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    Default My name is Mike and I am an addict

    I arrive here today hopeful that the long journey seeking a cure is at it's end, or that I will at least find peace.

    My condition is severe.. manifesting itself with numerous symptoms 'normal people' cannot understand such as:

    1. Hoarding-
    I... keep... multiple flashlights in: my vehicle, my desk at my office, my workshop, my living room, my kitchen, my garage, and even my sleeping area at all times.
    2. Obsessive Compulsive Recharging of Flashlight Battery Syndrome-
    This is of course my own self diagnosis since many in the medical community lack the insight to acknowledge this often misunderstood affliction, but as some of you may know it is very real.
    3. Lust for power-
    Over the years I have built up a very high tolerance to it and constantly find myself needing more.. I can always easily impress my buddies with nothing more than a 9P/P91 combo, but that hasn't been able to get the monkey off my back for a long time.

    These are just a part of my plight.
    There's also the financial impact of the habit. Luckily, I've never had to choose between flashlights or food.. yet.
    The gateway for me was a Streamlight Stinger I experimented with years ago.. seemed harmless at the time, but now I wonder how things would have turned out if I'd not gone down that road. I must find my way back.

    Can you help?

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    Sounds like the same thing that has happened to us all. Bad news. There is no cure. But at least you are not alone!
    Welcome to CPF!
    Aren't flashlights cool?
    Carry a flashlight, and you'll have a bright future.

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    welcome aboard Blinkie!!

    your post made me laugh out loud, thanks bud!

    you described my habits... to the letter!!... especially the hoarding.

    Hmmm what was my gateway light? Come to think of it, it was the SF C3 Black. Yup, after that I was hooked...... thankfully I am able to put it off as a need for my occupation (law enforcement) but really, who's kidding who..?

    (fyi - I dont think CPF is really here for a means to a cure, quite the opposite actually...!)
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    Don't feel too bad, as most of us are in the same boat. Just look at the join dates of everyone who has responded to this thread (myself included). We've been at it for years and still can't quite kick the addiction.

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    Most of us here have your affliction to some degree. You sound like a normal flashaholic to me.

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    Dittos on the "Magical" Stinger which for me also started the addiction with just one charge.

    Welcome aboard!

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    Hi, Mike! Welcome to the 12-step meet... er, CPF. There's coffee and donuts in the back after the meeting.

    You're in good company Just don't expect to find revovery from flashahol here.

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    If you want it to get worse, hang around here more, and I guarantee that light you think is terribly expensive will not seem so expensive any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curlyfry562 View Post


    If you want it to get worse, hang around here more, and I guarantee that light you think is terribly expensive will not seem so expensive any more.
    Indeed!

    And, for the love of God, watch out for Buy/Sell/Trade!!!!
    ...as for me, when you want a good laugh, you will find me, in a fine state, fat and flourishing, a true hog of Epicurus' herd...
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    Resistance is futile. Welcome Blinkie. We're very happy you're here. Tune in often for enabling.

    Geoff

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    Mike,
    With this post, I will break my status as a lurker (against my doctors orders).
    I too have this condition, and did not have the courage to admit it to others, let alone myself. As others have said - I remember looking at some of the prices and being surprised - now, I only think of how to get the funds, as well as how to justify it (to my wife, obviously a flashlight is justified by definition) the quality of construction long outlives the temporary sore wallet.
    Unfortunately, I had also gone to the marketplace...yes it may be easier to justify a great deal, but now I have also tasted from the well of other necessities (thanks Bullfrog, the BM MiniGrip is excellent - but my thumb hurts!). I also now have other cravings - Titanium, warm CRI, etc - before I was just lusting for lumens.
    I have come to realize that there are powers that are beyond my control, and I must accept what I am powerless to change.
    I do feel much better now -and I think it is time for another aquisition.
    After all, this is cheaper than the doctors visits...
    Cheers,
    AnotherADDiction

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    Hi Mike! You'll want to investigate 'HID'.

