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December 15, 2017

Quit Smoking the Easy Way Part 1

xsmokingI am happy to report that this January marks 5 years 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!”

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December 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Aaron !!

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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 I love you.

December 7, 2017

Beer Belly Karma

The people who have known me my entire adult life as 6′ tall 150 lbs. 32″ waist, I was so skinny that when I had hair curled and turn sideways my x-mother-in-law gave me the nickname of “Q-Tip”.

When going out with friends we used to go out to the bars and when we saw a guy with a beer belly we used to crack jokes like “His belly is so big, he had to have a strap of Velcro surgically implanted so he could keep his pants up!”  or “He had a bar of lead implanted in his ass so he would not fall forward for the weight of that enormous belly!”. In those days of hitting the bars in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago there were plenty of beer belly dudes that provided us with hours of laughter.

Then five years ago when I quit smoking food started tasting great.  Most people think that when you  quit smoking you turn to food to replace the cigarettes, and some probably do but not me.  Every piece of food tasted like a feast the most delicious tid-bit.  After six months to celebrate quitting smoking we went to “Sundance – The Steakhouse” in Palo alto.  I all my years of looking for the finest steak, this is where it was found.  we have been here before and we thought it was awesome, but now that food was tasting great, we wanted to go back and the meal was beyond awesome.  It verged on being a orgasmic experience and when we were done I wanted to smoke, but instead I did my Mindfulness Meditation to get past the urge to smoke.  Yes folks, everything tasted better even my favorite junk foods like Gold Fish, Lays Potato Chips (Original), M&M’s, Cheeto’s, Doorito’s, and Frosted Flakes became my go to breakfast food.

The 32″ waist is now 36″. Yes the Karma kicked in and we needed a new wardrobe.  No Velcro or lead bar, but the belt is now one of those that is easily sized.  I tell my friends that I look like I am pregnant, we even got one of those maternity T-Shirts with the arrow pointing down.  Its our way of bringing smiles when walking down the street.

So to all those beer belly guys we made fun of back in the day, we apologize for the comments, and we thank you for the laughs.  There is one beer belly we still make fun of, not because of his belly, its because he is the moron running our country.  His side silhouette is hilarious.

We have nothing else to report except our dating site scam tip is “If the lady is telling you that she is on a mission with UNICEF overseas somewhere in Africa” then lock down your wallet, because she is about to ask you for food money “because she is getting sick from the food provided and needs to buy different food and because she is a volunteer she does not get paid until she gets back home”

Got it! Scam!  Oh you say, “I will send you a check.”, she says, “No, it has to be cash”, so you say “I will FedEx it to you.”,  she says, “No FedEx here, you need to do a bank transfer to my bank account”.  If you do what she says the get ready to be wiped out of your retirement, savings account, and lose your house, wife, kids, car, motorcycle, your girl friend, your mistress, your membership to the country club, and KKK, and everything you have worked for your entire life.  The good news is you can still be a Trump supporter.

Think about it, you are chatting to what you think is a little cutie telling you that you are handsome and sexy, she is sending you sexy pictures, and tells you that as soon as she gets back you will meet and the sparks will fly. In reality you are talking to a guy is a sweat shop somewhere in the world that when he asks you a sexual question and you answer he sends your response to the big screen in the room and everyone laughs at you. Is it worth it?

To all our new followers and soon to be new followers we say Namaste and we hope you get a laugh or two from our posts.  We thank you for staying with us during the good times and the not so good times, which are good times, because this is where we learn and grow. We grateful for everyone and everything in this awesome universe we are all part of.

The nothing staff wishes all says thank you!

November 30, 2017

American Airlines Flight 1366 – DFW to Memphis – 2010 Revisited

Over this Christmas holiday I was one of the travelers who took advantage of the low airfares on priceline.com.  I booked a round trip ticket from Memphis TN to San Jose CA and started the trip on United Airlines and the return was on American Airlines (AA).

To begin the United flight had a connection in Denver, which I normally avoid during the winter months, but this trip went great. I arrived on time and spent a great week with my family.

On my return to Memphis, the first leg of the AA flight to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) went fine.  We arrived on time at gate 18 at DFW.  I checked the screen for Flight 1366 and it showed the gate to be A17.  I thought “Great!  I only needed to walk about 20 feet for the connecting flight.”  Because I have taken several (hundred) flights over the years, I know that because DFW is a very large airport and if your connecting gate is in a different terminal it might take awhile to get there.  I also know that at DFW if you need to get to a different terminal they have a “Sky Link” shuttle train that runs between terminals because of the lengthy distance.

