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Dar' Argol
05-30-2006, 05:54 PM
After 12 years I'm quitting! Smoking that is. I'v e decided. After my grandfather went in to have his arteries cleaned he had a stroke on the table. When they opened him up, a piece broke off and went into his brain. He's lost use of his right side and can't really speak too well. Come to find out his arteries were sooooo cloged that he would have had a MASSIVE stroke within week or so. The massive cloggin came from his years of smoking. After seeing my grandfather, who is a never say die kinda man, just laying on a bed unable to even swallow right now was enough to make me re-think what I've been doing. I don't want to be the one in that bed!

So as of yesterday, Monday, March 29th at 8am I hve quit smoking! I hae not had a ciggerette since then and I'm feeling ok. I am using the gum, so I think either that stuff really works, or I was not as addicted as I thought I was. Anywho, I'll keep things updated as the days go by.

Cheer!!!

JON9000
05-30-2006, 06:18 PM
After 12 years I'm quitting! Smoking that is. I'v e decided. After my grandfather went in to have his arteries cleaned he had a stroke on the table. When they opened him up, a piece broke off and went into his brain. He's lost use of his right side and can't really speak too well. Come to find out his arteries were sooooo cloged that he would have had a MASSIVE stroke within week or so. The massive cloggin came from his years of smoking. After seeing my grandfather, who is a never say die kinda man, just laying on a bed unable to even swallow right now was enough to make me re-think what I've been doing. I don't want to be the one in that bed!

So as of yesterday, Monday, March 29th at 8am I hve quit smoking! I hae not had a ciggerette since then and I'm feeling ok. I am using the gum, so I think either that stuff really works, or I was not as addicted as I thought I was. Anywho, I'll keep things updated as the days go by.

Cheer!!!

The gum rules. It is also extremely helpful to start an exercise program. Not only does it make not want to light up, but it keeps your weight from exploding when you get your oral fix elsewhere. I've also heard that keeping a large rubber band around your wrist and snapping the crap out of yourself every time you think of smoking helps. Congratulations on quitting!

:smoker::whip: :thumbsup:

Jargo
05-30-2006, 06:38 PM
the threes are what you need to remember, three days, three weeks, three months, three years. apparently that's when you really feel the urge. so I've been lead to believe. Never got further than three days to be fair.

Good luck though. You're gonna need it.

Banthaholic
05-30-2006, 06:55 PM
congrats!
I've known a few people that have succeeded and it seems that most havehad success it cold turkey. Just mind over matter. Whenever you crave a smoke think quittting a pack a day habit every two days will buy you another action figure. Over the course of a years time you can buy yourself an additional 180 clones.

Turbowars
05-30-2006, 07:01 PM
Good luck there buddy. Just think, your breath and toys wont have that ash tray spell anymore, well at least your mouth wont.:thumbsup:

James Boba Fettfield
05-30-2006, 07:02 PM
So as of yesterday, Monday, March 29th at 8am I hve quit smoking!

One day without a cigarette feels like two months.

Jargo
05-30-2006, 07:56 PM
Over the course of a years time you can buy yourself an additional 180 clones.

In my bizarre mind that has a totally different connotation. And if it were the case 180 would be a huge overestimation. but yes, quitting smoking does have nice financial rewards. though for me it wouldn't as my other buys all the ciggies in the house. I just smoke em all.:whip:

JetsAndHeels
05-30-2006, 09:21 PM
Congrats on quitting. I was a smoker for 5 years and I was able to kick the habit just by cold turkey. I had someone tell me that cold turkey did not work and that I could not do it...well being the stubborn SOB that I am I decided to just suck it up and do it. Well I did and 4 years later I am still smoke free!!

LTBasker
05-30-2006, 10:13 PM
Hope it goes smooth for ya, Dar. My mom has tried to quit a few times in my lifetime, but has always gone back to it. I'm trying to urge her to try again since we've been trying to be healthier as of late- it pains me when she has to smoke before going on walks.

bobafrett
05-31-2006, 09:22 AM
Congratulations Dar'! I have never smoked, so I have no advice for you on what to do to stay smoke free. Do you have others in the house who smoke? If so, be sure to maybe set some areas in the house, or outside where they can go to smoke not luring you back to the habit.


