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To me the greatness of the Dude shines in his ability to maintain his personality despite all of the often quite serious shit that's happened to him. Same goes for depression I believe.

Insightful Bullett dude...  well said.
Cheers dude, glad to share the thought!

I concur with your assessment of the Dude.  It's not that he doesn't care, but once he's dealt with a negative occurrence he doesn't dwell on it or allow it to affect him in an adverse way.  It's over and done with, and he returns to his pursuit of whatever makes him happy (or at least content).

But in my experience severe/clinical depression doesn't work that way.  As I wrote above, it alters the way you think and changes your perceptions (especially if the cause(s) is/are biological).  Yes, you want to feel better or happier, but quite often you don't know why you're depressed so you don't know how to return to feeling happy (and if the cause is biological, you're physically unable to).  And if the depression lasts long enough (I've had it last for as long as a few months) you sort of forget what it's like to feel happy, so it diminishes your motivation to try--you lose sight of that goal and it becomes less important as more time passes.  And it can make you lose sight of all of your goals because you don't see the point in pursuing them if nothing you do gives you pleasure (i.e., the "it's all pointless" perspective).

But, again, I can only speak from my personal experience.  Although there are similarities, from what little I know everyone's experience with severe/clinical depression is somewhat different because we are all different, so I don't want to make it sound as though I believe I'm an expert in any way and/or that only my opinions and perspectives on the issue matter.  But I do think it's important to discuss it openly and to share our experiences as we're doing here--at the very least, it can help people with severe/clinical depression to realize they're not alone.
hm, it's true that depression is different for everyone, but I think it's quite a universal solution to try to dig out the reason of that depression. like you said, 'face your demons', which is surely easier said than done, especially considering the fact that most of them hide in your subconsciousness.
in this case the general 'quest for happiness' becomes sort of irrelevant. It's like being ill and trying to get better just by blowing your nose - sure you'll be able to breathe freely for a few minutes but the source of the illness is still there.

There's another view on depression which helps me turn away from it: depression is MOSTLY a first world problem really. Generally people who get depressed are the ones who have most of the human's primary needs fulfilled. And find it hard to cope with no new goal or artificial goals, while maintaining their current level of life becomes more of a chore every passing day.
As always, try to find joy in the little things. There's nothing grand or overly entertaining in listening to a recording of a bowling game while lying on the rug, but if you learn to truly enjoy it (or whichever small activity brings a smile on your face), it becomes your small shelter from all the 'external' crap. Until somebody punches you in the face and takes the rug away, that is :)
Music / The Lebowski Band
« Last post by DigitalBuddha on Today at 02:19:27 AM »
Lebowski - A band founded in 2002, playing a wide spectrum of progressive music.

On the debut album in 2010, listener gets to experience the tunes along the lines of artistic rock, motion pictures music, experimental and improvisation, all in harmonized integrity.

"Cinematic" is music for a non-existent film. From a theme aspect we can intrepidly consider it as a concept album, dedicated to the "big figures" of the polish and world cinema.

What comes to the music - the CD is very compact, enriched with dynamic patterns, creating a self-collage. Like a picture of a good director. Lebowski holds listeners in tension, changing the moods, playing according to emotions. Complex and multidimensional compositions, are enabling a surprising and dynamic plot. The entirety is completed with rich instrumental use and the whole ensemble is an interesting arrangement, where the music isn't held from being in some cases aesthetic, modest and soft.

Lyrics for the "Cinematic" are original quotes adopted from the classical polish and international films.

Not the fuckin' Eagles -


marcin grzegorczyk - guitars
marcin łuczaj - synths
marek żak - bass
krzysztof pakuła - drums

The Bar is Over Here / Re: Today's beer adventure...
« Last post by DigitalBuddha on Today at 12:54:58 AM »
Yep, is that the ole Hefewiezen method? I'm still trying to figure out the whole system but yeast strains and fermentation temps seem a miraculous thing.

Ahh, the wonders of beer. Never ceases to amaze.
The Bar is Over Here / Re: Today's beer adventure...
« Last post by DigitalBuddha on Today at 12:52:35 AM »
Had a very unique English Ale today brewed by a pico just a few miles down the road.  Utterly delicious.  My dry hopped blonde is tasting quite good right now.

You can get that banana aroma/flavour just by fermenting S04 at too high a temp as well.  So I'm told...

Dude! Sounds like a fine beer adventure. 8)
The Bar is Over Here / Re: Your hangover remedies
« Last post by Reverend Al on Today at 12:48:07 AM »
I guess I've been lucky that the only times I've had a severe hangover was when I drank so much that I vomited.  That only happened three times, but man were those hangovers brutal!  And by then you're screwed and the only thing that'll make you feel better is time.

That said, one of my former work supervisors swore by this method for avoiding a hangover:

1.  As has been said, hangovers are caused primarily by dehydration (well, that and the consumption of alcoholic beverages which cause the dehydration).  If you're planning to go out drinking, during that day drink as much water, Gatorade, or other "hydrating beverage of choice" as you can tolerate--essentially you want to overhydrate yourself.  Of course, this won't work if your drinking plans are made at the last minute.

