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March 29, 2016

Quit Smoking the Easy Way Part 1

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I initially posted this in October 2015, but since as request from Doctor Nair at Stanford Heath Care, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine asked me to post as often as possible here it is.

I am happy to report that today marks 1 year 9 months since I last smoked a cigarette. An accomplishment I am very proud of and I am going to share with others who are attempting to quit smoking but struggling with the task. So if you are a non-smoker you might move on to another site, but then again you might wish to share this site to someone you know that is attempting to quit smoking.
I found that when I decided to quit, created the intention to quit smoking and focused on the task at hand the solutions came my way quickly.

I was smoking one pack a day at the time, and I was going though a severe chest cold which seemed to a fairly regular event at back then. I also had been smoking for over five decades, yes folks, more than fifty years without ever seriously attempting to quit. So here is my solution to quitting which turned out to be easier than expected.

First I met a doctor that had organized a group of folks that under her supervision had quit smoking using a medication named Wellbutrin. The instructions were one pill a day for three days and then start with two pills a day and continue to smoke. When the third day arrived I had already cut down from 20 to 15 cigarettes a day. I found that I had a reaction to taking the second pill and the doctor said to just stay with the one a day. Within 10 days I was at 3 cigarettes a day and seemed to get stuck at three.

Then one day I was on my Facebook page when I saw a symbol on the right side that was a cigarette with a red crossed “X” over it. I stared at the symbol because I never click on those “pages you need to visit” symbols, but I went with a gut feeling and clicked on it. I then went to a page about quitting smoking by Alan Carr and it led me to a PDF download of a book named “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” written by Alan Carr in 1985. I downloaded the file and read the book in one sitting. I have not smoked a cigarette since completing the book. (Thank you Allen)

Click here for a link to the Quit smoking site PDF File

What this book did for me was to point out that all the thoughts about why I liked smoking or why that cigarette with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning tasted so good, or yeah there is a chance of getting cancer, but not me, etc. The answer is those thoughts are coming from your ADDICTION! Yes your addiction is pointing out how much you enjoy smoking and how special you are for smoking without any issues and of course you are so special that cancer is not an option.

So the actual quitting was easy. I found the tough part was about 2-3 weeks later when I felt an urge for a cigarette when a situation occurred that when I was smoking, would smoke a cigarette. I have talked with other people who said this was the part that when they felt some stress, they automatically went back to smoking thinking they would attempt to quit at a later date. My though was “I did not quit smoking to go right back to it!” So what I did was I immediately noticed the situation that was causing the urge and then stopped what I was doing. I sat down and started a simple meditation where I focused on my in and out breath knowing that the urge would pass in about 20 seconds. Sure enough, it did and the next time the same situation came up the urge was non-existent. I did this ever time I had the smoking urge and eventually it was a rare event.

These days focusing on your breathing during a meditation is called “Mindfulness Meditation” and classes on how to do Mindfulness Mediation are being offered by most hospitals across the country (For a fee). If you are luck enough to live in or near Redwood City California the Insight Meditation Center offers classes for free (Donations are accepted). Check their web site for more information

Click here for a link to Insight Meditation Center Redwood City California

If you are interested in on-line classes here is a link to the Google Mindfulness online course, yes folks, Goggle has a course on mindfulness and from what we understand they support their employees in using this method to meditate. You even get a certificate when you complete the course.

Click here for Google Link

We have nothing else to talk about at this time, but we invite you to post a comment if you would like more information or have a question or two. Be sure to include your email address and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as we can. Also if you don’t want your comment made public, please include a “NOT”.

NOTHING is better than a smoke free environment!”

March 28, 2016

The Voice 2016 – Knockouts

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 12:20 pm

voiceI can’t believe how fast this season has gone by.  Tonight is the Knockout rounds. Our favorite is still in the running.  Is yours?

The other day I saw an update that the next season of The Voice will have two new judges / mentors.  Christina and Pharrell will be replaced by Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus.  he NBC censor better be on their toes with Miley coming aboard:)

We have nothing else at this time except to let you know that for Easter we usually went crazy and made several dozen hard boiled and colored eggs but this year we tried fried eggs and it just did not go very good.  We are still cleaning the yoke off the walls.

