Smoking that is. Been trying for years and even kept smoking after I had to have two stents put in my femoral arteries and remained in danger of losing my legs. A couple of weeks ago I underwent a triple bypass and that finally did the trick. I have to tell you boys and girls, that was no fun. It is still not funny. There's no doubt I got what I deserved as I knew smoking was very bad for me with my genes. I was prone to high Cholesterol and heart disease was all through my family tree. I never tried to eat healthy and limited my exercise to what I felt like doing and not what I needed to do. So, why am I bringing this up here? Well I needed to let a few friends know why I have been out of touch and I hope some one may read this and maybe take another shot at quitting the cigarettes. While I was in the hospital recovering from the surgery, the guy that shared the room with me was recovering from his second heart surgery. He had a lot of family visiting him and believe it or not, this guy was talking about how he had smoked his whole life and was amazed that his lungs were so healthy. He was actually talking about how his health had never been affected by his smoking and he could not wait to get home so he could light up. This guy was experiencing the same kind of denial an alcoholic experiences. There is no doubt in my mind, quitting smoking is the most difficult thing a person may ever have to do. I don't intend to become a crusader and I am not going to criticize others for doing what I have done the last 50+ years. I just hate to think about all the people that will have to endure bypass surgery and all the pain and discomfort that goes with it. As one that always had the attitude of, It will never happen to me, I found my best thinking to be woefully lacking. Please take care of yourselves my friends. I have learned the hard way that health is everything when it comes to quality of life.