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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
  Now I have some things to say!
I'm getting tired of this guy already!

First he goes to Europe and tells the world that we, he must have a turd in his pocket 'cause he's not talking for me, the United States, have been arrogant. It's not arrogance if you can back it up and the United States has always backed it up!

Now, his DHS has put out a report that says that right wing extremism may be on the rise and the newest recruits are United States military veterans returning home from the war with a chip on their shoulders over the economy and the new black president! I used the CNN version of the report because if I used a FOX News version someone would say it's biased.

At least liberals back in the day had the nads to spit in the face of the Vietnam veterans. They're stabbing the current ones in the back!

I wonder how loud the left would be screaming if a report like that had come out of the W white house saying the same thing about liberal extremists...

It's incredible to me. Every time some talking head tries to point out that Obama's budget is going to bankrupt the country the response is, well we inherited a deficit. Who gives a rats ass what happened before, you're making it worse!

I haven't heard a word from one democrat in DC over the news that the voucher program is ending for public school kids there. You know those DC public schools, the ones the president won't send his own kids too. Must be some good edumacatin' goin on there!

That's all for now...

Have a nice day!
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
  Apparently, it does work!
Yeah yeah, I know it's been a long time, but I've been busy!

Apparently, Chantix does work. Today is my fourteenth day without a cigarette! You're damned right that's impressive! yeah I know, there are some people that have gone their entire lives without a cigarette. Good for them!

I think it works only because it's worked for me. I think the biggest improvement over other times that I've tried to quit is my attitude. In previous attempts to quit I turned into a real ass. No really! Even more of an ass than I usually am! But this time it's been different. I still get the occasionally craving for a smoke, but it hasn't been accompanied by the misery that seemed to go along with the cravings in the past.

I really put it to the test Friday night. I usually go out and have a few beers on Fridays. I didn't the first Friday that I'd quit, but I did last Friday night and honestly never felt like I needed or wanted a cigarette all night. That's why I say I think it works. If you can get through a night like that here in VA where it's still legal to smoke cigarettes in bars, then you really should be good.

There's been a lot on the news lately about pirates and I was actually thinking the other day....maybe I should become a pirate...then navy SEALs took out three of them at once and I figured...probably not a good career move! So, I'll stick to this new thing for a while. I'll be adding to that one today too. Click the profile link and you'll see the other blog there.

It's a crumby, rainy day here in VA. One of those kinds of days that you just want to sit on the back porch and have cigare...oh wait...I don't do that anymore!

Thank goodness Chantix only works on cigarettes!!!
 
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
  I'm not sure this is gonna work...
I started taking Chantix a week ago. If you don't know what it is, Chantix is the newest stop smoking medication out there. I had to jump through hoops to get it. It's not on the approved list of medications for Tricare, the military health care system. Viagra is, but Chantix isn't. I even asked, so, you'll cover me medically when I get cancer, but you won't help me quit? The voice on the other end of the phone said, that's correct sir!

So, I went to a local medical clinic on a navy base around here and got it from them. The deal is you take it for a week and then quit. Well, I started taking it on the 25th of last month, so today, April Fools Day is my quit day.

I get these calls every day giving me ideas on how to quit. Today they told me to avoid those things that you do that make you feel like you wanna smoke. Usually, I wake up in the morning and go out on my back porch and have a cigarette. Kinda hard to avoid waking up, but I managed to avoid that first morning cigarette or three!

The next thing I usually do is use the facilities. You know what I'm talking about...I'm trying not to get too graphic here...but after that I like to have a cigarette. So, there's two things I couldn't avoid that I normally do that make me wanna smoke.

What's gonna happen when I get in my truck? I like to smoke while I'm driving!

I really need to quit. Smoking cigarettes is getting to be as pricey as smoking anything else! The federal govt just raised the tax on a pack of cigarettes to a dollar! And Virginia just raised the tax another 60 cents or so.

I suppose I shouldn't complain to much, my old home state of New Jersey has the highest tax on a pack in the country, at least as far as state and federal taxes go. But it's still a bunch of bullshit. It would be legit if the taxes on cigarettes actually went to something related to cigarette smoking, but it never does. Back in the day, actually only a few years ago, the tobacco companies paid some ridiculous amount of money on a class action lawsuit. All the money was supposed to go to stop smoking education, but I remember reading how some states did stupid things like upgrade the local municipal golf course irrigation system.

Hopefully, this will work, all I need to do is quit waking up and going to the bathroom and I should be okay.

Wish me luck!
 
Not sure if I am THE ugly American, but I must be AN ugly American, because some Canadian told me so!!!

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