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happy birthday gyroron old man lol lol
08-08-2004, 01:45 AM
Yeah, Happy Birthday Ron, and congratulations on having smoked that last cigarette. I knew you could do it! ;) :) ;) :)
08-08-2004, 04:09 AM
Ron gets younger by the minute . . .
Happy B-Day Ron!
08-08-2004, 04:55 AM
I said I was quitting on my Birthday. That means I got till midnight to smoke my Ass off!!! Monday is going to be a tough day
08-08-2004, 05:03 AM
Ron: Wishing you a happy birthday,,,,go fly.. :)
08-08-2004, 05:18 AM
Best birthday wishes and good luck on your challenge.
08-08-2004, 05:36 AM
There's one good thing about getting older,You also get smarter,hence your quiting smoking.
Happy birthday Ron& good luck,with determination you can make it. :cool:
08-08-2004, 05:38 AM
Happy Birthday Sir Awad. Have a great day....because tomorrow is going to be miserable :)
08-08-2004, 06:34 AM
Carry some tooth picks, Ron, and when you want to smoke get a tooth pick. Smoke it if you have to. :D
08-08-2004, 06:51 AM
Happy Birthday Ron I hope you have a great year. Good luck with quitting smoking.
08-08-2004, 07:12 AM
Happy birthday! I quit smoking cold turkey but started smoking ham. Maybe you could inspire me to give it another shot. Besides, think of the money you'll save. Those honey-glazed get expensive.
08-08-2004, 07:14 AM
Happy B-Day Ron! Get some flying in if you can!
08-08-2004, 09:42 AM
Happy Birthday Ron! You have a choice, "Smoke your ass off," or "Go Fly."
If you had an ashtray in your Dominator, you could do both. Best of luck, lets me know which one you decide. Enjoy your Birthday and look forward to seeing you soon.
08-08-2004, 10:06 AM
Happy Birthday, and congrats on your decision! Cold Turkey is the only way to go. If you try to slowly cut back, all you're doing is making your body endure the withdrawal several times a day.
Chuck's toothpick suggestion may be of help, but different things work for different people. The American Cancer Society has ideas for dealing with the cravings at this site: ACS Cravings Page (http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_10_13X_Help_for_Cravings.asp?sitearea=PED)
The tips are all good, except for the ones that advise you to simulate smoking with a celery stick, or light a candle or incense instead of a cigarette. You want to break ALL habits that REMIND you of smoking, not just the smoking itself.
Behavioral scientists tell us that in the case of deeply-ingrained habits, it can take 21 days of the new behavior to break the grip of the old.
Personally, when I quit 12 years ago, I found it helped defeat the cravings to brush my teeth, along with the top of my tongue, any time the urge hit. I kept a toothbrush and toothpaste in my desk at work, and went to the can when I needed to brush. You might have to adapt this method at your "workplace!"
I must tell you, I gained some weight when I quit, and was never able to get rid of all of it, but it's still a net health gain. Even 12 years later, I can be finishing off a meal, smell somebody light up, and suddenly want to smoke again. Not often, but sometimes. It reminds me how sinister this addiction really is, how it permanently rewires your brain, and how you'll never be completely free once you start. It does get better with time.
Living in NC, you're surrounded by a political environment which supports smoking. The state keeps cigarette taxes lower than most, and resists smoking bans in places like restaurants and bars. Here in the Portland area, you can't smoke in bars and restaurants, or any public building. In my new apartment complex, ALL units are non-smoking. If they could, state lawmakers here would make you go to the Idaho border to light up.
So, if nothing else works out, move out here. We have lawns, too!
08-08-2004, 10:07 AM
Happy birthday now you have another hair on your "A_ _". I will send you a dosen of puertorican stripers via EXPRESS MAIL. JA! JA!
08-08-2004, 11:09 AM
Happy birthday, Ron. If you don't stop smoking, please tell us. Maybe 714 guys arguing against your addiction can be of some help. :p Congratulations for your attitude.