2.  After drinking and just before you go to bed, take two aspirin (i.e., not Tylenol or other painkiller) with a full glass (at least 8 ounces) of whole milk or half-and-half, especially if you think you won't get sick (i.e. vomit).  The aspirin helps with the pain, and the milk/half-and-half coats your stomach and decreases the chances you'll have to vomit during the night (or whenever you've chosen to try to sleep).  Needless to say, the key here is not vomiting because you'll simply void your stomach of the aspirin and milk/half-and-half.  And if you've already vomited, the odds are it's too late, but it can't hurt to try.

Disclaimer:  This new shit came to light long after I'd experienced my three hangovers, and I don't drink much or often these days so I've never tried it myself.

Another option is to determine which types of alcohol cause your worst hangovers, and stay away from them.  For example, I've never had even the slightest headache after drinking Jose Cuervo (tequila), but Jack Daniels and Crown Royal (whiskey) have always caused them.  And if my wife drinks even a little wine she gets horrible headaches almost immediately.  So choose your poison cautiously, and choose it well.
Dudeist Spiritualism / Re: Take 'er easy
« Last post by Laughing Dude on Today at 12:03:57 AM »
Well Taoist breathing has been working for me, along with cultivating the sorta No Mind they talk about in Zen: Whatever happens refuse to label it as good or bad; when a desire or repulsion arises let go of it. Taking that anxiety and releasing it with breath exercises has done wonders.

That last one does not work when drinking. But overall they seem to work for me. Lookin in to Tai Chi as well.
The Bar is Over Here / Re: Today's beer adventure...
« Last post by jgiffin on August 31, 2014, 09:34:49 PM »
Yep, is that the ole Hefewiezen method? I'm still trying to figure out the whole system but yeast strains and fermentation temps seem a miraculous thing.
Dudeist Spiritualism / Re: Take 'er easy
« Last post by jgiffin on August 31, 2014, 09:26:41 PM »
I've recently been having some issues "staying in the now," feeling stressed for no reason, and can't get out of my own head.  While I didn't necessarily want to start an entirely new thread about it, I wondered if you dudes have dealt with that and, if so, how. It's not like there's a sword of Damocles hanging over my head or anything. Shit's pretty cool. Long weekend with Labor Day. No real shenanigans at work. Wife seems pretty monogy...monogymo...I don't think she's fucking around on me.

What's your go-to move for getting shit centered? And, before you say it, no, drinking didn't work.
The Bar is Over Here / Re: Today's beer adventure...
« Last post by Hominid on August 31, 2014, 09:19:53 PM »
Had a very unique English Ale today brewed by a pico just a few miles down the road.  Utterly delicious.  My dry hopped blonde is tasting quite good right now.

You can get that banana aroma/flavour just by fermenting S04 at too high a temp as well.  So I'm told...
The Bar is Over Here / Re: Today's beer adventure...
« Last post by jgiffin on August 31, 2014, 09:14:56 PM »
I have an Oatmeal stout in the secondary fermenter right now. Threw in some bananas, too. Curious to see how it turns out.

Unless they're brewed together, though, KEEP YOUR DAMN FRUIT OUT OF MY BEER!
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October 28, 2013, 09:31:18 AM
Dudes of the world unite! There's been some very un-Dude like behavior out there in the world...and this aggression will not stand! :) Let's teach our poly-ticians how to abide together! 8)


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A good day to abide... ;D


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I--the royal we, you know, the editorial--I dropped off the money, exactly as per--Look, I've got certain information, certain things have come to light, and uh, has it ever occurred to you, man, that given the nature of all this new shit, that, uh, instead of running around blaming me, that this wh


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Chaplain K

May 31, 2013, 05:06:05 PM
Greetings, Caesar dude! Three cheers for weekends! The Shriners are an offshoot group of the Masons, best known for their charity hospitals. They are a pretty fun-lovin' bunch. 8) Peace,  Brother Dude!

Caesar dude

May 31, 2013, 03:02:31 AM
What's a shriner ChaplainK? I know I can google it but I like the personal touch... :)


Chaplain K

May 20, 2013, 05:05:55 PM
Was invited to a great get-together - a Dudeist was asked to fez two friends who joined the Shriners. Had five - wait, make that six - really good gin & tonics... Crazy Saturday! 8)

Easy McRider

April 29, 2013, 03:00:28 PM
Going with the flow can be a little slow, but that's cool... that's cool...

Chaplain K

April 29, 2013, 01:44:40 PM
Hail and well met, fellow Dudes!   :D

Caesar dude

April 20, 2013, 12:27:17 AM
Sorry 'bout the beverage Revgms! :) Was just saying Hi! It's been a while yah know! How are all the new are all the old dudes...and how are the ancient dudes Meekon? ;) :) 8)


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Careful man, there's a beverage here. Ya nearly made me spill my coffee, CD. ;)

Caesar dude

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Boo!!!! :)  :D ;D

William Sekerak

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Hey man how do I suggest a new dude for the great dudes in history ? What about Einstein dudes ? Just his DO should get him in.

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Abide, man, abide!


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