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    Senior Member dreadnut's Avatar
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    The best thing I ever did for myself

    Almost 22 years ago I quit smoking. Here's some perspective:

    1.5 packs a day X 22 years = 12,450 packs of cigarettes I HAVENT smoked.

    That equals 240,900 cigarettes I HAVEN"T smoked.

    12,450 packs of butts at an average of $4.50/pack = over $54,000 I HAVEN'T spent on cigarettes.

    I think I have sufficient evidence to convince Mrs. Dread that I need to reward myself with a deluxe new guitar!

    Actually, my reward is that I am still alive and playing and singing.
    TODAY is the TOMORROW you spent all day YESTERDAY acting like there was no.

    '76 D-25M
    '99 DV-52ABHG (gave to my son)
    '98 DeArmond Starfire Special
    Takamine Acoustic Flying "A"
    Crate CA-125D Acoustic Amp
    Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp

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    Amen brother .😊😁
    Now what is this deluxe new guitar going to be Hmmm ?

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    Senior Member dreadnut's Avatar
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    Let's see...my bucket list includes a DV-73, an F-312, and a vintage SFII.
    TODAY is the TOMORROW you spent all day YESTERDAY acting like there was no.

    '76 D-25M
    '99 DV-52ABHG (gave to my son)
    '98 DeArmond Starfire Special
    Takamine Acoustic Flying "A"
    Crate CA-125D Acoustic Amp
    Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp

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    Yup, when they got over $3 a pack and being the cheap guy I am I quit. Sadly, it wasn't so much about my health at the time (it is now though) it was all about the cash.
    '18 D 40T Cust. X 2
    '64 D 50 Braz. RW
    '00 D 55
    '81 D 70
    '94 DV 72
    '94 DV 73
    '13 DD6 MCE
    '55 F 30
    '10 F 40 GSR Coco.
    '12 F 47 GSR KC
    '08 F 50R
    '74 D 55-12
    '65 F 312
    '07 F 412
    '95 JF 100 NT CRV
    '97 Deco #3
    '99 Finesse
    '13 Orph. Jumbo
    45th/50th/60th Anniv.
    '94 CR01
    '01 Peregrine
    '64 S 50
    '60 T 100 C
    '74 M-75 CS
    '55-X 50
    '65 X 50
    '00 X 170
    '70's M 75 CS
    '68 St 301
    '68 St 303
    '69 St 402
    '98 SF 2
    '65 SF 3
    '81 SF 4
    '67 SF 5
    '67 SF 12
    Blues 90X2
    '60 X 150

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    Yeah, Richard, they were about $2/pack when I quit.

    I was a busboy in a restaurant back in high school, I would run next door to the gas station and buy 4 packs of 'Boros and get change back from a buck.

    Then when I was on the USS Ranger, they were $1.10 per carton. (No US taxes at sea.)
    TODAY is the TOMORROW you spent all day YESTERDAY acting like there was no.

    '76 D-25M
    '99 DV-52ABHG (gave to my son)
    '98 DeArmond Starfire Special
    Takamine Acoustic Flying "A"
    Crate CA-125D Acoustic Amp
    Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadnut View Post
    .... Actually, my reward is that I am still alive and playing and singing.
    As someone who lost both parents in their 60s to cigarettes I can tell you that in the end this is all that matters. Bravo to you for having the strength to overcome the addiction!!! Looking forward the NGD. You deserve it.
    1979 Guild F-112 SB (Natalie)
    1996 Guild A-50 (Angelica)
    2011 Guild F-30CE
    2012 Guild F-30R (Rosie)
    2015 Epiphone ES-339 Pro
    --- Sold but not forgotten ---
    2012 Guild F-30
    2015 Alvarez MFA-70
    2015 Martin OM-28 VTS
    2016 Alvarez AF-60
    1990 Gibson ES-347

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    35/pack when I quit.

    Don't miss it.

    Aren't too many other things I'd be less likely to do now than light one up.

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    I smoked from my undergrad days (1965) until 1984 when I came down with a really bad dose of pneumonia. I coughed every 30 seconds for ten days. Couldn't have smoked even if I wanted to, and I didn't crave it. So, after ten days of coughing, fevers and almost no sleep, I "woke up" and realized I had basically overcome the craving for nicotene, so I never went back. Thank God!
    Guilds:
    Hoboken
    1963 A-500 B, DeArmond 1000 Rhythm Chief installed (ex Guitars'n Jazz, Summit New Jersey)
    1965 D-50 braz.(ex Peterson)
    1965 F-312 braz. (ex Peterson)
    Westerly
    1998 D-60 (ex Peterson)
    2001 D-30, Tennessee Orange (ex Peterson)
    Tacoma
    2007 F-47 Special (ex Blake)


    Epiphone Archtop:
    1934 Royal, walnut back/sides with vintage DeArmond 1000 (ex Joe Vinikow, Archtop.com) On consignment at Archtop.com

    Amp:
    Rivera Jazz Suprema 55 Ruby, the ultimate jazz amp!

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    I quit smoking about 55 years ago - almost right after I started - I still send big thanks to that elementary school doctor, who did not tell my parents or teachers - those days there were consequences - none of them thrilling. He managed to pull right string and I quit immediately. Best part was, that all my friends who had started about same time and still kept smoking were utmost supportive and defending me when others were pushing cigarettes.

    Now to calculation - 55x365x7,6€ = over 150 grand € - money well spent on other things.

    EDIT - 7,6€ is what a pack costs today - but it has allways been about that expensive when you consider inflation.
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    First good guitar - GUILD Duane Eddy 400 - I was 3rd owner - still regret letting it go 25 years ago - used to have Artist Award and Starfire - no regrets here.
    Present guitars - all bought new - F50R 1975 - F512 1977 - F212CSB 1979 - OM-240CE 2018 - Schecter Startocaster
    Bought secondhand - B30SB fretless - RED Songbird - White Songbird - S-60D - D-125 - Gibson 3/4-size acoustic 1957 - Carmelo Gonzales nylon string - old Levin Lute

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    Congratulations, dread! Although I may have puffed some illegal stuff (at the time!) in college, I never once smoked a cigarette...

    walrus
    1958 Gibson ES-225T
    2011 Guild F-30RCE

    Gone but not forgotten (Guilds only): 1963 A-50, 1965 X-50BL, 1967 T-100D, 1968 Mark II, 1960's Baritone Ukulele, 1977 S-60, 1984 D-64, 1997 SFII, 1998 SFIV, 1998 Bluesbird Cherry Sunburst, 2000 M-70 Fiesta Red, 2001 Bluesbird P90 Natural

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