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116 Days of Freedom!!!

Posted by Pops Aug 13, 2018

Good morning EXers....I haven't blogged for quite sometime now, so I thought this morning would be a good time to check in with everyone.  Things @ work have been pretty hectic as of late, but that has helped keep my mind occupied.  Workload has become a natural distraction to the infrequent thought of smoking again.  btw, the allergies out here in Maryland are simply brutal this year!!! :-(.  One thing I discovered, is that I simply am not thinking about smoking these days.  That would be a true blessing if you ask me....I used to think about it 3, or 4 times a day...Now, maybe just once a week...if that much.  So it appears that I will be achieving the four month mark on Friday...woo hoo!!!!!

Well, I am @ work this morning, and I should probably get something accomplished.  

Have a great smokefree day......

Pops w/116 Days of Freedom!!!


I found it!!!

Posted by Pops Aug 6, 2018

Who's the dummy?......

Pops is....that's who.....

Saturday, as I was doing the chore that "all single bachelors hate to do".....that being putting away my laundry....I happened upon a suitcase that I had left in the corner of my bedroom from my last trip to Ohio a few weeks ago.  I thought to myself, "you lazy turd....pick that up and take it into the spare bedroom where it belongs!"  Well, it seems my laziness caused me an unnecessary amount of stress, because as I lifted it from the floor....I vaguely recognized my black trifold wallet laying ever so quietly underneath  Well, the good thing is...nobody has my credit info, and I actually now had some found money that I thought that I had lost.  Almost all of the credit cards that I had reported lost had already been mailed to me, and it was all in all...a very good find!  Never mind my absent mindedness that seems to come at a much more frequent interval than I would care for....I hope this isn't a tale of dimensia starting to set in....OMG!  That is all that I need now that I am almost ready to go into retirement....I want to have at least ten years of rebel rousing and hurricane slinging & karaoking in my retirement!  I'll be damned if I am going to sit around like a vegetable just aging on the kitchen counter....waiting for someone to throw me away since I have already been bruised!  I'm still here, and I want to party for awhile.  Smokefree at that....!!!! woo hoo!!!!!

Speaking of which....Pops has 109 Days of Freedom today!  Yeah!!!!!

Have a great and relaxing evening.....

Good evening EXers,

Last weekend was a gorgeous weekend for going out in the country on the Harley.  I had a scrumptous greek dinner in a rural town north of here on Sunday, and followed it up with a relaxing country ride.  (see banner of a national park in the Antietem area just north of here.  Wonderful feeling of freedom just staring at this old electrical generating dam from back in the civil war years...Just breathtaking scenery when you take the time to go out and wander.

Well, I was wearing a new pair of jeans that I just got on Friday.  Apparently, the back pocket is a bit loose.  Because I noticed Monday night as I was about to go to the store for some food, that my wallet was missing!  It seems soemwhere along my country drive of about 75 miles...I must have went over a bump, and my wallet must have come out of my back pocket and ended up somewhere in the countyside! ;-(....

I sure am glad that I had gotten a bit of that nervana from the day before.  Let me tell was quite stressful contacting my credit card companies to cancel my cards and order replacements.  Fortunately, I had a couple of other cards in my kitchen drawer to use until my replacements arrive in about 10 days.  I had to buy a duplicate drivers license, registration for my car and motorcycle both.  I then decided that it was time to enroll in LifeLock, as someone now has my social security number, and drivers license.  (They could really reak havoc on my credit if I hadn't acted when I did.)  At least now, all of my personal info will now be protected by a continual monitoring agency that will pay for legal fees up to 1 million dollars if I need to contest a fraudulent action.  

After all of that, I still didn't feel a need to smoke, because after all....I do not do that anymore.....and life just keeps rolling along.

Have a great evening.....

Popsw/104 DOF!



Posted by Pops Jul 28, 2018

As in..."Hold The Door!"  Cuz old Pops is busting through today.....that being the "Triple Digit Club"  Yowza!!!  Oh boy, what a milestone....Geez hasn't been a breeze, I can assure you of that.


Good morning EXers.  It has been awhile since I wrote anything on here.  I've been busy living life.  I did take a week off and visited my brother in Ohio.  That was a great time, and I will be returning there on Labor Day as well.  Just one more blog before I get out on the Hog, and celebrate by going out in the country and ordering up some good ole fashioned country grub..... and Pops will be busting down the door to the "Triple Digit Club"  today.  I hope there isn't anyone standing to close to it as it swings wide Hope all is well with all of you.  