08-08-2004, 03:15 PM
Ron: One last thing...you and I are very outspoken with each other....those cigarettes are far more dangerous to your health than flying non CLT. :)
08-08-2004, 03:24 PM
Happy Birthday, Ron! Just celebrated my 52nd just the other day. Great of you to quick smoking. Did it cold turkey over 7 years ago and haven't regretted it since. Only bad thing is that I have to drive by the Phillip Morris plant in Richmond every morning. Know what a fresh pack smells like when you open it? Yep, smells just like that. . .
08-08-2004, 04:38 PM
That's a good point, Stan! I guess Ron is still smokin his ass off right now though, don't ya rekon? :D :D
08-08-2004, 05:21 PM
Went flying today. And smoked my Ass off! Thanks all for the posts. I hope to be able to wake up in the morning and not go for a cigarette.
i have thought about quitting a few times and even did cold turkey for about 3 weeks, but I really Want to quit this time. just not looking forwards to it.
08-09-2004, 02:43 AM
Ron, sorry we missed your Birthday yesterday. We stayed over in Philly after the Dead concert at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ . The show was excellent & so was the weather! We wished we could have stayed for the second show. After check-out we headed for the Independence Brewpub. Really nice place & the menu looked great. I had to read it through the glass because they were CLOSED on Sunday....bummer! They are located close to the Liberty Bell. So we settled for food & drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Anyway, We're home and want to wish you a late "HAPPY BIRTHDAY"!
Good luck with that other thing also. I hope you did at least a little flying yesterday. See ya, Chris & Shar
08-09-2004, 03:38 AM
After read'n your posts Ron,I thought you was just a grumpy old fart,but your only fresh out of nappys[dypers or wot ever you call em']. :D :D
I do hope one thing for you tho,that you can give up the cancer sticks.I havn't the willpower to do it.I'v giv'n up giv'n up. :mad: Aw well,gotta die of someth'n and if I die from smok'n I won't die in me gyro. :rolleyes:
BTW,have a good one mate. :)
08-09-2004, 04:16 AM
Happy birthday my friend. hope you enjoy your day.
My plans for mine soon will be the whole week. first I will fly around the island in the gyro. then I will jump in to the cessna and fly 1/2 the island. then suchi and SAKE!!!. then to the 1 dollar saloon club(TeXAS guys Have theire 1 million dollar place). We only have 1 dollar places. Then the rest of the week sleep the hangover.
ANy one want to come and fly?
08-09-2004, 04:52 AM
It sounds very enticing Chuck!
Ron. . .find and stack substitutes for the cigarrette crave, specially activities. Dont binge yourself on food though!
Hope this year will be a good one!
Today is the first smoke free day of the rest of your life!!
Congratulations, and keep it going.
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this time, but it CAN BE DONE!
(When you yearn for that sig, remember the giro you can buy with the money you save!)
08-09-2004, 08:51 AM
Happy Birthday Ron.
I quit smoking after 45 years of two plus packs a day. I had tried many times without success. The last time, three years ago, I quit by putting a few drops of Tahitian Noni under my tonge every waking hour for the first few days.
I quit without any withdrawal sympthoms at all and have been smoke free for over three years now. My wife still smokes and it does not even bother me. The success rate with the Noni juice is 56% which is better than about any other method.
I still drink Noni juice for other problems like rhumatoid arthritis which is now in total remission. I should have quit twenty years ago and I wouldn't have emphasema today. Whatever it takes to quit is worth it in the long run.
P.S. Happy Birthday and hope you have many more.
08-09-2004, 01:38 PM
I used a product called "Zyban"
That was 9 years ago.
Now and then I get the urge to go get a smoke but they are getting fewer and farther apart.
I subbed sunflower seeds.
I tried to teach Chuck how to shell and spit while at SX Days but he seemed to be a reluctant student.