The gum rules. It is also extremely helpful to start an exercise program. Not only does it make not want to light up, but it keeps your weight from exploding when you get your oral fix elsewhere. I've also heard that keeping a large rubber band around your wrist and snapping the crap out of yourself every time you think of smoking helps. Congratulations on quitting!

:smoker::whip: :thumbsup:


Hee Hee, oral fix *snort*

2-1B
05-31-2006, 12:11 PM
Good for you Dar ! You can do. It's mostly mental. Good luck ! :)

LusiferSam
05-31-2006, 12:52 PM
Excellent! :thumbsup: I really hope you succeed. I'm a where from friends and family who have quit nicotine addiction can be one mean mother of a habit. Hopefully you can stick with it. If the gum doesn't work, try the patch or the herbal stuff or the prescription pill or anything. Just remember you want quit and not to be discouraged at setback.

JimJamBonds
05-31-2006, 12:57 PM
Good luck Dar! :thumbsup:

2-1B
05-31-2006, 01:08 PM
Excellent! :thumbsup: I really hope you succeed. I'm a where from friends and family who have quit nicotine addiction can be one mean mother of a habit. Hopefully you can stick with it. If the gum doesn't work, try the patch or the herbal stuff or the prescription pill or anything. Just remember you want quit and not to be discouraged at setback.

"herbal stuff" ? :confused:

lol

Lazer Brain
05-31-2006, 04:35 PM
GOOD LUCK!!! I quit about 6 years ago, i still feel the URGE. but i will not let that demon take me. my grandfather died of cancer thats when i quit, his last days were painful so i hope to aviod it. nicotine is the devil.

later

Dar' Argol
05-31-2006, 05:46 PM
Congratulations Dar'! I have never smoked, so I have no advice for you on what to do to stay smoke free. Do you have others in the house who smoke? If so, be sure to maybe set some areas in the house, or outside where they can go to smoke not luring you back to the habit.




Hee Hee, oral fix *snort*

Almost 3 days and all is good!

Thanx for the support guys, believe it or not, it helps.

Bobba, my ife and I both somke. Now we have not smoked in the house for at least 4 years now soo . . . she is tring to quit as well. She was doing the gum too, but could not handle the taste. She's down to 1 per day now so if that's how she needs to do it then so be it.

I have caught myself tinking about going and getting a cigarette ut not because of a craving, more bordom then anything else. I've come to a conlusion, Either

the gum is friggin awesome and really friggin works or
my will power to not end up in that bed is greater then I thought or
I was not addictted as I though I was . . .


I know this is early in the game so to speak, but I feel really good! Hopefully it will continue this way!

JON9000
05-31-2006, 06:51 PM
The gum does whup, but another bit of advice- be wary of alcoholic beverages, the urge is amplified with every sip you have.

Dar' Argol
05-31-2006, 07:19 PM
The gum does whup, but another bit of advice- be wary of alcoholic beverages, the urge is amplified with every sip you have.

Which is why waited until Monday and not The weekend, seeing as how I did a bite of parting then. so I guess thats was good to get out of the way.

And I woun't be going out to a bar until at least June 23 . . so I should be ok. But thanx for the warning!

Reefer Shark
05-31-2006, 07:27 PM
Congrats Dar' Argol! Quiting smoking is a huge, but necessary step. Such a stinky, nasty habit, and just so damn bad for you. I smoked for about 10 years, but managed to quit when I was 21 (I'm 35 now). I gotta say, all my buddies that still smoke cigarettes seem to have way more health issues than I do...


"herbal stuff" ? :confused:

lol

lol lol lol Too funny! Herbal stuff actually helped me quit, but I'm not talking about any pills or tea ;) It may seem kinda like an oxymoron, but it's so true.

I would just snap one down, and all desires for cigarettes were forgotten. With time, I pretty much forgot about them altogether, and now they just seem gross to me.

seanmcfripp
05-31-2006, 08:25 PM
Smoking is like pretty much anything else that's bad for you: it's ok in moderation. Nothing wrong with having a smoke when you drink a beer now and then. I maybe smoke a pack a year, if that, and when I do have the occasional cigarette, it's great! I feel bad for people who can't enjoy it that way (like my brother, who's about as addicted as they come), because it's a nice little buzz to catch on occasion, and it's certainly not enough to hurt you. I don't drink beer very often, and I don't smoke very often, but if a drinking or smoking situation arises, I can't have one without the other. I guess that's what I'm addicted to. :smoker:

Oh, and yellow stormtroopers suck. Don't smoke indoors, if only for that reason alone.

