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January 2, 2019

Quit Smoking the Easy Way – Sharing Our Experience (2019 update)

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I am happy to report that this January marks 6 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, I created the intention to quit smoking, and focused on the task at hand the solutions came my way quickly.

2019 Update: In January 2013 we were diagnosed with COPD Level II, which was nodules in the lungs (CT Scan), but too small to biopsy.  They said that they needed to do a CT Scan every three months to monitor and if in December the nodules are big enough then they would do a biopsy, and 99.99% start Chemotherapy immediately.  The appointment was booked ahead of time for three hours.  This is how sure they were. So the 2nd CT scan showed minor growth.  The third showed same as the 2nd.  Then the final CT scan showed that 95 % of the nodules were gone.  Yes gone!  The doctors said “This never happens!  COPD does not get cured, but you no longer have COPD!”.  My pulmonary doctor said “You can fire me. You no longer need me.” To this day every doctor who looks at my chart says the same thing “This never happens!” ans ask me what I did to cure my COPD.  I am a Reiki Level II Healer and every night I sent healing energy to my lungs and entire body.  I said 10 Hail Marys along with the healing. (I wanted to cover all bases) Thats it.  I totally believe there are some things we can self heal.

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. (Ask your doctor about a class or a recommendation)

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. (They rarel do) 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 on-line 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 19, 2018

Project Baseline – Make Your Mark on Map of Human Health

Several weeks ago we applied for Project Baseline link and to our delight we were accepted.  This is a research project that will monitor 10,000 people all over the United States for five years.  The main participants in the Bay Area are Stanford Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Google, and Verily.  This coincides with our Universal Mission to make a difference in humanity and elevate the spiritual vibration of everyone we meet.  This is a win / win project.

Our first appointment was Monday and we had an awesome Uber Drivers named Robert.  Right off, it was like Robert and I had know each other forever and as we progressed along the route when we were on North 101 agreed that we were suppose to meet and had a great conversation.  We talked about how we were all connected and we discussed my Belief System which we have now named “Oneism”.  So if we use “Oneism”: you will know what we are talking about and the next post will be a reminder of what it means.

We arrived at the Project Baseline Stanford Office and we wished Robert a great Christmas.  We love to know about other peoples experience and Robert’s was really interesting.  The entire trip was a learning experience for both of us.

Prior to coming for our appointment Project Baseline had sent several emails about what the first appointment was going to cover over the six to seven hours.  (Free lunch and it was great).  Christine (Fake name) greeted us.  I noticed that Christine looked like she was 14 years old and because we had to know, so we asked Christine is she was in her teens.  She laughed and said she was in her late twenties.  I said “you would be a tough date because you would be getting carded everywhere you went.”  Christine then explained that we would start by filling out several forms, like consent forms etc.  Then go do blood work, measure height and get weight, and other tests.  Then at the end of the day we went over the devices that they provided to take with us.  First the “smart watch” that is worn 24/7 and once a day we are required to take an ECG (We took it just now).  The watch has the time, date, and takes the ECG and that’s all.  Then at night we put the watch in a “charging dock” that sends the data, sync’s the watch, and charges it.  The other device is “Easy Sense live” which is a flat device that is placed under our mattress under where our heart would be when we are asleep.  This device streams data 24/7.  Once placed you are done.

At the end of the day Christine surprised us with a T-Shirt, water bottle, a very nice carrying bag, and folder to hold our brochures and devices to take with us.  Christine did mention that they are still looking for additional candidates in the Bay area so if your interested please go to this link >>> Projectbaseline.com <<<<<.   We must say that Christine was awesome and answered every question we had, was clear in explaining all the tests and documents, has a great sense of humor, and of course be the end of the day we had he doing Mindfulness Meditation and visiting this site.  Then there was Lisa who took an hour to go over our heath history from day 1.  All the operations we had since birth.  We of course discuss meditation and we told her about the “Insight Meditation Center” (Click on name for link) in Redwood City where we went to learn Mindfulness Meditation.  On the link is the schedule of classes and there is another link to all the teachings via audio.  You can read the description and listen to the teaching or download it and it’s all free.  There were other folks that we neglected to get their names, but we will follow up with getting their names on our next visit.  Everyone was awesome and we are looking forward to our next appointment.  The lady that did the breath test said her bull dog (Cute picture) was having an issue with her hip, so we asked her name and it is “Marlyn Monroe”. (Big laugh).  We volunteered to send some healing Reiki Energy to Marlyn.

