bunny, I spent about 20 minutes tonight arguing about racism with an urban redneck. At the end of the day people are what people are, and ther's not a goddam thing we can do about it, so we allmight as well just indulge our little vices.
what's odd is that that if that's my greatest sin, it's also my greatest virtue. ynoxas once said that he had a lurker friend who said that he was, and i quote, 'convinced that i was the only username backed up by an actual human being' and languagehat once said to me 'kudos to jonmc for his stubborn humanity' and to this day i consider those two comments to be the greatest compliments I've ver recieved as a writer. Even y2karl once said in an email that he admired my willingness to bare my soul.
My point is that if our worst sin is to show ourselves as flawed humans, we're doing pretty well and that exposing that humanity is more productive than simply saying what people want to hear.
I'll ditto BP - why stop stopping? You quit because you wanted to, because *something* twigged in your brain. Tomorrow, you'll still want to. No biggie. Try again. Ease up on the booze and wickedcool sex, because, you know they go sooooo well with a smoke. Right, and move that mountain too, whydoncha? Srsly, fight man!
I babysat a woman one weekend who had emphysema. She could barely get herself to a bathroom, much less actually DO anything. She was on oxygen, and gasping for breath. Do you want a future where you feel like you cannot get enough air for the rest of your life? Where you are limited severely in what you can do? Where Pips would actually have to get you a babysitter if she had to go out of town for a weekend?
This woman told me over and over and over again that she should have never smoked.
From my experience with friends and family (both parents and sister), you can't bully someone into quitting smoking. The person has to arrive to the right place on their own terms. If Jon's not there yet, all the yelling in world won't help him quit.
Jon, you're still a pussy for giving up after a day though
No biggy. You've been smoking for some time, so you're bound to have a set back or two. If you're serious, this doesn't mean a thing, just move on. My wife just quite smoking, and she started when she was 9. This is the first time she's seriously tried, and she's had a few setbacks. She's blogging about it here. Maybe the two of you can commiserate.
Jon, you'll either be one of those all-smokin', all-drinkin' old geezers you see on the news who lives to be 104 and attributes it all to booze and cigs, or you'll be hacked down by emphysema, cancer or congestive heart failure before you're 60.
I'm so glad I've never tried a cigarette. I know how hard it's been for me to give up every other thing I've been addicted to.
Yeah, there is some research showing that smokers who quit successfully have, on average, six or seven previous attempts. I am right in line with the average - I quit about six times, for periods ranging from a few hours to six months, before quitting for real on June 30, 2002. So it often does take more than one attempt. In each attempt, at least, you learn about something that might trip you up, and you can be more familiar with the process next time and prepare some better responses.
hey jonmc! i have not smoked in 6 weeks. zero craving. zero discomfort. stopped like that *snaps fingers*
my secret? i found a new, 90% less harmful nicotine delivery system! swedish snus. no shit dude. snus is great. no spitting. no loose crap in your mouth. no smoking. lottsa flavor. cheaper than cigarettes, WAY cheaper than nicotine gum. swedish snus is NOT "dip" or "snuff". you have to buy it from sweden as its not sold in the states.
snus is pulverized tobacco mixed with water and salt and steam pasteurized. very low in nitrates. packaged in little teabag-like portions you slip under your upper lip.
DO NOT BUY MARLBORO OR CAMEL 'SNUS'
it's not really snus, it's fire-cured tobacco, full of carcinogenic nitrates, additives, and it delivers almost zero nicotine.
i started with a can of Tourney from the local speedway station. but this is dry and flavorless, though it does deliver the nicotine you crave. i turned to the trusty internet and ordered genuine swedish snus from www.northerner.com. my recommendations are Ettan Original Portion and Jakobsens Original portion (my favorite). order some and when it comes, see if it doesn't give you the nicotine your brain craves without the awful destruction wreaked upon your lungs by smoking and the lesions, unsanitary spitting and possible mouth cancer caused by nitrates in dip. i love me some swedish snus, dude!