tears"), I was expecting bad news.  It's so nice to hear about GOOD things happening to good people. (Admittedly, I don't really know you, but I feel like I do from having read so many of your posts!).  Congratulations!  I bet that spotlight glow is nice and warm, huh?


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9/21/06 -- CD4 - 586; viral load 8,000; 29%
12/25/06 -- CD4 - 373; VL 2,800; 23%
2/10/07 - CD4 - 228; VL 865; 25%
3/15/07 -  CD4 - 365 (no viral load test)
5/1/07 = CD4 - 341; VL 4,358; 27%
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9/20/07 - CD4 - 378
11/22/07 - CD4 - 257; VL 7,300;
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Offline Teresa

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2006, 11:04:35 PM »

I am so proud of you! I expect to see a pic of you with your award!

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Offline Longislander

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2006, 11:09:53 PM »
Eric that is AWESOME!

Hope 2007 rocks for you and Will!
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Offline Blixer

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2006, 11:12:54 PM »
Wow!!!  Congratulations Eric!!!  You definately deserve it.  And nice to know that the work you do is recognized!!!! 
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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2006, 11:14:52 PM »
Eric!!  Mr. Stellar Performer 2006!

How wonderful!!!  Congratulations x 1000!!!

Thank you for sharing such awesome news with us here  :)

Much luv and support,

Offline thunter34

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2006, 11:23:50 PM »
Whew!  I'm with NashVegas...as soon as I read the subject line, I was already trying to formulate a "hang in there" message.

This is simply:

                                 A  W  E  S  O  M  E   ! ! !

AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline Eldon

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2006, 11:46:46 PM »
Hey Eric...


Happy Holidays!

Offline Robert

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2006, 11:48:12 PM »
Congratulations Eric!!

And as far as I'm concerned you've also won the "AIDSMEDS STELLAR PERFORMER OF 2006 AWARD.

I am very very grateful for all the pushing and shoving and loving you've shown all of us this year.

Thank you for being here with us.


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2006, 11:53:11 PM »
That's so totally cool! Congratulations.

Offline RevMC

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2006, 11:56:03 PM »

Who was Will?  Don't mean to intrude but I read your post and felt tears of joy come over me.

Congratulations, see you did make a difference!!!  PM me.

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Offline Life

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2006, 11:58:46 PM »
Oh you all just make it even more the "evening."  I swear if it was not for this family, I would have lost it a long time ago...   That is my biggest thanks I have is to be with family who know what its like, and have been "there and back."


Mike,  Will is my husband, who is safely tucked away at home with Johnny our dog watching the Broncos...

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2006, 12:03:26 AM »

I have tears flowing down my cheeks and a heart that is bursting at the seams.

I don't know what else to say.

I am so happy for you, the words just don't exist.

RAB   :)

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2006, 12:19:00 AM »
Eric! You shine SO brightly, you truly do. Congratz honey. I'm filing this under "B" for life is beautiful and so full of awesome surprises


Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2006, 12:28:11 AM »
I love it when good things happen to good people. I am so proud of you Eric! Well deserved!

Looks like 2007 is gonna be awesome!
Congratulations dear friend!
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Offline JohnOso

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2006, 03:43:31 AM »
A well-deserved award for a most excellent and wonderful all-around guy!

Great job Eric!

Offline DanielMark

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2006, 05:30:56 AM »
Excellent news, Eric. ;D  Congratulations!



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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2006, 05:41:55 AM »
Hello Eric,

 This is fantastic news Eric. CONGRATULATIONS to you on the award !!!Now let them know, more money in the wallet, would be the ideal touch !!! ;)

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Offline red_Dragon888

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2006, 06:07:07 AM »

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  I am very happy that you are happy.

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Offline heartforyou

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2006, 06:18:48 AM »
I needed that good news baby. I am sooooooo proud of you.
You are a true star.

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Offline Razorbill

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2006, 06:21:55 AM »
Congratulations Eric!  What a great day for you.  Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. xoxo

Offline blondbeauty

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2006, 06:31:12 AM »
I am very proud of you. You having been coping with so many difficulties and you are still an excellent professional. Not everyone is strong enough.
You see? Life can still be good with HIV!
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Offline IzPoz

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2006, 07:01:17 AM »

Congratulations!!! I knew you would make a difference in many lives... Just keep doing what you are doing and you will reach the stars!!
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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2006, 07:12:11 AM »

And maybe you ought to print this thread out so the next time you're worrying about something related to your job you can remind yourself of how you are appreciated.

It's wonderful that you have received that well deserved recognition. Sometimes it can be hard to take in, but go ahead, take it in!

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #25 on: December 04, 2006, 07:17:06 AM »
congratulations, eric - thanks for sharing your good news  :)  :)


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #26 on: December 04, 2006, 09:29:31 AM »
Congratulations, Eric.

It's heartening to hear that people still recognize a hard-worked who accomplishes
and delivers greats results.


