Smug

Sunday, May 4th, 2008 11:54 pm
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I am feeling very smug; at midnight I shall be able to cross 4th May off my calendar and that will make it exactly one year since I gave up smoking. Actually it will be 366 days. Trust me to pick a leap year, but there you go.

My next target is to finish crossing off the days up to and including 31 December, which will mean one calendar year - all of 2008 - smoke free.

Smug

Sunday, May 4th, 2008 11:54 pm
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I am feeling very smug; at midnight I shall be able to cross 4th May off my calendar and that will make it exactly one year since I gave up smoking. Actually it will be 366 days. Trust me to pick a leap year, but there you go.

My next target is to finish crossing off the days up to and including 31 December, which will mean one calendar year - all of 2008 - smoke free.
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All you naughty English smokers out there, remember how you would regularly light up your B&H whilst sitting in church listening to the vicar? Well, no more. The UK Health Act 2006 has made smoking in church illegal. More to the point, the church has, by law, to display no-smoking signs or pay a fine.

This is because if there is one place on the planet people forget to stub out their ciggies, it is in church. Of course, it is possible to have a sense of humour about it.

Edited to add: Just so you don't think it's sour grapes on my part or anything, it's just over 8 weeks without a smoke now.
caddyman: (Default)
All you naughty English smokers out there, remember how you would regularly light up your B&H whilst sitting in church listening to the vicar? Well, no more. The UK Health Act 2006 has made smoking in church illegal. More to the point, the church has, by law, to display no-smoking signs or pay a fine.

This is because if there is one place on the planet people forget to stub out their ciggies, it is in church. Of course, it is possible to have a sense of humour about it.

Edited to add: Just so you don't think it's sour grapes on my part or anything, it's just over 8 weeks without a smoke now.

Phew Urr Gosh...

Thursday, June 14th, 2007 03:55 pm
caddyman: (Das Boot)
When I was smoking 20 or so a day, I was always impressed by how little it affected my sense of smell. The only thing I couldn't really smell was cigarette smoke unless it was blowing directly into my face.

Of course, this isn't quite true, though I thought it was. By and large I did maintain quite an impressive olfactory function (sorry, came over all pseudy there), but unless the smell was virtually intolerable to others, I wouldn't be able to smell settled cigarette smoke - the stuff that gets in the clothes, curtains and so on.

I have just dug out for display one of my oldest and most favourite action figures. Criminy, but it honks of stale smoke. I am hoping that exposure to the open air as opposed to its box may do something about that. If not, I can see myself having to soak it in a mild detergent to lose the smell. I hope it doesn't come to that; I have a bunch of these figures and may be selling some on eBay in due course.

Phew, not without giving them a clean, I shan't!

Phew Urr Gosh...

Thursday, June 14th, 2007 03:55 pm
caddyman: (Das Boot)
When I was smoking 20 or so a day, I was always impressed by how little it affected my sense of smell. The only thing I couldn't really smell was cigarette smoke unless it was blowing directly into my face.

Of course, this isn't quite true, though I thought it was. By and large I did maintain quite an impressive olfactory function (sorry, came over all pseudy there), but unless the smell was virtually intolerable to others, I wouldn't be able to smell settled cigarette smoke - the stuff that gets in the clothes, curtains and so on.

I have just dug out for display one of my oldest and most favourite action figures. Criminy, but it honks of stale smoke. I am hoping that exposure to the open air as opposed to its box may do something about that. If not, I can see myself having to soak it in a mild detergent to lose the smell. I hope it doesn't come to that; I have a bunch of these figures and may be selling some on eBay in due course.

Phew, not without giving them a clean, I shan't!

No more nails!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 01:04 pm
caddyman: (Miracleman)
Gah!

I am in the middle of a nicotine fit! I don't think I had one all day yesterday.

I want to chew the desk until it passes, but that would be unseemly (and quite probably painful).

Grrr.....

No more nails!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 01:04 pm
caddyman: (Miracleman)
Gah!

I am in the middle of a nicotine fit! I don't think I had one all day yesterday.

I want to chew the desk until it passes, but that would be unseemly (and quite probably painful).

Grrr.....

Being Bitchy

Saturday, May 5th, 2007 11:19 pm
caddyman: (not well)
*Phui*

I am less than impressed by the efficacy of these nicotine patches; I know that it's a reduced amount from the patch compared with lighting up, but I have just had the biggest nicotine fit I can recall from any of my (admittedly failed) previous attempts at quitting smoking.

I am beginning to wonder if it's all a marketing ploy to extend the withdrawal period. I have always found it to be less the need for nicotine and more the physical habit and various rituals and tranquilments that makes it hard to stay off the cigarettes. If I am still craving the nicotine after three or four days when I traditionally feel the lure of the ciggy, this may be harder than I thought. Normally the physical craving has gone by then.

I need a TARDIS to go back and kick the 18 year old me up the arse for ever starting.

Being Bitchy

Saturday, May 5th, 2007 11:19 pm
caddyman: (not well)
*Phui*

I am less than impressed by the efficacy of these nicotine patches; I know that it's a reduced amount from the patch compared with lighting up, but I have just had the biggest nicotine fit I can recall from any of my (admittedly failed) previous attempts at quitting smoking.

I am beginning to wonder if it's all a marketing ploy to extend the withdrawal period. I have always found it to be less the need for nicotine and more the physical habit and various rituals and tranquilments that makes it hard to stay off the cigarettes. If I am still craving the nicotine after three or four days when I traditionally feel the lure of the ciggy, this may be harder than I thought. Normally the physical craving has gone by then.