I also decided to put a date on my real retirement date now.  My new retirement date is now April 22, 2021.  That is exactly 998 days from now.  I will then have served my government for a total of 18 years and six months.  (Shorter than alot, but longer than most...)  I am proud of what I could contribute during my career.  I'd like to think that you can feel comfort in knowing that there was at least one procurement official working to save you the taxpayer every possible cent that I could.  I have always spent your taxpayer dollars as if they were coming straight out of my bank account.  That seems to keep me motivated to negotiate down to the lowest acceptable price, resulting in saving the government thousands of dollars each year.  Remember, I pay alot of income taxes as well....


Well, we in Maryland have been pretty much drenched for the most part of the last two weeks.  However, today is a breathtaking day with gorgeous blue skies and no clouds or any rain in the forecast.  So, I am breaking out the sunblock, and new sunglasses, and am out for the better part of the smokefree weekend.  I hope you can get out and enjoy some of the weather where you are....


Thanks for all of your support in helping me get to this huge milestone.


xoxoxoxo....Pops 100 DOF!!!

Good afternoon EXers!  Whats UPPPPP?

My 88 days is what's up.  Yep, that's right...(and just in case you're too young to relate....).  Let me entertain you for a few minutes. about memory lane reminding me of just how old I really am....I read the credits on this albums title track was released in 1973!  Hard to believe.  It seems like yesterday I was playing this jam to some of the ladies that I was romancing in that era....45 years ago?!  You've got to be pulling my leg...How time flies....

But to the point, I am happy to have 88 days of freedom today!  Just a dozen, cuzin....& Pops will be knocking on that door to the triple digit club...TDC.  Woo Hoo!  Have a nice listen, and enjoy the rest of your day....

xoxoxo Pops

Billy Joel sings title track to Piano Man in 1973

Notice all of the smoking going on in the bars back then....This modern day piano man, "doesn't do that anymore."  But, nonetheless, it was a good stroll down memory lane....



Alive with 85!!

Posted by Pops Jul 13, 2018

Hey EXers!  Happy Friday to all of you...looks like Maryland is in for another spectacular weekend weatherwise...I am so looking forward to getting off work today so I can get started on my weekend immediately!  The deadlines and scheduling this week has been especially brutal, but I just kept plugging away smokeless.  (As in I just do not do that anymore...)  It is great to be alive with 85 days....Just 15 more to go until I get to walk through that field of wildflowers and honeysuckle....I can see the doors that open into that marvelous place we call home to the "triple digit club."


I hope you are all doing well, and have a great weekend.  Try to enjoy it while you can...These summers have a way of being very unpredictable.


Pops with 85 days of feedom!

Good morning Family.....

I spent a good amount of time with a very dear friend of mine last night that I feel totally comfortable talking with.  In the course of our conversation, I confided in them that I was really struggling still with this huge gorilla on my back.  They suggested that I should consider blogging about it, that the message might not help me so much, as it could possibly help others here on the site to relate & perhaps see some of the pitfalls of this hideous addiction....not sure that my writing skills are up to snuff....but, I will attempt to convey some real feelings that I have been experiencing as of what the hell, here goes nothing....(note, I will most likely be working on this for a couple of days, in that I really do not intend to be a ball & chain around anyone here in the EX community)

After my conversation with my friend last night, I sort of drifted to the story of the movie "Gorillas in the Midst" and found some interesting parallels to this perdicament that bonds us all together.  The tiring and sometimes very elusive journey to freedom from nicotine.

Imagine if you will....I have been in the jungle with this band of gorillas coexisting with them since I was less than ten years old.  In the beginning, I was a geat source of newness to them, and they in turn were doing wonders for me in discovering new ways to live and enjoy myself.  Times were great, and in their company I felt empowered to overcome any troublesome issue in my life.  (or so it seemed anyway) As time passed and I began to mature, I was becoming more and more aware of the dangers and risk I was exposing myself to by continuing to be faithful to this band of gorillas that I thought for so many years were irreplaceable in my life.  They on the other hand were continuing to live their lives as gorillas and simply could not relate to my skeptisism.  I mean after all, weren't they always there for me my entire life?  Well then, why the sudden change of heart?  How could I possibly walk away from them ater all we had been through?

Later in my life, after constant prodding from friends, family, loved ones and doctors begging me to get away from them and never eyes opened & I could no longer simply pass on the fact that they were in fact causing me great harm to my social and physical growth.  It was time that I would need to make a clean break from that ever so comfortable way of life from days long ago.....

