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Oct. 5th, 2005

I'm mostly just loitering online right now waiting for the Where's George site to come back online, so I figured I'd take a minute to wish all the other Yids out there a happy and healthy New Year, and to repost my quitmeter:

QuitMeter Counter courtesy of www.quitmeter.com.

The line between "smoker" and "nonsmoker" can be a mighty blurry one. I think I drew my line over the fact that I actually bought a pack of Camels last weekend, and, you know, smoked 'em. Nevertheless, it's been more than 24 hours now, and I'm really hoping I don't fuck it up yet again.

Oh, and Sinead O'Connor is on The Tonight Show tonight. I'd been wondering whatever became of her. Anyone else remember how unlike anything else her first album was? It was amazing, and my memories of the summer of 1988 are full of the sounds of "Jackie" and "Jerusalem."


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Oct. 5th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
Congratulations! You should use some of those savings to buy yourself a nice reward once in a while -- it's worth it, and the positive reinforcement makes it that much easier to stick with it!

Man, I'm lucky I grew up with a mother who was quitting smoking. It seems, from my observations, that nothing else can so permanently set a child against smoking from then on. I wonder if that's true for everyone, or just for the folks I've compared notes with?
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
My parents didn't smoke at all (well, OK, my Dad did, but he quit in the 1960s, long before they got me). I have no clue what it was that made me dumb enough to start. Advertising? Adolescence?

Feh. All I know is that I should be getting ready to celebrate four months smoke free, instead of starting all over yet again. Stupid stupid stupid ...
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
I never got into smoking, but I've been biting my fingernails since childhood, often to the point of bloody cuticles. I've been trying to quit for years, and only in the last year or two have I begun to make anything that could be called progress.

I'd not bite my nails for a few days, then one day would be tough, and I'd find I had no nails left. After a bit, I'd go for a week without biting my nails, only to find that one tough afternoon at work had left me with no remaining nails. But I've kept at it, and now I'm currently at a month or so without a bite, and even though I find myself playing my fingernails across my teeth at tough points, I haven't given in yet. This may be the time they stay unbit.

Quitting is hard, but each time I quit, it gets a little easier to stay quit. You can do it, just don't get discouraged by the occasional setback!
Oct. 5th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
I was a fingernail biter when I was a little kid (around 5 or so). I seem to recall making some sort of deal with my Mom where if I didn't bite my nails, then I could grow them long and polish them.

This worked wonders until it was decreed that I start violin lessons and at lesson #1 I was told that I had to cut all my nails off.

I cut them, and I didn't start biting them again, but I was nevertheless unhappy.

And, on a random unrelated topic, I hear that you know my friend Lindsay (or, more to the point, I think you know her ex, Ira). Some weeks ago she and I and unixd0rk all went out to a bar. I forget the specifics, but somehow, your name came up.
Oct. 5th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
I do indeed know these people! And now my insatiable curiousity demands to know the context by which I entered this conversation! If there is no answer forthcoming, then I'll be forced to conjure up some imaginary scenario of awesomeness involving bears and time-traveling ghosts.
Oct. 5th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
D'oh! Um, um, well, OK, I remember that the weird thing was that I knew your last name but unixd0rk didn't ... I think it was something like him mentioning someone named Fred, and Lindsay saying she wondered if it was the guy she knew, and me confirming the fact ... it may've been related to something artsy, like a grant, or a show or something ... it's been too long now, sorry.
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Oct. 5th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of allergic to stuff like that. For the record, I'm allergic to Band-Aids too.
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