March 2, 2016

American Idol and The Voice 2016

AI 2011 logoThis is the last year for American Idol and since we have been watching since day 1, it will be like losing a friend.  I am guessing it’s due to falling ratings, but we are just guessing.  The sad part is that American Idol was the 1st to start the reality talent show format and when they leave there won’t be another show to replace their format.  The loss of a format for new talent like American Idol uses is not duplicated on any other show that we can think of.  The Voice pre-picks, America’s Got Talent is not a format for singers, and the X Factor currently is only in England.  Maybe Fox will come up with some kind of replacement for pure singing contestants similar to American Idol.  One thing for sure is that up until this season the viewing audience never know who stayed and who went home before the telecast was completed, but this year there have been several “leaks” about results already.  Guess some of the soon to be unemployed employees don’t give a hoot.

voiceThe Voice 2016 started this past Monday with the “Blind Auditions” and once again it is looking like an awesome season.  We say this every year, but it’s true every time.  With Adam, Pharrell, Blake, and Christina as the judges it for sure will be entertaining watching the judge banter.  Tuesday was the 2nd “Blind Audition” and so far we have picked three of four possible winners. Have you picked anyone?  We wonder if the N. Michigan “car-poolies” will be following The Voice this season.  (We won’t know because our source evaporated).  (We think yes).

We have nothing else to report except that even though we never get involved with political news, we can’t resist whats going on this year in the U.S.A.  After all we guess these guys and gals running for the presidency  also are chasing a dream.  (We are not sure what the dream is but maybe we will know by next November).

February 24, 2016

Driving – Cell Phone Texting / Talking while driving

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 3:52 pm
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cellIn California it’s illegal to drive and talk / text on a cell phone while driving a vehicle.  I have not seen this enforced, but it is the law.  The closest thing we have seen to enforcing is after a “fender” accident bender the officer checked both cell phones of the drivers involved, we assume looking for the time of the last chat or phone call.  Just this morning we were at a stop light and the driver in the SUV in front of us was chatting away on a cell phone and right next to the SUV, on the left, was a police car, bur because the SUV driver was about a foot higher than the police car, so the officer could not see the law-breaker.  When the light turned green the cell phone disappeared quickly.

We think we have a solution to this issue, not only for catching the cell phone law breaks, but also for the safety of the vehicles around them.  We have seen countless times cars weaving left and right in their lane while talking away on a cell phone.  This is a big time danger to the rest of us and if we knew they were chatting on a phone, we would make sure to avoid the “law breaker”.

So here is what we think should be done to combat these people who seem to have a need to talk / text on their cell phone while driving.

A device needs to be created that consists of a camera, sensor, transmitter, and G.P.S. unit.  The “device” needs to be embedded in the dash-board or a position where the driver is clearly accessible.  By “embedded” we mean the “device” can not be easily removed by anyone.   The “device” will only scan the drive side (Area) of the vehicle and when the driver turns on a cell phone or the passenger gives the driver a cell phone already turned on the “device” will pick up the signal as soon as the cell phone enters the scan area.  The instant the driver starts using the cell phone, no matter if it’s a call or starts texting, the “device” will activate the hazard lights so that any other drivers in the immediate area will be warned that this vehicle is dangerous and should be avoided.  The “device” will then transmit a message to the nearest police department with the G.P. co-ordinates of the vehicle, the license plate, a video clip of the driver, and a message of what is taking place for example, ”Driver texting in progress”.   The hazard lights will remain on as long as the phone is in the driver area with a 30 minute time extension when the driver passes the cell phone to the passenger or turns it off.

This “device” needs to be built and each state needs to pass a law that directs the auto companies to include this “device” in all the new cars and take charge of adding the “device” to the already existing auto’s built in the last 10 years.  Driver-less autos will also be exempt but only the ones that do not have a steering wheel.

So we a calling for one of you “genius” engineers out there in cyberland to go build this “device” and get it in to production as soon as possible.  Of course, you will become very wealthy so you can donate some of the profits to the rehabilitation centers that will be required for the cell phone “addicts” that get caught and receive a “DWT” Citation (D-Driving, W-While, Texting/Talking).  Multiple citations will lead to a driver receiving the maximum capital punishment, loss of cell phone rights.

We have nothing else to report at this time except to share our excitement in the return of “The Voice” next week.

 

December 31, 2015

The 25th Annual Remote Developer Ugly Sweater Competition Final

Filed under: Back in the Day — alaboutnothing @ 9:07 pm
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Finally we have a winner after several recounts since Christmas Eve Day

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Congratulations to Roberto who is this year’s winner and will get a 1st prize check of $7.25 (Thomas has your check). Normally he would have received a trophy, but since the trophy was an ice sculpture it melted on Christmas day. It was one of the best “CDS095” images ever made from ice and because CDS095 freezes up once in a while, the material fit the subject matter. The good news is before the melt-down a small cube was saved and placed in the refrigerator in the cafeteria. The bad news is, there was a small Christmas celebration and the cube was used to cool a drink. (Next year we need a freezer on hand just in case).

