Well this whole “no smoking” lark isn’t working quite the way I expected. I can make it three days then on the fourth day I break down and buy a pack. I then smoke for two or three days until quitting again for three days. So basically I can make a pack last for two days. I guess that it’s better than smoking a pack a day like I use to do. I can’t seem to get past that fourth day. I really do want to quit completely. I’m going to see my family doctor today for my annual physical so I’m going to ask her for some samples of nicotine patches. We’ll see if they help.
On a completely different subject, I moved my site from Dublin to Boston. Actually I didn’t do anything but setup the hosting account. The Other Fellow moved all the files and the database and everything. He’s the one who dealt with the setup of the hosting company and tweaked the site so it would garner a security rating of 100 out of 115. Thanks The Other Fellow !
OK, it’s been 48 hours since I last smoked a cigarette. It hasn’t been that bad but then again. I keep reminding myself that I will no longer allow myself to be addicted to a drug. If I didn’t know better I would say that I will smoke when I want to not when the addiction tells me to raise the drug level in my blood. I can now no longer have a smoke… ever! I tried that once. I once quit for almost three months and then decided that since I no longer smoked it would be OK to smoke just one. Ha! By the end of the day I had bought a pack and was back to it. I know that the physical addiction takes 72 hours to diminish and I’m in the middle of it. If I can make it just another day or so I’ll be in the clear. After the physical symptoms are gone then I’ll know it’s all in my head and I can deal with that.
New years resolutions are meant to be broken so I don’t make them anymore. I came across these goals while reading about George Washington. These are some of the rules he lived by. I have decided to make them my goals for this year. It seems like a good way to live.
* EVERY ACTION MUST BE DONE WITH RESPECT TOWARD OTHERS AROUND YOU.
* SHOW NO DELIGHT IN THE MISFORTUNE OF OTHERS, EVEN THOUGH HE BE YOUR
* IF ANYONE COMES TO SPEAK TO YOU WHILE YOU ARE SITTING, STAND, EVEN
THOUGH HE WILL BE YOUR INFERIOR.
* BE NOT HASTY TO BELIEVE FLYING REPORTS TO THE DISPARAGEMENT OF ANY.
* ASSOCIATE YOURSELF WITH MEN OF GOOD QUALITY.
* IF YOU ESTEEM YOUR OWN REPUTATION, TIS BETTER TO BE ALONE THEN IN
* LET YOUR CONVERSATION BE WITHOUT MALICE OR ENVY.
* SPEAK NOT INFURIOUS WORDS NEITHER IN JEST OR IN EARNEST.
* ALWAYS STAND WHEN A LADY ENTERS YOUR CIRCLE OR STANDS BEFORE THE TABLE.
* READ YOUR SCRIPTURES DAILY.
* HAVE A PITURE OF SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE. WHEN HAVING A TOUGH DAY MOVE IT
* MAKE A GOAL EVERYDAY. WRITE AND PONDER IN THE MORNING, REVIEW YOUR
SUCCESSES AND FAILURES AT END OF EACH DAY.
* GATHER OTHERS TO SUPPORT HONESTY.
* ALWAYS LOOK A MAN IN THE EYE.
* ALWAYS HAVE A FIRM HANDSHAKE.
* PRAY FOR OTHERS.
* LOOK FOR WAYS TO SERVE OTHERS AT ALL TIMES.
* ALWAYS SAY WHAT YOU MEAN AND MEAN WHAT YOU SAY.
* BUILD TRUST THROUGH YOUR ACTIONS.
* DO NOT PARTAKE IN BASHING THE BIBLE.
* DO NOT FIGHT WITH THOSE WHO ARE NOT WILLING TO SEE ANOTHER
PERSPECTIVE. WHEN IN BATTLE (ARGUMENT) REPEAT THE OTHER SIDE UNTIL
THEY SAY YOU HAVE THEIR ARGUMENT.
* BUILD, NEVER DESTROY.
* ASPIRE TO INSPIRE.
I am in the process of quitting smoking. Well sort of. I smoke too much and have to quit because I am always huffing and puffing at the smallest exertion. So I have come up with a schedule of how I am going to quit. First I’m going to cut down allot then after I’m use to that I’ll go cold turkey. Right now my smoking schedule is; when I wake up I can smoke all I want until 1100 then from 1100 to 1700 there’s no smoking, then I can smoke from 1700 until 1900. No smoking until 2100 then I can smoke until I go to bed at 2200. There is no ashtray in my bedroom so I can’t lay in bed and have a smoke. Smoking has been regulated to just in my living room. Now once I get use to this new schedule I’ll increase the time I don’t smoke. Instead of not smoking from 1100 ’til 1700 I’ll make it 1100 to 1800. Once I’m use to that it’ll start at 1000 instead of 1100.
Please don’t think that because I’m quitting smoking that I’m going to become some rabid anti-smoker. Nothing could be further from the truth. I consider myself a militant smoker and my attitude will not change. I don’t believe smoking causes cancer or emphysema or any of the nasty things it is suppose to do. I do believe that smoking can aggravate these things but do not cause them. If you disagree with me then I suggest you check out this website.