A few days later we received a phone call from our “Baseline Buddy”, which is a person we can call with any questions or complaints we might have.  Our buddies name is Zelda and she has answered every question we have had and if she can not answer, she will follow up when she gets the answer.  To Zelda’s boss Angela, “Zelda is awesome.  Please give her a gold star!”.

Then it was time to go and we wished everyone seasons greeting and reinforced the need to meditate.  This time my Uber ride was with Dmitry who was Russian  and was in the USA for 3 years.  He and his family came here asking for and getting asylum because he was a dissident and was worried about his health in Russia.  The conversation started off slowly and we chatted as we progressed.  Then just when we started to cross the bay on RT-92 there was an accident on the bridge and we were re-routed to the RT-84 bridge which was almost back were we started.  So of course we said “Dmitry you know why this happened?  It’s because we are suppose to continue this conversation and discuss meditation.  Poof!  It was like old friends meeting after not seeing each other for many years. He even mentioned that usually the traffic is terrible this time of day (5;00 PM) but its like traffic is getting out of our way.  (We did not tell him that we sent out an intention to have our “Traffic Angels” to clear the way as needed).  We both agreed that we were suppose to meet and even though the possibility for a second ride was next to impossible, we might just meet again, because in our Universe nothing is impossible.

So that’s the end of the day and we could feel the great energy flowing from meeting all these amazing people.

Please if you out there in Cyber-land know of anyone that would like to volunteer for Project Baseline please send them to the web site. We are dedicating this post to Jane who we supported through her chemo and she has now become our hero.

We have nothing else to report except we now have a mission to meet everyone in our “Soul Group” (search site for definition).  In order for the Soul Group to flourish spiritually we need to meet everyone and others outside the group.  When we share we not only grow, but so does the group and the individual we are sharing with if they are not in our group.  This leads to the vibration of Mother Earth getting raised and this is another mission we are on.  We have asked on a prior post for people to send Mother Earth as much positive energy as possible.  Several folks are doing this, but we must add by getting out there and meet as many people as possible and report our experience here to share with all of you.

Thank you all for your support and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019.

Namaste

February 23, 2018

A Silicon Valley Limerick:

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 6:44 am
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I once met a programmer from Google in the Silicon Valley
I needed an application that was right up his alley
He sent me the “APP” program code
I found it to be over-load
Then I sent him a “Yahoo”** email saying that I don’t want to dilly-dally

 ** I would have said “google.com” here but as we all know, it’s impossible to find a Google email address.

Nothing more to rhyme at this time.

January 7, 2017

My Uber Journey Journal Entry – New Year 2017

Filed under: UBER Journey — alaboutnothing @ 1:35 am
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uber_logoWell folks, we saw a article that said the Uber will be giving about 15 million rides over New Years Eve and we made sure we were part of it.  It proved to be an interesting experience and we even did some research prior.  We found the between 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM we were taking party goers to the various parties through out this area.  Then we took a few hours off and started driving again at around 1:00 AM.  All of these trips were taking many happy and one fairly “woozy” passenger home from the parties.  As usual we met some awesome folks and had some great conversations.

