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7 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

I was a smoker from around 1991 - 2001...not super-heavy (about 3 - 4 packs per week), but more than enough.  When I finally quit for good (never went back, it's now been over 20 years since my last cig), the first thing I noticed is how all of my clothes than I hadn't washed yet smelled...and it's a smell now that makes me feel ill...hate it.  I look back on that time and think what the HELL was I thinking?!  Just a disgusting (and somewhat pricey) habit.  

It’s facts, all smokers stink and most of them are so used to it, they don’t realize it. 

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2 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

It’s facts, all smokers stink and most of them are so used to it, they don’t realize it. 

Yeah when I realized that's how I smelled to some people, it made me cringe.  Never again, heh heh.  

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12 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Yeah when I realized that's how I smelled to some people, it made me cringe.  Never again, heh heh.  

I never even tried it, not once. I have basically been grossed out by it my entire life, even though my parents quit in the early 80's. Still remember it though. 

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43 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

I never even tried it, not once. I have basically been grossed out by it my entire life, even though my parents quit in the early 80's. Still remember it though. 

Smoked for 15 years- quit back in 2010. Still miss it sometimes, but I’m never going back.

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1 hour ago, mfitz804 said:

I never even tried it, not once. I have basically been grossed out by it my entire life, even though my parents quit in the early 80's. Still remember it though. 

STORY TIME:

The irony is that I grew up with smoking parents...and I HATED it as a kid.  They'd smoke in the car (at least they cracked the windows), they'd smoke after dinner...it bugged the sh!t outta me, to no end.  They actually quit for about a year, then we were all at a party (think I was 10 or 11), and I saw them smoking...I got the "It's just tonight, we're not starting again."  Within a month, they were buying by the carton.  And that would continue for another 10 years (more on this to come).

Once I could drive, occasionally my parents would ask me to buy them cigarettes...I would always refuse...the reason I gave (no joke) is that I didn't want to be an accessory to murder...that never went over well, but I never felt right about ever buying cigarettes for my parents, so I simply wouldn't.

I have no idea why I started...I didn't even like it at first, but for some reason in time it "took".  When I was 21, I traveled with my parents and cousin (she was 17 at the time) to see my brother, for Family Weekend...he was going to Ohio Wesleyan University.  At this point I'd been smoking for a few months, with my parents being unaware...a double whammy happened...first, after having a few drinks at my bro's fraternity cocktail party, I decided what the hell, there's my dad smoking over there, let me ask him for a smoke.  That went...poorly.  I proceeded to get a lecture, which at the time I thought was hilariously hypocritical...the guy who's set such a shining example is now going to get on my case?!  I simply walked away.

The next day, my cousin accidently blurted in front of my parents "I almost sat on your cigarettes, hope I didn't break any."  My dad didn't say anything, but my mother started to well up a little, and she looked crushed.  She didn't say anything to me about it until we got back, and after I had gone back to my own school (Montclair State)...she simply said "I'll make you a deal.  I'll quit if you do."  At that point, I figured one of us was quitting was better than none, so even though I had no intention of quitting, I wanted HER to stop...so yep, I lied.  A half hour later, my dad calls and throws a sh!tfit, asking me how I could be so stupid and blaming everyone else for me having taken up the habit...my roommate (a smoker), my girlfriend (also a smoker)...finally I said "Hey, maybe it's the house I grew up in for the past 21 years, you fvcking hypocrite!  But don't blame ANYONE, it's my fault, no one made me start." 

I asked if he knew about my "deal" with Mom, and he said that he did.  I asked him if he could follow her lead.  He said he didn't know.  I told him we had nothing more to say, and hung up on him.  My mother quit cold turkey, and my dad went on the nicotene patch (back then it was only available by prescription).  So far as I know, neither one of them ever smoked again...I never smelled it on them, not once.

I continued to smoke off and on (mostly on) until I was 30 going on 31...one day I went to a bar with a bud to watch a Mets game, and we drank like fish and smoked like chimneys...back then, booze and smokes were like milk and cookies to me, when I'd go out.  The next day I felt horrible...lots of hacking and coughing fits.  I actually lit up a cig, took a drag...and that was that...complete revulsion.  I immediately tossed the pack into the garbage and never smoked again.  For some reason the withdrawal wasn't as bad as it had been during other attempts...it was like my body said "Screw you, you're not doing this to me ANY MORE!"  

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The best was going to Devils games at the Meadowlands back in the 80’s, when smoking was still allowed indoors on the concourse. Holy sh!t was it something to behold. You could probably see the cloud of smoke that would engulf that concourse from space; you could probably smell the smoke from space too. As a little kid attending games with my parents back in those days, I probably second hand smoked three packs every time I went to use the bathroom between periods 🤣

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I smoked for 3-4 years. I had a pack a day habit, and realized I had to work hard to limit it to that. This was back i 1968- 1973. Half the people in the office I worked smoked. Anyway, I quit the day I got married, a present for my wife who actually hated the habit. I spent at least 6 months devouring TicTacs to suppress the urge to light up. It was years before the memory of the pleasure of a smoke with my morning coffee faded away. 

Glad I don't missit anymore.

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Heh heh I remember lighting up in the concourse in the 90s.  Seems like a couple of lifetimes ago.

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8 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Heh heh I remember lighting up in the concourse in the 90s.  Seems like a couple of lifetimes ago.

This is what’s funny about Mad Men, you forget these days all of the places people were allowed to smoke, even as recently as the early 90’s. 

I was working at the local mall when the Clean Air Act went into effect and smoking was banned. It was a constant sh!t show, with the mall expecting teenagers to enforce it. I got into at least 3 fistfights for telling people they were not allowed to smoke in the store. 