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #27 on: December 04, 2006, 09:38:07 AM »
What a great report, Eric!  Congratulations!
I have no doubt that you totally deserve that award--and then some!

May the good stuff keep coming along... 


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #28 on: December 04, 2006, 09:38:26 AM »
Congratulations, good deal   :)

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2006, 09:53:52 AM »



I was getting on panic when i was reading , because of the subject


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2006, 10:06:25 AM »
Congrats Eric!  Well deserved I am sure!
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Offline bocker3

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2006, 10:18:57 AM »
Congrats Eric!!  My partner worked in the hotel industry for year (he's out now) and they were notorious for taking and NOT rewarding.  You really must have shined as brightly there as here.

I hope your "award" includes extra time to spend with your hubby!

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #32 on: December 04, 2006, 10:19:51 AM »
Congratulations Eric!   I'm happy for you honey.


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #33 on: December 04, 2006, 11:34:12 AM »
Well, I hope nobody walks into my office right now because I was moved to tears while reading this thread.

Isn't it a great feeling to be recognized for all your hard work and a job well done???
Congratulations Eric!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #34 on: December 04, 2006, 11:43:05 AM »

Congratulations! You definitely deserve it!

See, good things come to those who wait!


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #35 on: December 04, 2006, 12:16:59 PM »
Stellar Performance goes beyond your job, bud. If ever you doubt yourself again, print this thread out and keep it handy for future reference. Consider it an insurance policy against this f'd up world we inhabit.

Looks good on ya man! *HUGS* Brought a tear to my eye just reading.

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #36 on: December 04, 2006, 01:49:20 PM »
Congratulations Eric!

I worked in the hotel industry for awhile, and know how difficult it can be, and how hard people work. Congratulations on a fantastic award!
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Offline StrongGuy

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #37 on: December 04, 2006, 02:08:08 PM »

No doubt the grace, kindness, level-headedness and maturity you show here translates to the work world. Enjoy it and soak it up!

Peace out!
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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #38 on: December 04, 2006, 02:37:45 PM »
Thanks all of you for the nice things you say...  My Self-Esteem issues have really taken an upturn in the past 24 hours.   I went home to Wiliam last night and he just keeps telling me "Eric I love you and I wish you would trust that people do actually care.   It's not all the doom and gloom you make certain situations out to be".   The family history is sometimes hard to overcome...

I really feel good !  I am going to go across the street and use the gift certificate I got last night to buy a new ski coat!

Yippe!  And again guys,  I hate being any kind of focus here, but what you have all said just really makes me happy to be alive...


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #39 on: December 04, 2006, 02:46:39 PM »
Eric, this is awesome news indeed.

Very well deserved, for a hard working guy.

I am so proud of you my friend.

Cheers, Alain.

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #40 on: December 04, 2006, 02:53:16 PM »

I agree with the others, when I saw the title of the thread and thought it was bad news or drama. Goddess knows we've had enough of that going around here. I have read your posts in the past and think you are a sweet person. I have worked in the hotel industry in the past (hotel operator) and knows how stressful it can be. To be given that award shows how much they appreciate you. Congrats! You definitely deserve it!
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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #41 on: December 04, 2006, 03:03:07 PM »
Hey Eric,
What a great piece of news to read! May this set the tone for your holidays and the year to come. I can imagine how utterly shocked you were to be acknowledged by the people you spend more time with than Will, family or friends.

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #42 on: December 04, 2006, 03:13:32 PM »
Dear Eric,
You are quite a remarkable person indeed!
You just SO deserved this!

I don't know what I'd do without you and definitely do not care to find out



I love you both,




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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #43 on: December 04, 2006, 03:17:59 PM »

You should be very proud of what you have achieved and Will is right, you need to have more faith in yourself and those who love and support you.  I understand how family history can create obstacles, but at some point you must choose to be happy and then the path becomes much clearer.  Try to focus on what you have because often that is all that we need.

Your honor is well-deserved and it follows the old adage of "What goes around, comes around."

This time it came around to you.


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #44 on: December 04, 2006, 03:34:56 PM »
Happy tears are so so much sweeter than sad tears. For sure.
Congrats to you Eric!

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #45 on: December 05, 2006, 09:59:37 AM »
Hooray for Eric, I always knew you were stellar.  I am glad that they recognized it too.  I miss you my friend, and I am glad that things are going so well for you .  Know you are often in my thoughts and prayers... HUGSS..  And congratulations again.... Love for you, E....


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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #46 on: December 05, 2006, 10:14:27 AM »
Eric, I know you too well. Who did you screw to get that award?????? ;) Congratulations............

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #47 on: December 05, 2006, 11:13:21 AM »
Happy tears Eric, Happy tears.
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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #48 on: December 05, 2006, 12:36:07 PM »
Way to go Eric! Congratulations!!
Dx 2005

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Re: I am in tears
« Reply #49 on: December 05, 2006, 12:39:03 PM »
That's great!  You deserve it for all the hard work you do for them!


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