08-09-2004, 02:33 PM
Yeah, blame it all on me, huh? How about the instructor, you don't think that just maybe he wasn't the best teacher.
Hey Ron, I was smoking RYO PA, pipes, cigars and Winstons when I quit 37 years ago.
I used two products that really helped me quit. They were called Skoll and Red Man.
Then 32 years later, I quit them too.
08-09-2004, 02:40 PM
I quit smoking April 21, 1998(my wife's birthday), after 30 years with the Marlboro Man.
The only secret to quitting is truly WANTING to.
Of course, you'll be pi**ed off at the world for a while. My wife says the hardest thing she ever did was me quitting smoking. But hang in there, it does get easier.
08-09-2004, 03:44 PM
Well thanks everyone. Today I haven't been too grumpy except maybe earlier when fighting with Ken about my Fixed wing pics. I did smoke though.... Had about two draws off one cigarette before I went to work this late morning and had about four or five draws off another so far tonight. This is good though cause by this time of the day I would have already burned about 12-15 cigs, with another 5 or 6 more before I hit the sack.
I agree with Pat, the best help for quitting is simply just wanting and I mean really wanting to Quit. I do want to quit but not sure if I Really want to or not. I do know it will be lot easier to quit in the winter since I would have to go out on the porch in the freezing temps to have a smoke - I quit smoking in the house when my Son was born - So I am going to try, but might give in.
08-09-2004, 04:13 PM
Hey, Ron. Don't be negative, man. You have so much interesting achievements at your curriculum. Don't fool yourself, you made a great progress today. I know it is not easy (a doctor said on TV cigarretes are harder to stop than cocain!), but we trust you.
08-09-2004, 04:23 PM
I think if I looked in a mirror right now, I probably look like the kid in your avatar. I want a smoke BAD right now!
08-09-2004, 05:20 PM
This is a rotorcraft forum, not a smoking forum, Why won't you follow the rules? Something like this should be in the "Off-Topic" area....uh, yeah, right. Forget I brought it up....
Pretend you have a countdown timer set for 21 days and running. That little rush you feel when you breath that stuff in is the "reset" button being mashed. Find anything else to do when the urge hits.
Well, OK, not a piece of chocolate cake...
08-09-2004, 11:00 PM
Well Happy Birthday!!!(belated) Ron. Just now checkin this thread and see you have decided to give yourself and your family a great present! Several people I know chew a fresh stick of sugarless gum when they get the urge.Good Luck
08-10-2004, 04:00 AM
Ron I don't have any secret answers on "how to quit".
Just hang in there.
08-10-2004, 08:01 PM
Ron I've battled it a long time. Fell off the wagon and then got back on. So don't get discuraged if you do. I use the nicatine gum. Helps me alot. I get the store brand as it's cheaper, same thing. Good luck.
08-11-2004, 03:58 AM
I am trying guys. Not worried about the money I will save by not buying cigarettes, worried about my health down the road.
08-11-2004, 06:55 AM
Wow! Ron I haven't hear you so serios about quiting. That is good, "I am really proud of you Danniel son.... Just remember, WAX on WAX OFF!. "Be the force be with you!" I am just joking.. Good look my amigo! :D :D
08-24-2004, 10:33 PM
I'm interested in how your git'n on Ron,or should I shut up and stop reminding you of the dreaded durri.
08-25-2004, 01:16 AM
Ron, I'm sorry! I missed your birthday sooooo.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
Been to busy to check & respond to all posts lately.
08-25-2004, 02:07 AM
Senor Ron como esta feliz cumpleaņos.
Now the last word is tricki in spanish if you leave the dash over the "N means Happy ass. SO have a happy week, dont celebrate a day just take a week.
Smoking close to the heart. My advice I am always compeating with my self so when I quit somikeng a make a bet to my self. Today only 20 and every other day I said lets do 1 less until I got to 10 a week. Is slow but it work for me.
