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Stats Update: 36 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 36 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 1080 --- Damn, even my non-smoking count is poison
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I'll wish you all a possum, kea and tobacco free island.

Yesterday I seemed to have worried a few people when I mentioned that I was moving my blog **history** from here to my public blog at http://kiore.blogspot.co.nz/ . I'm not planning on giving up posting here any time soon, but going forward I will be more focussed on the non-smoking stuff there than here and vice versa.

Tessa (a.k.a. Wifi Wifie) and I went to the Auckland Diwali festival on Queen St today. We've been going every year since around 2006. Initially we went to the one at the Waitakere Stadium then we switched to the Queen St one. When possible we do both.

Given that this was my first street festival since giving up smoking the question is raised, "how did I cope?" The answer is pretty well. Very few of the crowd smoked and I only caught the occasional whiff of tobacco smoke, I noticed it but didn't have any strong smoking triggers going on in my brain. When Tessa asked how I felt about one guy's smoke that I'd commented on, I said it was disappointing that he was so large that I doubted my ability to floor him with a single blow to steal his cigarette. The joke was that he looked like a repository for at least two varieties of plague and stealing a cigarette off him would have been a much worse health risk than the smoking.

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    aimee7 said:
    12 October 2014

    You have had a great weekend bruce, picnics and street festivals and it was all done smoke free. Well done buddy :))

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    Maanu said:
    12 October 2014

    Is diwali the one where you throw dye? I have often wondered how indians would react if I started throwiing dye at them in a dairy or an indian restaurant. I imagine they would be pleased to have customers participating in their culture

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    Julia C said:
    12 October 2014

    @Maanu That's Holi.



    In 1996 or 7 was in India at Holi. I was told that if I wanted to join in I'd be welcomed, but It being lucky (or something) to be targetted, I'd be targetted, as a kindness, by every local within range who knew I was participating.



    I have no idea how the locals here would react, nor how accurate my informant was.

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    Nana22 said:
    13 October 2014

    Awesome smokefree weekend Bruce.

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    Saffron said:
    13 October 2014

    Sounds like a great thing to do for a day out, Bruce.

    Found your blog, thanks for the address.

    Congrats on your smokefree success ☺☺

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    Julia C said:
    13 October 2014

    @Saffron Most of the recent stuff is a lot of duplicates from here, but I am making minor updates as I re-post.



    I'm going to try and differentiate the new stuff in the two places but I have got a bit of difficulty deciding what to write about tonight.