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  Sunday, May 15, 2005

It was 10 years ago today -- 3,653 days -- that I quit smoking tobacco! That after about twice that long being a heavy smoker, and with virtually no attempts to quit in all hat time. What put the fear into me was a serious flu I got, totally out of the blue, that left me sick in bed for about a week, after which it turned into pneumonia. It's the only time in my life I've really been scared that something serious would happen to me. (Diabetes was a scare, but one I figured then, and figure now, that I could handle.) Quitting was tough. I used a nicotine patch for about a month, relied on aids such as black licorice for a while, but all in all I've never really looked back. I know now I do things -- such as the uphill bike ride I took this morning -- that I could not be doing otherwise. If I were even still alive otherwise. I've done a lot of stupid things in my time -- starting smoking was one of them! -- but I've done at least one smart thing, too. If you smoke, quit. Maybe you'll find, like me, that it's easier than you think it's going to be.

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An amazing kite surf jump video. Don't know what that means? Watch the video.

(Via Loic Le Meur Blog.)

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Wow. Made this almond crusted salmon with pineapple salsa last night, with fresh salmon from Hudson's, the first of the season, so it deserved something special. Looks like a lot of work, but it's not, and it was a crowd pleaser. Reminds me to note that it's great having Lyal and Katie back in town again. They're fun to cook for, among other things, because they like good food and my homebrew. And their stories of their travels in Mexico are fun to hear.

(Via Food Musings.)

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