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I am from Tewkesbury England » Post #17

Sat Dec 03, 2016 18:03 in General Talk

I think you're from Wallabebury

Quitting smoking » Post #36

Sat Dec 03, 2016 09:12 in General Talk

People make all kinds of excuses for not quitting. When they finally become honest with theirselves,
as BouldRake pointed out, they will stop smoking.

My excuses to continue smoking were like most cigarette smokers excuses. The big excuse was
'well ya gonna die of something so it might as well be lung cancer' and another one is 'well my
great great great great grandpa smoke all his life and lived to be 196'. Oh here is another great
one that women usually like to use 'if I quit smoking I will get fat'. :roll:

The real facts are, people that use tobacco, are very highly going to die from it. They are going
to cut their lives shorter. They will die a most uncomfortable death. They do spread second hand
smoke. Many do suffer for years before they die.....yes, I said YEARS and it is often called COPD.
Many will be on OXYGEN. Many will be FORCED to quit in order to use their oxygen. Many will
drag an oxygen tank around with them. Many will never leave their house because the oxygen
tanks are cumbersome. Many will need to have fluid drained from their body, some times on a
regular basis. Many will suffer from a large number of OTHER health issues, skin problems,
pneumonia, flue's, carcinoma's, and more. People that smoke, do die from other complications
before they die of the actual cancer. People that smoke, can die and many do die, at a very
early age. When you smoke, at some point you will begin to cough and gurgle. You'll hack.
You'll be lucky if you can carry on a conversation with anyone without hacking or coughing.
When you lay down to sleep, you will sound like someone attempting to gargle listening for the
first time. You will wheeze and gurgle. Eventually you will cough up what will look to be greenish
black snot....it will become worse. You will have so much of it that you'll need to carry a pack
of paper towels with you around the house or worse.....the ultimate worse.....a coke can or
some other type of can to spit the foul contents of your black lungs.

If you smoke cigarettes in your house, your house and most everything in it, smells and turns
yellowish orange. No matter how much you clean, since you consistently smoke, your house
becomes consistently smoked in like a ham that has been hanging in a smoke house for years.
Your clothes turn orange. In fact, many clothes you will wash but they will still smell like
smoke. Everyone that goes around you, won't want to embarrass you so they say nothing
but they are glad when they leave your presence because fresh tobacco smells so good but
used tobacco smells like stinking puke and you will smell like a walking talking stinking puke
stick.

When you stop smoking, you will feel renewed. You will kick yourself for not quitting sooner.
You'll wish you had all the money back that you spent on cigarettes all those years. Your
house will smell like a summer breeze. People will actually smell your cologne on you for the
first time ever. Your skin will brighten. You'll look younger. Your hair will soften. You might
even find your hair thickens. You'll feel more toned. Old bones, aches, pains, arthritis, seems
more dull. You'll actually smell things, things you thought you could smell but you really didnt
until now. You'll taste all the flavors in your foods. You won't feel so tired. You'll be able
to walk longer and faster. Your endurance is greater. Your eyes are brighter. Your brain
functions easier and faster. You'll feel 100% better than you have felt since you were a kid.
And then............

You see someone smoking, you know what they are doing to themselves.

STOP making excuses and QUIT!

Quitting smoking » Post #28

Sat Dec 03, 2016 00:54 in General Talk

Ya, I am one of those people that say, if I can quit smoking, anyone can. I believe that.

I started smoking when I was ten years old. My sister that is over 4 years older than I, smoked.
Most of us as kids had an older sibling that smoked. Yes, in the 60's we had lots of commercials
of beer and cigarettes. The land of sky blue waters and the ever famous Marlboro man. Even
TV shows displayed people smoking....all of those Twilight Zone type shows...and even Rod
died of cancer.....always had a cigarette in his mouth/hand. Dean Martin, cigarette in one hand,
whiskey in the other.

YOU really can quit smoking.

It's a terrible thing to watch someone die of lung cancer. I have seen it all. Some people with
lung cancer drown in their own black fluid, a slow death. Some spew pieces of their lungs. Some
spew black blood. I am not talking about a few drops of blood. I am talking about coffee ground
blood that gushes from the mouth like a projector.....covers the hospital walls, bed, everything.
It's a really really really really horrible way to die.

We all will die but you do not want to die like that.

You have to take it one day at a time. Don't think about tomorrow. Just throw the cigarettes
away and say I will NOT smoke today. No matter what, I will NOT smoke today. Then when
tomorrow comes, say it again..... I will NOT smoke today. The patch is the best thing to use
because it will help wean you from the nicotine and the urge to smoke is reduced. But don't
think about tomorrow or the next week or the next month. I will NOT smoke today and go
to youtube and look at the lung cancer videos.

