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...