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    Hi Mike! Sounds like you'll fit in nicely around here!
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    You just have to keep reminding yourself it is at least a marginally, sometimes wildly, useful past-time.

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    B/S/T is a disease!


    Welcome to the forum, consider it your second home... you will never leave!
    Its better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Turtle View Post
    Resistance is futile. Welcome Blinkie. We're very happy you're here. Tune in often for enabling.

    Geoff
    Yes, Resistance is indeed futile. Please surrender yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullfrog View Post
    Indeed!

    And, for the love of God, watch out for Buy/Sell/Trade!!!!

    unless you're selling.

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    Help Re: My name is Mike and I am an addict

    Coming here for help with flashlight addiction is about like asking the Captain of the Titanic for help with navigation!

    I can quit any time I want...

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    I only came here with a simple question about batteries...
    "The profoundly wise do not declaim against superficial knowledge in others, as much as the profoundly ignorant."

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    Default Re: My name is Mike and I am an addict

    well mike if you think you gonna solve any issues with flashaholisms by coming forward you are WRONG.

    You cannot better, only worse...LOL

    welcome on board chap, kostas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmo7809 View Post
    B/S/T is a disease!


    Welcome to the forum, consider it your second home... you will never leave!
    Welcome Mike and just to correct the above B/S/T is the crack dealer !!!
    darkness is the disease. LOL

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    I was addicted to portable lighting since childhood. I recently came out after 65 years of living on the planet!

    Glad I found CPF too!
    Skyeye
    "Pay no atttention to that man behind the curtain, he's just a Flashaholic!"

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    i am a flashaholic as well, i think that the light that started my addiction must have been my first mod a 623 a very bad place to start because it is already one of the brightest mods so now after only a couple months on cpf i have a flashlight in EVERY room in my house including my bathroom and closet.
    my lust for more light is insane. but i am happy that i am addicted to flashlights rather than cars or guns or knives because the bill for those things get big fast. but anyway welcome to the flashaholics club

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    From the "Are You a Flashaholic" poster in the hardware store.

    If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be one.

    1. You spend 30 minutes in the morning trying to decide which flashlights to take for a day at the beach.
    2. You’re puzzled at your friends’ reaction to a flashlight that goes through $24 worth of batteries in 25 minutes.
    3. You once tried to get a loan to build a refrigerated battery storage room.
    4. You read in bed with a flashlight even though the power is on.
    5. You’ve taken a shower with a flashlight.
    6. When you move into a new neighborhood, there is always a rash of police reports about mysterious lights in the sky.
    7. You have an account with Duracell.
    8. When someone buys a new car you ask them about its headlights.
    9. You buy a new car based on how many cup holders can be adapted to hold flashlights.
    10. A hardware store clerk doesn’t know what a PR-2 is; your 4 year old daughter then explains it’s a 2.33 volt miniature flange base lamp.
    11. Your picture is posted in every movie theatre in town.
    12. You thought the “thousand points of light” speech was about you alone.
    Books you may have missed: The Flashlight Boys in The Cave of Darkness, The Flashlight Boys Visit Kodak (uh, oh), The Flashlight Boys New Circuit, in which they discover connecting batteries in series and blind themselves.

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    A Day in the Life of a Flashaholic

    6:00 am Wake up. Yippee, it’s fall and it’s still dark out. Wash and shower with flashlight.

    6:15 am Sun’s coming up, draw blinds, make breakfast.

    6:30 am Choose EDC for the day, think maybe I’m losing interest. It only took me 10 minutes to pick 4 lights. Check batteries, rotate standby batteries in chargers, check CPF.

    7:00 am Bright outside, reluctantly go outside with all lights in pockets. Start car, do quick check on glove-box, under seat, door pocket, back seat, trunk, and engine compartment lights, getting late so decide to leave the rest for the weekend.

    7:30 am Stop at Wal-Mart, quickly check the flashlight aisle, nothing new since yesterday, also for sales on batteries.

    8:00 am First to work so the lights are off. Watchman comes through on his last round and is, for the 30th time this year, startled to see a flashlight beam bobbing on the ceiling.