Quitting smoking » Post #10

Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:22 in General Talk

I believe that is it in a nutshell. You have to really want to quit.

When you get to the point you really want to quit, you'll stop making excuses and do it.

Quitting smoking » Post #5

Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:50 in General Talk

Actually, cigarettes were a very inexpensive addiction. Probably the most inexpensive addiction ever.

It also has always depended on where you live, in regards to price of cigarettes.

In the 1960's, in the North East (Chicago area) of the USA, cigarettes sold for about $0.35 per pack.
In that exact same time frame, in the South East (Kentucky area) of the USA, cigarettes sold for about $0.19 per pack.

In the very early 70's, cigarette prices began to rise slightly in the USA. By the mid 70's, in the South,
Generic cigarettes began to populate due to the rise in cigarette prices. A carton of generic cigarettes
(ten packs per carton) sold for $3.00. It wasn't long and the same cartons rose in the 70's to $5.00
per carton as name brand cigarettes rose in price.

I know all that from first hand experience. Not reading from anything.

So by the time the 1980's rolled in, cigarette prices along with taxation was rising steadily. By the
1990's prices really began to soar as well as gasoline.

It's truly one of the largest increases in prices for a product over the years, that I have personally
experienced. Cigarettes and Gasoline. Over the course of 50 years, I'd have to say those are huge
increases and even Gasoline is Less in rise than cigarettes.

Christmas Time » Post #2

Thu Dec 01, 2016 21:11 in General Talk

The same to you and yours.

talk » Post #5

Thu Dec 01, 2016 21:08 in General Talk

Nice and quiet in here. I think I smell tulips and green grass and I can hear little fish jumping in the stream.

Any suggestions from U.S.A. members ? » Post #7

Thu Dec 01, 2016 18:34 in General Talk

Well when it comes to internet service, you would need to check what is available in your area.
I couldn't even begin to help you with that and I don't think anyone else here can since they don't
know your home area.

I have DISH for TV viewing but NOT my internet service.

I live in a rural area but I am close to a county school. I have DSL through my local rural area
landline phone service.

No, I did not mention ESPN just like I didn't mention the thousands of channels accessible through
KODI.

As I did state, you of course would need streaming from the internet in order to use the content
from the tv box's. The exception is the box you can get from walmart to receive the local networks.

I suggest simply checking in your local area to see what is available. It sounds like you don't
want to cut the cord with cable so you might find some other cable companies in your area.

New Year Resolution ? » Post #25

Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:27 in General Talk

It's what little boys do and when they grow up, they do it when they're too lame, too uncouth, too foul mouth, to get a woman.

Topic Locked

Think about adopting a rescued dog for XMAS » Post #22

Thu Dec 01, 2016 00:52 in General Talk

No, his bad eye was removed less than two years ago.

I had a house cat 'Mr Blue' that lived for 17 years. I had a little black cat that went in heat,
busted out a screen window, mated with a russian blue, had 4 kittens, and the last born was
Mr Blue. He was just a big long haired solid gray cat. Really good cat. He came down with
cancer of the jaw, of all things. He was in pain and at his age, there really wasn't anything
to be done. They said that cats can learn to eat without their jaw, if I wanted to take him
through the surgery. But, he was 17 and so I chose to have him put down and that was one
of the hardest things I have ever had to do.

Well, they are family. So it is very tough when they go to the rainbow bridge.

Think about adopting a rescued dog for XMAS » Post #20

Wed Nov 30, 2016 23:53 in General Talk

Boogie was a stray so I am not exactly sure of his age. He showed up about ten years ago
with a sore foot and some cuts on him. I don't know if he was born without a tail or if someone
cut his tail off. Hate to think about it and never ask the vet. Had him 'fixed' right away and
they said back then that he was probably a year or two old. Seems they say that about every
stray I have taken to the vet......a year or two old.

Boogie for the most part, does not like to be bothered. All he wants to do is sleep, make biscuits,
eat, and take care of his litter box. He looks at Bo as to say 'stupid dog'. Bo will run circles around
him. I think Boogie might play a bit more with him if Bo wasn't so rambunctious.

Unfortunately, Boogie's other eye is going bad. I guess his laziness is a good thing.

Think about adopting a rescued dog for XMAS » Post #17

Wed Nov 30, 2016 19:24 in General Talk

This is Boogie my house cat....he does not have a tail and he only has one eye.
This was taken last year.

Think about adopting a rescued dog for XMAS » Post #16

Wed Nov 30, 2016 19:17 in General Talk

Think about adopting a rescued dog for XMAS » Post #15

Wed Nov 30, 2016 19:12 in General Talk

Think about adopting a rescued dog for XMAS » Post #14

Wed Nov 30, 2016 19:10 in General Talk

Think about adopting a rescued dog for XMAS » Post #13

Wed Nov 30, 2016 19:03 in General Talk

Well lets see, what is some of those free image sites?

