I've been holding on three trips to the casino, third or fourth today. When I'm not smoking, I dont even feel like gambling as much, no feelings to chase losses or even to start them to begin with. Always have felt like smoking onm and nonsmoking onm are two different people. The smoking one just says **ck it to everything and the nonsmoking onm is more practical, more logical, less moody, more self aware.
I'm leaving early just to smoke perhaps but I know when there's no reason to be in the casino and just leave.
Another day, no smoking, which means I saved about $3-6 at least just by cost. 4.5 hours, no problem just waited out the clock until the drawings were over. Smoked as soon as I left the property, and tend to have make up smokes after short term cessation. So be it, it is I. Not going to worry about this anymore, I can beat this one area of my life where I smoke too much. I'm not sure I could handle an overnight stay or a 10 hour stay, but I could. Will not update every day, just assume I've done it.
It's not really working, I made it a few times but lately 50/50. Still when I smoke, less than I would have. I'm afraid I'm making up for the hours not smoking, always have. One or two a visit was allowable in the original plan, but I didn't want to take the option.
Smoking ang gambling is akin to smoking and drinking. Its something to do in a bar while you are sitting there waiting for Miss Right (or Miss Right-Now) to show up. A social distraction from gulping your booze. An acquired habit.
But look at the real health consequences. Oh not just the emphesima crap, the financial expense and that sort of stuff. Look at the immediate effect on blood oxygen levels of your inhaling some lead and lots of carbon monoxide and well as a few molecutes of insecticide.
Do you really need that mental impairment when its YOUR money on the table. I can understand your wanting to light up a cigarette if you were WATCHING a craps game but what the heck do you want to impair your reasoning skills when its your money that is in that game. The casino wants to ply you with liquor for a reason you know. Its for the casino's financial health, not yours.
Now whatever Punnet square you've got, deal with it. Those genes may or may not have a Thrill Seeking Component that involves fast cars, fast women, fast nicotine fixes. However, deal with that sort of stuff OUTSIDE the casino. Inside the casino you focus on your bankroll and not on distractions.
Get over your nictotine addiction. That means no cigarettes, no lozenges, no song, no dance, no hem, no haw. Just quit and start focusing on your bankroll without having to deal with a clouded brain.
I did smoke a little at the casino today, but a lot when I got home. Didn't use any lozenges, but felt like the times I did, have helped to open the door to being used to not smoking in the casino. I was there four hours and smoked two before the Preakness and three afterwards. Played three spins on slots, unfortunately was possibly EV, but I didn't care to gamble. Lozenges are absolutely fine, no shame using them at all, because if I took that attitude like I'm legend, I'd never get where I need to get. Baby steps, baby steps to the door, baby steps out of the office, baby steps to the elevator. I joke about What about Bob, but unfortunately that movie and Groundhogs Day, and Stranger than Fiction were too close to home I realize now.
Love that song. My second favourite last verse to http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/pinkfloyd/lostforwords.html
I once bought my friend this book https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Stop_Smoking_Now.html because I feared for his health. He smoked in spite of frequent chest problems. Maybe my concern helped, because he had given up after 4 months. He was pretty grateful.
Sadly he passed away two years later with cirrhosis. Maybe I should have bought him https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=2TKfngEACAAJ
Have you tried switching to vaping?
Can't even go one day or half day without giving in. Made it four hours, maybe five, and in the face of disappointment, I gave in. I suffered so the whole time, like a damn overflowing and breaking.
I haven't vaped, but maybe I will. Kind of leery spending $60 and not liking it enough to not smoke.
I started smoking in 1992 - Marlboro Light 100's (what can I say, a gay friend in the Army got me hooked) but quickly switched to Marlboro Red's. After 2002 I was up to more than a pack a day - buy a carton every Saturday - and a 2 pack day wasn't shocking but also wasn't the norm. In October 2008 I tried vaping. I enjoyed it so much - you can get some very tasty juice flavors - that I smoked my last regular cigarette 3 days later. Within the first few weeks of vaping I noticed a decent change in my lungs. It was pretty great. Then about my fifth week into vaping it was a Sunday afternoon and I'd noticed that I hadn't even vaped yet that day. I decided to see how long I could go without vaping. It's been a little over 8 years and counting now. It was surprising because I really really enjoyed vaping and all of my juices contained nicotine.
