Absent For A Bit ....

I am away for a little while working on a few or more episodes for The Adventures of My Space Alien Alter Ego story ... will return (to Earth) soon!

Notice: Blogger has screwed up and lost a bunch of photos out of my blog! They are replaced with a gray silhouette of a human head. I will eventually get them replaced with the correct photo, it may take a while to find and fix everything. So some of my stories don't make much sense without their photos, sorry for the inconvenience.



Mixed Smoke Signals

At the restaurant my waiter found two cigarettes on the floor under my table. They were in mint condition.

He handed them to me. I had told him they looked like mine.

He replied, "I've never seen you smoke!!!".

I don't smoke.

(He has waited on me like a bazillion times, knows my complete food and beverage order without me telling him anything, and he reminded the other waitress who actually took my order tonight to put bacon on my sandwich when I had forgot to tell her.)

I paused to calculate and said, "I quit 33 years ago, but these were my brand."

I let him have the cigarettes, I have no need for them.

‎It was actually 33 years and 2 months, but that would have been showing off.

S0mEtimEs pnEum0nia cAn bE a vEry g00d thing.


fmcgmccllc said...

Congrats on staying quit. I have quit a few times, about 5 I think, but have gone back to the nasty habit. Once I quit for about a year and a half. When we move from China we will have to quit again, I think this is the only place left on earth where smoking is common.

esbboston said...

This particular restaurant has a lot of smoking in it. It is one of two places that I know about in the entire town of ~14,000 people. During the summer time I would eat there about 1 1/2 times a day while doing HVAC work. I told my wife I about at one and a half cigarettes a day in second hand smoke, including the air pollution I dealt with from my mentor. Being trapped in a truck seemed to be worse than the restaurant, maybe it was his brand, don't know. The restaurant has swamp cooler air conditioning so it had a lot of air flow as well. But this place has theee very best grilled chicken sandwich in town. I usually keep a private jug of my own BBQ sauce in their cooler, I just happen to be out at the moment. Time to buy another gallon bottle for main main reservoir at the house.

esbboston said...

fmcgmccllc: I just noticed in Blogger's tracking software that they don't show a read from China, maybe its a firewall or ISP thing, who knows with China involved.

I hope BD had/has a better trip back home than when he left last time. I have been at home most of this week, eXcept for the one day doing the computer installation. It wound up being training, hardware and software, so 50 percent more fun.

fmcgmccllc said...

I only go on the Internet with a VPN, China does not allow blogs unless you are registered with the government and they just upped the ante on that one too. I have 2 VPNs, very expensive ones, if they track down one they slow it down and then I switch to the other one. I know people that have had their phone shut off, also regulated for going to the wrong sites.

esbboston said...

I have wondered for quite some time about VPN's and China, I just wasn't sure what their policies were. I have dabbled some with encryption schemes a little bit. I wrote my own Visual Basic program that scrabbles text messages very well without using keys.

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