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Smoke Free Warriors 2018   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 7/31/18 by slowblumer; 278355 views.
Denim50

From: Denim50

Jul-15

Hey Marilyn, 

It’s great to hear from you!  

I remember you telling me how stressful the job had become for you. I’m glad you were able to retire. 

I’m sorry to hear about your brother’s cancer though. I’m so glad to hear he’s doing good with his treatments. I hope the surgery goes good too. I’m also sorry to hear about your sister-in-law having Alzheimers. That’s sad. You said your niece was coming in August and you’re going back to Maryland but you also mentioned returning to New Jersey in September. Is that just for his surgery or are you going to be staying there again for a while? It sounds like you and Cindi both have a lot going on. As with her, I wish you and your love ones the best too. 

I can only imagine how much little Charlotte has grown now. I’m sure you are excited and looking forward to hugging those Grandkids again next month. I know how much it means to you to be close to them. 

I’ve got a few projects I’m hoping to complete before the Fall. I’m also hoping to take another trip before Fall. One of my cousins who lives along the coast is also hoping I’ll come there but I really don’t think I’m going to do that right now. I’ve already got these projects going on and this other trip I’m wanting to take. We’ll see how it goes I guess.        

It’s late so I’m going to go ahead and post this but we’ll talk again soon.      

Have a good night.  

 


 

Denim50

From: Denim50

Jul-15

Hey David, 

It doesn’t seem the quite the same around here without hearing from you too. When you get a chance please jump on the forum and say hi. We’d love to hear from you again too. We’re missing  you around here.  

 

Denim50

From: Denim50

Jul-15

Hey Brian, 

It’s wonderful to see so many of us posting here again. You, me, and Cindi have all posted in response to Raine too. I hope she returns and makes it. Michele is still quit, as is Tom. They both posted earlier this year and were doing good. It was nice to hear from them too. As I was telling Cindi, I haven’t heard from Mike in a long time. I hope he’s okay. I’m not going to make this a real long post because I’m going to answer your email, but I did want to reply here and say how great it is to see you and the others posting here again. Talk more soon.  

 

BMann (bmann018)

From: BMann (bmann018)

Jul-16

Great to hear back from you. Please don't feel bad about not posting. We all have more important activities when involving family, work, etc. I was glad to hear that you resigned that one job since, if I recall correctly, you were never comfortable with the senior staff there. I hope you find something more in tune where you end up. I've only been through Maryland and NJ once, land of soft shell crab. Nice to have family to RR with between activities.

I am the one who should be posting regularly since my life is pretty stable right now. My kids are doing well. My Marine Corp son is finally approaching a college degree. Only took him 15 years after getting his head back together from Iraq. My older son is actually planning to retire by age 40.  Both live with great girlfriends, but we do not expect any grandchildren. Neither are planning to ever have children. We are okay with that even though so many people around us have grandchildren to hug.

I will have to come up with more activities for myself as I settle into retirement, volunteering activities, etc. I may go back to coaching baseball, umpiring, refereeing football, etc. to stay busy. Really cannot yet travel as much as I would like until my wife retires. 

Other than golf and honey-dos, we just worry about the heat and forest fires. Last fall we had several fires that got within 20 miles of where I live, which caused terrible smoke. We had to stay indoors for a week last fall, then clean up all the ash that covered everything around the house.

Please feel free to give me a shout if you want to type chat at anytime and I will respond. I hope you get settled in your new locale and find the work you are looking for.  Great not having to deal with our constant wish to quit smoking some day. I don' t think about it much. Played golf with a cigar smoker yesterday and for a brief period thought that maybe I could smoke cigars, which quickly led to me believing that if I puffed one cigar, my next step would be to buy a pack of cigarettes. No worries tho.

Take care and we will talk again soon.

BMann (bmann018)

From: BMann (bmann018)

Jul-16

Thank you so much for your reply. I am so glad to hear that you are doing well and, most importantly, staying quit.  Yes, my wife was very nice to allow me to retire at age 63. Took a lot of housekeeping and cooking promises to achieve that. I do love to cook and bake. My son bought me a smoker present, so a new toy to test smoking recipes. My favorite is baking, but it is so hard to bake well. I am amazed at the bakers on TV or at the stores, plus I think baking requires an artistic personality that I lack.  I just like to stick to recipes and the science, not the iced roses and dodads. I like breads and muffins.