LusiferSam
05-31-2006, 08:37 PM
"herbal stuff" ? :confused:

lol
I think I know what you're thinking and no its not that kind of herb. I've seen a number of herbal remedies over the years to that are sold a stop smoking aids. I have no idea if the stuff works or if it is just snake oil.

UKWildcat
05-31-2006, 08:48 PM
Such a stinky, nasty habit, and just so damn bad for you. I smoked for about 10 years, but managed to quit when I was 21 (I'm 35 now).

You started smoking when you were 11 years old? Thats insanity. :crazed:


I smoked for about 4 years and quit nearly a year ago. Actually, my one year anniversary will be coming up next month. :D I quit cold turkey and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. I was actually kinda surprised at how easy it was. Of course I hadn't been smoking for an extremely long time, but I can see how it would be more difficult for others. Starting to smoke was one of the worst decisions I ever made but quitting was one of the best. I am more healthy now and I have never felt better in a looooong time.

I can only wish you the best Dar and I hope you have an easy time quitting like I did. Just keep strong and don't give into the temptation. :thumbsup:

Keep us posted too.

Kidhuman
05-31-2006, 11:49 PM
Quitters never win Dar.

2-1B
06-01-2006, 03:01 AM
You started smoking when you were 11 years old? Thats insanity. :crazed:

That's what I was thinking !

Dar' Argol
06-01-2006, 02:34 PM
Quitters never win Dar.

Well, this is the only thing I'm ever gonna quit!!

Day 3 . . . . 4 . . . I don't remember . . . . and all is still good! I'm headin out quick for a job interview so that could be another thing I quit . . my old suck butt job!

Kidhuman
06-01-2006, 02:35 PM
Good luck on the interview.

Dar' Argol
06-01-2006, 02:42 PM
Good luck on the interview.

Thanx man! BTW nice displays there at your work!!! Keep me up to date on that "certain situation" . . . Time to go kiss some butt!

LTBasker
06-01-2006, 09:30 PM
Dar's gonna become a porn star!



....do we get free copies?

Reefer Shark
06-01-2006, 09:46 PM
Good luck on the interview Dar!


You started smoking when you were 11 years old? Thats insanity. :crazed:


That's what I was thinking !

lol lol Yeah I guess it is pretty bad when I think about it now, but at the time it didn't seem like a big deal. It was the 80's, and most of my friends and family smoked. Some had their first smokes at 5 or 6, now that's insanity.

By 16, I used to keeps cartons in the fridge at home: Ma had her Virginia Slims (sp?), and I had my Marlbro reds.. btw: My mom just quit a few weeks ago after over 40 years! I can't even express how proud I am of her!!!

seanmcfripp
06-02-2006, 09:50 AM
...I used to keeps cartons in the fridge at home...

I always keep a pack in the freezer, since it takes me like 2 months to smoke the whole thing, but I always wondered if it actually did any good? Does freezing cigarettes actually help them "keep" any better than if they're just left out in a drawer or something? I have one friend who's a pretty regular smoker, and he always accuses me of having "stale" cigarettes if he has to bum one from the freezer. They seem ok to me, perhaps a little harsher than a new pack. Am I wasting my time with the freezer thing?

UKWildcat
06-02-2006, 10:08 AM
Some had their first smokes at 5 or 6, now that's insanity.

I stand corrected. :eek: ;)

Dar' Argol
06-02-2006, 04:22 PM
Day 4 . . . 5-ish and I've had my most overwhelming craving yet . . .but then I had a really crappy day at work so I can understand it. BUT . . . I did NOT go for a Ciggy so I am happy about the . . even though I really want on right now. Anywho . . .

Interveiw went well yesterday . . . bascally its between me and someone else . . Hopefully I can get this so I can go tell my suck butt boss to take this job and . . uhhh . . do unpleasent things with it! I wanted to tell him that today but I don't have another job lined up yet soooo . . dang it!