So....with sincere consternation and pure resolve to separate myself from that dangerous element, I was able to stay away from that very same band that had such a strong hold on my thought process for years.  I was finally free from them.  In my particular case, for over 13 years....I felt wonderful, my health greatly improved, my entire demeanor had underwent a 180 degree turn for the better.  Then one evening, I was caught off guard, and I got downwind of that familiar smell that I had for so many years associated with relief and comfort.  Then without a seconds thought I climbed back into that jungle to romp and play with the band again....aghhh it was so familiar, and better than I could even remember....

So there I was, back in the grips of a fantasy world once again....and there I stayed for almost 20 years.  Twenty years of destroying my self esteem and returning to a frail state of being.  (A direct result of overindulging in their company)  Then came a time in my life, where I could no longer ignore the harm that was being done to me from associating with this "familiar source of enjoyment that had turned into a deadly presence" in my life.  At the behest of my doctor, and my sincere desire to live a long and happy life....I reached out to this support group and was overwhelmed at the sheer number of people that could relate and show empathy and compassion and support in dealing with this huge obstacle.  Through that support, I was able to stay away from that danger for over a year and a half, and began to think that I had finally arrived at what I had hoped would be my final dance with those gorillas.

I might mention here, that about 20 some odd years ago, I attended an Al-anon convention in Northern California.  The main speaker spoke of the perils of being in love with an alcoholic.  He likened it to someone entering a cage with a gorilla to dance with them.  He then added, that the problem with that type of thinking is that quite simply, "you're not done dancing...until the gorilla says you're done dancing."  In other words....STAY OUT OF THE CAGE!

So back to my journey.  One day (not a particularly strong day for me as it turned out....), I felt that familiar urge to get back in touch with that band of gorillas, only to find they had never given up on me...they were more than happy to see me again, and immediately I began to participate in their dangerous way of life..Soon after I was back in their clutches again, I remembered how much better I felt, and all of the love and support that I had received here.  One night, I made a desparate escape and returned to this site, vowing to never return to that way of living.  That was 79 days ago.  Strangely though, I find that the inner peace and belonging that I once used to feel here, has greatly diminished.  I so long for that feeling again.  However, I feel that is probably not going to happen.  (sort of like I've outlived my welcome if you will...)  As of late, I find my inner self still thinking about that familiar band of gorillas.  Yes, I realize that it is an illusion, and that they won't help me to acheive my goals in life and health....but yet, I still think about them much more than I care to.

Please don't come at me from the other side of the safety railing looking at me down in that pit with the gorillas yelling "what's wrong with you?  we told you not to go back there....are you an idiot?"  That is not going to help.  I apologize in advance if this level of honesty makes you uncomfortable.  Please continue on your personal path to be free of this insideous addiction, as I would not wish this mental state on my worst enemy.

Pops with 79 days of struggling with that gorilla....


By the way, in case you don't remember the movie, it was an autobiograhy, and she was eventually mauled to death by the very same band of gorillas that she had loved most of her life....


Alive on day 75!

Posted by Pops Jul 3, 2018

Good morning family!  Happy 4th, in case I don't blog tomorrow....yesterday was sooooo HOT! I went to the neighboring Mickie Ds & bought everyone in the office an "Oreo McFlurry."  It goes without saying, I was the most popular co worker they'd ever  You can say that I had them eating right out of my hand....We get released 2 hrs early today to help hold down some of the traffic congestion on the Interstates around here.  I am staying home this holiday.  I will go out to Ohio later in the month.  No way am I getting on those roads with that many lunatics driving @ the same time.  The local beach here (Ocean City, Md) has passed local ordinances now that fine out of county drivers using the back roads to bypass the congestion on US Highway 50.  That means everyone now has to wait inline & stop and go traffic for over 50 miles to get to the beach.  A beach that is going to be so overcrowded, I can't possibly imagine that as a good way to spend my time off.   What are your plans?  I'm thinking that tomorrow, I am going to be offering cyber rides to my friends on the Harley and take a few of you out to celebrate smobriety.  The only requirement being smokefree for the day, and a good loud yell of the number of days you are celebrating.....sound good to you?  Then watch for the blog.  I can't promise that I will be on it all day long.  But, I will be on it enough to have some fun....

Let's put our knees in the breeze!  Woo Hoo!!!!!


Maybe we can travel south?

See you around....

Pops with 75 Days of Freedom!



Posted by Pops Jun 29, 2018

Good morning Family!  Ain't it grand?  Yabba Dabba Do!  It's Friday!  Time to forget about all of that nonsense that just happens to creep into our lives Mon thru Thur, and get our party clothes on & hit it hard!  I know I am.  Oh and by the way....71 Days of Freedom is a good reason to celebrate just in case you might be wondering what to celebrate about...