So I am sitting at Gate A17 waiting for the next flight and after about 15-20 minutes the desk attendant announced that the flight that was scheduled for a 4:45 PM departure was going to be delayed until 5:35 PM and the Gate has been changed to C27.  That’s it, nothing else was said.  Now this is where my experience at DFW came into play.  I knew I need to simply take the “Sky Link” Shuttle to get there in a timely manner.  The delay was no big deal, but I think the AA Desk Attendant should have given instructions to the other passengers as to what would be the best way to get to the C27 Gate which was very far away.  I would guess that at least 80% of the passengers on the flight were first time flyers and they had no clue other than walking to get to Gate C27.  I estimate that the walking distance from Gate A18 to C27 is about a mile. Even though Terminal C is right next to A, a person would have to leave A17 and proceed to A39 (22 Gates), then cross a walkway from A to C and then continue on to Gate C27 (27 Gates).  Keep in mind this is not a straight line walk, the terminals are curved so a 48 Gate walk is quite a long walk.

When I arrived at Gate C27 I talked to a few of the other passengers and found out that one lady was originally scheduled to take a flight to Memphis at around 2 PM and her flight was cancelled and she was moved to Flight 1366 for the 4:45 PM departure and now that was changed to 5:35 PM so she had been waiting around for about 3 hours.  Then I talked with a young fellow escorting his mother and he told me that his mother needed help to walk.  She was good for a short distance, but long distance was a problem.  He said that on this gate change he got lucky and when they were starting to walk from Gate A17 to C27 he noticed the “Sky Link” sign and asked another passenger what it was.  That is how they made the gate change, and that was a strain on his mother because of the walk.  I told him that if at Memphis he needs assistance for his mother to ask the AA attendant to call for either a wheelchair or for one of those special “Golf Cart” like vehicles for assistance for his mother.  This is my point folks, all these “special” assistance services are available in probably all airports but the passenger must ask the airline attendant or look up the services on the web for a particular airport.  I would think that over holidays when most of the travelers are either first time flyers or people who rarely fly, the airlines would volunteer the information to the passengers when a special circumstance comes in to play.  In this case the American Airline people were mute.

One more final tidbit of information is that when I was waiting at C27 I called an AAN team member that is in the aviation industry and asked him to find out what was going on.  He got back to me and said that flight 1366 originated in Phoenix and arrived at DFW on time and was at the airport a good 40 minutes when we arrived from San Jose.  He surmised that AA needed the plane for something else and did not know anything else.

To wrap up, we did leave at 5:35 PM and arrived in Memphis at approximately 7:00 PM.

I really did not appreciate the “games” American Airlines were playing.  What I think they did was cancelled the 2 PM flight because it wasn’t full and moved those passengers to the 1366 Flight at what was suppose to be a 4:45 PM departure.  Then when this flight wasn’t full, they delayed the flight to 5:35 PM.  AA obviously did not care about the inconvenience to the passengers after the long holiday and decided that their needs came before passengers.

The next time you get the spiel where the pilot thanks you for flying their airline because of all the choices you have, keep in mind that American Airlines really doesn’t care.  American Airlines has gone from the top of my list to the bottom as far as choices for airline travel.  To you folks  out there in cyber land remember that if you need help, just ask.

I have nothing further to add at this time except for you to remember fly AA if you like misery.

November 26, 2017

Start Monday Morning with most Popular Meditation

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Thanks to everyone who liked the meditations we post and this one was by far and away the most popular.  Its the early morning short and powerful “start your day” meditation and after a four day holiday where a zillion turkeys were devoured and 20 million gallons of gravy were poured over 100 million pounds of mashed potatoes or spilled on the rug, where 6.5 pounds of string beans were eaten by kids who’s parents go by the “Just three bite” Rule, and where the biggest turkey in The United States of America is the Moron POTUS, who after the official count lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

So lets start this week and every morning with this meditation. When I wake up every morning the first thing I do is push the start button to play this meditation nd start my day with it.

Start your morning with this link

 We have nothing to add except American Airlines still sucks and we decided not to fly which is a good thing mainly because we were so contagious with fever that it probably would have spread through the air recycling system ruining the holiday for several passengers who would have been innocent by-standers.  After four straight days in bed and daily Reiki sessions were feeling pretty good.  Thanks to all the well wishes who sent all the cards and emails.  God Bless all of our followers and all of our soon to be followers, we plan to make this coming year interesting.

 

November 23, 2017

American Airlines – In it for the MONEY

Well folks, everyday is a learning experience and today I learned that the once great airline, American Airlines which happens to be the first airline I ever flew and the only airline I ever trusted my son to fly alone on, now SUCKS, yes folks, AMERICAN AIRLINES SUCKS!

We are flying on American Airlines on November 24 from SFO to PHX and we hope we don’t meet because we were up all night with a fever and woke up this morning with a scratchy voice and a sore throat so bad we can’t remember one this bad.  We are also sweating like there is no tomorrow.