Tycho
06-06-2006, 07:04 AM
Wow Dar'Argol!

Congratulations. I'm sure this will be harder than you expected, but good for you nevertheless.

I'm from California where we're making new laws that say you can't smoke outdoors on the beach even - in San Diego and in some other cities - (you already can't smoke indoors). Pretty soon folks here will have to go to Nevada every time they want to have a cigarette. We don't just like it that way to pick on smokers. There's a good reason and it sounds like you've discovered it.

Anyway, I remember the brief discussion we had while hanging out at that dive bar in Indianapolis and thinking to myself, "I hope Dar doesn't think I'm some kind of jerk," but my throat was getting scratchy just from being around, inhaling your second-hand smoke. It wasn't being nit-picky. Who wants to seem uncouthe while gurgling back and spitting while you're trying to have a conversation (just so you can breathe)?

I only read your initial post, so I'm not aware of any updates at present. So if you've failed, try again - I support you (as will the money you'll save - it may start to surprise you!) Again, if you succeeded and stayed successful, congratulations! I've had a few friends that have done it. It can be achieved, and you're strong enough to do it.

- Josh

CaptainSolo1138
06-06-2006, 07:53 AM
I need to quit. The wife and I have two new babies in the house now and, even though I smoke outside around the corner away from anything resembeling and open window, I always feel like a douche for even smelling like it. I've caught so much crap in the past couple months from every doctor that she and the babies have seen that quitting would probably be easier than continuing to take the constant barrage of "shame on you" talks that I get from everyone.

Unless they've tried or have quit, I don't feel that anyone has the right to tell you.

Kidhuman
06-06-2006, 08:11 AM
I need to quit. The wife and I have two new babies in the house now


All the more reason to keep smoking. :p

scruffziller
06-06-2006, 08:15 AM
I started up smoking cheery pipe tobacco cigars from BLACKSTONE because I like to smoke them and also to break away from the tyranny of my parents disapproval of things.(They still don't know;) ) Plus the ladies enjoy it, they think it is sexy. I only smoke them every once in awhile. I know I shouldn't at all, but people say that that type of tobacco is actually healthier that the stuff in cigarettes. Plus I have heard theories that it is the fiberglass in the filters that is harmful and not the tobacco.
But Gratz on quitting anyway Dar. I did smoke Newports for awhile, I would go through a pack in a month, and when I started getting to a point where I got that "feenin" for a smoke, the fear of becoming addicted permanently broke me.

2-1B
06-06-2006, 10:44 AM
WOO HOOOOOOO ! Cappy is back ! :grin: Welcome back, sir !!!!!!!!

And yes, you are indeed a douche. lol

CaptainSolo1138
06-06-2006, 11:35 AM
WOO HOOOOOOO ! Cappy is back ! :grin: Welcome back, sir !!!!!!!!

And yes, you are indeed a douche. lol
How did I survive a month and a half without being belittled by Caesar? :D

Thank you for the welcome, sir. Nice touch on the PM, too. I logged on at Rocketboy's the other day and had a good laugh at it.

JimJamBonds
06-06-2006, 12:02 PM
I need to quit. The wife and I have two new babies in the house now and, even though I smoke outside around the corner away from anything resembeling and open window, I always feel like a douche for even smelling like it. I've caught so much crap in the past couple months from every doctor that she and the babies have seen that quitting would probably be easier than continuing to take the constant barrage of "shame on you" talks that I get from everyone.

Unless they've tried or have quit, I don't feel that anyone has the right to tell you.

As long as you don't do what I saw yesterday. Two woman pull up to a gas station, one goes inside and gets a pack of smokes and they both fire one up. Ohh did I forget to mention that there was a small child in the backseat?:rolleyes:

JEDIpartner
06-06-2006, 12:13 PM
After 12 years I'm quitting! Smoking that is.