Even 2 years in I would still get some very random "Oh, a cig would be nice right now" urges out of the blue maybe 3 times a year. Those urges go away pretty quickly though, like less than 15 seconds once you tell yourself "F that" to the idea. And I completely stopped having them after about 3 years of quitting. Now I'm pretty much one of those people that get repulsed by the smell.
In 2009 I got to watch my Mom be put on portable oxygen at age 56 (40 years of smoking). And in 2013 I got to watch her pass away from COPD/Emphysema at age 60.
Smoking is like constantly exposing your money against a house edge. Close to zero upside and 100% downside if you go at it long enough.
It was easy for me to give up smoking. I did it more than a dozen times. ;-) Seriously, it took me about three months to break the physical addiction and about a year and a half to overcome the psychological addiction. Failures were most often situational. Going ashore with buddies on payday to drink beer and shoot stick at waterfront bars almost always melted my resolve. Eventually I succeeded, so keep trying and don't give up hope. I still have the memories of how good that first cigarette tasted with morning coffee, but I haven't gone back to that for thirty years. Best of luck.
>a deal with the devil, giving my soul, for nothing in return
a real nasty wisecrack response to this that I've heard is "old Nick didn't get much of a deal either" ... what that means is obvious, I think! and nasty! sorry
I was able to quit after switching to snuff - not the only reason I could quit, but it helped. And then I quit the snuff too. Like the other posts say, it seems important to just get away from the cigarettes, so maybe vaping will work too. I convinced myself I liked the snuff better, that it had what I really wanted, lots of nicotine. It was easy for me to despise cigarettes after getting off them, that they really taste like shit. There is always risk that you will stay hooked to the vaping* but if you don't switch away from the cigs there may be no hope.
I can occassionally smoke a cigar or even use snuff some now, without going back to the habitual use thing.
*or something like snuff, however vaping these days has to be the thing
I quit smoking many years ago. I had chest pain and coughing and the price was rapidly going up. I quit cold turkey. I think my experience was pretty common. The first 2 weeks were very hard. After 2 weeks I didn't miss them at all. One time 6 months later I broke down and bought a pack. The cig tasted horrible. I couldn't believe that I had smoked for all those years. For many years now I've had no urge at all to smoke.
Rudy Huxtable said it best. "You know, smoking isn't good for you! It makes your breath stink, your lungs dirty, and then you die! None of my friends smoke!"
This might be bad, because I'm trying the same way I've been trying in the past, putting a nicotine patch on halfway through the day. This means I'm in for vivid nightmares tonight, and I'll have to put a new one on when I wake up in the morning. It's so easy to smoke in the morning, just feels like indulging, which is satisfying putting off the cessation. I want to have a long term quit goal, but I wont, a day and a half is quite a hill already. I'll go for 4 counting today, starting at 4:26 PM EST. I have 4 patches in stock, main reason.
Gave in after 5 hours. I'm probably going to have to try Chantix. If I can't make it with that, big trouble.
Stay strong, ONM. You can beat your smoking habit. I wish you good luck on the Chantix medication and good luck in quitting smoking for good.
If you more anti smoking help, look at the downright creepy and slightly scary Tobacco Free Florida ads on YouTube, especially Terrie ads. She ended up losing her beautiful hair to lung cancer she got from smoking, ended up having to speak through her throat and looked REALLY OLD for her age. She was in her 50's and looked 70.
Then she died at the very young age of 53. Her final ads before she died had her looking sad and haunted and her last one right before she died was extremely disturbing. She looked like an alien and the look on her face clearly said,"I'm going to die soon. It's too late for me, but it may not be too late for you. Please don't start smoking and quit right now if you have already started. A message saying something like,"Terrie died at 53." flashed at the very end, making her pained, haunted, regretful, remorseful expression even more disturbing.
I once also a smoker and i really got addicted. but i manage to past throught with help of my girlfriend.. just stay postive and find something to get busy on and you can forget about smoking....
Five hours, no smoke, back on track. Haven't made it to the next level, but exercising hoping exhaustion will be motivation.