We tried to change the dates, but AA doesn’t allow changes.  So I asked if we cancel will we get a refund ?  NO!  We kind of figured this, but gave it a shot.  We thought maybe because we are a senior citizen they would understand that sometimes we get sick quickly and should not be flying and make adjustments. NO!  So all you BABY BOOMERS out there in cyber-land pay attention American Airlines only ares about the all mighty buck, not you or your needs.

If you are on this flight be sure to wave when you hear someone cough so deep they almost pass out. Be sure to keep clear and remember the only reason we are flying is because a large chunk of money will be lost by this senior citizen because AA will not refund the fare.

There is still time left and maybe, just maybe we might “EAT” the money that we sacrificed for over a year to save for this trip and not go. Ruining other travelers holiday is not something we would normally do nor wish to do.  An airplane is a known to be one of the worst germ infested places to be in and we might get worse.  Soon as the fever clears we will decide.

If we do decide to book another flight when we get well, you can bet your sweet bippy (Laugh-in) that it will NOT be American Airlines.  We would walk, run, trot, ride a bike, drive a car, truck, go cart, boat, prop plane, call Uber, Lyft, crawl, or call any other airline on this planet before AA.

We have nothing (COUGH) else to report at this time except to wish everyone except American Airlines a HAPPY THANKSGIVING. What are we thankful for? Everything that is and ever will be.

A special meditation for those who are afraid to fly “Overcome fear of flying on AA

November 9, 2017

Folks lets Remember all the shooting victims and pass Gun Control Laws


We rarely post something not on the positive side but we could not sit here and not say anything about all those innocent victims of shootings starting with way back with Sandy Hook.  Nothing has been said much over the last ninety days and today I turn on the TV and see that the GOP is more interested in getting a phony tax bill passed than GUN CONTROL laws.  So I want to show you why the GOP is not and will not go up against the NRA.  Below is a list of the top 10 Senate and House members that receive donations from the NRA.  The list comes from the NY Times and we invite you to go Google and get the entire list.  Most GOP members get donations and about a handful of DMS.  You will be amazed.  Now its not against the law to accept donations, but if you look at the amounts you will see why they (GOP)  don’t want to risk losing the huge amounts.

The first line on list is the member name and State.  The next line is what they said when the shooting event took place.  The third is the NRA Amount they have received.  The comments see to be a template for each time a shooting happens.

Senate Top 10  

1.  John McCain   Ariz.

“Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families.”

$7,740,521 FROM THE N.R.A.

2.  Richard Burr   N.C.

“My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning’s tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America.”

$6,986,620 FROM THE N.R.A.

3.  Roy Blunt     Mo.

“Saddened by the tragic loss of life in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with all of the families affected by this horrific attack.”

$4,551,146  FROM THE N.R.A.

4.  Thom Tillis    N.C.

“Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy in Las Vegas.”

$4,418,012   FROM THE N.R.A.

5.  Cory Gardner   Co.

“My family and I are praying for the families of those injured and killed in Las Vegas last night.”

$3,879,064  FROM THE N.R.A.

6.  Marco Rubio Fla.

“I’m praying for all the victims, their families, and our first responders in the #LasVegas #MandalayBay shooting.”

$3,303,355  FROM THE N.R.A.

7.  Joni Ernst     Iowa

“My prayers are with all of the victims in Las Vegas, and their loved ones affected by this senseless act of violence.”

$3,124,273  FROM THE N.R.A.

8. Rob Portman  Ohio

“Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.”

$3,061,941  FROM THE N.R.A.

9.  Todd Young  Ind.

“We must offer our full support to the victims and their families as our nation mourns.”

$2,896,732  FROM THE N.R.A.

10.  Bill Cassidy            La.

“Following closely the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with those who were injured, killed and their families.”

$2,861,047  FROM THE N.R.A.

House  Top 10

1.  French Hill    Ark.

“Martha and I are praying for the families and victims of this senseless act of evil. […] We must continue to work together to stop this kind of terror.”

$1,089,477  FROM THE N.R.A.

2.  Ken Buck     Co.

“I’m praying for all of those impacted by the evil events in Las Vegas last night. Our country must stand together in support of the families of the victims and the community.”

$800,544  FROM THE N.R.A.

3.  David Young Iowa

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends of the horrific and evil tragedy in Las Vegas.”

$707,662  FROM THE N.R.A.

4.  Mike Simpson   Idaho

“Though no words can heal our hurt, and no explanation will ever feel sufficient, I pray that all involved may find comfort as we process this devastating tragedy.”

$385,731  FROM THE N.R.A.

5. Greg Gianforte           Mont.

No statement released.

$344,630  FROM THE N.R.A.

6.  Don Young   Alaska

“Anne and I are praying for all those involved or impacted by this heinous act of violence.”

$245,720  FROM THE N.R.A.

