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Two years ago, I celebrated one-year tobacco-free with a blog about my personal journey. Then, in 2013, I posted again, celebrating the two-year anniversary of coming clean (cigarettes are a drug). Today I am posting once again, as it's the three-year anniversary of kicking the habit. As I've done previously, I am re-posting much of my original blog entry here on THE ROCK FATHER, along with a few alterations and timely updates. Last year, I discussed how Marlboro (under the Philip Morris or Altria name) won't leave me alone. It's continued for another year... and perhaps it's time to lawyer up?

March 14, 2011 is the day that I officially quit smoking. At some point on the night of March 13, I quietly took the last puff of the last cigarette in the last pack that I ever owned. Upon telling my wife that I was officially ''done,'' she took it upon herself to clean-up some of the ''smoker's mess'' that I'd created. The ashtrays of both cars were scoured. The sand-filled flowerpots that I'd strategically placed on my front porch and near my gardening shed were disposed of, along with a ton of stray butts that had made their way into the surrounding landscape over the winter months. The cleansing had begun.

Published in James' Journal

And now it's time to take a break from our regularly-scheduled entertainment coverage to discuss something of great importance to me: keeping the house clean. I work from home, and it's always a challenge to keep Rock Father HQ looking it's best, and to assist, the folks at Eureka recently sent me one of their new Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS Vacuums (available Exclusively at Walmart) to test out. While the official results from my state-of-the-art product testing facility are forthcoming, THE ROCK FATHER and Eureka are teaming up to give YOU a chance to bring some of that #EurekaPower home. Not one, but TWO lucky readers will received one of these new machines. Let's rock.

Published in General News

March is here, and with the first day of Spring less than two weeks away, we're FINALLY starting to see some signs of it here in the frosty region north of Chicago. With a new season comes some new flavors, and my friends at The J.M. Smucker Company are rolling out a trio of their Dunkin Donuts Packaged Coffee (available in grocery stores), with Peach Cobbler, Coconut and Toasted Almond, all available for a limited time. Coffee is good, but you know what else is? Prizes - and you could win some, just for showing us your Hipster Side.

Published in Food and Drink

THE ROCK FATHERRock Father vs. Rock Father - For the past ten weeks, James Zahn and Tom George (read the kick-off story here) have been engaged in the early stage of a year-long journey to not only lose weight, but get fit. These two Work-at-Home Dads had let time and their jobs take their toll on their personal well-being. For each week of the journey, we'll find out how their efforts are paying off. This afternoon, Sunday, March 9, 2014, both men did their weigh-in... and these are the results.

Published in Health & Fitness

THE ROCK FATHERRock Father vs. Rock Father - For the past nine weeks, James Zahn and Tom George (read the kick-off story here) have been engaged in the early stage of a year-long journey to not only lose weight, but get fit. These two Work-at-Home Dads had let time and their jobs take their toll on their personal well-being. For each week of the journey, we'll find out how their efforts are paying off. This afternoon, Sunday, March 2, 2014, both men did their weigh-in... and these are the results.

Published in Health & Fitness

THE ROCK FATHERRock Father vs. Rock Father - For the past eight weeks, James Zahn and Tom George (read the kick-off story here) have been engaged in the early stage of a year-long journey to not only lose weight, but get fit. These two Work-at-Home Dads had let time and their jobs take their toll on their personal well-being. For each week of the journey, we'll find out how their efforts are paying off. This afternoon, Sunday, February 23, 2014, both men did their weigh-in... and these are the results.

Published in Health & Fitness
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