I do love golf, not sure why. Maybe because it is such a difficult sport to master, always something to improve on. I equate golf to a NASA mission, requires a design phase and launch phase. If either one is off, you will miss the moon. Golf is similar and the other plus is that there is something about golfers, a certain humility, that makes most of the people I play with really nice folks. I am not one to play with the same guys every day like some here. I purposely try to play with everyone I know here and join up with folks I don't know. It is rare that I play with a jerk. Golfers are just nice. Been so beaten up by the game that we can  easily commiserate with each other.

I was born and raised in Las Vegas and am not much for the casino scene. My Portland, Oregon wife loves the bells and whistles around the slot machines. I will play cards and craps some, but have never had a problem walking away from the tables. The main reason we are going down is to probable see my aunt and uncle for the last time - they are in their 80s. I have a cousin there as well, but we are not close. We are not that close. Kind of fell away when I moved out of Nevada.

Oh well, you are up to date with me. I would always love to hear from you and any of our other quit friends so feel free to reply. I hope your health remains good (I have an echo test coming up on my heart, but other than that my last check up was good) and you have a great summer. We will talk soon.

David072118

From: David072118

Jul-16

Hi Denim,

Thanks for reaching out. I've thought about the people on this forum frequently over the last year, and hope everyone is doing well. 

I started smoking again 2 months before my 2 year anniversary. Can't believe I did that! Took to it immediately and couldn't get enough. Still smoking and planning on quitting again on my original quit day. 

It will be without Chantix this time because my insurance no longer pays for it.

So, I'll be around again.

Glad you're still here, and hope some of the others are too. Youve given support to so many! Thank you on behalf of all of us.

Best,

Dave

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Jul-16

Dave,

Gonna jump in here and say hello. I was trying to CC you the other day but was typing in Dave072118 instead if David. Guess that’s why your name wasn’t showing up. Lol I thought maybe you had closed your forum account. 
I was just posting about your pottery and how much I like it and use it.

Hope you are able to start another quit here really soon. It was always hard for me to get motivated again once I would start back. Sometimes it would be two or three years before I would try again. 
 

How is Xander doing (I’m going from memory here….is that even close to your dog’s name). My memory doesn’t work like it used to at my age. 
 

I hope you are doing well and find that “quit” inspiration kicking back in soon.  It’s really good to see you posting. 

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Jul-16

Ok, gonna add one more post. The July quit group for this month looks like a really good active group of folks. I’ve been following their posts some. You’ll see a couple of folks you probably will recognize-Overdoz and Anthony are posting there. They both have new quits started.

But you are always a Smokefree Warrior and if you post here we will support you 100% in your quit. 

Denim50

From: Denim50

Jul-16

Hey Dave, 

it’s great to hear from you! I’m happy that you’re back and giving quitting another go. I also agree with JR, the July 2021 quit buddies are a wonderful group and you’ll also always be welcome and supported here too because you remain a part of our group of quit buddies/friends also. Not everyone gets it on the first go. I actually quit before, made the mistake in June 2016 of thinking I could have one, since I had been quit for awhile. Then I found myself here in March 2018 trying to quit again. I wish you the best with it and will gladly be cheering you on again. Since your insurance won’t pay for the Chantix, are quitting cold turkey or by some other means? I could thank you and the rest of our quit buddies for putting up with me during that first year and supporting me too, lol. We all got through it together before and we’ll be here to help get you through it again. You’re not alone. As for me still being here, they just can’t seem to shake me, lol. Btw, I’m sending you a pm. I wish you the best with your new quit on the 21st. So, how have been doing? How are things your way? Bees have decided to build a nest in the shed. Ugh. I’m allergic to bee strings, so no fun attempting to get anything out of there until the seasons change. To make matters worse, a man hit the shed and messed up the doors so it takes a little more to get in and out. It’s a trade off, Summer has the bees and Winter has the cold, though hopefully this Winter won’t be as excessively cold as last. I’m not going to hold my breath though. Anyway, I’m going to just go ahead and post this so you’ll see it, but I look forward to hearing from you again soon. Have a great day.  

 

        

David072118

From: David072118

Jul-17

Hi JR! Thanks for for your posts. I'm glad you're still on the forum and been thinking of you.

Yep, it's hard to commit to quitting again, and it's thus forum that made it possible for me last time. So I'll be reading here and pisting here again as much as I can. Very busy with orders right now, so a herd time to quit and difficult to find the time. 

Xander (you got it right, I'm impressed) is doing great! He'll be 3 in September and is a wonderful dog. He will be extremely glad when I stop smoking. He's been worried about it since watching me take my first puff.

Hope you have a wonderful (smoke free day)!

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