7. Lloyd Smucker  Pa.

“Horrific act of violence in Las Vegas. Cindy and I pray for the victims, their families, and the first responders.”

$221,736  FROM THE N.R.A.

8.  Bruce Poliquin          Maine

“My thoughts are with all those effected in the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas. The nation is with you.”

$201,398  FROM THE N.R.A.

9.  Pete Sessions  Tex.

“My deepest sympathies are with all who were harmed by this horrific tragedy.”

$158,111  FROM THE N.R.A.

10.  Barbara Comstock   Va.

“I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders.”

$137,232  FROM THE N.R.A.

There are numerous articles posted on the web.  We go the above list from the NY Times, but this is the shot list. Just about every GOP Senator and House member gets NRA donations. A few Democrats.  Go to GOOGLE and search “NRA GOP DONATIONS”.  Then sort trough the hundreds of links.

We have nothing to add except to say to the folks out there “Call your state rep and tell him or her that you want gun control not phony tax plans.” To all the victims we are praying for the families and all concerned.

November 5, 2017

Sad Day in Southerland Springs, Texas and the United States of America

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My fellow Americans once again we have coward shooting at a church in Southerland Springs, Texas with 20+ dead including women and children. The shooter is dead after a short chase. Many details are still unclear.  The daughter of the pastor is reported to be one of the victims.

Our prayers and with all the victims involved in this tragic event.

We have nothing to add at this time but will be following events on CNN.

Folks, we can only say that until strong gun control is in place these type of incidents will continue and its up to us to get something done.  The WH, Congress, and Senate have their heads up their butts because the NRA donates big time to the GOP.  They hem haw around for a few days, then NOTHING gets done.  Call your representatives and DEMAND GUN CONTROL NOW!

October 31, 2017

Sad Day in New York City and all of The United States

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SAD_USAMy fellow Americans once again we have a terrorist coward renting a truck and mowing down innocent bicycle riders on a bike path in Manhattan.  He drove and hit them from behind like the slime of the earth he is. Eight lost their lives and dozens more injured.  The New York City Police and FBI are on it and information is dripping in slowly.  He is not from NY and the FBI is in the area where he is from.  He jumped out of the truck holding a Paint Ball Gun and BB Gun probably hoping to be shot dead, but was shot in the abdomen by an alert NY Police Person.

Our prayers and with all the victims involved in this tragic event and we know that NY is strong.

We have nothing to add at this time but will be following events on CNN.

 

October 25, 2017

Meditation Notes – Misc Mindfulness

Mindfulness Mediation can be broken down to two different styles that we know of.  There are probably a zillion more, but we are only going with two.

The first would be the Medical/Business, which is using the Meditation to control pain (Medical) and in business to relieve stress or clear you mind.  We have to admit using Mindfulness Meditation to control pain, once mastered, would be awesome.  We have read some articles where cancer patients have learned to control the intense pain with mediation (Scale of 1-10  20).  In business, from what we understand, Google employees have a Meditation Guru and they use the meditation to relieve stress and anxiety by breathing out the tenseness and relaxing.  This is good for the employee and boosts creativity in the work place.

The second is what we learned at The Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA which is a Buddhist version for the mind, body, and spirit.  We also use this style when using Reiki Energy for healing.  Here when you are meditating and a thought comes into your mind and refuses to go away, you go deeper and determine what is causing the thought, then either work on the issue immediately or consider working on it at a later date.  An example would be you initially felt anger and when you went deep you found it came from a bullying incident when you were a child or from an event in the past.  This form of meditation is used to help yourself to clear out the crap you have collected throughout your life.  In Reiki cold energy is various part of the body is caused from specific emotions or past experiences.

So past experiences is what we are using Meditation to get rid of.  Think about it.  A a memory is an illusion.  So if you are getting angry from someone slapping you when you where a child, then you are living in an illusion. There is nothing you can do to stop the slap all these years later and the pain of the slap goes on because you are keeping it alive by thinking about it and reacting to it.  Just like when we quit smoking, when an urge from the past surfaced and we normally would go have a smoke, instead we recognized the urge, we talked to the urge by saying “You can hang around, but we choose not to smoke and will continue on by meditation.” The next time the urge came along we did not get an inkling to go have a smoke, we just noticed the urge and continued on.

So we are using meditation to move to “Live in the moment” because the past and the future are illusions and our only reality is in the now.  If you apply this to other people you will find that judgments go away. If you are judging someone based on a past experience then you are judging them on an illusion. Everything is in a state of change, in every moment, always, and in all ways so nothing is as it was.  People talk about peace of mind, or bliss, this is the way to get there.  It’s not easy, but the when you get there you will be grateful and thanks everyone you met along the way for helping you.

So here is this weeks meditation CONNECT TO THE SOURCE

We have nothing to add at this time except to thank all of you for stopping by and we send you many blessings.  Namaste  

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