– A Review

I have quit snus! Today is 20 days. “What is snus?” you will ask. It’s a subtle European replacement for smoking, much more subtle than chewing tobacco and “dip.”

It’s tough to quit! May be easier than smoking. I have never smoked cigarettes so I don’t know. As hard as dropping Skoal years ago. That was unexpected. The thing about using tobacco is: your body will get as much nicotine as it can when it gets the chance. Doesn’t matter what the source is and it doesn’t matter that you “only do it once.” Your body is now fully nicotined up and your withdrawal starts again.

Why Very helpful when I was thinking about quitting. It’s mostly a bunch of folks that have quit Skoal and Copenhagen and the like, but there are a few former snus users there. Reading their stories was invaluable. I dropped in five or six times before I quit to get in the mood, and everything I read helped.

The Dark Side

My issue now is with their methods. I got signed up, although I never got an email acknowledging that. I got into a group (standard forum format) that was for people who would hit 100 days of quit in April.

I did their (extremely convoluted) roll-call method a couple of times early on, then forgot about it for a week. When I came back and did the roll-call again, I was inundated with rude comments: “you do know that roll-call is mandatory?” “What are you going to do, put a big log in there?”

Really? Drill Sergeant from crappy Marine movie? Some kind of lowlife AA methodology? Mostly, is this some kind of sausage fest for manly Alpha men?

Well, I did try to be polite, but let’s face it: I’m quit and will stay quit. Don’t need the “help” at this point. Good that it was there earlier on to get me started, but I’m well past the need for this macho crap.

YMMV. If you’re looking to quit, go there and do it.


What Happened to Good Music? – An Old Fox’s Lament

Sitting in the den, listening to some vinyl. I’m older than I look on Television. I’m sure that I’m older than any of you! My tastes run to what used to be called “American Pop Music.” The style flourished in the 50’s, was almost killed in the 60’s and was finally finished off in the 70’s.

Currently listening to Julie London. Julie was incredibly beautiful, a trait that was well used on her album covers. They were even a bit risqué for the time. She also had a clear and sultry singing style that was imitated for years after, by artists as diverse as Jessica Rabbit and Michelle Pfeiffer (Fabulous Baker Boys).


This Album (Your Number Please, Liberty LRP 3130) from 1959 was not her best. I find it overproduced and can’t say I’m an André Previn fan. It’s a few years after her first and biggest hit, “Cry Me A River.” That song used to be known from her performance in “The Girl Can’t Help It” (1956). Nowadays, one has to reference the jukebox in “V for Vendetta.”

Just typing that makes me feel old, but at least Mr. V (did he have another name?) seemed to respect vinyl…and vinyl is what makes this album wonderful. When I say overproduced, I’m really thinking of a digital version. All that reverb and room sound is perfect on vinyl. Still not a Previn fan though.

Go see for yourself. You’ll only need: a turntable, the album (mono please!) and 2oz Talisker 16yo. scotch. Scratch that last if you’re under 21.