by, 08-01-2010 at 11:33 AM (336 Views)
Yes, my third week smoke free. Feels good knowing I made it this far despite all the little mental dramas I've suffered or put myself through.
I'm finding things go different day to day. Seems I will have good days where I am not chain vaping or stressing over nic levels or blah, blah, blah, whatever.
Then there are the other days. But you know, that’s life. I am really trying to exercise more patience and just sit back and enjoy vaping. Hopefully there might be people out there that might even pick something up from my blabbering ramblings that could be considered helpful. If I can just help one person along I will consider it worthwhile. And if nothing else it's also helpful to me to put it all into words and sharing it all with others. I look and see that my postings are getting read, and I'm most times surprised by how many times my blog is viewed. You guys may not realize it but it helps me out too and I appreciate it people, I appreciate that others take notice of my thoughts and feelings.
Now speaking of enjoyment, wow, some revelations this week. Started dripping and it is really got me hooked now. The flavors really start to stand out when dripping. I'm also very surprised at how long the e-cig will go on just 2-3 drops.
I'm finding that if I vape slow and draw it out I get a nice experience that makes it that much more enjoyable.
I read a post on ECF from a fellow that reached his one year mark (vaping/smoke free) and it spoke volumes to me. I tried following some of his advice about to actually vape and it is working for me. His user name escapes me now (I'll look it up and post it later) but it is in the new member section.
Next, e-juice. I have received some samples from a vendor (want2vape.com). Donley was very generous to me and PIF'd me a nice selection of his wares. I also received some DIYFlavorShop juice from Sallana in PIF. This is my first foray into a variety of juices in flavors that I previously would have never considered.
Everything all arrived at once in the mail. I was overwhelmed and hitting overload from all the choices. I tried the DIYFlavorShop Creamy Cappuccino first. I dripped it into my 510 as I prepared for my commute to work. I started backing out of the drive and hit my first vape.
OMG!!! I could not believe it. It actually tasted like a real cup of java! This was fantastic. My tastebuds were dancing!
It tasted so much like a real cup of joe that it acted as a trigger, just the same as that first cup of coffee in the morning after waking up. I started craving a cigarette, bad. I mean a craving I hadn’t felt for several days. It was actually a little scary. I thought to myself I could just vape this flavor in the morning instead of actually drinking any java. Then I suddenly had an image of myself with 510 in one hand and a cigarette in the other…vape-drag…vape-drag.
I really couldn’t get over the taste and texture, it totally f*ing rocked my world. As I drove on savoring the whole experience, I came to a realization, I now understood all the excitement and fevor I read among the others at ECF about trying new flavors and sharing and passing about specific juices. I get it now
Later I tried want2vape’s RY4, again I had another “I get it now” moment. It finally got to the point that I had to switch attys as the flavors were too blended, they were strong (oh, didn’t mention they are all 12mg except the DIYShop juices that are 0mg) and started gumming up the works because I mixed them together. I actually bolied up some water and cleaned the first atty at work so that I would have a fresh slate to use for another flavor.
That flavor was W2V’s Alcazar, a cigar flavor. I’ve had my fair share of cigars. Loved smoking them. Was actually smoking them on a regular basis for a short while, back before starting a family and I could afford it. Arturo Fuente was my favorite. Well I was blown away by the juice and that it actually tasted like a real cigar! Just as in a real cigar, the more I vaped, the more my tastebuds seemed to die and the flavor started to dull. It was so close to the real thing I couldn’t believe it. These juice makers are true artisans to me now. I am flabbergasted.
I can foresee some long vaping sessions coming up at home using the PT! I have twice now prior bought from Backwoods Brew, and now am thinking about trying some of his other offerings, branching out from the reserved tastes I have stuck to.
Yeah I’m learning that keeping the attys clean is going to be important, especially with strong vibrant flavors. I understand now why so many turn to and stick with the USA producers. I’m not knocking Dekang juice, but there definitely is a difference.
I am also excited about making the “flavor” discoveries that I did this weekend. It has made me see a new avenue, a new lease on my vaping journey. Kind of a new kick start that I felt when first starting to use the PV. Another new level of excitement.