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Quit Smoking Emergency Box

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I seem to have inheirited one of my wife's coworker friends.  You know, the old coot retired kind. He is like family though and somehow I'm supposed to keep an eye on him. Of course, you know you are on speed dial for tech support when they figure out you know something about computers. Like a bad habit, you just can't say No. Which brings us to this.  Let's say "Grandpa", used in a most reverent way, had his computer crash last week.  You get some urgent calls and voicemails.  You return the calls and try to troubleshoot over the phone.  No picture on screen and no sounds from the computer. Luckily he has a spare computer given to him by a relative when they cleaned out their office. He manages to get that one plugged in and fired up.  All kinds of messages start popping up and he starts deleting things. Computer is getting slower and hangs. (This is a true story, by the way)   Well, I am forced to make a housecall since Caitlin said he sounded so sad without his computer.  Caitlin suggested, why doesn't he just get an ipad?  Well, grandpa did just learn to skype and videochat with his grandkids.

Anyway, we meet for lunch and go grab the two computers to fix.  He's gonna need to go cold turkey on the penny stocks for a few days. I just finished fixing the original machine by replacing the power supply and wiped the other one to rebuild a Windows machine. The original machine was all caked with dust and a brown nicotine coating which I surmised had siezed the cooling fans and overheated the machine into submission.(didn't take pictures, but the horror, someone should put up a forum topic with the dirtiest computer)  Sorry but I had to do a total decon on the machine before I could work on it.  So yeah, a smoke-filled environment is not good for the user nor the machine nor for the guy that has to open the machine up.  And so after lunch he made a bee-line to the corner store for a $12 pack of cigarettes and a lotto ticket.  He's has all the stuff to quit smoking but admits to not breaking open any of the aid packages.  Addiction is tough to beat.

But on a happier note, that was the inspiration of this ible.  If you can't beat 'em, make something to help. I knocked this together today so I can give it to him when I bring the machines back. My "Tuesdays with Morrie".

So this is how my "Tuesdays with Morrie" will go. I  will ask to see the pack of cigarettes that he bought after our lunch.  I will then seal it in my Quit Smoking Emergency Box because I will bring along my portable drill/driver and use my square drive screws(he'll have to find the right bit if he wants to attempt to open the box)  It's not mean, it's an intervention.  We do "love grandpa".  And it will sit next to the repaired computer as a reminder to get out and do better things.


DISCLAIMER: I am a non-smoker. It's your choice if you smoke but don't do it near me. I have seen the effects of chain smoking catch up with some people, it ain't pretty.  The illustration prop inside the Emergency Box is not intended as an advertisement nor endorsement of smoking.  It is hazardous to everyone's health around the smoker and it's nasty.
 
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a.steidl10 months ago
An addiction will only EVER be quit when the addict makes his or her OWN CHOICE to quit. No one can ever successfully make that decision for anyone. I'd like to think I know what I'm talking about, having recovered from and permanently kicked more than a few addictions. Only reason I haven't quit cigarettes yet, is because every time I have quit ciggies, I decided to start up again. But taking an addict's stash/bottle/pack will never serve their interests, only your own satisfaction.
caitlinsdad (author)  a.steidl10 months ago
I am not a professional counselor so I can only do what I know how, all with the best intentions. At least it gave him a laugh and planted the thought he's got some people that love him and maybe he should try to stick around a little bit longer.
a.steidl a.steidl10 months ago
But, nice 'ible, mate.
Ninzerbean1 year ago
This is so well done - I think it would help anyone trying to quit - to see the effort made on their behalf.
caitlinsdad (author)  Ninzerbean1 year ago
Thanks. The person knows they need to quit but they need a constant kick in the pants to get started on stopping.
I'm on my third day and just reading this 'ible helped me yesterday.
caitlinsdad (author)  Ninzerbean1 year ago
Internet high five then. Keep it going.
Kiteman1 year ago
Ah, you're soft on him - you should epoxy the box shut!

Many years ago, I helped run a film club. One of the other committee members was trying to quit smoking, but not very hard, so we put his last pack through the club's ID card laminating machine, one cigarette at a time. They got squashed by the rollers, so we could cram most of them back into the pack like cards, with a note that said "In case of emergency, tough, you've given up".

(He wasn't very happy when he found out...)
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
"By any means necessary..." 

Hmm, maybe just pour in a quart of Fiberglas resin and carbonite the pack in glowing amber.  Reaction to this would range from mild to severe but worth the consequences.

Embed LEDs around the edge to make the resin glow!

Make a couple of them UV to charge up the paint more quickly!
Lordy, what a great instructable to wake up to! And Kiteman.... clever!
caitlinsdad (author)  flyingpuppy1 year ago
Some would say, it's a great day when you do wake up in the morning.