I'm always amazed when I look back at some of the shenanigans that I have done in my life, the vigor that I have put forward in being free...that I am still alive.....  I see that the entire country is experiencing record breaking temps throughout.  Make sure you use plenty of sunscreen too.  The sun angle is such that those UV rays are deadly right now.  Advice from a skin cancer survivor.  

So....get out and get you some of this wonderful thing called are a few of my favorite mottos or quotes to send you off with.....

Pops w/71 DOF!!! Woo Hoo!

Well, I just had my first accident in over 20 years  !  I was right in front of my apartment, pulling away, and my turn was too wide and my hiway peg put a hole in my neighbor's front bumper!  I am so bummed.  No injuries, just my bruised ego.  Those new vinyl bumpers are weak as all get out!  I exchanged ins info with him, and retired for the evening.  Put the bike back in the garage and watched tv for the evening.  Probably $2500 (or more) for his bumper,   No damage to me or the bike thank God.  I already filed a claim 30 minutes after.  I am going to sleep.  I'm exhausted.

Pops w/66 DOF!


Good morning on Day 57!

Posted by Pops Jun 15, 2018

Good morning friends.  I've been pretty busy here in the D.C, area as of late.  (That's short for "District of Champions")  Now that all of the hooplah has died down, it's time to get back to the grind and start making the donuts again.  Isn't this a wonderful start to what appears to be a gorgeous summer coming up?  I rode the Harley into work this morning.  At six in the morning, the temperature was a pleasant 76 degrees...t-shirt and sunglasses was comfortable @ 70 mph.  Usually I have to wear a sweatshirt, or light jacket, but not this morning.

So Pops is rocking his quit still at 57 days and counting.  I gotta tell you that this last work was pretty trying, but I just kept thinking that it was easier to keep going than to start over....I hope all of you are doing well in your lives today.  I will catch up on some of the last couple of days of blogs later this morning.....

Meanwhile....have a great Friday.  It's going to be a hot weekend coming up.

xoxoxo Pops w/57 DOF! 

oh, by the way...I came across this pin earlier last week and it made me think twice about complaining about aging process....let me share it with you....

hmmmm.....helped me to put a better perspective on some of my wrinkles..... 


I'm Seeing Red!

Posted by Pops Jun 12, 2018

I was @ the National Mall today celebrating with thousands of other Cap fans "Rockin' the Red!"



Alright, I can't stand it.....

Posted by Pops Jun 7, 2018

So, I guess that I am just an immature monkey at best....I need to shout out how proud I am of my milestone today....

Today:  Pops has 50 days of freedom!!!!!

That's right, it may not seem like much to you....but you had better believe me when I telll you.....


50 days simply "trips my trigger!!!" ;-)

I just thoght that I would put it out there for all of my EXer family to see.....Have a great evening...and for heaven's sake....

GO CAPS!!!!!

xoxoxoxo Pops!

Celebrate music


Day #48!!!!!

Posted by Pops Jun 5, 2018

Good morning family....

The weather is perfect these days....This is a great week to live in Maryland.  Temps are low, to mid 70s, wind is barely more than a cool breeze, and the sky is a gorgeous blue with nary a cloud on the horizon....It just doesn't get much better than this....

Oh, and by the way....the "Washington Capitals" are leading in the Stanley Cup finals, 3 games to 1!!!!! Go CAPS!!!!!

As for me and the non-smoking goes...there's nothing to tell actually.  No urges, and pure clean air & no coughing...just moving right along.  It would be a shame to even consider lighting up another coffin nail after realizing how great it feels to be smoke free. I hope all of you are enjoying your day as much as I am enjoying mine....

xoxoxo Pops with 48 Days of Freedom


Good morning EXer family :-)

Posted by Pops Jun 4, 2018

So here we are back to another week of fun and joy...One week closer to retirement...I am pleased to announce that in just three more days...I will be at my 50 day milestone!  As in today is day 47 for Pops!  Woo Hoo!!!!!

I feel so much better now that I am not wasting away my breath, money and time...

At 66 years old, (or young) you would think that I would have already figured these basic skills by now...Unbelievable as to how much destruction to our bodies we endure because of the big lie that has been perpetuated on us our entire lives...Oh well, by the grace of God, I have been given another chance this late in life....I have to make sure to make the most of it.....

Have a great smokefree day!

xoxoxox Pops