Good to hear... besides-- you'd have a tough time at our house. No smoking indoors and no smoking in the car! Have a nice stay... ;)

You actually will now!!! :thumbsup:

CaptainSolo1138
06-06-2006, 01:32 PM
As long as you don't do what I saw yesterday. Two woman pull up to a gas station, one goes inside and gets a pack of smokes and they both fire one up. Ohh did I forget to mention that there was a small child in the backseat?:rolleyes:
Stuff like that disgusts me. I feel so hypocritical criticizing smokers, but it really ticks me off. The worst was when my wife was in the hospital because of the premature labor thing. I'd go out for a smoke and see women in labor (complete with I.V.) puffing away. This angered me two-fold: First, it's just wrong. Second, here's my wife, someone who did EVERYTHING right during her pregnancy (including quitting smoking the day we found out she was preggers), in the hospital because she went into labor almost four months early.

Dar' Argol
06-06-2006, 08:10 PM
Wow Dar'Argol!

Congratulations. I'm sure this will be harder than you expected, but good for you nevertheless.

I'm from California where we're making new laws that say you can't smoke outdoors on the beach even - in San Diego and in some other cities - (you already can't smoke indoors). Pretty soon folks here will have to go to Nevada every time they want to have a cigarette. We don't just like it that way to pick on smokers. There's a good reason and it sounds like you've discovered it.

Anyway, I remember the brief discussion we had while hanging out at that dive bar in Indianapolis and thinking to myself, "I hope Dar doesn't think I'm some kind of jerk," but my throat was getting scratchy just from being around, inhaling your second-hand smoke. It wasn't being nit-picky. Who wants to seem uncouthe while gurgling back and spitting while you're trying to have a conversation (just so you can breathe)?

I only read your initial post, so I'm not aware of any updates at present. So if you've failed, try again - I support you (as will the money you'll save - it may start to surprise you!) Again, if you succeeded and stayed successful, congratulations! I've had a few friends that have done it. It can be achieved, and you're strong enough to do it.

- Josh

Thanx Josh! You know i did think about that conversation in Indy. I respect those who do not smoke, and I have no problem with those who still do. But if you don't like it/can't handle it then don't be around t . . that's how I feel.

Its been over a week now. Still no smokin! Craings are not too bad. Just as before its more from boredom that I want to smoke. Like I've been on the computer for 2-3 hours and I find myself gettin up, going downstairs, and trying to find something to do for a few minutes. I even resorted to just going outside to sit for a few minutes. I've been so use to a "break" for so long that its harder to quit that then the smokes! still using the gum . . seems to really be helping!!


Good to hear... besides-- you'd have a tough time at our house. No smoking indoors and no smoking in the car! Have a nice stay...;)

You actually will now!!!:thumbsup:

He he he . . . funny JP! I would have found a way . . I didn't smoke inside anyways. I think the hardest part will be the drive. That will be the longest drive I will take without a smoke. That will be the major test!

Anywho . . . on day at a time!

Tycho
06-06-2006, 09:13 PM
Thanx Josh! You know i did think about that conversation in Indy. I respect those who do not smoke, and I have no problem with those who still do. But if you don't like it/can't handle it then don't be around t . . that's how I feel.

Ordinarily I'd agree with you, but that particular time I wanted to hang out with you and visit with you. We don't meet up with all our fellow forumites that often. If it were a stranger, or the conditions in a bar I was going to on my own, that's far easier to avoid. To chill with you, I guess I put up with a little bit (at the time).

That just means you're cool to hang with. ;)

(but you're cooler not smoking in the first place. Yay!)

Slicker
06-06-2006, 09:34 PM
Congrats on the quitting Dar! I've never smoked in my life so I don't know how tough it is to quit but if it's gonna make you feel better than I'm all for it.:thumbsup:


As for smokers themselves I could care less. I've been around smokers my whole life and the smoke doesn't bother me one bit. Now that I live on my own with non-smokers I tend to be able to smell the smoke more in my clothes but that's the only side effect...that and the fact that I'm gonna die of lung cancer and I've never smoked a cigarette in my life.:p

DarthBrandon
06-06-2006, 09:37 PM
Stuff like that disgusts me. I feel so hypocritical criticizing smokers, but it really ticks me off. The worst was when my wife was in the hospital because of the premature labor thing. I'd go out for a smoke and see women in labor (complete with I.V.) puffing away. This angered me two-fold: First, it's just wrong. Second, here's my wife, someone who did EVERYTHING right during her pregnancy (including quitting smoking the day we found out she was preggers), in the hospital because she went into labor almost four months early.