I will see if I can use one of those to upload a picture.

I am from Tewkesbury England » Post #14

Wed Nov 30, 2016 18:39 in General Talk

Cheese. Brie Cheese. Brie as in Brian. Long on the i a tad.

Oh well. :lol:

Any suggestions from U.S.A. members ? » Post #2

Wed Nov 30, 2016 18:29 in General Talk

It depends on what you like to watch.

Here is my suggestions:

1. Netflix Streaming : This is about $10 a month and you have access to older streaming movies, some new streaming movies, some old tv series, some tv series that stay only one or two seasons behind such as Walking Dead, Bates Motel, etc. You also have access to Netflix original movies and Netflix original series. There is also documentaries, etc.

2. Amazon Prime : Now they have a monthly option. However, paying by the year is the best way to go because it is cheaper in the long run, plus you don't have to be concerned with a monthly payment. Amazon has streaming of movies and tv shoes, etc. Amazon also has their own original Amazon movies/series. This cost is about $100 a year. You'll have to look see as I pay by the year and I think they have gone up a tad since my last payment. This is also good if you order products through Amazon because you get free shipping on Amazon prime products. However, if you don't do much shopping there and you need to choose one or the other Netflix or Amazon, choose Netflix.

3. Android Box with Kodi : If you like movies and getting the most recent movies, with a box that has Kodi, you can stream them for free. Also, Kodi has hundreds of channels. There are sports channels, fox, and most popular channels. These box's vary greatly in price. Do your research. Make sure you are reading TRUE REAL REVIEWS. I have 2 Kodi box's.....I call them Kodi box's but they are actually called Android box's. One I paid only $30 for and the other I paid about $50 for it. They are buggy at times but more than worth the cost. In one days watch you've made your money back, so to speak. There is no fees, other than just buying the box.

4. Smart TV or Roku Box: With a Roku box, you have access to add a lot of free channels but the free channels are one's that you probably have not heard of. With Roku, even if you don't have a Smart TV, you can watch Netflix, Amazon, and lots of others.....of course, you do still have to pay for Netflix, etc. When I first started with Roku, I think the box was about $29 and they had few channels. Now they have a lot more and probably over a hundred channels. You get free upgrades. Go to the Roku website, if you are not familiar with it.

5. You can get the Network Channels for free. I guess you probably know that. You'll need the box and you can buy them at Walmart as well as online. There are no fees, just need the box. With the box, you'll get ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and possibly other local stations in your nearby area....such as university channel.

I was at one time paying a lot for tv and the more I researched my options, I really cut back a lot
and I do plan to drop my DISH at some point. You can also optionally pay Netflix for dvd's but you'd
save money by having a KODI box.

I also have an APPLE Box and an RCA Box. I used them a long time ago but don't much at all any more.

So, there is really a wide variety of options and you can save a lot of money.

I actually use the following :

DISH - I cut way back and my monthly bill is now under $57 per month
Netflix - I now only do their streaming (I have did their dvd's in the past) $10 per month
Amazon - I pay yearly but probably averages out to about $10 per month
KODI - $0
Roku - $0 - I have Smart tv's so I don't use the Roku box often but there is a lot of free channels that can be added

So my suggestion to you if your credit is not up to par and you can't go with Amazon and
you can't go with Netflix but you have WIFI, buy a KODI box and buy a box at Walmart
that will allow you to still get your network channels. This way, you'll be out some pocket
money for the box's but you won't have a monthly payment at all.

I am from Tewkesbury England » Post #11

Wed Nov 30, 2016 17:57 in General Talk

Is that pronounced

TooKeysBurie?

Or perhaps:

TookUsBurrEE?

I am from Tewkesbury England » Post #9

Wed Nov 30, 2016 15:09 in General Talk

Well there is a very cool website online that is recognized by the national geographic.

It cost money for the DNA kit. They send it to you, you swab your cheek and send it back.

You can then log in and you can see anyone else that is in your DNA string, so to speak.

The only problem with that right now is, not everyone in the world is a member. Some
day I suspect, if not that website, another, will have everyone in a DNA database so that
everyone can match up to their ancestors.

I think it gets very confusing after going back several generations because so many things
change. Take me for example. I am adopted. However I know who my parents are but
IF someone was to look up my birth certificate, the original is locked, even to me, and all
they would get is my grandparents names as my parents. So there is the adoption factor.
Also, people get married and divorced and remarried, and some marry and divorce multiple
times.....to top that off, they have children often from more than one marriage. People tend
to follow the paternal side since that is the name that carries onward but just as much is to
be taken into the history on the maternal side.

I agree, any way you look at it, we are all related.

Hello cousins! :mrgreen:
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