Saturday, February 26, 2011

Chapter 26-My Life: A Real Class Act

Have you ever been hypnotized?  I was.

  This story takes place a long, long time ago.  It was when I smoked.  Yes.  I smoked.  I can't even bear the thought now, but I did and although I hate to admit it, I smoked for a long time.  I had tried on numerous occasions to give it up.  I always went back.  

I even went to a Doctor and paid $70.00 for him to take me into his office, shut off all the lights, making the room so very, very dark and then proceeded to "hypnotize" me.  Then miraculously, whenever I craved a cigarette, I was supposed to cross my fingers and say this line or two he dreamed up and the craving would go away.  Not!  It didn't last longer than one day!

Meanwhile, my daughter and son were bugging me to quit.  So, one evening as I was reading the paper, I add an advertisement.  The cost was $19.95.  I swear to goodness gracious...$19.95 and you had to show up at the Red Bull Inn Conference Room # 4 at 7pm on Monday night.  So, I decided I was going to go.

The following Monday, my car was in the shop for repairs.  I had to borrow my daughter's car.  At that time, she was driving a little red Fiero.  She was a smoker too.  So when I got in her car that evening, the stench of the stale cigarettes really didn't bother me at all.  The ashtray was full of them.  That smell was normal.  I left the condo, jumped on the highway and before I knew it, I pulled into the Red Bull parking lot.

The secretary in our department at work was going also.  She was attending the weight loss session.  So I saw Cyndi and we chatted a moment or two before she went her way and I went mine.  I headed into Conference Room #4.

I intentionally sat in a seat located right near the door.  I was afraid, to tell you the truth, that this was going to be one of those meetings that turned out to be a waste of time.  Of course, before taking your seat, you had to register and pay your $19.95.  So, I did just that and then went back to my seat.  Looking around the room at the rest of the people, I really had my doubts about sticking around.  But I did.
It was just about seven o'clock when he walked in.  I wanted to laugh right out loud, but just took a deep breath.  Don't tell me that this was the man that was giving the presentation, I thought.  

to be continued...


  1. I can't wait to hear the end of this, because I went to the same type of class. They even gave us a smoke break.

  2. I'll be back! Never been a smoker but my husband was since he was 18 years old. Finally (before the heart attack) he just quit cold turkey.

  3. Oh boy, leave us hanging! I was hypnotized too. It lasted about three months. When I finally quit I went cold turkey.

  4. Never have smoked, so it's difficult to understand, but my niece recently quit. And I'm SO proud of her!

    Can't wait to hear/read the rest of the story!


  5. i went to a hypnotist a looong time ago, to quit smoking. i felt in a trance for days. it worked. just the smell of cig's made my stomach turn. at least it worked for a few YEARS...and then i started again...quit...started...quit...and so on... :]laura

  6. oh no, i have to wait until tomorrow???

  7. You are so brave! I'd be afraid of making a fool of myself -- more than usual. :)

  8. Brat! You dangle that carrot in front of our horsey faces all the time...

  9. Even though I'm appalled that I smoked for so long myself, when I get really stressed I still miss the ritual of it. But I'd never go back. Not one chance of that!

  10. Hi Home in the Hollow.
    I have just found your blog & love it. Your home looks so fabulous & your philosophy on life right up my street. I also worked in banking for most of my life.
    The cliffhanger on this post has me peppering with curiousity.

  11. Talk about a cliff-hanger! I think I need a cigarette, and I don't smoke.
    the wanna be country girl - Caroline

  12. I quit cold turkey the year I turned 40. Rolled over one morning and the stench of cigarette breath on my pillow gagged me. I went out and traded in my car that day, then went home and washed all curtains, bedding, etc. I wanted the smell of smoke out of everything I owned. That was in 1994, 16 and a half years ago... never looked back, and since then just the smell of a puff of smoke gags me.

  13. I have been trying to quit smoking for years,I use the gum. And sometimes I will buy a pack of cigarettes. I guess chewing the gum is better than smoking. Blessings jane

  14. I smoked for about a year when I was a teen - and I went to hypnosis for weight!

    Can't wait for the rest of the story...

    love yah, sandie

  15. Good writing...can't wait to read the rest. I was hypnotised once and think it didn't work for me. I would love to do it again for weight loss!

  16. I have never smoked. As a kid I couldn't stand the smell of it. Mom smokes and it just kills me. I am allergic to it in a bad way. I can't visit her house hardly at all because of it. I get sick every time. Even if I take a shower as soon as I get home which I have to do because the smell is just that strong to me. Sad but true. I wish mom would quit smoking! I'd have to get her some new furniture to get the smell out of her house.


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