This is something that has been rattling around my head for some time so now is the time to do it. I have smoked cigarettes since 1974. It is well past time for me to cut it out. I’m taking my time in quitting but it’s going to work for me. Baby steps for now. Great leaps will come later. Wish me luck.
I was born when folks liked IKE
I watched the Presidents funeral on TV
I didn’t know what the Great Society was
but every night Chet and Dave gave me the body count
Goodnight Chet, Goodnight Dave
Cynicism was born
I cheered when Erlichmann, Haldeman, and Liddy went down
I laughed at the buffoon I watched SNL
I did NOT vote for RAYGUN
Bush kept what’shisname out
Clinton scared the living hell out me
more and more
The commies lost
How did we get him
I cheered and danced as Florida complained
I played the National Anthem at 0:01 01/01/00
Elvis sang about his wingtips
People really liked Patsy Cline…then
Strawberry Alarm Clock
The Grateful Dead. Bowie, Hot Tuna, Black Oak, Foghat, Procul Harum, ELP, Sweet and of course
despite that Disco thing
then came that whole newwavething
Modern English,Squeeze,Flock of Seagulls,StrayCats,Animotion,Human League,Specials,FunBoyThree,Bananarama,Berlin,Madness and Elvis Costello
Eventually along came Nirvana, REM, De La Soul, nine Inch nails, Run DMC, KoRn, Godsmack, Alanis Morrisette, Tool and Jewel
In this dawn of the 21st time I’m glad to see
Uncle Ted is still touring
there is a band called, “And you will know us by the trail of dead”
We are still strong
just like we were told we were
when we lived on kidville time
Welcome to my 7th decade
I was promised food from a tube
A high-rise apartment in the stratosphere
Dick Tracy watches
And anti-gravity pods
To get around in
Phazers, lasers and ray guns
On my hip
Mr. Piper said we would all
Fly to work in the morning
Neil Armstrong bounced around like the super ball from hell
He raised the flag
They told me I wouldn’t have to clean my oven
My waste would just go away
Use the new plastic bag
Save a tree
It’ll break down in a landfill
Poly-vinyl chloride is new and exciting
They want us to think Georgia-Pacific is bad
ADM is the real enemy
Better living through chemistry
We bring good things to life
I think Mr. Archer and Mr. Daniels no longer hunt pheasant in their fields
They’re not there
They told me to use oil
It’s more efficient
My uncle once told me that natural gas is dirt-cheap
Hey Dad, what’s an ash can?
The Lehigh & Nanticoke don’t stop here anymore, boy
G.M.O. was not in the lexicon then
But ya’ know….neither was
Elian Gonzales and Hyundai
I finally found a politician I can believe in. Sam Rohrer is a Pennsylvania State Congressman who is running for the U.S. Senate. He has a record of standing for small, non-intrusive government and the truth. I first heard of him years ago when he first ran for the PA House of Representatives. Below you can see his announcement that he is running for the U.S. Senate.
My beloved Phillies lost in game 5 of the NLDS. The series was tied at 2 apiece. The whole season was hanging on this one game and they lost one to nothing. Neo-diety Roy Halliday sucked in the first inning and allowed what became the winning run. The Phillies bats were silent all game long. Where as the Cards were hitting. The Phils defense was good enough to keep the Cards in check but again their bats were silent. DAMN it’s hard being a Phillies fan! The best record of any team in baseball this year. 102 wins during the regular season and they blow it in the first round of postseason play. I was convinced that they would be playing the Brewers for the NL pennant. Well now it’s the Cardinals who will play the Brewers for the pennant. I’m tired of getting my heart broken in the post season every year. Unfortunately I’m a Phillies fan and next year will be excited about their chances in March and I’ll follow them all summer long and be excited for the postseason all over again. What can I say? It’s a hard thing to be. I’m a Phillies fan.
Well it all started with an earthquake on my birthday. It was only a 5.8 magnatude and centered in southern Virginia but the building I live in was swaying. I had just layed down on my couch to take a nap and all of a sudden my building started swaying like it was a tree in the wind. Then the couch I was on started shaking and the pictures I have hanging on the walls started rattling. I smiled and said to myself, “Damn this is an earthquake”. It lasted quite a long time. 30 seconds or more. I had the TV turned on and was watching a 24 hour news channel and about 5 minutes after it stopped they broke into their programming and announced that Washington DC just expierenced an earthquake. Ha! I was right!
Then we had hurricane Irene blow through about two weeks ago. The winds and rain were epic but it only lasted a day. After the rains stopped the winds hung around and knocked trees down all over the area. Something like 50,000 people had their electricity knocked out. The electric companies have just finished restoring power.
Then last Sunday the remnants of Hurricane Lee made its way north from the Gulf of Mexico. It gave us heavy rain from Sunday until yesterday. The rain came out of the south and drove straight north inundating all of central PA. All the rivers and creeks and streams swelled way beyond their borders. The Swatara creek reached historically high levels. The Yellow Breeches creek has over run its banks higher than ever before. The interesting thing is that the Susquehanna river did not reach historically high levels. Oh it flooded alright and it flooded alot of folks out of their houses but it crested 7 feet below the record high of 32.5 feet. It reached 25.2 feet with the flood stage being 17 feet. As bad as the flooding is we have seen much worse around here.
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