Saturday, February 9, 2008

Cold Turkey Blues


This morning, while MDH was sleeping, I watched His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russel and Unfiltered Lucky Strikes. The plot involves constantly lighting one cigarette after another with various types of matches, lighters (and sometimes the previous, still lit cigarette), deeply inhaling and langorously blowing smoke out of their noses and mouths, without a care in the world, in each other's general direction. There was some other back story involving a divorce and a newspaper. I couldn't really concentrate because I WANT A CIGARETTE.

I expect I will feel this way for the rest of my life. Wanting something I can't have.

It blows, so to speak.

21 comments:

CDP said...

I'm lucky; I never smoked, so I never had to suffer through quitting. But even I can see how watching HGF would make one want a cigarette. Could Rosalind Russell be any more fabulous?

Michelle said...

I just celebrated 10 years of not smoking this last Christmas...and I would LOVE A CIGARETTE! What's worse, I had dreams about smoking for years and I would wake up in a panic thinking I just blew my smoking sobriety. I treat smoking like alcoholism, I won't have just one because I know I'll want the whole pack! Hang in there.

MADAME LA PROF said...

Lady - Maybe you should also go cold turkey on old black and whites. I'd be hard pressed to find one that didn't have excessive smoking in it.

pistols at dawn said...

I got in trouble the other day for saying Cary Grant is charming and very handsome. But who isn't a little gay for Archibald?

Oh, but smoking? Never wanted one. Although it would make me lose weight, and once I couldn't taste things anymore, I could eat naught but broccoli.

WendyB said...

That's one of my favorite movies ever!!!! But don't smoke!

Tara said...

My mom and dad smoked for a long time. My mom quit and continues to be a non-smoker. She can't take the smell anymore and does not regret quitting. We noticed that when my dad quit, he would cough less. He'd be cranky, but he wasn't coughing up a lung.

evil-e said...

I have quit, I will quit again...but for the time being I choose to smoke. I just cannot stay away from my old friend. Besides, it is a better crutch than drinking.

constant drama said...

Dammit!! I always want to watch HGF. But I can't. You know why? Coz I'm in Malaysia and we dont have TMC and I hate downloading and wathcing stuff on the computer.

On that note, hey we all crave something. You crave cigs, I crave Clive Owen. Still cant have it. Sucks for us.

dmarks said...

You could always watch "Ghostbusters". Nothing like fighting phantasms with Marlboro's dangling from your lip.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

CDP - Lucky and SMART. Rosalind Russel makes me want to wear hats and shoulder pads too.

Michelle - that's awesome - 10 years is pretty good. I know that I'll always want to smoke, but I have to admit it becomes easier over time and second had smoke is really gross.

Madame - that would be torture to give up smoking AND my old movies. No way man.

Pistols - I'm suprised that one who spends as much time in bars as you claim, doesn't smoke too. Good for you! I'd never give your a hard time for admiring Mr. Leach.

BTW - I smoked for a long time and never stopped caring about what I ate.

WendyB - I won't!

Tara - both my parents smoked too! I hated it so it's weird that I grew up to be a smoker. They've both since quit too.

Evil - the more you try the more likely you are to actually do it. It's one of the hardest things I've ever done. I feel great though.

Drama - no Netflix in Malaysia?? How horrible!

SkylersDad said...

Mom and Dad both smoked like chimneys. And it killed them both. Don't go back Lady!

Chris said...

I quit thrice. Once for two years... I started again at the perceived turn of the millennium. I smoked one rather foul-tasting cigarette at a drunken party New Years Eve, 1999, and ended up buying a carton on my way home.

The next time I quit, my wife and I quit the same day. Yay for us! Six months later I was at a local park, literally hiding under a bush, nervously trying to light a cigarette, shaky as Brittany's morals... I drove my motorcycle home in shame, hoping the wind would blow the smell from my clothes, but painfully aware of the taint on my soul. How was I going to face my wife, who quit the same time I did? How could I tell her I'd cheated? As I pulled into the driveway, I saw my wife sitting on the back porch, hunched over a smoldering cigarette, looking guilty... We'd both caved on the same day.

The third time, well over two years ago now, I simply quit. Now that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I can't control my addiction, that my brain chemistry has physically altered to accept nicotine more readily, and that if I have just one little drag off a smokey-treat I'll have to go through ALL the withdrawal symptoms again... Now that I know all that, I've quit. I still want cigarettes at times, mind you, but the horrible cravings are two years in the past, and I never want to revisit them.

Kudos to you for quitting!

Ms. Laaw-yuhr said...

Good for you for quiting. In 6 months your lungs will thank you.

Family Adventure said...

I'm so with you on this. I've promised myself that if they ever manage to manufacture a cigarette that isn't going to KILL me, I will be first in line for a pack.

But I'll share it with you, 'kay?

Heidi

Step Right Up said...

I have asthma. If I had watched that my bronchial tubes would've started tightening.

Del-V said...

I quit 4 years ago and got hooked on the nicorette gum.

Churlita said...

My mom died from a smoking related stroke when she was 43, so I've never wanted to get mixed up with ciggies. If I had, I'd still be smoking today. I'm sure of it.

Purple Pigeon said...

I've never seen it, but thats the best description of a film I've heard in ages!

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

You'd fit right in, in Pittsburgh. Or, at least you would have before. Seems like everyne smokes here.

The Guv'ner said...

My dad had a cigarette in every orifice when I was a kid, judging by the fumes he produced and I think this really did a great job of making me never want to smoke, ever. I have never even tried it.

Well..not tobacco at any rate:)

I'd rather have a cake.

Hope you're feeling better miss Lady.

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