Teh Squeaky Wheel
Happy Cuttleday, Wheelizens!
Well-played, Punster Mac. Any mention of cuttlefish reminds me of teh Pythons’ Dead Parrot sketch.
I watched several of those commercials and still have no recollection of Wackies.
I had only a very dim recollection which I had to double-check online before “challenging” my brother. Wackies certainly weren’t on the market very long; I’ve a suspicion the artificially-flavored banana “marshmallow” bits were so profoundly vile that even kids wouldn’t eat them.
Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!
In line with today’s marine theme, Teh Younger is going on a marine mammal cruise (whale watching) this morning for work. Earlier this week they spotted a blue whale (the largest mammal), which is definitely cool.
I’m off to set up Cub Scout daycamp, which starts on Monday. Fortunately, it looks to be a bit cooler today.
Have fun, y’all and remember to refill those water bottles with the correct liquids (the one on the right is water).
Puns. On a Saturday. Have fun at camp, Paddy.
I’m on Day 4 of not smoking. Not much fun, but so it goes. It’s the first time in 25 years that I’ve gone a day without smoking.
Good luck, Sven! It has been a little over 20 years now since I quit. I was smoking a pack a day of non-filter Camels for about 25 years. I know it’s hard but it is a good thing. I hope it goes smoothly for you.
Thanks, Mac. It’s my first serious attempt, but good to know that you were able to quit.
I quit twice. The first time was in the 70s and I quit for a year until I was in a nasty car accident that laid me up. After working 80 to over 100 hours a week I could not stand it so as soon as I could walk on my own I walked down the street and bought cigarettes. First wife was not happy. Second time was in the 90s and Elena was very happy about it. Both times I had no cigarettes once I quit. I carried an open pack and a lighter for over a month both times. It helped me through bad spots but I never lit up.
The biggest trap I have seen is focusing too much on the physical addiction. It is not that bad. The worst passes in a few days and after a couple of weeks it is mostly done. The problem is the habit. It lasts much longer and hits you from ambush after you lower your guard. I still miss and want a cigarette and often missed the help when working or driving late.
Good luck and much respect for trying. I imagine Mrs. Sven is very happy. Elena never asked me to quit, she never smoked but her whole family did. All she asked was no smoking in the bedroom. She was still very happy when I quit. I did not tell her at first but she noticed I was twitchy and talking very fast and asked what was going on. She was pleasantly surprised.
Thanks for sharing your story, Mac.
I had planned on quitting this weekend after finishing up an audio version of Alan Carr’s book, The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, and getting used to some drugs from my doctor, but after a smoke break at work I decided there was no reason to wait.
That first day sucked. And the second wasn’t much better. I had two panic-like attacks where I had to get outside and walk around the building 3-4 times, but things now seem to be settling down. It’s actually harder not to smoke at home than it is at work.
If I can get through this weekend, I think I’ll have a shot at stopping for good.
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Thank you for the links, interesting posts. Ace helped my find what was keeping me from losing weight, too. It was my second insulin shot, it kept me from burning fat at night. When I stopped taking it I immediately started losing and have lost over 20 pounds since August.
I think you did a wise move. I wanted to quit for some time but knew the time had to be right. I bought five packs on my way home one Friday and decided before my first cigarette the next morning to quit. If I had waited until I used them it might have been years longer. I gave them to my BIL when I knew it would work.
Unlike what Ace mentioned I liked smoking and it helped my work long hours and drive home late after long shifts. Even after I quit I still kept ash trays in my shop and invited people to smoke, I enjoyed the smell. I never took a puff after I quit, though. I was a little disappointed that it seemed to take a long time for the cough to go away, things I had read made me expect it to help sooner. It would have been easier if I did not enjoy it as he mentioned.