I have had a "double success" in stopping smoking, meaning 2 times. In 1981 I quit for 15 years, then smoked for 8, now I've quit for about another 15 years and am more strengthened than ever against this nasty habit that usually results in the agonizing, untimely death of the smoker. So it's really a divided success. I first succeeded in using a Five-Day Stop Smoking Plan advocated by my church. It is my fault that I do not have a continuous 37 year success rate at present. If you would like that link please let me know--I'm unsure of pasting links on these forums--if it's allowable. That link could result in many more lifestyle successes, aside from just quitting cigarettes.
I can honestly say that every day of non-smoking is a beautiful thing--without cravings, w/o stinking up my breath, my clothes, hair, and everything in my home, car, etc. For me, kissing a woman who smokes would be likened to kissing an ashtray!I simply don't do it. I believe it is simply a day-to-day endeavor, perhaps not even looking at the long term, even though that is the goal. Casinos seem to do an excellent job of ventilating the smoke, unless one is sitting next to a smoker (s) in a direct line of fire.
Part of a new, non-smoking lifestyle, should include places, people, and things that do not involve smoking, if possible. Do positive things to replace times spent smoking. Alcohol and coffee are triggers, as are spicy foods. Nicotine cravings are essentially a psychological addiction--and not a physical one, therefore I avoided the patch and other similar methods. It appears to me to prolong the ultimate success, or even interfere with it. However, if that would work for others, then you may want to try it. Please avoid hypnotism because that could open the way for more serious problems--in view of giving control of your mind to another person.
I hope that you do not give up the efforts and thinking on this--success can happen for anyone who steps forward one day at a time. I firmly believe that any comfort, or hope, (as you say) from a smoking habit is a deception--I believe the opposite is true--no real comfort, only a fear for the future of an agonizing, very painful, premature death while paying good money at the same time--it's simply not anywhere near worth it; a high price to pay for a worthless habit.
I wish you much success and a better quality of life if you decide to quit.
Here is the plan I used first 37 years!
Got the last bets in, hadn't had a confirmation yet my bets all qualified, so kept betting after qualifying and kept losing. It's not fun losing a few races in a row, but I could afford it without a bonus. I have a desire to keep betting, but I'm going to have to stop and wait the two or three days until my bonus kicks in. I'll have to be careful with the temptation of money in my account in the future. Couldn't stop writing this without making one more bet. To win, I'm steaming. Might cash out before my bonus kicks in to protect myself.
Sweet Ella for the win at Gulfstream, $8 win bet, 2-1, score, waiting for it to be official. That horse just looked good. Ah, yes, it is. $6.80*4=$27.20. I'd have done so much better during this run never betting exactas. Know they're dumb, but they're appealing. For me, they're just like pure guessing though placing the second horse and I usually box, because I'm never sure enough to withstand the regret of missing out.
Wow, have to stop chasing exactas. Have lost every exacta bet. Doing well judging these tout picks, results good knowing when to believe them and when not to, but because of my exactas, will just meet expectations. Exactas have a higher takeout, so maybe not, but not a good bet relatively.
Good example today, man on TVG says 6,7 race 7 @Laurel and 6,7 race 8 double bet. Then he says he meant 5,7, not really believing him on race 8. Bet 6,7 race 7 win and place, they both finished top 2. Bet 4 horse to win race 8, it wins, but my exacta 4/6,7 fails to 4/3. Race 8 horse 5 had a last second jockey change, knew that was bad news.
Truth be told, wish I would have not bet race 8 at all, but it was too late. Just something I did before the race, reached for one of my cheaper smokes instead of my Marlboros. Made me think I really didn't like my bets made, subconsciously must have known I was not being so smart, would not succeed most likely.
They credited my bonus two days early, so really impressed. Side note, kind of thinking early races in the day, afternoon, are easier to bet for me. Evening and night, I have more trouble making good decisions. Just a hunch though, feels that way.
Wow, finished my requirements and did not necessarily play smartly all the time. Some races I just bet blindly betting contenders at Woodbine, because of lower takeouts. Good enough, funny how a $32 bet makes me sweat more than slots, video poker, or black jack. Just made me nervous betting so much not being able to see the race. Still zero for everything on exactas, but quit for a long time. I put $100 in a slot hardly worry, but then bet $32 on a race and really felt some pressure. Could just feel my blood pressure pounding and did not like it. Had to put a blanket near the wall out of worry I would lose my temper and hit my head on the wall in a fit. Could just see it happening, but I won. Whew. Boy, had too much coffee.