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I flew to Germany in 1992, to go see my bro (he was spending a semester in Heidelberg)…this was when smoking was a still a thing on international flights (of course I made sure my seat was in the smoking section)…as soon as the “You can light up” announcement was made, you could hear the chorus of lighters, drags being taken, and “Ahhhhhhh”s.  Quite the different era. 

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4 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

I flew to Germany in 1992, to go see my bro (he was spending a semester in Heidelberg)…this was when smoking was a still a thing on international flights (of course I made sure my seat was in the smoking section)…as soon as the “You can light up” announcement was made, you could hear the chorus of lighters, drags being taken, and “Ahhhhhhh”s.  Quite the different era. 

That sounds so disgusting lol. 

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I must be getting old because I still remember smoking on airplanes and smoking on the CAA concourse.  I always found it pretty amazing that the smoke never really made it's way into the bowl in the arena.  The concourse used to have a pretty noticeable haze to it during the intermissions.

I turned 21 in 2005.  By that time smoking was banned in bars in NJ.  I used to forgot when I went to bars in PA that smoking was still allowed there and would walk into rooms that were full of smoke.

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15 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

That sounds so disgusting lol. 

Well, yeah, heh heh.

And of course, I remember going to bars in NJ, pre-smoking pan.  Even if you weren't a smoker, you went home smelling like it.  Glad those days are over.

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2 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Well, yeah, heh heh.

And of course, I remember going to bars in NJ, pre-smoking pan.  Even if you weren't a smoker, you went home smelling like it.  Glad those days are over.

As a kid I got accused of smoking by my parents because I used to hang out at a (possibly mafia owned) baseball card store and those guys used to smoke constantly, and I would go home smelling like it. And most of the time I would leave if there were a few of them there, just because I hated the smell so much, and it would still get on me. 

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Being able to smoke in most places in Vegas was my least favorite thing about visiting the city. Absolutely couldn't stand being around cigarette smoke in the casinos and ended up barely spending any time in them because of it. Have no real desire to ever go back either. 

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When Europeans make fun of Americans for being largely overweight (it's true), I almost always counter with the excessive amount of smoking Europeans do.  I almost forgot how much they smoke over there until I was back there again in 2019.

I honestly think that is part of the reason why they stay by and large thinner than Americans.  It's because they smoke like chimneys.

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7 minutes ago, DevsMan84 said:

When Europeans make fun of Americans for being largely overweight (it's true), I almost always counter with the excessive amount of smoking Europeans do.  I almost forgot how much they smoke over there until I was back there again in 2019.

I honestly think that is part of the reason why they stay by and large thinner than Americans.  It's because they smoke like chimneys.

The worst part of quitting smoking (after the initial withdrawal issues) is that your appetite initially goes through the roof...you just feel like you want to inhale everything.  And of course that comes with a "hefty" price.

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Anyone ever watch the Spanish language channels to see how much you know? I’ve been doing it a lot over the last year or so, even if it’s just 5 minutes a day, and I think I understand much more than I did. 

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Anyone watch my heart can't beat unless you tell it to? It was on this list of top horror movies from 2021 on rotten tomatoes...

https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/best-horror-movies-of-2021-ranked/ 

Absolutely awful and I have not the slightest clue as to why it's ranked that high on there. The audience score is significantly lower and I definitely get why. Boring, unlikeable characters and ultimately an absolute waste of time.

In case anyone is interested but doesn't wanna waste their time...

Spoiler

It's about a brother and a sister who kill people for their blood to feed their younger brother who is a vampire. Why is he a vampire? They never explain why. He's a whiny unlikeable character who is always weak and sick even after being fed blood. I was hoping at the end when he fed on someone properly that he would transform and grow into a stronger character but it never happened.

 

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5 hours ago, Satans Hockey said:

Anyone watch my heart can't beat unless you tell it to? It was on this list of top horror movies from 2021 on rotten tomatoes...

https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/best-horror-movies-of-2021-ranked/ 

Absolutely awful and I have not the slightest clue as to why it's ranked that high on there. The audience score is significantly lower and I definitely get why. Boring, unlikeable characters and ultimately an absolute waste of time.

In case anyone is interested but doesn't wanna waste their time...

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It's about a brother and a sister who kill people for their blood to feed their younger brother who is a vampire. Why is he a vampire? They never explain why. He's a whiny unlikeable character who is always weak and sick even after being fed blood. I was hoping at the end when he fed on someone properly that he would transform and grow into a stronger character but it never happened.

 

Maybe because I never paid all that much attention to it, but it seems the opinions of the audience and the opinions of critics has gotten much wider over the past decade.

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So... Any other Diablo 2 Resurrected players on this board?

D2 was my heroin back in 05/06, and I've gotta say the remastered version is.. hitting the same spot. Thankfully I don't have the ability to sink 8 hrs a day into it now so it won't be quite as life-consuming.

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13 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

Anyone ever watch the Spanish language channels to see how much you know? I’ve been doing it a lot over the last year or so, even if it’s just 5 minutes a day, and I think I understand much more than I did. 

No but now I want to.  I don't know why but it made me laugh reading this.

2 hours ago, Devilsfan118 said:

So... Any other Diablo 2 Resurrected players on this board?

D2 was my heroin back in 05/06, and I've gotta say the remastered version is.. hitting the same spot. Thankfully I don't have the ability to sink 8 hrs a day into it now so it won't be quite as life-consuming.

I was playing D1 when my parents told me that my dog didn't make it at the vet so I can't play those games anymore.

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13 minutes ago, Crisis said:

No but now I want to.  I don't know why but it made me laugh reading this.

I'm telling you, it works. I was watching the Spanish news last night about a baby with progeria and I understood the whole goddamn thing. 

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