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Mike!  It's amazing to think that there are pictures of Dallas-Straight floating around from when we were there.  My mom has all my M.I.'s and some other documents, but no photographs.  Glad to hear you are doing well.  

Funny thing... Before I got in touch with Todd I had also heard that he was dead!  Weird!

Hey Mike :smile:  I remember you!  Hope you are doing well...

-Leslie Marie (Porter)

On 2006-01-06 21:45:00, stillafflicted wrote:

"My name is mike sherman.  I was in Dallas from nov89 to dec90 then on staff for bout 6 months.  So who knows? :???: "

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / How long were you in Straight?
« on: December 31, 2005, 04:14:00 PM »
On 2005-12-31 09:45:00, whiterabbit wrote:

"But you know, if I hadn't done all that prep, my butt would have been back on the front row. No telling how long my program would have been.


Good grief.  I'm so sorry...this is one of my worst nightmares.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Straight Documentary??
« on: December 27, 2005, 03:26:00 PM »
I wrote an email about a week ago to someone in c/o Fade To Black and I haven't received a response yet...I'm anxious to see it.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Random Trivia: Rules Raps
« on: December 27, 2005, 03:24:00 PM »
Wow!  Reading that post jarred more than a few memories.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / The Group Room
« on: December 27, 2005, 03:06:00 PM »
In regards to the Carpet Room...We had a room like that in Dallas/Irving.  I can't remember what we called it.  It wasn't carpeted but it was a lot smaller than the Group Room.  We had Girls Rap in there and the parents met in there every week.  I don't remember if there was anything on the walls or not.  You mentioned having to sit up straight for Executive Rap...Executive rap was murder!  My back hurt so badly from sitting like that (no chairs) for such a long period of time... gads that was brutal.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / The Group Room
« on: December 27, 2005, 03:02:00 PM »
Those barstools...gads... everytime I picture them I get all woozy.  They became some kind of evil symbol for me over the months I had there looking at them.  I remember how I used to watch Staff up there swinging from left to right, resting their elbow on the back of the barstool and gazing over Group as if this was the most normal thing in the world.  I remember thinking of those barstools as if they had some sort of magic power in them to render everything hopeless that happened in that room. I have seen a couple of videos of Straight, Inc. spinoffs and they have the same freaking barstools... exactly the same?!

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / The Group Room
« on: December 27, 2005, 11:56:00 AM »
"The guys side corner underneath the serenity prayer is where the walls were the most patched." you remember the time (s?) that someone was thrown through the "front" wall under the Serenity Prayer and out through the window behind it? It was horrifying!  Group just carried on as if nothing had happened.  The guys side had a lot of drywall patches.  It seemed like the maintainence man was never surprised to see all the holes in the wall that he had to fix.  Unbelievable.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / The Group Room
« on: December 27, 2005, 10:11:00 AM »
Did all group rooms look the same?  In Dallas/Irving we had a large open room with no windows...I remember it being about the size of a basketball court...maybe bigger?  It had some sort of vinyl floor (was it white or gray?) and drywall/sheetrock white walls.  There was nothing on the walls except the 12 Steps written in blue, The Serenity Prayer...and something else I can't quite remember. (what was that?) Of course, the blue plastic chairs and a couple of tables in the back for Staff to use during raps.  ah yes...horrible flourescent lights.  nice.  :roll:

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Rules Rap
« on: December 27, 2005, 10:01:00 AM »

gads, I remember that...creepy.
-Leslie Marie

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Random Trivia: Rules Raps
« on: December 27, 2005, 07:33:00 AM »
No "talking behind backs"

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Tomorrow
« on: December 23, 2005, 12:40:00 PM »
I really appreciate hearing your story...I'm sorry Xmas has been scarred by these experiences.  -Leslie Marie[ This Message was edited by: LittleCat on 2005-12-23 09:42 ]

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / A Straight, Inc. Xmas?
« on: December 23, 2005, 12:02:00 PM »
I'm glad you are able to move on so entirely.  About once a year or so I have this desire to take a look at that chapter of my life.  Usually, after a couple of days, I'm able to readjust myself and let Straight, Inc. sink on the priority list to something less pressing.  This year, it hasn't been like that.  I think some of us might have a need sometime in our adult lives to deal with Straight, Inc. once and for all.  To do that might cause some pain and agony as we open ourselves up to something that was so intensely damaging.  However, there is value for me to touch on these issues and put them to bed.  I hope for a sense of peace about my experiences at Straight, Inc... not just for myself but for everyone who was there.  For those of us who choose to take some time to deal with Straight,Inc...I think it's important to find compassion, understanding and support...and also to  encourage each other to do what we need to in order to take control of what Straight, Inc. has done in our lives.  Maybe some of us will be able to do it more quickly than others...but that's not what I think is important.  What's important is that we find ourselves again and are able to look Straight, Inc. in the face and take back what we lost there...our dignity, our innocence and to some degree our identity.  

I sincerely hope no one else will post here saying they have a hard time at Xmas due to memories of being held in Straight, Inc.  If there are some that do... I hope they find comfort in knowing that they aren't alone...and that someone cares.

Happy Holidays,
-Leslie Marie

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / A Straight, Inc. Xmas?
« on: December 23, 2005, 11:05:00 AM »
Anyone else find themselves having a hard time dealing with Straight during the holidays?  I spent two Xmas's in Dallas-Straight and I find it difficult to not think about Straight during this time of year.  argh.

-Leslie Marie (Porter)

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Dallas Straight (Who you Remember)
« on: December 21, 2005, 04:59:00 AM »
I remember Lisa S.


Sara Jane S.
Karen K.

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