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Happy Father's Day....

Posted by Pops Jun 16, 2019

Good afternoon & happy Father's day for those that meet the requirement....I got a call from my son in Fla today and he and I are both enjoying our fathers day.  Hope all of you can do the same.....

I'm trudging through day 3 today.  I spent it with my knees up in the breeze with my fellow Road Toads as we were meandering through the backroad twisties that we have in Eastern/Central Maryland.  It was very scenic, and the temperature was perfect.  (78 degrees with a slight cloudy overcast)  I love riding like that.  Not too hot, and certainly not too cold.  The pace was very peaceful and the curves were not radical.  Almost all of them were gradual and the umbrella trees overhead had a wonderfully calming effect on the psyche.....

After riding for a few hours, we settled on a really authentic mexican food resturaunt and pigged out.....

Who can think about smoking when you have a poirk burrito that big in front of you!?  That will be tomorrows lunch for sure.  Day 3 has been pretty much a piece of cake so far.  Now that I am home with the boys...it's time to turn on the Pebble Beach US Open golf tourney and see how that ends up.

Enjoy your smokefree evening....

Pops w/three days of freedom!

Pops

Still "onery & full of myself"

Posted by Pops Jun 15, 2019

Hi EXers...

 

Pops is on day two (2)...

Yep, that's right..as most of you could pretty well surmise...I once again for reasons...infinitely long and not worthy of mentioning...I picked up another pack of death and proceeded to play "russian roulette" with my life.  Now, after approximately 10 months of being "totally" free of the liquid courage...I felt it was time to turn out the lights on these damned smokes as well....I'm on step one of the nicoderm patch (under doctor's supervision) and am going to go completely through the program as it is written this time.  Last time, I felt that I could handle it, and quit taking the patch after about one week at the behest of several other people's suggestions.  (People that haven't a clue about the medical research and effort that has been put into this study as well)  This time, I am going to trust in the process, and do what I am told to do by my doctor and stay the course as it is designed.

 

I did discover during my Drs visit, that my bp is surprisingly good considering all the stuff that has been going on @ work these days with regards to stress.  118/87..!!! I'm can certainly learn to like those numbers, since at one time in my life, I was 221/114...(how I lived through that time in my life is beyond me.....)  So yesterday, being day one was hectic inasmuch as I kept on remembering at different times during the day, that I would normally be outside smoking a butt.  Then I would just say that same old mantra that we all know around here...."oh yeah...I don't do that anymore..."  And so here I am at 5:00 pm, leaving work, (it's been a 12 hour overtime shift today)...and I am going home to my boys...btw, Mac & Cheese are doing absolutely great these days....What a precious joy they have become for me...we are without question...thick as thieves...

 

This last couple of months, I have been throwing "copius amounts of money" into the motorcycle.  I have joined a motorcycling club called the "Road Toads", and they have decided to call me "Pops Road Toad", and just recently patched me in as an official member...lol

 

We have fun together...just a bunch of old geazers getting together and riding for the joy of it.  None of us drink either, and that makes for a much safer journey as well....Next month, about 12 of us are getting together for a week long journey.  We are going to leave Urbana, Maryland..and travel north up through the Adirondack mountains in Pa, New York and Vermont...ending up in Bangor, Maine.  The plan is to go out to Acadia National Park, and turn back around and come back home on the other side of the Adirondacks...until finally getting home.  That should be a great trip.

 

Work has been crazy this summer!  We have people that are so fed up with the bureaucracy, that they are simply throwing their hands up and walking out without notice or anything.  Just saying "I've had enough...I quit!"  I mean people with over 25 and 30 years...just saying enough...Craziest thing I've ever seen. I don't care how stupid upper management gets...I am never going to let someone drive me away from a career that I have worked on and earned the right to retire from.  When I retire, it will be on my terms, and at the time that I choose to retire...not theirs....oh well...that's a story for pms i guess....