Yeah, I see this stuff everyday & still shake my head, the wife did the same as yours when she found out, & she hasn't had one since. (almost three years) I don't even smoke in the house at all, nor in the car when the kids are around & I try not to light up in front of them period during outdoor events. You'd think that these people would have some common sense at least.

Tycho
06-07-2006, 12:11 AM
As for smokers themselves I could care less. I've been around smokers my whole life and the smoke doesn't bother me one bit.

Then you're lucky. I cough and have to spit flem. It's not at all pleasant.


Now that I live on my own with non-smokers I tend to be able to smell the smoke more in my clothes but that's the only side effect

I used to date some smokers and I could smell the cigarette scent in their hair and on my pillows after the girls left. I'd have to wash my bed sheets else I couldn't breathe at night in my own room!

Several European girls I knew were the worst (the Swedish and Swiss chicks), but they were very sensative to my being sensative about that sort of thing.

It's a lot easier for me to avoid guys that smoke - but I don't in instances like when I met Dar'Argol and wasn't likely to see him in person again for maybe years. But then a fellow Star Wars buddy is worth talking to versus some random.

CaptainSolo1138
06-07-2006, 07:09 AM
Yeah, I see this stuff everyday & still shake my head, the wife did the same as yours when she found out, & she hasn't had one since. (almost three years) I don't even smoke in the house at all, nor in the car when the kids are around & I try not to light up in front of them period during outdoor events. You'd think that these people would have some common sense at least.
I'm exactly the same way, Brandon. I even go so far as to go around the corner of my apartment building so that I know it's not getting in the windows or anything.

bobafrett
06-07-2006, 12:12 PM
I don't smoke, and I didn't notice the smell of cigarettes from my former 2 romm mates , until I went to move into my own place. I had my sofa cusions in the car, and I could smell the smoke, and it made my stomach turn. I ended up haveing to stop at the store to get some Febreeze and it took many coats to cover up that gawd awful smell. I know everyone has their vices, mine is Diet Pewpsi, and I'll be damned if I can't get off of that junk. I was sitting at home last night, feeling thirsty, and craving a Diet Pepsi. Luckily I had none in the fridge, and was too tired to get out and buy some, so I had a water instead. This morning however, I woke up and found myself at 7-Eleven purchasing the poison. Doesn't help that they have a contest where you coud win a new cell phone. My current one is a piece of trash.

Dar' Argol
06-07-2006, 02:34 PM
Ordinarily I'd agree with you, but that particular time I wanted to hang out with you and visit with you. We don't meet up with all our fellow forumites that often. If it were a stranger, or the conditions in a bar I was going to on my own, that's far easier to avoid. To chill with you, I guess I put up with a little bit (at the time).

That just means you're cool to hang with. ;)

(but you're cooler not smoking in the first place. Yay!)

I get what you are saying . . . and I understand. All in all this is a better choice for me. With at least 2 strokes in my family the odds are not my favor. Plus for my non-smoking friends this is better too.


I know everyone has their vices, mine is Diet Pewpsi

Pewpsi????? Don't think I've had that flavor yet lol. I drink waaaaaay too much Dew. Its almost ll I drink. that stuff is my morning coffee and my nightcap!

Thanx for all the support guy. It actually does help believe it or not. As always . . . one day at a time!

Kidhuman
06-07-2006, 04:55 PM
You making fun of spelling errors Dar? Pot meet kettle.:p :beard:

CaptainSolo1138
06-08-2006, 07:19 AM
You making fun of spelling errors Dar? Pot meet kettle.:p :beard:
This is the first post EVER by KH with no spelling errors. Or double CAps. ;)

I've at least made a conscious effort to cut back in the last few months. I'm down to a half pack a day instead of the full one I was smoking. Granted, it's out of convienience (since I have to go outside now), but it still saves me money.

Has anyone else heard the "fact" that each cigarette takes seven minutes off of your life? By my calculations, if you smoke a pack a day for 50 years that's 2,555,000 minutes, or 4-ish years*. While that's still kinda scary to think about, it lacks the impact of seven minutes per.


*Feel free to double check my figures. It's still very early.

