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My vices, and their cost.

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Skivvywaver, Jul 14, 2007.

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  1. Skivvywaver

    Skivvywaver Thread Starter

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    OK, I just had to go to the store..............was outta smokes. Only 3 left. The last time I bought a carton of cigarettes, like may 10-11 days ago they were $27. I quit smoking Marlboro and switched to Pall Mall filters over a year ago. The carton I just bought was $33. Terrible. :mad:

    Well, as long as I was out, I decided to pick up some Budweiser. 12 pack is $11 and change. $44 for stuff that isn't good for me and isn't needed in any way shape or form.

    This isn't counting the pack of cigarettes here and there and the 6 pack I sometimes buy through the week. $5 for a single pack and $6 for a 6 pack. I bought 3 single packs of cigarettes and 2 6 packs of beer this week. Another $27. That is roughly 71-72 dollars this week for Bullcrap. :mad:

    $284 a month. $3408 a year. :eek: That is 3 house payments, a truck payment, and some change left over. (my payment is like $950, great financing and I bought at the right time).

    I think it is time to find something else to do with my "free time" cause right now my "free time" isn't free. It is costing me a fortune.

    Maybe I should join a monastery. :rolleyes: :p Something has got to give. I had never really added it all up before. :(
     
  2. emoric

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    Very, very interesting. (y)
     
  3. Skivvywaver

    Skivvywaver Thread Starter

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    Interesting and depressing. I am literally pissing away and burning my money. :mad:

    It doesn't seem like much if you don't sit down and tally up the cost. I had never really done that before. I figured maybe $1250-$1500 a year which is still too much.

    I have got to quit. Beer first and then when I get a grip...........cigarettes. I don't want to shock my system too much at once. :p

    I sit here every month and do the bills. I wonder just how I am ever going to make it sometimes. I just figured out not only how to make it, but to make it easily and with $$$ left over. ;)
     
  4. BanditFlyer

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    Sounds pretty cheap so far, at least compared to cancer, emphysema, etc - that can get expensive.
     
  5. Skivvywaver

    Skivvywaver Thread Starter

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    You are preaching to the choir BF. I know the health risks also. ;) Liver damage, lung cancer, etc. Looking at it from both sides money and healthwise there is really no choice.

    I think I actually mentioned in the original post that these things are not good for you, but I did not say I know these things can and will kill you.

    Thanks for helping me clear that up.
     
  6. aarhus2004

    aarhus2004 Gone but always remembered

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    Skivvywaver, hi,

    Your name on posts has always given me pause. I've read your posts in consequence. It's only just now I remember what it is. My kids grew up in Canada (England me)and often they would toss out a word which baffled me They were kids in middle school I guess. The word? Skivvy!!

    This thread you started and your contributions to it have changed the feel of this day. More they have reassured me at a time when I was beginning to wonder about this addiction I apparently have to TSG. I was thinking are we all greeting-card people, surface dwellers tending to say the right things at the right time.

    Your choice of title is so very attractive - it drew me instantly. "My vices, and their cost." You are a brave man, Skivvywaver, and I wish to join in. My vices take one third of my gross income. For me a vice is something which gives me no pleasure whatsoever and if it ever did I have no recollection of it. I began using tobacco fifty-five years ago. In the company of fools there is likely none greater than I.

    Thanks for the thread, Skivvywaver.

    Ben.

    P.S. I have given myself a new avatar in acknowledgement,
     
  7. ACA529

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    Quit smoking!!! :p

    You're smoking up your money! :p
     
  8. Skivvywaver

    Skivvywaver Thread Starter

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    My user name come from the slang for a US navy signalman. Signalmen wave flags and sailors have nicknames for most rates.

    Since we might as well been waving our undershorts around, and since the navy calls undershorts skivvies.................well skivvywaver was the nickname of my MOS. First it had to be whittled down to the singular since skivvieswaver wouldn't have sounded quite right.

    Thanks for joining in. I try to be honest about the way I feel which is why I said I would kill one vice at a time. If I were to try to stop both at once, I would be arrested on B&A Blvd. with a smoke in one hand and a beer in the other all the while taking a leak on a utility pole. :D

    Feel free to post away. I'll read and help where I can.
     
  9. Stoner

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    Hidy-ho Skivvy :D
     
  10. Skivvywaver

    Skivvywaver Thread Starter

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    Hey Jack. Nice to see ya. :D
     
  11. aarhus2004

    aarhus2004 Gone but always remembered

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    Hello SW,

    I used to stand about in a pub, almost anywhere and listening mostly, I realised that I could tell a sailor by the cut of his conversational jib and was, instinctively drawn to him.

    "Skivvy
    British : a female domestic servant" :rolleyes:

    And would 'Elsie' be a name a sailor might use?

    MOS? Master of Signals?

    Strange you should mention utility pole (another memory comes back) I was driving a bunch of kids to a posh school near downtown Vancouver (BC) and I teased them when we arrived by leaping out and playing doggy on a pole.

    One voyage at a time in reality, eh? SW. Many in memory.

    Thanks for the offer.(y)

    Ben.
     
  12. Skivvywaver

    Skivvywaver Thread Starter

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    Yeah, I have heard the thing about the female domestic servant before. I had no clue really until someone cornered me on it. Someone wanted to know if I waved women around. :rolleyes: While it might be an ideal job, I think most women do not take kindly to being waved around. :D

    MOS= Military Occupational Specialty. :)
     
  13. aarhus2004

    aarhus2004 Gone but always remembered

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    "And would 'Elsie' be a name a sailor might use?"

    Ben.
     
  14. Skivvywaver

    Skivvywaver Thread Starter

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    Not that I know of. I have been a civilian for almost 24 years now and quite a bit has changed. Also it may have been used prior to my time.

    We had nicknames for quite a few things.

    HT= Hull Technician = Turd Chaser.

    OS = Operations Specialist = Scope Dope.

    CIC = Combat Information Center = Batcave. Etc. :D
     
  15. aarhus2004

    aarhus2004 Gone but always remembered

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    Love those, SW, still laughing. There are some usernames in the making - and the avatars might be interesting!

    Elsie.
    Then I have got hold of a Canadian Navy nickname - here Elsie is a Lieutenant Commander.

    24 years gone for you 31 for me but never to be forgotten I suspect. In the beginning my voyages (mercantile marine aka merchant navy) were 6 months in duration and the longest passage was from the canal to NZ. 19 days. Leave at voyage end - 2 weeks. Talk about total immersion. Talk about change, even in 6 months! Crew size about 40 depending. More engineers than any other group.

    The largest of the ships I served on - JPG

    Take care, SW.

    Ben.
     

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