 

Anyway, let's rip the scab off the sore...I'm sorry to the group for not being a successful quitter as many of you have.  I realize that I know very little about this freaking addiction.  One thing that I know beyond any shadow of a doubt is this..."I will never be free of it..."  I don't care how long I have been away from smoking...if I am not careful, and keeping my head on a swivel (by watching out for any sign of waning...) I can and "have" found myself standing @ a gas station counter somewhere...asking some attendant to sell me a pack of death...geeze...unbelievable how easily I can just throw away a perfect quit just to satisfy an immature decision for a moment that turns out to be a long dangerous travel...So once again, I'm sorry, and now I have to get back to the basics.  I am now on day two, and headed home to the boys and dinner.  I look forward to hearing from you guys again....

xoxoxo Pops with 2 Days of Freedom!

Good afternoon friends...

Pops is trudging through day six of this final quit journey.  I have the truck in the paint shop today.  When they get done with the scratch in the hood, then the repair shop is installing my aftermarket exhaust....oh boy...just what I always wanted.  A "big shiny Red truck", that you can hear a mile away...

Mine could be made to look like this easily enough.....

As for the smoking is concerned....no nagging thoughts today....just getting through it one day at a time.  NOPE, and I just Don't Do That Anymore....

Pops w/6 DOF!!!

Gotta luv Jack....

Good morning EXers!  

Pops is alive and well...(at least I would like to think that I am well), and I am not struggling too terribly bad with the nicotine withdrawls this morning.  Now I will tell you this...yesterday, was quite the bugaboo, as far as craves are concerned.  Instead of focusing on the fact that I haven't been coughing with the severity that I had four and five days ago,...I instead was thinking to myself...why not just restart my quit journey to be the 1st of April, 2019?  Heck, nobody could blame me right?  

Bull S##t!!! I'm here to tell you, that as of April 1st, 2019...Pops has "FIVE"....that's right, "FIVE" days of freedom from smoking....not ONE day.  NOPE, Pops is gratefully acknowledging my fifth day of Smobriety!

Okay, I hope that all of you can enjoy some of your morning, if not the entire thing.  Remember, "keep them away from your face...." lol

 

Pops w/5 DOF!

Pops

Putting the time in...

Posted by Pops Mar 31, 2019

Good morning ☀️ friends .  I just woke up (3:15 am Sunday), and suspect that somewhere in the caverns of this disaster area that I call a “brain,”

I must have been thinking about smoking another stick of death . 

I am pleased to be able to return to the quit way of thinking and living...without very much grief. I mean, sure... I have those craves about every two or three hours. That’s when I break out my quit kit of tools, and get to spraying that can’o’whoop-ass, and keep on living without smoking. 

Well the boys are starting to get restless now... I think I will go back to sleep for now.   Enjoy this mornings greeting  

Look @ that long leg just pinning me down and telling me "don't you dare get up yet..."

You see my can'o'whoopass next to the tv?  OMG...Pops is on day FOUR!!!!!

 

Pops with 4 Days of Freedom!!! Outstanding & hooray!!!!!

 

Well, good morning to all of you on this fine Saturday morning....

I have the privilege of working all day this Saturday.  My shift started @ 5:30 this morning, and will end @ 5:45 PM, this evening...They have asked me to perform that overtime shift every Saturday throughout the year if I want it.  I immediately accepted it, as that is way too much overtime for me to turn down this close to retirement.  I guess I am rambling just a little this morning....sorry.  I will attempt to get on point now.

My days one and two, were very non eventful in terms of drama, and extraordinary tough withdrawals from nicotine.  I mean I thought about smoking from time to time, and had to remind myself that I no longer do that, and then get busy with another thought process that would take my mind off the nicotine obsession.  I am pleased to report all is well, and that Pops has quietly but firmly planted himself back into the EX community fold as a Non Smoker, whom is now celebrating three (3) Days of Freedom (DOF)!!!!!

I have added a new toy into my life since I have talked with you last....I will attempt to post a picture here ???? fingers crossed............

