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Month Three

12/06/2000

Current #s?: Not a puff for two months, five days, 9 hours & 1 minute.  That's a stunning 2323 cigarettes not smoked, saving $464.92. Life saved: 1 week, 1 day, 1 hour, 35 minutes.

It's beginning to appear as if we are actually going to have an alcoholic dyslexic cokehead halfwit as president for the next 4 years. It's going to be a very interesting 4 years. I'm a straight middle-aged white guy, so I won't be personally suffering. As usual. Plus, since I'm not a Republican, I don't have watch the bonehead I rooted & voted for fumble around trying to appear to be a leader and, while I'm watching, constantly lie to myself and others that he is acceptable; either as a leader or as a decent human being. Quite the contrary...because the Repugs have spent the last eight years redefining exactly the amount of respect the presidency deserves, I get to say anything about the ridiculous murderous fuckwit they've handed us on a plate.

Now, it's our turn. <insert evil chuckling here>

So, I get to not smoke. And I get to rant. Could be a lot worse.

The history of ideas is the history of the grudges of solitary men. --E. M. Cioran

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12/31/2000

Oh. Boy. New Year's Eve. Traditional drinking and smoking and laughing and frolicking. I won't be doing at least one of the aforementioned. I'm not entirely positive, but it seems that when you no longer smoke, you no longer frolic with abandon. I suppose this could be viewed as positive. Unless, of course, one loves to frolic.

Since I never actually frolicked with abandon in my entire life (at least that anyone living can provide proof of...), I'm not going to miss it. But, alas, I still really miss cigarettes.

Current #s?...Hey, I got 'em: Not a single puff for two months, four weeks, two days, 12 hours and 3 minutes. An amazing 3202 cigarettes not smoked, saving $640.81, which doesn't seem to be hanging around anywhere...I probably spent it on wine. Life saved: 1 week, 4 days, 2 hours, 50 minutes.

Tomorrow will be my 3 month anniversary. It's been a very interesting ride for me. On QuitNet.org, the first really big time-based celebration is at 100 days, when you become an "Elder". That happens for me in less than 10 days, so it looks like I'm going to make it. It is horrifying to watch how few do make it...I'd say that out of 40 or so people on QuitNet whom I recognized and who quit around the same time I did, there are perhaps 3 or 4 of us left with continuous successful quits.

2000? Done. See you next year.

What is important is food, money and opportunities for scoring off one's enemies. Give a man these three things and you won't hear much squawking out of him.  --Brian O'Nolan

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