Now 1 cigar everu 6 month when out of town celebrateing"wife at home " HA!!!
08-25-2004, 03:41 AM
Darn you guys are WAY late. But thanks anyway. August 8th was the big day.
Smoking.... okay I will confess. I didn't have the will power to stop, back on the cigs at the old rate of a pack a day. Someone make sure to give me a good kick in the butt at ROC
08-25-2004, 03:59 AM
I think I'll just plan to have a club and whip your ass the next time I see you. Yep, it takes a real man to stop smoking.
08-25-2004, 04:04 AM
I guess I am just a bitch then! ;) Cause I stopped for nearly a week and just couldn't stand not smoking, so I started back up again. I do want to quit and will probably try again this winter. May look into some of the stop smoking aids
08-25-2004, 04:23 AM
Ron, if I remember correctly, you never quit. You just slacked off. That never worked for me. But once I decided to quit, I did. It sounds to me like you just simply have not decided to quit yet. It's all mental. You can do it if you decide to.
08-25-2004, 04:32 AM
your right Chuck.... Well I gotta go grab me a quick smoke before I get ready for work :D
08-25-2004, 04:36 AM
You AH! That was a good, honest reply, Sir Ron, of the C's. :D
08-25-2004, 06:08 PM
I'm kinda glad I didn't remember. What do you buy the man who has everything? Or, more accurately, has at one time or another had everything, then sold it? :)
08-25-2004, 06:34 PM
Don't forget YOUDAMAN.None of them gimmicks work unless you realllly wanna stop.It was 5 years till they started stinking and I didn't want to be around be around smoke any more.Course I do chew a little and drink a little white lightin now and again!Realy it's hard but just say NO you'llbe much happier.I know,SHUITUP Sonny!
G'day Toya Sonny
08-26-2004, 03:40 AM
Paul, I haven't jumped out of a airplane yet.... That is one my list of things to do.
08-26-2004, 04:08 AM
Sorry you couldn't do it Ron,gess your as weak as me. :D
I wean myself down to bout 5 a day from the usual 15/20 every summer,but the staff usualy have me go'n full puff by the end of the mustering season. :mad:
Mind you,if you'd succeaded,I'd have to give up too.Can't have you beating me that easy. :p :D
08-26-2004, 04:51 AM
Well It gets real cold here in the winter and I have to smoke outside. I think I will really try to quit once it gets cold out. I want to use my free time this winter to quit smoking, get on a diet and lose about 20 pounds and just get in better shape overall.
08-26-2004, 05:08 AM
Hi Ron . . .loosing weight is good! I came down from 210 to 203 and aim to 190, not that easy after the first 10 lbs.
Keep trying on those smokers . . .
08-26-2004, 05:09 AM
Ron, only 20 lbs????
08-26-2004, 06:29 AM
Well, happy belated birthday. up to my wrenches in work. Good cause I am in the red. ...
Spoke to some guys who quit smoking. Both had success with ACUPUNCTURE. (I had tried it for allergies, but became too expensive)
I know it sounds crazy but this guy tried and tried and nothing worked for him. The acupuncturist stuck points around and in his ears. He said it was slightly uncomfortable at first then it got hot and all weird . he did not tell me how many treatments he went for. That was 2 years ago.
My father inlaw quit cold, however he started a health work out routine and lost 70 lbs. Now if he could only just have 1 beer.....thats another story.
08-26-2004, 06:44 AM
I had success with Numerology and palm reading, with a little $cientology thrown in for good measure! :D :D :D
Seriously though... it's been incredibly hard for me to quit. But it appears I'm going to have to by the end of this month... starting a new job and the whole complex is non-smoking. I'd try hypnotism, but I've seen the movie Office Space too many times :eek:
08-26-2004, 11:35 AM
If everybody quit smokin'--then those doctors and undertakers will have nothin' to do...they'll say "hey we oughta go to law school"...then we'll be in a real mess, all those lawyers runnin' around lookin' for trouble. Enough lawyers as it is. So do the country a favor 'n light up!...
