||[Aug. 17th, 2010|12:16 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
A major milestone tonight: I went to bar trivia (we came in 8th place, by the way) and didn't have a cigarette, not even when everyone else went outside during the breaks. Chewed the hell out of Eclipse spearmint gum, though.
More milestones are coming. My first off-the-smokes writers group meeting is tomorrow. My first off-the-smokes KGB Bar reading is on Wednesday. The KGB Bar reading in particular has become heavily ritualized with smoke breaks during intermission, on the way to the restaurant afterward, etc., and it's the rituals--even more than the addiction--that make quitting so hard. That said, bar trivia had become heavily ritualized too, with its smoke breaks between certain rounds, and I made it through just fine. Or as close to fine as possible.
I figure it's good to get all these milestones out of the way early, so I can see that it can be done and not worry about it anymore.