The company actually treated me right, very courteous applying my bonus two days early. Even though I'm withdrawing a small profit, I will deposit later and do my race betting with them.
I love it when the chart maker makes an unusually positive comment. They're usually stingy with praise so I take it as being important. My favorite comments are "surged," "full of run," "good energy," and "took command." Also, "at will," and "vanquished foes." Of course, others see the comments and the horse will surely get bet down because of them. But sometimes, especially if they have a strong rival they're not bet down too much.
Man I was so angry last night, obsessed with anger, obsessed with thinking about the offer and probably not being able to redeem it. Obviously a room in my hometown isn't really that valuable for me, but felt like it was offered, I had earned it, and the casino wasn't being very loyal or valuing my dignity. It just isn't supposed to be based on play, seems like cheating me. A good night's sleep took care of it, but it was hard to get, probably laid in bed five extra hours completely angry, couldn't stop thinking about it.
So do you think they just sent a lot of mailers out without looking at play first? Or do you think you changed your play patterns that sparked a red flag? Either way, casinos need to do a better job of sticking with offers they make unless they can justify fraud or some other legit reason to deny an offer. Goes to again show that Tier levels are a scam other than the basic benefits because you are only worth your last (or last 3) trips to them.
I love how crimmish this post is. We've all been there and feel yer pain.
Boz, everyone in the top two tiers(160 people) was sent it. My play hadn't changed since the offer was sent. It was pretty nonexistent before it was sent, then actually improved afterwards. You're right about the policies.
Roger, thanks for the support too.
What is crimmish? Dont fully understand the word.
I think in this case, 'Crimmish' might mean in the style of Mickey Crimm. Mickey Crimm was a member here who. i understand was an AP of some colorful character. He did tend to drink somewhat and it affected his effectiveness as an AP and some of his behaviours and posts were 'unfortunate'. Banned from here a few years back.
I could be wrong.
Hosts and "policies" as an excuse are always a nuisance. The thing to remembr of course is that NYE is indeed special and "offers" no matter how guaranteed should be confirmed, even if you only plan to use the room for DUI avoidance. CONFIRM it. Their computer sends out mailers but they have only "averages" to go on as far as responses are concerned and an "average' response is not relevant to NYE.
Enjoy the champagne.
Yeah I was mad that night. Hate that place. If I ever won the lottery, I'd pay their top tier members $10,000 to go on the self-exclusion list. It'd probably be cheaper offering a $100,000 drawing.
My sole idea for a science fiction book is a future where virtual reality takes over for people in everyday life, and we ditch real reality. But you have to be well-to-do, so poor people still flit around. They appear as shadows in your helmet device when you have to deal with them.
This came to me in a dream after spending a day with my car GPS. As it shows your car, the terrain is shown too, so it is a simple version of virtual reality I guess.
I've "studied" quite a bit about this. Anything having to do with multiverse, hologram universe, simulation universe, whatever, I've read and seen everything.
This blows my mind, the Ziph mystery blow my mind. To me, it suggests either our consciousness or world is programmed. It's just too, programmed and nom-random. Check out vsauce on YouTube for this.
Reality isn't as it seems, such a big theme in science fiction now. Westworld, The Matrix, Inception, Buying Time, on and on. Even the Divergent series, where they peel away their reality and find another. The virtual reality reality, some believe, being in a time on the precipice of virtual reality is so unlikely, it's more likely not reality. A universe with a few billion year life span, and catching that moment, unlikely.
It's just the internet and technology make people believe everything is so good, we're masters of reality, rulers of every problem, but we're still in the dark. There is a rule, the more you learn, you learn there is always more than you don't know than what you do know.
Just as the observable universe, which Is farther than we can ever travel, is only a sliver of what exists. It's like an amoeba in a bottle, in the ocean.
Sounds like your idea is like Pokemon Go. The Talisman by Steven King was kind of similar, with overlapping realities. Learned in a dream, can't laugh,done that, as they're intended after all.
I had a dream like that where I dreamed there was a group that literally knew everything, and they were after me because I knew that they knew everythin. Your heart rate, your thoughts, your location, your interactions, your thoughts. My rationale after waking, they would want to hide this ability and never admit it. By admitting it, they lose power and by defending it, they risk it being proven. Basically their best strategy is playing dumb.