2011 HOF Speeches

A Simple Thank You

KTC QuestionI waited a few days to see how this would feel. I had an outline of my speech in my head before my 100th day and to be honest it was rather negative and hateful certainly not against anyone on this site or even the site itself no it was directed at those around me, friends, co-workers, customers and even random people out on the streets.

So rather than the hate filled diatribe I had lined up I thought about it and shifted gears, what I discovered is that these people were helping in a big way albeit indirectly. So I will list them and give to them a sincere and simple thank you.

Some of the customers where I work deserve thanks because as a flat rate mechanic i’m all about charity and having to drop whatever i’m working on and getting paid for to sort out your problems for free because you can’t be bothered to read your owners manual.

The service writers on the front desk awesome job guys! You can’t be bothered to talk to each other and coordinate the schedule properly so I often wind up with 2 or more waiting customers scheduled at once.

The people in my old neighborhood you all were the best! I loved fighting with you at 3 am to knock off the noise.

My family, friends and co-workers who still use tobacco. You were a constant source of strength, smoking and chewing right in front of me it was most appreciated.

Why on earth would I be thanking these people you ask? Because thanks to them I was subjected to hellish levels of stress,anger and rage that would have made most folks run right back to their tobacco security blankets but I stood up to it took it all and came out on top.

And then there are the folks who were with me every step of the way.

My mother, a former smoker she knew what I was going through and was just as supportive and helpful as only a mom could be thank you!

My father, my father passed away 9/15/10 he was a marine, a vet, and towards the end a better father than he had been over the last 30 or so years i know he was proud of my quit and with me every step of the way.

Ray my co-worker he was very supportive of my quit and is a great person to work with.

And of course all the fine folks here at KTC! That monday when said enough and crumpled up my pack of Mail Pouch and threw it away I knew it was time to quit and that evening while looking online for fake alternatives to chew I found KTC and joined. It was the best thing I could have done here were nothing but people in the same boat as me and kicking the crap out of the Nic monster! Thanks to everyone here that has been quit with me I am proud to be quit with you as well.

I know the journey is just beginning as I have read from folks here who were quit for a while then caved so I know there is an ever present danger and I know i’ll never be cured (or a cucumber) ever again but with what I have learned the last 100 days I feel strong enough to continue with my quit.

I don’t know everyone here but that don’t matter if you need a fellow quitter to lean on pm me and i’ll help however I can.

Stay quit everyone

Tim

NOTE: This piece written by KillTheCan.org forum member Pouchgoaway

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