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This is a Smokefree Zone (or do I mean drone….)

Posted in HOME with tags , , , on January 28, 2009 by echostains

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Well it’s nearly 8 months now since I quit smoking!  I put a stone on (which I’m only now losing) and I feel healthier…or I would if I didn’t have to breathe other peoples smoke in, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. 

Nasty niffs
Nasty niffs

It’s great not to HAVE to smoke.  It’s great not to HAVE to stock up on cigarettes, always panicking when they are running low and the shops are shut.  It’s great not to HAVE to stink of smoke.  It doesn’t matter how much you douse yourself with perfume, breath freshener etc, people like ME can SMELL you a MILE OFF lol!  It’s true that your sense of smell improves greatly when you don’t smoke, also that you can taste your food better. 

R.I.P.
R.I.P.

Yes, it feels good NOT to HAVE to smoke, it sets you FREE!  When I say HAVE I mean HAVE, because smoking IS an addiction, there’s no two ways about it.  And it’s not a case of ‘just don’t smoke’, that’s too simplistic, smoking masks a lot of stuff.  The hardest thing about giving up smoking is DECIDING TO DO IT.  Once you’ve done that, then the hard work begins, and it IS hard work.  I did it by reading this book.  I don’t believe in giving my hard earned smoking money to the money making nicotine replacement programmes.  Why swap one addiction for another?  To me, this is just a way of cashing in on peoples misery…..and prolonging it.  It may have worked for some, but not for me.

Non, je ne regrette rien

Non, je ne regrette rien

  Have I missed smoking?  Well the longer I go without, the less I miss it.  Even after only 8 months, I can honestly say that I hate the smell of it, wonder how I every did it, wonder how I ever afforded it and now see it for the addiction it is.  I feel sorry for people when I see them putting that cig in their mouth before they reach the door of a shop, and the relief on their faces as they light up outside.  The relief one gets to be breathing ‘properly’ through that white stick is indescribable.  And that’s what stuck me the most whilst watching smokers outside the shops.  The NEED to breathe through a stick, instead of through the lungs.  Such is this strange, expensive and fatal addiction.

 

 

 

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I celebrate being 6 months smokefree with a rant

Posted in HOME, RANTINGS, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2008 by echostains

 

Whale's shoulder bone

Whale's shoulder bone

 

 

What does it mean to get on ones wick?  People are always saying it to me.  Is it a whaling term? I thought.  I had been reading a book called ‘In the Heart of the Sea’, by Nathaniel Philbrick.  It is about the sinking of the Nantucket whaling ship the Essex: the kind of forerunner of Moby Dick. I actually saw a whales shoulder bone in a cabinet in The Royal Children pub in Nottingham.  It was massive.  That pub had a licence to light its lamps from whale oil because of its whaling connection, not sure if it still has it or not. 

http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/81/8187/Royal_Children/Nottingham

 

 

 But I digress, as usual.  I found out where the term came from to ‘get on ones wick’….and I had to laugh! Trust me!  so typical…

http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/11/messages/215.html

 

 

 

 But I digress (again and this is beginning to become a habit: lose one habit: – get one free).  I was standing at a bus stop today, happily minding my own business.  It was raining and I was sheltering under the canopy of the bus stop.  A woman joined me.  Within seconds she had lit up a fag.  She in turn was joined by another woman, who also lit up.  They in turn were joined by a man who also lit up!  So, there were three people smoking, with me in the middle (a non smoker of 6 months).  Then another woman joined us: she took one look at all the smoke and stomped out of the bus shelter and stood in the rain.  I should have joined her really but just then the bus came.  Why should a person be driven to stand in the rain because they are in the minority.  I hate moaning about this.   I always said there was nothing worse than a reformed smoker/drinker etc and I don’t want to go on about it.  But I can now see where these people are coming from – or I would if I could see through the vicious miasma that is gunging up my lungs AND my vision!