New Years Day Revelation —  I don’t know if it was because this was the first day of a new year, but it seems that two Prius drivers broke out of the normal slow speed syndrome and decided to live on the wild side.  I was on I-280 doing about 5 MPH over the 65 MPH speed limit when a Silver Prius passed me like I was standing still.  I was stunned when I realized when had just happened.  I figured that it would never happen again, so I gave a chuckle and drove on.  Then later, I was on the Dumbarton Bridge doing the posted 55 MPH when a Blue Prius passed me doing about 65 mph.  Now we were double stunned.  We thought maybe 2017 marked the start of some secret rule that the Prius community should start speeding, but that came to and end when I had to swerve around a Prius doing 45 MPH in the 55 MPH zone.  Still an amazing start to 2017 we must say.

Google Alert – We had a passenger (Denali) today that we picked up at Facebook and it turns out that Denali just had completed an interview and was seriously looking for a new position.  We asked Denali if Google was on the list and Denali said that she was waiting for Google to get back to her, but late next week she was going to an interview down in Venice Beach.  So to GOOGLE we say “Hey! Denali is a Northern California Native and is well qualified based on my conversation I think Denali would fit nicely in the Google community.  We can’t let a So Cal company steal Northern California techie talent.”  It’s now on you Google, don’t blow this.

Driver-less Car Conversation – The driver-less car conversation goes on and now the question has arisen that if all the cars are built identical then they will all perform the same.  We thought a great test would be to take some of these vehicles to a drag strip and race them against each other.  If they are all in fact the same, then the final race result will always be a tie.

New Uber Driver Alert – Hey Nigel get it done!

We have nothing else to report at this time, but we will be posting the Google result on the Denali interview later this week.  We are in the middle of starting a Twitter movement to get Starbuck’s or any other coffee café to give San Francisco Uber drivers a discount.  (Peet’s Coffee are you listening?)

February 4, 2011

Browser Dilemma — Review

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 5:11 pm
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We have been “battling” with which browser to use for several months.  We tried “Chrome” back then and found it to have issues.  We tried updating Explorer 7 to Explorer 8 back then and had some major problems so we kept Explorer 7.   Recently we tried again and the update worked without any problem.  So now we are running three different browsers and here is our review of the current browsers.

Microsoft Explorer 8

This browser does everything we require when we go out to the web.  The only issue we have is it is the slowest of the three.  We also think this browser is the most stable of the three.  We rarely get an update, maybe once a month and that is usually a security update.   The other good thing about Explorer 8 is we always come back here when one of the other browsers doesn’t work knowing that it will do what we need.

 

Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta

We have been using Firefox for about a year.  Firefox 3.6 seemed to work just fine with only a few glitches.  Then we updated to 4.0 Beta.  When we see the word “Beta” we make the assumption that there are some problems and that the folks at Mozilla are still getting this browser up to speed.  So we expect that we will have some issues.  What we like is the fact they state its in “Beta” and it’s a “work in progress”.  Also we like the fact that when there is an update it’s done automatically.

 

Google Chrome

This browser is by far the fastest of the three browsers we use, but on the other hand it “crashes” daily.  We see “Aw, Snap!” so often we are suspect that when we don’t get it.  About 50% of the time we get the “Aw, Snap!” we also get the “Kill Pages” button.  So we believe that the Google boys are in denial that Chrome is really in a beta state and don’t want to admit it to the public.  We find updates on Chrome at least once a week.  We say we find, because Chrome does not automatically update, we have to go look for updates.  The trigger for when we go look is when we get the “Aw, Snap” several time in a row or the web page we are currently on is doing some strange things. We wonder why the Google boys don’t add “Beta” to the Chrome name display.  We also wonder who came up with the “Aw, Snap!”. Is this meant to be cute way of saying “You are about to loss everything you just updated on this web page”?  I know that when we see “Aw, Snap!” we don’t think it’s very cute.  They should just change the “Sn” to Cr” and that would be closer to what we are thinking.

We have nothing to add at this time and hope your browser is working great for you.  If you get an “Aw, Snap!” while you’re here, please come back and make a comment as to what you were really thinking when you saw it.  We think the Google boys might want to know that Chrome has a little bit of tarnish on it.

 

<—- This would best describe the “Aw, Snap!” look on our face when we get it.

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