I need a TARDIS to go back and kick the 18 year old me up the arse for ever starting.

Smoking

Friday, May 4th, 2007 11:43 pm
caddyman: (thoughtful)

Cigar Right, here's the deal. I have in front of me a pack of NiQuitin CQ 24 hour nicotine patches. I am carrying on smoking tonight, but tomorrow morning, I shall put one of those on instead of lighting up. Let's face it, previous attempts to quit the evil weed cold turkey have failed, so let's try the patches. I have a stress-free three-day weekend ahead to get me started and these things are supposed to help wean a body off nicotine gradually. Here's hoping. Now all I have to do is fathom how to smoke them. A pipe, maybe.

Smoking

Friday, May 4th, 2007 11:43 pm
caddyman: (thoughtful)

Cigar Right, here's the deal. I have in front of me a pack of NiQuitin CQ 24 hour nicotine patches. I am carrying on smoking tonight, but tomorrow morning, I shall put one of those on instead of lighting up. Let's face it, previous attempts to quit the evil weed cold turkey have failed, so let's try the patches. I have a stress-free three-day weekend ahead to get me started and these things are supposed to help wean a body off nicotine gradually. Here's hoping. Now all I have to do is fathom how to smoke them. A pipe, maybe.

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Having begun badly today has begun to offer up new and interesting ways of demonstrating the whimsy of the universe. Or perhaps more accurately, opportunities to demonstrate the low-level of brain activity to be found in the average maintenance troll.

An hour ago, as is my wont, I wandered down to the smoking room for a restorative ciggy, and attempt to finish off the difficult-rated sudoku1 in The Times2. Getting to the smoking room door, I find that the lock is broken, a chair is jammed against the inside of the door handle in the anteroom, and the movement-sensitive lights are off. The room is dark. (The room is right down on the ground floor, and faces north. There was just a tiny amount of natural light visible through the window in the second door from the anteroom into the smoking room itself, no sign of artificial light at all). Anyone in the room is therefore keeping particularly still. No amount of hammering at the door elicited any response from inside.

How would you interpret this?

Honestly?

Well the few of us out in the corridor interpreted it as someone potentially trying to do themselves harm in a comparatively quiet part of the building. Worse, it could be some nutter up to something nastier – this is a government building in central London, after all. So we called security down to investigate.

While security were in the process of reducing the door to matchwood, a baffled workman emerged from inside asking what the racket was all about. He had his i-Pod earphones on, and had only just noticed that something was happening.

This mental giant had gone into the smoking room to maintain the air filters, and had turned all the electrics in the room off. Hence no lights. He was lying under one of the filters, using a torch to illuminate the wiring he was checking, hence no obvious movement for the light sensors even had they been on. Earphones meant no reaction to the increasingly frantic hammering on the door, hence no response.

The chair holding the door shut? The lock was broken and he didn’t want anyone disturbing him while he was working since a lot of ceiling panelling needed to be removed.

Fair enough.

But as security pointed out, next time a Building Services Maintenance: Do Not Enter sign on the door will have the same effect, and no one will think that there’s a murder-suicide pact in progress.

He didn’t see what all the fuss was about.

Now we need a new door for the smoking room.



1Or crazy number puzzle as it is known in Japan.
2Yes, there is an element of hypocrisy here after my previous diatribe against the damned things, but they are addictive.
caddyman: (Default)
Having begun badly today has begun to offer up new and interesting ways of demonstrating the whimsy of the universe. Or perhaps more accurately, opportunities to demonstrate the low-level of brain activity to be found in the average maintenance troll.

An hour ago, as is my wont, I wandered down to the smoking room for a restorative ciggy, and attempt to finish off the difficult-rated sudoku1 in The Times2. Getting to the smoking room door, I find that the lock is broken, a chair is jammed against the inside of the door handle in the anteroom, and the movement-sensitive lights are off. The room is dark. (The room is right down on the ground floor, and faces north. There was just a tiny amount of natural light visible through the window in the second door from the anteroom into the smoking room itself, no sign of artificial light at all). Anyone in the room is therefore keeping particularly still. No amount of hammering at the door elicited any response from inside.

How would you interpret this?

Honestly?

Well the few of us out in the corridor interpreted it as someone potentially trying to do themselves harm in a comparatively quiet part of the building. Worse, it could be some nutter up to something nastier – this is a government building in central London, after all. So we called security down to investigate.

While security were in the process of reducing the door to matchwood, a baffled workman emerged from inside asking what the racket was all about. He had his i-Pod earphones on, and had only just noticed that something was happening.

This mental giant had gone into the smoking room to maintain the air filters, and had turned all the electrics in the room off. Hence no lights. He was lying under one of the filters, using a torch to illuminate the wiring he was checking, hence no obvious movement for the light sensors even had they been on. Earphones meant no reaction to the increasingly frantic hammering on the door, hence no response.

The chair holding the door shut? The lock was broken and he didn’t want anyone disturbing him while he was working since a lot of ceiling panelling needed to be removed.

Fair enough.

But as security pointed out, next time a Building Services Maintenance: Do Not Enter sign on the door will have the same effect, and no one will think that there’s a murder-suicide pact in progress.

He didn’t see what all the fuss was about.

Now we need a new door for the smoking room.



1Or crazy number puzzle as it is known in Japan.
2Yes, there is an element of hypocrisy here after my previous diatribe against the damned things, but they are addictive.

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