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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by BoneSnapDeez Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:50 pm

Person who stole my debit card a few years ago immediately spent something like $600 on tween girl clothes from Deb and Limited Too lol.

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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Michi Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:12 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Person who stole my debit card a few years ago immediately spent something like $600 on tween girl clothes from Deb and Limited Too lol.

Oh my :lol:

Thankfully my credit card company picked up on it super fast and denied the charges (hurray fraud protection!). It helps that the card I used online only has a $500 limit. And since I had stuff pre-ordered, and thus money already spoken for on the card, the $200 charge was likely immediately flagged as an overcharge, which tipped them off.

But I'd have been supper pissed if they'd somehow managed to get my debit card. I've got more money there and am thus super paranoid about that. I cover the pin pad with my hand and hover over the reader like some sort of crazy person any time I use it :lol:
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Sarge Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:33 pm

I had my credit and debit card info stolen within a month of each other. My debit card in Louisiana (probably at the Outback), my credit card in England. The latter was particularly hilarious, because I get a call asking about some charges, and I'm sitting in the middle of a Wendy's in Mississippi. "Nope, definitely not me, buying those dresses in Ireland." :lol:

(I figure that happened at a restaurant, too. I tried to use cash-only in my time overseas, but didn't happen to have any at the time. Whee!)
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Ziggy587 Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:04 pm

:D I haven't smoked a cigarette for a little over 24 hours now. Stopped cold turkey, and not by using any substitutes or even will power. It's the strangest feeling, I can't quite explain it. I have no desire to smoke, but the habit is still there. If I walk outside, I almost go to reach into my pocket for a pack of smokes as an automatic response.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Sarge Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:14 pm

Great job, Ziggy. Keep it up! You'll save your health and a ton of money that way... money that can be spent on sweet, sweet video games. ;)
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by stickem Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:08 pm

Ziggy587 wrote::D I haven't smoked a cigarette for a little over 24 hours now. Stopped cold turkey, and not by using any substitutes or even will power. It's the strangest feeling, I can't quite explain it. I have no desire to smoke, but the habit is still there. If I walk outside, I almost go to reach into my pocket for a pack of smokes as an automatic response.



Good luck to you, it's a bitch. I smoked for 20 years, took chantix, and have quit for 2 years now. No desire to light one up. It sucked cause I loved working out, but was out of breath easy, kept burning my clothes, hacking up yellow shit, and always wondering if I had a lighter lol.
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by Ziggy587 Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:12 pm

Thanks, guys. I'm really happy about it. I smoked for 16 years, and have been a pack a day smoker for many of those years. The past year or so though, I've been more like a pack and a half per day. And of course, I'd have the occasional days where I'd chain smoke on a phone call or while drinking or with friends or something. I never kept strict count, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn there were days I smoked over 2 packs.

I once tried to stop on pure will power and found it impossible. That discouraged me from ever trying to stop cold turkey on pure will power ever again. I've tried cutting back using those nicotine free cigs, and I've tried e-cigs to cut down with the plan to eventually quit. Never worked though, I'd always be back to my pack a day at some point.

I could never quit on will power alone. I've tried in the past and it was miserable. In fact, I tried it yesterday morning. I decided the night before that I the cigarette before bed would be my last (it was actually three in a row!). I crushed the rest of the pack in my fist and threw them in the garbage. The next morning, it lasted as long as it took for me to get ready for work and exit the house. As soon as I was outside, I fished the cigs out of the garbage and found one that wasn't totally smashed LOL. I smoked it, and drove straight to the gas station and purchase a pack (they know me well there). I smoked almost all day at work, kind of ashamed.

What changed is something finally clicked in my head. I read this book...

https://www.amazon.com/Allen-Carrs-Easy ... 957&sr=8-1

I actually had to read it twice. The first time, I didn't fully understand the meaning. So I read it again yesterday, skipping parts that I knew I got, but focusing on the parts I knew I didn't fully understand. I was still smoking throughout the day. Then it all finally clicked, and I smoked my last cigarette. That was around 5PM EST yesterday, and I haven't smoked since.

Normally I would think, "A silly stop smoking book, I'm sure there's a million of those out there and they're all cash cows." No, this one is legit. It was given to me some months ago, and I just got around to reading it. It works, you just have to fully understand it. I had to read it more than once, but when I finally understood it, it was a very powerful revelation for me. At the risk of sounding less manly, it was such an amazing feeling that I began to cry. It's not spiritual nonsense, and it's not goofy tricks. No shock treatment, no replacements. It's just the truth. Facts, pure and simple.

The title is a bit misleading. It's easy to stop smoking, but it's not particularly easy to grasp why. You have to unlock something in your brain, and it can be hard to do. I didn't just read this book, I read it twice. I had to re-read some parts over and over, and I had to do a lot of thinking and searching. Then it finally clicked, and it honestly couldn't be more simple. It IS easy to stop smoking. The process is, like the book says, finding your way out of a maze. And the feeling I have now is odd because my body hasn't yet caught up to the fact that I no longer smoke. But the stop smoking part, yeah, it IS easy.

Anyone that feels like they can't quit, please read this book. You can keep smoking as you like, even as you read it. I honestly felt like I would never quit, and I really can't believe how easy it actually is. You just have to get some things straight in your mind first, and this book will help you do it.

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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by fastbilly1 Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:28 pm

Atta boy Ziggy
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by Xeogred Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:34 am

Surgery went well. Yesterday was a nightmare but I got through. Feels like black charcoal in my nose today, it's a lot of maintenance. It'll be very hard to get any good sleep for the next few nights too since I have to be very elevated and lay on my back basically, so I only got a few hours last night.

But yeah, even with a bloody scabbed up nose with bandages I have to put in front of it, I can already tell a huge difference with my breathing. My weird TMJ issues on one of my sides seems like it may have been eliminated too. This is just day 2 so I can't wait to keep seeing the positives...

Sadly the procedure was a bit more expensive than I hoped, but not entirely surprising. I need to talk to the hospital Monday and get more details on the bill, I'm not sure if it's a big inclusive one or if I'm also going to expect more bills for the anesthesia and whatnot. I've only just now started hitting my deductible since this popped up. Which is the confusing thing, since if I hit my deductible with the doctor visits and other bills, I if this hospital bill will then change. I still have to cover 20% though. Luckily built up my savings the last two years, but right when I got it to a real comfy spot this happens haha...
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Ziggy587 Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:57 am

Xeogred wrote:My weird TMJ issues on one of my sides seems like it may have been eliminated too.


Ah, man, I get TMJ issues from time to time. It is not a fun thing at all. I don't know what surgery you had, but were you put under anesthesia? I once had completely unrelated surgery where I was out under twilight anesthesia. I went into the surgery with a horrible TMJ problem, worst I ever had it. When I woke up, my jaw felt great. I credited the anesthesia.
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