Plans are already in progress for next year and because Joe S. had the drink that used the small trophy cube, he is in charge. Voting for the trophy image will begin on January 5th.

We have nothing else to report except to wish everyone we know a Happy New Year and the same to everyone we don’t yet know.

Just too clear up any questions on the amount of the 1st prize check which is normally $10,000.00. This year’s check is a net amount with the following expenses deducted: The daily fees for renting the voting machine, which was on hand for five days of recounts, the sculpting of the trophy, and operating fee (Don’t ask) all came out to $9,992.75.

December 16, 2015

The Voice Final 2015 — Jordan Smith wins it!!!!

Filed under: The Voice — alaboutnothing @ 2:44 pm
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Jordan Smith
Jordan Mackenzie Smith is an American singer and musician. In December 2015 he won season nine of the singing competition The Voice, which brought him to wide national attention. Wikipedia
Born: November 4, 1993 (age 22), Whitley County, Kentucky, KY
Parents: Geri Smith, Kelley Smith
Another GREAT season for The Voice and way to go Jordon!!!  This guy was way above all the other contestants.
We have nothing else except to wait for Jordon to be in concert soon.  See you soon Aaron.

 

December 11, 2015

Happy Birthday Aaron !!

Filed under: Family — alaboutnothing @ 12:00 pm
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON and we hope you have the greatest birthday since forever!

We have nothing else to report except to say see you soon and maybe, just maybe, you will get a great gift next year when the CUBS win the World Series!!

November 9, 2015

The Voice Fall Season 2015

voiceIt’s official Blake and Gwen are dating even though a few weeks ago when rumors were flying they said they were just friends.  That goes to prove you can’t trust what two single people seen sneaking around say.  Will this tip the scales when it comes to judging?  They are now on the same team so to speak.  It will be interesting to see if Adam or Pharrell will even mention it.

At least the talent is awesome this year and it’s really getting intense as the “live” shows get near.

We also have been following X-Factor except it’s tough to follow their scheduling on Sunday and Monday at the start to Saturday and Sunday now from what we understand.  Simon Cowell is a judge there and will be coming to the US to be a judge on the next season of America’s Got Talent.  Kind of a long commute from London to New York,  but he probably has his own private jet to cruise around in.

We have nothing else to report except to give a shout out to the Northern Michigan folks.  Because I spent so much time in the Upper Peninsula I been following a sight that posts various sightseeing photos of places like Copper Harbor, the end of US 41, the copper mines, etc.  and now I want to go back and visit.  Maybe next summer.

To all the veterans out there in cyberland we say THANK YOU!

October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 1:00 am
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Wishing all of our friends a very Happy Halloween.  My costume this year is Sponge Bob Square Pants so if you see a sponge walking down the street, please deposit 10 Reese’s  Peanut-butter Cups in the bag.  We will be a happy camper.

We have nothing else to report except too say to everyone to have a safe Halloween. For those folks out there doing any driving, please watch out for the children out there trick or treating.

October 28, 2015

The Voice 2015 Fall Season — The Knockout’s

Filed under: The Voice — alaboutnothing @ 4:16 pm
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voiceNow we know why they call these shows the “The Knockouts”, it’s because as a avid viewer we are just plain knocked out by the concert level vocals by the contestants over the past two nights.  WOW!  We are sure glad we are not judges.

By the way did you see Blake, Adam, Gwen, and Pharrell on the Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show Tuesday night?  If you missed it we are sure you can catch it on YouTube, it was a roar watching Blake sing Y.M.C.A.

This season has certainly not disappointed us, in fact we think it’s way better than any other season, but then again, we say that every season:)

We are wondering if the car pool crowd is still watching? Have not heard anything, but they are a fairly quite bunch anyway:)

We have also been watching the X Factor – England, but it’s on such an odd schedule, we have missed many episodes.  Sunday and Monday shows and without a doubt Monday is The Voice night and there is no way we are watching the X Factor other than recording it on the DVR.  Then we play catch up because we have recordings from the weekend, and of course Tuesday is out because The Voice is on that night also.  Oh well, the X factor does not get very interesting until the “Live Shows”.

We have nothing else to report except to wonder how many folks have quit smoking recently.  If you used our advise from a few weeks ago have you noticed that it feels like a load has been removed now that you don’t have to worry if you have enough cigarettes? No more searching the entire house, rifling through all your old coats sweaters, drawers, and dress suits looking for a smoke.  No more needing to run to the 7-11 in the middle of the night to get a pack of smokes because your search came up empty.  No more planning an evening out based on if the restaurant has a smoking area and no more yellow junk on the paper towel when you clean your car windows.

 

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