(reverse psychology, heh heh heh...makes 'em quit every time...)
08-26-2004, 01:01 PM
Have you all heard of Nico-Bloc.
Believe me this stuff works. It is like a syrup that you inject into the filter of your cig that blocks the nicotine etc.
You start with 1 drop, then 2 and eventually get to enough that you are blocking all addictive nicotine while you are still smoking.
You will still suffer some withdrawals but the psychological hurdles are helped by the fact you are still smoking.
When you are weaned off the nicotine and other nasties then giving the actual ciggies away is quite easy.
It is expensive, not without some effort but anyone who wants to quit will get through it with this stuff.
I havent read all this thread so sorry if it has been mentioned already.
08-26-2004, 02:01 PM
I am so glad that my dad made sure that I never lit up. He hated the fact that there was something that had control over him!!!! He eventually gave up, but I was lucky never to start.
Stick with it people.
08-26-2004, 02:14 PM
Wish me lack of focus, guys! This thread has gone on long enough, so I quit smoking today, right here and now. My wife is like "yeah, right", until I showed her where my stash was. (stash = the pack I bought today). We crunched 'em up together and tomorrow will be interesting.
Part of my inspiration was GyroRon's determination. I don't know if he made it or not, but I get incredibly angry being forced to succumb to Phillip Morris' idea of a docile addict. Several dollars are demanded of me every single day to maintain my composure. What composure? I can be every bit the asshole as the next guy.
To everyone reading this post, if I seem a bit agitated these next few days, please understand the powerful addiction I'm withdrawing from. I'll do my best to remain coherent. However, random references to Sponge Bob and Rubber Chickens are not the responsibility of this broadcasting company... Oh no, it's starting. I'm losing it.
08-26-2004, 02:50 PM
Seriously Rotopix, consider Nico-Bloc.
08-26-2004, 03:02 PM
Too late. I've quit a few hours ago. I can already feel my mental faculties changing. I may sign off here for a couple of days. It seems easy when you make the decission to quit, but executing it is another matter indeed. By this time tomorrow I may be a bumbling idiot (did I spell that correctly?)
08-26-2004, 03:07 PM
Here's what my wife is investing in to help me quit:
Perhaps it could save many of you too!
08-26-2004, 05:13 PM
I'm not sure but, do I detect a thinly veiled challenge in Birdy's post #52?
08-26-2004, 05:59 PM
Pat, yes I think you do!
Guys I would like to think that if I buy this special gum or this drops stuff or have needles put in my ears I could quit just like that. That is fine, all that stuff might work great. But I believe if I just totally make up my mind to quit and if I really want to quit, I can cold turkey. When I said I was going to quit on my Birthday it was only cause I picked that day as the day to quit months ago. I want to quit and I had picked out the day to quit, but my problem was I wasn't READY to quit. My heart wasn't in it. I do plan to no excuses give up smoking sometime by this winter. I won't be working and to keep from packing on the pounds I think quitting smoking, joining the gym and working out and so on will do me alot of good.
Thanks guys for all the support.
Brian good luck. Hope you got your heart in it to. Now let me go out to the porch and light up another Newport!
08-27-2004, 06:45 AM
Day 2 and still a bumbling idiot:-) but smoke free. I'm wearing the patch, and it's not as bad as I anticipated. The morning coffee was the worst part though... Now what do I do with my hands and time during those moments I'd normally be taking a cigarette break? Hmmmm, I know... think I'll build a gyro! Actually I'm ordering all the tubing and buying a new drill press this week! Can't wait.
08-27-2004, 06:54 AM
Brian, keep some tooth picks in your pocket and get one of them and pick your teeth, chew the hell out it, or whatever. Just don't give in to smoking. Light the toothpick if you have to.
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