Checking the archives I find My third blogging Leap Year (29 February 2012). A sample:
Although later on I added some offline entries back to late 1999, my “blog” – then called a diary – actually began with this entry:
“M offered to pay for private hospital! My life changed absolutely when he came into it. I hope the delay hearing about his citizenship application does not indicate a problem. It shouldn’t. But there will undoubtedly be more about M as this journal grows.” QUOTE FROM MY JOURNAL Christmas Eve 1996.
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M finally got his Australian citizenship in 1997. The process had begun in 1991. I had my hernia operation around Anzac Day 1997 at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (an excellent public hospital) after a six month wait as it was elective surgery; hence M’s offer 4-5 months earlier. I had meantime found another use for bicycle shorts, though I don’t recommend them as underwear in a Sydney summer. I saw Mardi Gras 1997 on TV in emergency at Prince Alfred where I was waiting to have the hernia pushed back into place, having for once failed to do so myself, only to be told by a cheerful nurse after the deed was done that it was just as well she’d succeeded as they couldn’t have admitted me anyway because they had no beds.,,
And then I see the entry for 28 February 2012 a one-year anniversary.
The highest Degree in the science of Quitology; conferred upon a QuitNet member who has reached One Year smoke-free.
Yes this time one year ago – or the day after to be quite accurate – I informed you:
Where I am right now…
Wollongong Hospital after a small heart attack… I’ll be here a little while yet.
My last cigarette was on 28 February 2011 while waiting for the ambulance…
I no longer visit Quitnet, except on Facebook, since it went a major upgrade after which I didn’t renew membership. However, based on the figures in that 2012 post I am now just FIVE days off FIVE YEARS QUIT!
So that’s 91,340 cigarettes I haven’t smoked, worth at least $58,400 – probably nearer SIXTY THOUSAND at today’s price for B&H!