Monday, 10 January 2011

Experiment, day 2.

Less fatigued today. That's a purely subjective assessment which I can't put a number to, but I defintiely feel less knackered today.

Still coughing, but that's normal and reducing. It's nothing to worry about, just the tracheal cilia waking up and noticing the mess. The cough won't last the week.

No sign of fidgeting or irritability. No desperate cravings for tobacco. Nicotine-free Electrofag use is still low. It's a useful distraction but real, nicotine-free tobacco would be a better test.

I miss the smoking, but it's not the same as a drug addict deprived of smack who's climbing the walls. It's the sort of feeling you get when you have a late-night urge for cheese on toast, but the bread's gone mouldy. Or when you really fancy a whisky but you have some intricate and detailed work to do. Maybe this is how Catholics feel when they give something up for Lent.

Well, so far I am still sane and am not rolling lettuce from the fridge in strips torn from the Press and Journal and trying to light them.

The lettuce isn't dry enough yet.


subrosa said...

Placed in a very low oven for a few hours would solve that problems. :)

While you're using energy, whisk up a few egg whites with sugar and spoon them onto a baking sheet. Place in oven too. You'll not only have dried lettuce but lovely meringues.

Leg-iron said...

If I do crack before the week's up, I have an unpoened baccy pack ready.

Meringues though... You can never have too many meringues.

Conan the Librarian™ said...

No nicotine-do crack.

Have you no willpower at all sir?

Or am a wrang?

Anonymous said...

Have you given yourself a reward to be enjoyed on Saturday? If you haven't, you should. It is a perfectly correct ploy and in no way invalidates your experiment on yourself. If you were actually addicted, the physical imperative would be too much to bear.

Anonymous said...

You do realise that my smoking has doubled whilst your doing this, don't you?
Its important we keep the levels of second hand smoke stable in the Country.

Anonymous said...

They don't want you to smoke lettuce either.

Indiana Moves To Ban Smoking Lettuce
"INDIANA Congressman Steve Buyer says smoking lettuce is just like smoking cigarettes or cigars or broccoli or..

An idiot, right? Iceberg is a gateway drug:
When cut, the stems of lettuce plants ooze a milky juice whose appearance, taste, and smell are said to be similar to opium. Once dried, the substance is called lactucarium, or lettuce opium."

The anti-lettuce movement.

"Prior to the Victorian age, wild lettuce was well known as a painkiller and sedative. When there appeared in the market cultivated varieties devoid of the medicinal elements found in wild lettuce, social commentators were not pleased."

"A whole list of horrible things were supposed to happen if people proceeded with this shameless eating of lettuce. Obviously, the public needn’t have worried as they did. For one thing, no one would choose to sit down to a salad made of the medicinal variety, unless he had a penchant for the taste of match heads.
The lettuce scandal passed; unfortunately so did awareness of wild lettuce’s pain-killing abilities."


Catherine in Athens said...


So that's why Beatrix Potter wrote about the soporific properties of lettuce when Peter ate too much in 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'. Many thanks for clearing up this mystery, forty plus years on!

Leg-iron said...

Conan - ye're wrang.

Junican - I have a brand new pack of Henri Winterman's Half Corona ready for Friday night.

I hope it's a fine night. Even I have to open the window for one of these little bonfires.

Expect a spontaneous hole in the ozone layer by Saturday morning.

Anon - hang in there, I'll be doing my share again by the weekend.

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