Posts by James Sotherden

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1895622)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Thanks Chris.
About 1988 The factory I worked at banned smoking in the building. We had a floor sweeper tha came around now and then. Guys and gals would just throw the butts in the aisle way. I cant remember how many times the trash compactor caught on fire.
So you had to smoke out side on break or lunch. And working on the line you did not leave for a smoke break when ever you got the urge.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Journal (Message 1895431)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Your probably dehydrated and have low blood sugar. You need water and food.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1895430)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm so much tempted to break open a bag:)
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing life's adventures of the kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1895429)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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That's a nice rig. Will you tweak it down the road once its settled in?
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1895420)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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It blows my mind how much cigarettes cost. I had no idea it was that expensive. Is it just the last couple decades that prices have gone up so much due to tobacco taxes?
When I gave up in 2007 they were £5 now they are £11. Mainly budget tax increaeses.

Tax rises

I'm thinking a pack back in 1989 was $1.65. That was retail. But I had a friend that bought them at the Onondaga reservation for $10.00 dollars a carton. That was a lot of cash back then. I wonder what that would be in 2017 dollars now with inflation?
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing life's adventures of the kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1895416)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Staying busy with your hands is the key to getting over no cigs. Building a new rig will ceratainly keep the hands busy and the mind off of smoking.
You will beat the Cigs too.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1895408)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I buy only the candy the wife and I will eat after all the trick or treaters have gone to upset stomach heaven. For her its malted milk balls. For me its Milkyway and Mallow cups. I'm glad Halloween comes but once a year.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1894227)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Mark, Sorry to hear about the bum tooth. And I know you can give up the cigs. I know first hand its hard to do. But well worth the effort. Good luck to you.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1892528)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I quit cold turkey back on August 10th 1989. I had half a pack left, And just crushed them and threw them in a trash can. But thing I ever did.
I was really cranky the first 3 days. My late wife on the 3rd day told me to start smoking again I was so miserable. I'm glad she told me that. So tell lori and your workmates, Im quitting the cigs so If I seem to becoming an SOB please tell me right away. It will help.
I did gain some weight. Its the empty hand thing as stated by others in here. Maybe one of those spinner things the kids use now days might help with that.

And don't feel bad if you regress now and then. Before this last time I quit, I had not smoked in 5 years. Then took it up again in a weak point in my life. Smoked for 4 years before Aug 89. Ive now been smoke free for 28 years now. But every once in a while I still get the urge to have one. Its triggerd by a memory or a smell I believe.
And as a few have noted, Once you quit and you get near other smokers, They smell like wet stale old ashtrays full of days of butts. YECKK.

Mark I wish you the best in quitting. You can do this.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Dr SETI needs help. Please send love and kind thoughts to Richard who is in his last days friends. (Message 1891598)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I am sadden to hear that Richard is in hospice. He took many wonderful photos that he shared here on the boards. I wish Richard and Joanne comfort in these times.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman has been sober for five months.........and counting!!!! (Message 1891486)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Congrats on the 5 months Mark. Well done sir!
As I stated in another post of yours. I like the new Mark.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing life's adventures of the kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1889170)
Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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.. So she thinks I have not suffered enough punishment or humiliation to be doing this well.

Mark, You have been punished and been humiliated. Right here on the boards for years.
Ive been following your posts since you seeked help.
I think you are doing fantastic. I have never seen you so up beat and even, Cheer full.
Its a pleasure to read your posts again.
I like the new Mark.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1884669)
Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Bernie, I'm sorry to hear that your father has passed on. My sincerest condolences to you and your sister.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing life's adventures of the kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1883341)
Posted 12 Aug 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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OK.....new doctor.
Had to go over my situation, as he apparently did not have enough time to go over all my comms with my other doctor.
This doctor is half GP, half phsych.
After much discussion, he agreed that it might help me and he would let me try the new med.
Prescription sent.
Walgreens put a hold on it.
Now they are fighting it out with the insurance company which may cover little or none of it.
Cash price? $573.49 for 28 pills.
OMG.

Meeeeeeeeeeouch.

I hear you on that. I'm due for a colonoscopy in a few weeks. The prep kit is $378.00. For two doses that I need to take. I'm lucky my insurance paid for it.
Back when I first had to have the Hubble telescope treatment, You could buy the stuff right off the shelf for a few bucks.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1881439)
Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Thank you all. Ive had a few cold beers so far this evening.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1881296)
Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm going to bed soon. I will have a few more beers tomorrow.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1881287)
Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Hello everyone. Been a bit since Ive been here. But I'm having a nice cold brew celebrating my 65th birthday. Cheers.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Newspapers (Message 1879852)
Posted 23 Jul 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I to love to have The paper in my hand when I read it. Same as a book.
Several years ago , Our one paper went to hard copies on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, And the Sunday edition. I just get the Sunday paper by subscription. That also gives me access to the On-line editions they publish each day. Which I do peruse often.
The Sunday paper I read from front to back. Not every story of course But those that interest me. For me its relaxing.
The problem I have with the online paper is that my kindle ( Which is what I use to read the online edition is way to small.) I'm wondering if maybe larger tablet would be better?
The day will come sooner than I want it to. That hard copy will be done and online only . I'm not sure what I will do when it happens.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Depression (Message 1876389)
Posted 2 Jul 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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@ janneseti, Yes that does work. We have a county park that was formed during the last ice age. The lake has a 5 mile long trail around it. I found it very peaceful.
I also took long bike rides. I always felt a lot better after.
@ Tom Miller, I never knew that what I and others had , Had a name.

To the room at large. I'm almost 65, Is it the way us elders were brought up that such a stigma is placed on depression? If only I knew what I know now . I would have been to grief counseling right away.
I sure hope that we as parents didn't teach that message to our kids.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Depression (Message 1875848)
Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm one of those folks who must have some good brain chemicals. I see the upside of even mishaps that occur. How ever that being said.
When my second wife was in a car accident and was in a coma for 13 days before she died. That sent me for a loop.
Id come home and still feel her presence in the house. But of course she wasnt there. It was hard seeing the things that she and I had bought to make our home. So I started working overtime so I didn't have to go home. And when I did go home I went to bed. Well working 70 hours plus a week for 2 months straight did not work. It only made me angry that she had died. Then I was mad at myself for being angry at her.
It was a tough 7 months. Before I found an online support group of widows and widowers.
In our discussions I found that every thing I was going through is normal. That's when I found relief in my soul.
It was after that I started to become myself again. My mom told me later , We were worried about you. Geez I wish they would have said they were worried about me when I was worried about me. ( it might have helped get me started sooner for some help)
So was I depressed or just going through the grieving process? Me I think it was both. And I will tell you up front, I don't want to go there again.


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