Big Red

One of these days, I am going to be driving in Ohio lake effect snow, and I will be needing some good traction at that...and why not get it in the way of a big bright red truck?!

 

I just love this pic....

This is one of my favs for obvious reasons....

Good evening friends.....

I know it's been awhile, and I'm apologizing for that.  My head just wasn't right, and I was not ready to resume my quit.  I'm happy to say that I am now done, and am now back to day "one"...I've been here before, and I know what I'm in for.  I can only hope that it won't be as bad as it certainly can be.  I have quite a bit of experience in not smoking, and at one time I was committed to the concept of "NOPE".  That is the only way that this quit will survive.  I will do my best, and just keep plugging away, one moment at a time....I certainly am looking forward to the days that I rarely think about smoking at all.  My experience has taught me to focus on the positive, and stay away from the victime role of being chained to nicotine.  I will do my best to break free of that bondage agaion, and with alot of diligent work and prayer...perhaps those chains will loosen up sooner, rather than later.  

 

I would like to thank all of you for all of your well wishes that you sent me while I was out there.  I read each of them, and they are a huge part of why I am back here at all.  God bless each and everyone of you.....

 

Pops, on Day One!I will have to post some new pics later....these two have turned into mountain lions......I just love em to death....

Pops

Pops is alive @ 105!!!

Posted by Pops Jan 5, 2019

Good afternoon EXers!!! Well, all was well on the return trip home to see the boys....(except for the speeding ticket I got on the Pennsylvania Turnpike...grrr)  I was in such a hurry, I forgot the speed limit drops to 55 after going through the Allegheny tunnel....shoot.  Oh well, this too shall pass.  So the holidays were a real hoot in Ohio, but I was homesick for my cats, and my home group meetings as well.  I attended alot of meetings while I was in Ohio, but nonetheless, I missed my corp group of friends.  We are all going out on another motorcycle trip tomorrow.  Not far, Leesburg, Virginia is all.  It will be good to straddle the iron pony again too.  I went out to the garage to check on it, and I do believe it missed me too...lol.

The homecoming to Mac & Cheese was wonderful.  At first they sort of snubbed me for being gone so long...but Pops knew how to put the squash on that noise.  As soon as I picked up their food dish, they were rubbing on my legs and purring like diesel engines...Last night, they finally let me rub their bellies...now they jump up on the bed and lay on their backs waiting for me to scratch and rub their tummies....as that is what good "Pops" do isn't it?  

On the work front, I see the government hasn't made any forward movement towards getting us furloughed employees back into action...Oh well....this too shall pass.  Fortunately, I am drawing social security and have enough shored up in savings to survive the shutdown for awhile.  However, there are many co-workers that aren't that blessed.  Many of them are living paycheck to paycheck.  We got our last check on the 31st of Dec.  But, if we aren't back to work on the 14rh...that is when all hell will break loose for both sides of this rediculous and childlike behavior squabble.  I am not voicing any preference to either side, as I don't feel that either of them are worthy of my approval.  I just hope that the voters once again will go to the polls and fire the entire lot of them.  NO INCUMBENT returns!  

In any case....smoking isn't going to make the situation anymore palatable.

NOPE....I simply do NOT do that anymore.....

Okay, it is time for me to get something to eat.  I brought back a couple of dozen "Garlic Poor Boy" sausages.  They are to die for.  I like to mix them in with some sauerkraut and swiss cheese for a hoagie sandwich to die for.

xoxoxoxox Pops with 105 DOF  Woo Hoo!!!!!

My niece in England said that I look like a viking, so I put in these viking runes just for her.....

My biggest item on my "bucket list" is to travel every mile of route 66 on my Harley..

Good afternoon EXers!  Happy New Year to all of us.....smoke free quitters...Yay!!!!

