Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Thoughts 8/12/2011

After a dreadful Monday, the type that had one thing after another go wrong, the week hasn't turned out too bad. Here are my current thoughts and ideas for the week.

1. I'm halfway through typing it up, but my Monday personified Murphy's law. A sprained ankle in the morning, first day back to school for wife and day care for daughter, my bike stolen, you name it and it seemed to happen. What a rotten day.

2. As you probably are aware by now, the S&P downgraded America's credit rating. It's nice to see the U.S' credit rating matching many of it's citizens especially over the last 3-5 years.

3. The Indians made a bold move at the trading deadline and acquired, Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies. My first thought on it, was that they gave up too much, but if you consider Jimenez to be a number 1 or 2 starter (and I believe he is) then even if Alex White and Drew Pomeranz are successful (and the odds say they both won't be) you only lost one prospect, as you traded one successful starter for another. The other two players they gave up were inconsequential.

4. I'm 2 weeks into quitting smoking (regular cigarettes) I've only had one minor relapse, a couple on Monday night, but the personal vaporizer (or e-cigarette) has been fantastic. I've had no cravings for real cigarettes and can already see the improvements in breathing, energy, and outlook. Given my previous attempts to quit with all of the products out there have been met with constant cravings, thoughts on when I would be going back, etc, this is truly an amazing development.

5. I remember sitting around drinking coffee and talking about useless things when I was younger. One of the things we used to get into discussions about was what actor would play us in movies (or we'd actually think of who would play other people we know). Anyway, given it was a fair number of years ago and I'm guessing some that read this might have done so too, who would you choose to play you now? For the record, I have no idea who I would choose now.

6. I think the new Smurfs movie looks stupid. Although I will likely take my daughter to it at some point as she's enamored with them.

7. There are times when it feels like the death penalty is completely justified. Anthony Sowell's case seems like one of those times.

8. I mentioned in point 1, that my bike was stolen on Monday, that's not exactly true, at about 7pm I went out back of our townhouse and noticed my bike was missing (and presumed stolen) at midnight when I decided for some reason to check out back again, my bike was back in the spot I had previously left it. So it wasn't stolen, rather it appears to have been 'borrowed'. I still have no idea who borrowed it. It's now back in the basement.

9. In reading the Plain Dealer (cleveland.com) recap of the sentencing, they mention that Sowell delivered an 'unsworn statement' to the jury, prior to their deliberation. It also mentions that due to this being an unsworn statement, the prosecution was not allowed to cross-examine him. I've never heard of this and my web searches so far are turning up very little. I wonder if this is common, or what type of parameters are around such a thing. (Most references I've found seem to be either about the trial, or based on Australian and English law)

10. I love fall weather, the evenings here in Columbus are already reminding me of it. Kind of nice, since we've had such a hot summer, which was great, but fall weather in Ohio is the perfect weather in my opinion. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Having my cake and eating it too!

I just wanted to pop in for a quick update. As of today, I'm smoke free for about 5 days and am in the best spot ever after quitting. Patches, gum, and lozenges have all failed miserably for me in previous attempts. I'm very happy to say that the e-cig that I picked up last week is working like a charm. It's working so well in fact, that even after trying a regular cigarette the first night after I started I completely hated the taste of it. An extremely significant event for me, who upon quitting every other time couldn't even be around someone else smoking without craving it badly.

I have no idea whether the e-cig ultimately will have negative affects, all I know right now is it's working for moving me off of regular cigarettes. Perhaps I'm trading one bad habit for another, but given the absolute nightmare quitting has been in the past and the relative ease it's been so far, I'm more then willing to make that deal at this point.

The e-cig I picked up isn't even one that I wanted or that was rated better by those that switched, it wound up just being a generic one the tobacco shop had, but so far it's working. I'll be picking up a backup and some other supplies here at some point, but for now I'm thrilled with the results.

My previous best for quitting smoking was one month, I'm a ways away from that, but I'm thinking that will be an easy goal at this point. Even for that quit, I never had a day where I didn't crave a regular cigarette. At this point, I have no craving for a regular cigarette.