Put the White Nails Down

(Originally published April 23, 2006)

If you can’t quit smoking because it is the right thing to do for your health, it is the right thing to do for your family, and generally just the right thing to do…then quit for greed. Greenbacks. Kayle. Moolah.

I missed a milestone in my life earlier this week; they happen so often now, I didn’t even notice (JK, I just forgot!). I quit smoking January 14, 2003. I was smoking a little over 3 packs a day, and averaging $10/day spent. If my calculations are right (and even if they’re not right, they are close), I have been smoke-free for 1194 days.

That is $11,940. My mom told me that if I quit smoking, I should treat myself big time.

So I did.

I paid $11,900 for Luna Grace, and she’s given me more in 6 months than 3582 packs of cigarettes over 3 years ever could. Even if you are only a 1 pack a day smoker, that sounds like a week-long cruise to the Caribbean after a year. After 1194 days you could have nearly the best PC money could buy and every worthwhile video game on the market to go with it. You could pay cash for a 53″ flat panel LCD TV. You could buy your fiance over a 1 caret diamond ring.

And I for one think you should do it. Don’t just put the money in the bank. Put the money in your pocket and buy something you really want. Because if you can put those white nails down permanently, you deserve it.

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