Kidhuman
06-08-2006, 09:09 AM
Like Dennis Leary said:

It takes of the wheelchair riding, adult diaper wearing years and I am good with that"

Dar' Argol
06-10-2006, 11:26 AM
You making fun of spelling errors Dar? Pot meet kettle.:p :beard:

Hi kettle! . . . . I laughed so darn hard at that I almost pee'ed myself! On a serious note though I find myself typing orse on my laptop . . . not sure why though, unles its the dfferent feel to the keys.


Has anyone else heard the "fact" that each cigarette takes seven minutes off of your life? By my calculations, if you smoke a pack a day for 50 years that's 2,555,000 minutes, or 4-ish years*. While that's still kinda scary to think about, it lacks the impact of seven minutes per.


*Feel free to double check my figures. It's still very early.

Yup, I've heard that too. I use to say it was usually the crappyist part of your life anyways. But now I'd at least like to get to that point!

Oh, BTW, almost 2 weeks now and no more smoking!!! Not even anhy bad cravings . . . . . I think something is wrong with me . . . . keep them comments to yourself KH!

Dar' Argol
06-24-2006, 10:43 AM
Well, I had a Major test last night. I went out to the bar and I had no urge for a smoke. Now this could be because o all the second hand smoke I was receiving, but I had no kind of urge to smoke. Usually I would go through at least a pack and a half at the bar . . .

I am sooo happy! I think I have finnaly kicked this habit!! Woooooooo pants!

Kidhuman
06-24-2006, 12:48 PM
Congrats Dar, you passed the trials. How did the interview go?

Dar' Argol
06-28-2006, 09:33 PM
Congrats Dar, you passed the trials. How did the interview go?

Well, I thought it went well. Spent almost 2 hours there, going over the job, explaining my past history and work ethics, him explaining his. All in all I felt it was good. He told me the job was basically between me and another person. He also said someone would call me either way. So I wait a week and no call. So I call them. Find out from HR that Matt (supervisor and guy who interviewed me) hasn't made a decision yet. Should have an answer in 3 buisness days. So I wait another week and I call again. HR tells me this time that Matt is looking for someone with a specific set of skills. He wants someone computer savy (DING!), mechanically inclined (DING!), and someone really driven and modivated (DING! Fries are done!!!!) Then he asked me about a few other postions and shifts. He said there are some openings elsewhere, I said that the Digital Pressman postion was the right hours, with the right pay and job . . almost too good to be true, I said, and I guess it was. The HR guy tells me that I'm not counted out as a candidate but I also haven't been asked in for another interview either . . . .

He said he was going to look at my resume again and call me with a few other job possiblities . . . Its been over a week now . . .. I don't know if I want to call them or not . . . . I hate my suck butt job!

Kidhuman
06-28-2006, 09:37 PM
I hate the BS that they lay down on people going for interviews. IF you are going to call, then call. I dont know what I would do in your shoes Dar, I might go down there and talk to him if he is accessible.

bobafrett
06-28-2006, 09:39 PM
. . . . I hate my suck butt job!

Yes, butt at least you aren't tempted to stick any more dirty butts in your mouth! All kidding aside, I'm very proud of your victory, and I'm sure you'll have many more before the end of your first year being smoke free.

Tycho
06-29-2006, 12:54 PM
Do you have to cut your hair short and dress professional for this position?

Did you?

Dar' Argol
06-30-2006, 09:10 PM
Do you have to cut your hair short and dress professional for this position?

Did you?

No and no Tycho. It is a Digital pressman position . . which to put it shortly, its a copier on steroids! It was an entry level position, 3rd shift, and trust me, if a guy with 20 piercings and 2 armfulls of tatts can get a job there, so can I and my long hair!

I probably will never cut my hair . . . I'm kinda like Hercules . . . cut my hairt and I lose my power . .. or was that Samson????

Anywho they called me today to come in for another interview for a different position. Some regular pressman position, some weird 3rd shift where I work 5pm to 5am for 3 days, then have off 4, then I work 4 and have off 3 . . . I'm not so sure about that . . but I'm going to to check it out.

Kidhuman
07-01-2006, 12:01 PM
Doesnt sound too bad Dar, give it a shot.