Things have been quite busy here in Ohio...this last week has consisted of constant eating and going out with friends and family...We are going to two different New Years eve parties as well....After I get back from those, I am going to attend a meeting for the other selfish behavior that I no longer am participating in.  All in all...this has been a wonderful visit to Ohio.  The only downside to the trip, is me desparately missing my two boys....My neighbor has assured me that they are fine, but she has assured me that they are looking for me all of the time....I am planning to return to Maryland sometime friday.  I have missed you guys too...looking forward to hearing from some of you.  Please enjoy your new year's eve and be very careful if you are out on the road tonight.....and remember that we don't smoke anymore....

xoxoxo Pops w/ 100 Days ...Woo Hoo!!!!!

Mac & Cheese....

Good morning    family and Merry Christmas      to all. I’m rocking 94 days of freedom this morning and wish the best for all of you. 

XOXOXO Pops

Pops

Grilling Santa @ work...

Posted by Pops Dec 24, 2018

Grilling Santa (aka Grill Master) is at work spreading Christmas Cheer in Ohio!.....This roast took two hours and twenty minutes later in the Weber to  

Pops

Merry Christmas EXers!

Posted by Pops Dec 24, 2018

So now that I’m rocking ninety-three....A healthier Pops...is my present    to me!

 I am wishing all of you a beautiful and healthy smoke free Christmas    morning. I’m going to try and post a cat    video of my boys  

XOXOXO Pops w/93 DOF!

Good afternoon EXers!!!

My brother and I were decorating the Christmas tree this morning (hey better late than never)...and I told him that the EXer family wanted a pic of Pops aka Santa in the hat....fun anyway.....

I am looking to catch a meeting in town this afternoon, and have some Christmas movies playing on the tv tonight....plus football, and I will be set.....NOPW

xoxoxoxo Pops w/92 DOF

The best brother a Pops could ask for......

Good afternoon EXer family...

I hope all is well in EXland today.....Pops is traversing the No Mans Landscape today.  As I am traveling, this funny little thing called life just keeps throwing monkey wrenches my way.  I am successfully dodging them though.  I can't let anything get in the way of my successful quit of 91 days.

Yesterday's drive of 360 miles in the rain and busy Christmas travelers on the Pennsylvania & Ohio turnpikes was quite the challenge.  I would not be truthful if I told you that I wasn't tempted to stop and buy a pack.  I had to dispatch that sick thinking on more than one ocassion....I just told myself...."Self....don't be such an idiot....you do NOT do that anymore...."  Now put a cookie in your mouth, take a sip of coffee and turn up the tunes and sing.....before I knew it...the thought was way back in my rearview mirror.

When I woke up this morning, I received an electronic text message and email that I was now officially in a "non-paid status" of the federal government.  As being such, I am now "required" to follow certain instructions! LOL....So let me get this straight...you can't do your job, which is to balance the budget....and you tell me that while you are still working and not successfully performing your duties, you will be paid, and I who have always done what I am hired to do....well, I am to stay available and  be ready to return to work when you call me and tell me to return....???? Great....no problem there....I am all over it.....not to worry....idiots...everyone of them.  Merry fr##king Christmas....Oh yeah, make sure you come back to work and spend four hours cleaning out your office, and turn off your pc and shut down your equipment....for free, because we cannot pay you for anything during a furlough.....

omg, what a joke...but you know what....???a cigarette would not make it any better....

xoxoxoxo Pops with 91 DOF!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!

 

btw, what kind of birds stick together??????

 

answer:  Vel-crows   

Now that is original isn't it?  The rhyme isn't the point of interest in this blog....it is the fact that this "old fart" is still making the days count as something besides death and misery.....the days actually are precursors to a long and wonderfully healthier kind of living than I was living 90 days ago....Remember...."don't count the days....instead, make the days count"....

Today is the last day I will be working this year.  My next day back will be Jan 7th 2019....woo hoo!!!!!  My motorcycle club that I ride with...we are having a Christmas party tonight, and then I will be on the road tomorrow morning by 6 in the morning.  I should be rolling into my Brothers house around noon tomorrow.....

I will be checking back in while I am away....Have a great smokefree day....

xoxoxoxo Pops