First Time for Everything


June 12, 2008 by MrBlueSkies

Well here I am sitting at this PC with a million ideas flowing through my head and none of them are reaching down to my fingers. It’s kind of funny that I would decide to start a blog and quit smoking at the same time. Perhaps I am looking to replace one habit with another. Or maybe I am looking to fill up the time I spent smoking with the time I’ll spend blogging. I think it’s probably just timing. I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while and the quit-smoking thing was a spur of the moment action. That is, if you can call having to decide between buying a carton of cigarettes or putting gas in the car a “spur of the moment” thing.

It’s been three days and I am not smoking because I can’t afford to smoke. It’s that simple. And that makes it easy. I’ve been not doing things my whole life simply because I couldn’t afford to do them. I’ve never been on a cruise, purchased caviar at the supermarket, or driven home in a shiney, brand-new corvette. That’s why I think it’s easier for me to quit smoking for financial rather than health reasons.

That’s right folks. I didn’t stop smoking because I disliked it or to improve my health. I didn’t do it to make my car and home smell better. No, it was simply a financial decision. When it takes 50 bucks to fill my car with gas every week, how can I justify spending 35 dollars on a carton of smokes? And that’s only if I drive to Delaware, which by my calculations cost me about $9.50 in gas. I knew how bad smoking was for me yet that never stopped me. But hit me in the wallet and boy do you get my attention!


4 thoughts on “First Time for Everything

  1. Erin says:

    I have another friend who quit smoking for the same reason: she swore she’d stop when it hit $3.50 a pack. I’m rooting for you all the way. And hey, you get a free lunch from Arnold!

  2. Janis says:

    Hey Preston,
    How the hell are you? We still need to get together for cocktails (and Erin is welcome to come, too)-even though she mentioned the ass-kissing, spineless weasel, Arnold).
    I’ve been considering quitting for financial reasons, too (I’ve cut back, but not stopped yet).
    Hope you’re well 🙂

  3. tamicks says:

    So, i decided to visit your very first blog post 🙂

    Did you resume smoking, or have you stopped completely?

  4. Preston says:

    Tamicks – OMG! You stopped by my very first post. Gee! Well I am still smoke free. It’s been 6 months today! Amazing, huh? Unfortunately, I am 20 lbs. heavier too.

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