Dar' Argol
07-08-2006, 01:04 AM
No, doesn't sound too bad, but when you are use o seeing your daughter and wife everyday, and then go 3 - 4 days without seeing them . . that's going to take soem getting use to. Besides, I haven't talked to them yet about this, the pay could be wrong or whatever. I go to talk to them on the 11th.

My wife found a job for a Vending machine route Driver. I want to contact them as well. I think that would be a cool job. Although it would stink if you were a vending machine driver and had the "munchies"

he he he . . .

jjreason
07-08-2006, 01:30 AM
The shiftwork can be horrible, but it can also be a blessing.

I work "4 on 4 off" - 12hr shifts, 2 days then 2 nights. The good news is I see my family more hours per week than I would if I was doing M-F, 9-5 (figure in a few good hours on my night shifts before I go to work, as well as bedtime on my dayshifts and the full 4 days off each rotation).

You tend to get a few weekdays off as well, which can really be helpful if you're needing to do groceries, banking etc - it's a lot less busy during a weekday morning or mid-afternoon at those places.

All in all - I'd consider the shifts, DA, don't let that be the thing that precludes you from trying the new job.

Kidhuman
07-08-2006, 07:42 AM
I hear ya Dar. I went from working 5pm-1:30 am this past week. I never saw my kids as I was home when they were in school. Now that IO work days, it is awesome and I actually feel normal to a degree.

Dar' Argol
07-12-2006, 01:22 PM
it is awesome and I actually feel normal to a degree.


Well, THAT'S not possible . . he he he

I went to the interview and the guy was cool . . . I'm seriously concidering it. He asked if the 5am-5pm would be best or the 5pm-5am . . I said days would work better but I am not excluding nights at all. next tuesday I have a "Job Preview" were I come in for an hour and get to talk to the guys working there and see the job. I can ask anything I want so I'm coming up with some good questions. . . . . now I may finally know who shot JFK!

Kidhuman
07-12-2006, 03:46 PM
Great question, let us know also.

2-1B
07-13-2006, 01:44 AM
Speak for yourself, I don't want any spoilers ! ! ! ! ! :mad:

Dar' Argol
07-22-2006, 07:30 PM
Well, the "job preview' went well. I told them if they want me I'll take the job . . . in so many words. So now its just a waiting game . . for them to call me. And then I have to discuss wages with them. So, hopefully soon I can report that I am out of my Suck Butt Job and in a new one!

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
07-22-2006, 09:08 PM
Congrats, Dar, let us know when everything is finalized. . . I've been waiting for a good excuse to open my bottle of Old English.

Dar' Argol
05-29-2007, 05:50 AM
Ok . . WOW, this thread when from about quiting smoking to getting out of my Suck Butt Job . . . . Well . . . I'm happy to report I am out of my Suck Butt Job . . . for about 3 months now . . much happier.

But more importantly its been 1 WHOLE YEAR since I quit smoking and I have not had one since last year!!! Woot!! It was definitely a lifestyle changing decision but its one of the best I have made. I have felt better . . . . haven't had the lingering spring cold that I was soooo use to.

To those considering quiting, its hard, it sucks at times, there is a lot that changes when you quit, but it is definitely worth it!

TeeEye7
05-29-2007, 11:43 AM
Congrats on the anniversary!

Hopefully, it's been a year of having extra spending money on things SW instead of tobacco! :D

Dar' Argol
05-29-2007, 04:04 PM
Congrats on the anniversary!

Hopefully, it's been a year of having extra spending money on things SW instead of tobacco! :D

Yeah right :rolleyes:. People always told me . . ."think of all the money you would save by not smoking" . . . . you know what, I haven't seen any of it!!! LIARS!!!!



he he he . . .

TeeEye7
05-29-2007, 04:28 PM
Sorry. I had hoped it would have been a positive thing.

bobafrett
05-29-2007, 05:16 PM
Dude, Sweeeeet! I'm so glad to hear you have managed to stay away from that bad habit. It's easy for me to say though, as I have never had the desire to start smoking in the first place.

Dar' Argol
05-29-2007, 07:18 PM
Sorry. I had hoped it would have been a positive thing.

Oh it is . . . don't worry . . just kiddin around . . . . :thumbsup: