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August 17, 2017

Quit Smoking the Easy Way Part 1

xsmokingI am happy to report that last January marks 4 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!”

December 13, 2016

My Uber Journey Journal Entry 1 (MUJJ for short)

Filed under: UBER Journey — alaboutnothing @ 5:00 pm
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uber_logo  If you are considering becoming an Uber driver once you are approved all you need is a smart phone and a car phone holder.  The car phone holder we first stared using was a cheap one that just suctioned cupped to the window.  It worked at first, but because there wasn’t any support, it would vibrate and that made it hard to read.  After a few weeks of bending it to where we wanted to see the phone screen better, it became unmanageable, so we tossed it.  The next one was much better because it has a support leg that rested on the dashboard.  No more messing around because once we set it up, it stayed in place.

Something else is to be sure to get a phone charger and keep the phone charging the entire time.  If you don’t and you are on a trip and the phone goes dead you go in to “Uber-Land”, which in not someplace you want to go.  Even though you don’t see it, the trip continues and Uber knows where you are going and how long the ride is.  Once the time exceeds the ride length it starts to deduct from the total ride amount and when it gets down to zero, it starts billing you for the ride.  Not somewhere you want to go because it will continue billing you until you can complete the ride, and that may take hours.  One of the Uber drivers this happen to, told me it cost him $1,000.00, and hours of working it out with Uber get the charges removed.  (This entire explanation is bogus, but we wanted to make sure you were paying attention).  Keep the phone changed and no worry.

It would also be a big help to you to meet some local Uber drivers so you can get the “feel” of where you will be driving.  Some locals require a license to operate on their premises.  My friend filled me in on some tricks like on a drop off in San Francisco when leaving the city, always use I-280 south because you can almost guarantee that US 101 will be a parking lot.  (Of course it depends on the time of day).  When in the city if you get lost, just find Van Ness and it will take you to US 1010 / I-280.  (I ask Siri).

Road Rule — When driving we have never seen a Toyota Prius going the speed limit or exceeding the speed limit.  They are always going 5 MPH or lower than the speed limit and sometimes even in the high speed left lane.  Yes folks, I have discussed this with numerous passengers and they all agree the Prius folks have their own agenda.  We did some research and found a study from the University of Aguilera (Fake name) that showed that if a Prious owner filled up the car three times and all three times the average miles per gallon came up less than 60 miles per gallon as advertised the owner went into a severe depression with low self esteem disorder.  Yes folks, they could be in therapy for years or until they get rid of the Prius or consistently get 60 miles per gallon.  (Unknown to them the kid next door is siphoning their gas into his car so they will never get the 60 MPG).   The only other explanation is back when gas went to $5.00 + per gallon these people all ran out and bought Prius’s and paid more than the going price.  Now that gas is less than $3.00 they are all pissed and are making the other drivers (us) miserable, even though it was on them for being in the panic mode.

Road Rule — They are some drivers that think just because they turn on their blinkers they have the right to change lanes even though there is only a foot between you and the car in front of you.  Yes, they think they own that foot and they are going to take it now.  We think the state of California should pass a proposition that allows us to shoot the illegal lane changer with a paint ball gun numerous times.  (Red, White, & Blue preferred) This will mark the car and alert the other legal drivers to be warned, this guy is out to score real-estate on the road.  (We will make this part of “calexit”).

Road Rule – When the City Taxi Cab Service drives bye and the driver is waving his hand with the “Uber is number 1 middle finger salute” we always return the wave with a peace sign and a really big smile.  Those guys are just a bunch of jokers and even though their mouth is moving, we assume they are sending their blessings.

So, are you excited about getting out there and Ubering?  We keep track of the countries our passengers come from and now we can add Bulgaria, Sweden, Russia, and Taiwan to our list.  All the trips were great conversations with the last one late night with Fred from Google.  He was going from Palo Alto to north San Francisco so we had time to chat.  He also said that he had called an Uber driver before me and when the guy showed up he refused to take Fred home.  Unreal!  We said we would report the driver to Uber, but it was his choice.  I had a few questions and how we were first introduced to Google way back in 1999 when they were on University Avenue where my friend and I went upstairs because we saw the light on and we met all the Google folks.  Then we talked about mindfulness medication and that Google actually has a Manager of Mindfulness on staff along with meditation rooms.  I said I wanted that job and I could start immediately.  We pointed out to Fred about the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City and that we took a course every Wednesday for 6 weeks and that the audio for the course along with all teachings at the center are available on line for free at the “Insight Meditation Center Web Site”.

Finally, if we called Uber for a ride and the guy showed up and refused to take us where we wanted to go we would not only report the driver, we would whip out our paint gun and paint the driver and his car in patriotic RED, WHITE, and BLUE.  Then wave Uber is #1 as we dial another Uber dude.

We have nothing to add at this time except we are heading out because it’s “Uber Time”.

July 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Sydney !

Filed under: Back in the Day — alaboutnothing @ 10:30 am
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 We here at the AAN Team Headquarters wish to extend a very Happy Birthday to Sydney and we hope Sydney has the greatest birthday ever.  Also wishing Sydney a Happy Birthday is Gabrielle, Pup- Pup, Pandie, Jenna, Sheepishly, Stripes, Joann, Ray, Pearl Swirl, Bun Bun, Reggie, Nola, Blueberry, Stitch, Teddy, Deery, Red Panda, Peanut, Rocko, Wishful, Daisy, Ice Cude, Sting, Fetch, Halo, Nibble, Pepper, Shelby, Slush, Cancun, Legs, Penny, Swoops, Waddle, Zig-Zag, Safari, Speckles, Leona, Glamour, Bamboo, Babs, Spells, Lucy, Smurf, Hip, Ellie,  Spots, Hello Kitty’s, Candy, Penguino, and Freddie, all of which are doing the Happy Birthday Dance in the middle of the room.

 

We have nothing else to report except to repeat “HAPPY BIRTHDAY SYDNEY!!!

June 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Joann 2016

Filed under: Back in the Day — alaboutnothing @ 11:00 am
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On your birthday,
We are thinking about how much light and sparkle
you freely dispense wherever you go,
how your sunny smile lights up any gathering.
Every birthday marks another year
of you radiating positive, happy energy,
contagious happiness
that infects all who come in contact with you.
May your next birthday find you the same–
glowing from within,
beaming bright joy on everyone you meet.
We feel blessed to know and love you.

Nothing compares to love you radiate and the dreams you inspire.

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 8, 2014

The Voice Season 7 – The Battle Rounds next week

Filed under: General Nothing,The Voice — alaboutnothing @ 12:09 pm
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VioceWe learned a valuable lesson yesterday and that is to not post about an event ahead of time unless we absolutely know it is going to take place.  We posted that the Battle Rounds on The Voice were starting yesterday when in fact they are starting next week.  Last night were highlights of the “Blind Auditions” and some tid-bits of the judges interactions.  Since we saw all the Blind Audits it was kind of boring, but we managed to get through it.  We should have known better because basically all the vocal reality shows do the same thing and AGT takes reruns to a new level.

So now we can load up on munchies to prepare for the Battle Rounds and get our list ready for listing our favorites and get some new viewer questions ready.  In case you did not see the answer to “A cowboy rides in to town on Friday…etc”.  The answer is the cowboys horse is named Friday.  (we had to google the answer).

We have nothing to include except to ask if any of you out there in cyberland happen to see 60 minutes last Sunday?  Because we know nothing we were appalled by the segment on the cost of cancer medicines.  More to come on this subject as soon a we do some research and we NEVER do research, so that is how important we think this is.

 

April 29, 2014

Stop using Microsoft’s IE browser until bug is fixed, US and UK warn

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 7:30 pm
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 If any of you out there in cyberland has not head about this HUGE issue with Microsoft IE browser follow this link immediately

<  CLICK HERE >

From what we understand this security issue applies to all versions of Explorer, but the really sad part is for those 500 million users that are still using the XP Operating System you are basically “SCREWED.  Why you ask?  For the uninformed Microsoft as of APRIL 8, 2014 has stopped supporting the XP Operating System.  Of course for the recent “bug” they will find a “fix”for the operating systems still supported, but XP users, you are on your own out there in the virus infected cyber-space attempting to figure out what to do next.  

 Well folks we have nothing else to report and we will soon be hustling to get a new P/C because our backup desktop has the DREADED XP Operating System.  We are strongly thinking “APPLE”!

March 28, 2014

#TRENDING 2014

trendingIt’s Friday and we feel like “#Trending” and since this is something new we thought we would give it a shot.  It kinda feels like you slammed your elbow (funny bone) on the edge of a door jam.  Interesting, wonder if we can bottle and sell it?

We know The Voice will be “#trending” next week because the start of the never done before “Battle-round #2”.  Yes, folks, Battle Round #2 is on the agenda this year because the talent is so awesome and they thought they needed more battles is our guess.  Is your favorite still completing?  We have several favorites and we are loving The Voice Concerts each week.

We even started “tweeting” during each show and found that this can become addictive, so we shall be selective. 🙂  We are becoming hash tag fluent and a pro using the backspace bar / button.  Actual er enjoy reading all the tweets, especially the Huffington Post “tweets” are a good read and the variety is endless on all the others, we would guess a zillion different posts, but we can only say a zillion when we are “#trending”.

We have nothing to report right now except to say if you are a smoker why don’t you do yourself and your family a HUGE favor and STOP SMOKING ?  It could be the greatest gift you have ever given and you will be the better for it.  If you quit for long enough then you can start “#trending” along with the billions of others that have already accomplished this task.  So as we go along today and continue “#trending” we wish all of you out there in cyberland many blessings.

 

 

August 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Jenna!!!

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 5:17 am
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  Happy Birthday Jenna from all of  us  (Gabrielle, Andrew, Joann, and Freddie).

We wish you the greatest birthday ever with many blessings today and every day.

We have nothing else to report except to repeat “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNA!!

July 4, 2013

Snapple Contest — Win Nothing!

snapple_nothing Folks, we have to tell you that we are really excited about the new Snapple Contest to win nothing!  Yes, folks, you win nothing and you will be happy to win nothing.  When we first saw the commercial on TV we jumped for joy to see that a huge company like Snapple realized the importance of nothing and they decided to run a national campaign to promote their product using nothing as the prize.

Just think about it.  You buy a Snapple drink pop open the cap and look inside the cap and see nothingWow!  You have won nothing and you are dancing around the store celebrating that you won nothing.

When we first started our humble little site here we thought about running a contest and the prize would be a fancy coffee mug with nothing printed on it.  Yes, folks, we had several conversations about this, but could not come up with what kind of contest.  So after many months we shelved the idea and were left with nothing and 20 gross of fancy coffee mugs with nothing printed on them.

With this new Snapple campaign we of course want to win some nothing like all of you out there in cyber-land would and we do like the taste of Snapple Iced tea, so we are on our way out the door to buy a couple cases of the product.  Soon we will be popping caps and looking for nothing.

We have nothing else to report at this time, but we would like to invite you out there in cyber-land to drop us a line (Post a comment here) if you win some nothing from opening a Snapple.  Please note what kind of nothing you won and how you celebrated.

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