    8:10 am The rest of the crew start to arrive. I hear someone say, “Did the power go off, Are you in the dark back there?” Someone else laughs and says, “If the power’s off, it’s because he shut it off.”

    10:00 am Check UPS package tracking for about the 20th time since I got in. How long can it take to get from “Arrival at UPS facility,” to “Out for delivery.” Sudden sick feeling in stomach. What if it arrived after the truck went out? Start thinking of stories of disasters and sick children that need light to convince them to let me pick up on Saturday.

    12:00 Check CPF. Find an online deal on a couple cases of D cells. Realize I’m going to have to shop for another refrigerator to hold them. Wonder if the workshop circuit can handle a third refrigerator.

    1:00 pm Back to work. An electrician comes to replace a ballast. He’s on a ladder and pushes up a ceiling panel to look at something. Pulls out a Mini-Maglite and discovers the bulb is burned out. I rush over like he’s on fire and hold up a couple lights for him to choose from. Somewhat baffled, he takes one, looks into it, and turns it on. Fortunately nothing got damaged when he dropped it in surprise. Helped temporarily blinded electrician find his way down the ladder.

    2:00 pm Call UPS to plead my case. They recognize my address, “You’re the one that gets those regular deliveries from Duracell.” Assures me the package is on the truck, scanner was broken. Relief washes over me.

    4:00 pm Check desk lights, just in case.

    5:00 pm Go straight home. YES! The package is there.

    5:30 pm Bolt my dinner while reading instructions for new light. Had to force myself to slow down when I put in the batteries because I kept dropping them. Can’t wait for dark.

    5:45 pm Check CPF. Go out to workshop and try to see how many 123A’s I can fit into a 6-D case. Browse catalogs for 60 volt lamps. Check light meter calibration.

    6:30 pm Go outside and play with new light. Spend next 1 1/2 hours comparing with other lights and photographing beam.

    8:30 pm Doorbell rings. Look out window and see police car. Turn on lights for the first time since arriving home. Officer explains there’s a new neighbor and he called the station in a panic over the strange lights on the clouds and someone “shooting rays” at his house. Suggests I visit neighbor, “in the daytime,” and introduce him to my hobby. “But don’t bring all your lights like the last time. Break him in slowly.”

    10:00 pm Check batteries in emergency lights, replace where necessary.

    10:30 pm Fall asleep reading a story of the World War II London blackouts, have very pleasant dream of an eclipse.
    Books you may have missed: The Flashlight Boys in The Cave of Darkness, The Flashlight Boys Visit Kodak (uh, oh), The Flashlight Boys New Circuit, in which they discover connecting batteries in series and blind themselves.

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    Don't worry, the kind folk of CPF will be here to help you through the addiction.. oops.. I lied!

    RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!!! YOU WILL be Assimilated!!

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    Last edited by m16a; 12-09-2008 at 07:15 AM. Reason: giving credit to ca1gvla for the photoshop job
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    Default Re: My name is Mike and I am an addict

    Quote Originally Posted by georget98 View Post
    A Day in the Life of a Flashaholic

    6:00 am Wake up. Yippee, it’s fall and it’s still dark out. Wash and shower with flashlight.
    OMG!!! THATS GENIUS, why didn't i think of that .......i am so trying that tomorrow morning

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    I wouldn't worry about it. I told myself all I needed was Surefire 6P. The next thing you know I got a G2. There are still more lights on my wish list... Must resist the urge!

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    [quote=georget98;2732152]A Day in the Life of a Flashaholic


    George, I appreciated that post so much I am going to print it out and hang it on my locker!

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    Hey All,

    My name is Tumbleweed and I'm a flasha-newbie. I only have a Photon Freedom and an EOS II headlamp but I've been reading here for 2 months trying to choose a flashlight. *mind-boggling to say the least*

    I'm infatuated with the Milky Room Sweeper so I'd conclude that I too am addicted to lumens .... and great white walls o' light.

    TW

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