Monday, February 3, 2014
Gettin Ready for the Storm and Dealing with Addiction
It actually got up high enough today to melt a bit of the ice and snow that was covering everything. We are also still blessedly windless and that makes a huge difference not to mention we didn't start getting any cloud cover until late afternoon.
The shop called to tell me that the shifter was broken in my truck. About 3 bills to fix it, which is better than I feared but they have to order in the part so it's gonna be a day or two. Oh well I have the backup truck and spent the rest of the day splitting wood, tarping up everything and generally getting ready for this "significant" storm coming tonight and, what is this, round five of sub-zero temps?
Bah. Only a few more weeks...
While I was working away I resisted the urge many times to drive down to the gas station and pick up a Mocha Frappuccino. Let me tell you it was tough. I could down 100 of these things a day without blinking and regardless of what it says on the ingredients panel there is something in them that is addicting. Seriously I can open one up take a drink and feel the waves of relief rolling through me very similar to other addictive substances I have dealt with before. When I first discovered these things they were like .90 cents each and one of the best pick-me-ups I had ever found. These days they are almost $2.50 each if you buy them individually. What a scam.
I know I am not alone in this addiction either. For one thing no place in the area can keep them in stock more than a day or three after getting them in. I have met and know a couple other people who have been complaining about them locally and if you do a search there are gobs of "how to" sites out there with recipes of people trying to figure out how to make em themselves.
They will fail miserably I might add. I have tried making them, the wife has purchased all kinds and brands of substitutes and they all taste like ASS.
Yet I know I have to give them up and I have been slowly weaning myself off them since New Years to the point now that I maybe get two a week these days. I used to have two a day minimum.
This is another point of the decline all of us are going to have to deal with. Any addiction, whether it is actually physical or psychological, is a weakness it is best to not be shackled with as things decline. I think it was Rawles' that mentioned an addict selling their children in one of his novels.
Isn't it interesting how some people can be brutally honest about some social issues while promoting others?
Anyway no matter what addiction you may have it is best to get a handle on it now.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!