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Message 1214563 - Posted: 6 Apr 2012, 13:33:37 UTC - in response to Message 1214361.

bah me i m at my 32th day :)


Congrats, from the other ex-smokers sounds like still some time to go, but it sounds like a good start.
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Message 1214570 - Posted: 6 Apr 2012, 14:07:29 UTC

Mark, If you make it till my birthday in July I will pop for another $50.00.

I quit August 10th 1989. Ciggs were $1.65 a pack then.
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Message 1227521 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 2:25:59 UTC

HI I TO AM A LONG TERM SMOKER WHEN DO YOU PLAN TO QUIT?

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Message 1227543 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 2:40:58 UTC

Go for it Mark. That looks like one heck of a watch. I like the UTC time function on it to. I bet that watch can do everything but regulate the sun, moon and stars:)
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Message 1227557 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 3:04:31 UTC

Yeah, but what kind of RAC are you going to get out of it?
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Message 1227652 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 6:12:41 UTC - in response to Message 1227562.

Yeah, but what kind of RAC are you going to get out of it?

Crap, no Bluetooth.


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Go for it, man. Wish I had me one of them chronograph thingies with atomic power and stuff.

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Message 1227687 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 7:26:18 UTC

Don't tell me you have a 'lil radio junkie in your blood Mark?

I'd hate to think we have something in common. ;-)
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Message 1227695 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 8:06:00 UTC

Titanium too. Good choice.

That means, when future archaeologists, evolved from whatever inherits our world, go looking through the fossilized remains of our society, they will find our titanium watches you and I; even if nothing remains of our bones. My titanium watch is not nearly so fancy, but its body and bracelet will also outlast me by aeons. I've had it for many years, and it has withstood the test of time so far in pristine condition.

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Message 1227734 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 9:48:16 UTC - in response to Message 1227659.

Mark...

This is getting seriously scary.

So... in addition to everything else we have in common, we've also got Heathkit.

I don't have one of those clocks. My "big" project was a multi-band shortwave, but I grew-up learning to play an organ my dad built "Thomas by Heathkit" (one of these: http://lakeland.craigslist.org/msg/2925757294.htmland) and the first stereo I ever heard was a Heathkit receiver.

Remember that digital FM tuner before ANYone had a digital FM tuner? I wanted one of those, but it cost half as much as... well, more than I was worth.

Fine. I guess I can cope with having way too much in common with you for either of our comfort. One thing we don't share: you stopped smoking.



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Message 1227776 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 12:08:05 UTC

It's a fine looking watch, and you certainly deserve it for staying smoke free for as long as you have. I have seen so many fail at their attemps to quit smoking, I salute those that have had the strength to accomplish that goal.

I was also looking for the PCIe slot to plug in the GPU.... :D

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Message 1227784 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 12:26:05 UTC

If you can afford it Mark, just buy it. You deserve it for staying off smoking for such a long time.
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Message 1227828 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 13:49:03 UTC - in response to Message 1227774.

I even took a couple of little teeny led's and put a couple of : marks between the hour and minute markers.....LOL. OCD? Not me.
Also found a little voltage regulator circuit and added a battery charger circuit. And replaced the really hot running power transformer with a larger one, although there was not much room to make it bigger.
And added a tiny fan to the back panel to try to keep it cooler.

Meh, a real hacker would install a processor with an ethernet port and run an NTP server on the thing so you could feed the rest of your computers with the correct time. :)
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Message 1227849 - Posted: 5 May 2012, 14:32:31 UTC
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I finally quit about four years ago, so if you can benefit from my experience, all the better.

Nicotine consistently gets ranked as the most addictive drug we know of. This is partially because of its availability (most cities don't have heroin and cocaine shops on every corner. :^p ) But there's more to it than that. It gets into your brain chemistry in subtle and devious ways.

For me, it was a depression two months into it that drove me back the first couple of attempts, the last gasp of the dying addiction that told me that the rest of my life would be worthless if I wasn't sucking on burning leaves several times a day. So I beat this by deliberately quitting when I was at one of my lowest points, when my wife and I had split up and I was losing the house and broke (is all good... we got back together eventually.) When the two-month depression came around, it couldn't touch me as I was already there.

So don't take it personally if you don't stick with it first time. If you're hard on yourself it will only depress you and make it worse. It may take you a couple of tries to learn all the tricks nicotine has up its sleeve. Get back on the horse as soon as you can.

One of the ways that nicotine addicts you is causing you to associate all your favorite things with it. That first morning smoke with a coffee, or driving, or using the computer, or with a cold beer, all get tied to smoking in your head. You may need to change your "rituals" or habits or hobbies to avoid the cravings, such as by finding new ones that are anathema to smoking (ie exercise, swimming. etc.)

You'll inevitably gain some weight if you don't exercise, but given you'll now have the lung capacity and stamina you had when you were ten years younger, this would be an ideal time to hit the gym. This helped me tremendously to stick with it and stay away from tobacco. You won't feel like destroying your bod when you've put all that effort in to build it up.

I also suggest you give this page a read. As a fan of classic cinema and TV, I think you'll find the number of its icons who lost their lives to tobacco use staggering. I certainly did.

I quit by using Nicoderm patches. I found all of the other patches (ie store brand) were crap as they were too weak to alleviate the early-morning all-over tingles of a maximal craving. One bonus of using patches is that you'll have amazing vivid and for some lucid dreams.

Here's to you quitting for good. :^)

Edit: I think I can kick in $20 if you stick with it.
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