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By M Davies   /     Aug 04, 2018  /     30 days of truth, Into the Void, NEPA, Pittsburgh  /  

“I’m not quitting, but I’m trying to start,” was what I said to the cashier when I bought my first ever pack of cigarettes from the Pump and Pantry in Sweet Valley. It was at that point, at 37 years old, that I was carded for cigarettes. Although I was about 25 when I was carded for a lottery ticket…I guess things could be worse.

“How old do I look to you people?” This isn’t a question people normally ask other people, and because of the implication, you either look too old or not enough. No one ever guesses correctly, at least for me anyway. And of course, the guilt and embarrassment that goes along with guessing incorrectly…you either look like an elderly person or a child.

Like I said earlier, I am 37 and I still get carded from anything from lottery tickets to booze. I’m not sure if I should be offended or flattered. Maybe both? I guess everything happens for a reason and say a little prayer for me.

As previously mentioned, I’m going through a very messy divorce right now and smoking is one of the dirtiest of habits that I picked up due to it. I’m mostly weaned off of the cigarettes now, but I take a drag once in a while if the gravity of the situation becomes too much. I am not addicted to them, I can start and stop as I please.

After 3 surgeries and 2 involuntary hospitalizations, I realized that life is too short for leading a boring life. Does this mean I’m going to try things and fail? Yes, but none of them will be illegal substances. Everything I am taking is hospital prescribed. Everyone CAN PIPE THE FUCK DOWN who doesn’t believe me.

Take it from the source:

That being said, here are my bucket list items that I want to accomplish (most of which are in PA):

  • Skydiving (Tunkhannock)
  • Gravity Hill (Bedford Cty)
  • Grafiti Road (Centralia)
  • Concrete City (Nanticoke)
  • Marie Antionette Overlook (near Towanda)
  • Polar Bear Challenge (anywhere)
  • Wellsboro Diner
  • Unicorn Hair
  • Redrose Diner (if its open again)
  • Gettysburgh
  • Love Statue (in Philthy)
  • Office Mural (Scranton)
  • Kitchen Creek – I lived 5 seconds away from Ricketts for 10 years, never once went!
  • Erie and “Northeast” PA
  • Kennywood
  • Pens Game
  • Dutch Wonderland
  • South Street in Philly
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • The Pagoda in Reading
  • Nicolson Bridge
  • Mattress Factory
  • The Priory
  • Vegas Shotgun wedding while dressed up as a furry.

This is just a beginning, but as you can see I’m pretty nerdy for not expanding on my list. I’m a Pennsylvania girl through and through. I’ve been to other states, but I still like mine most of all.

Anyway, have a happy weekend. Stay off the cancer sticks. I know I will.

About M Davies

Hi! My name is Michelle and I'm the sassy author of this blog. I also am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, contributor at NEPA Blogs, 1/3 of NEPA BlogCon and work behind-the-scenes in local TV.

4 Comments

  1. Tim Gillette Says: August 4, 2018 9:40 am

    Wow Grew up in PA and have not visited many of those things on your list. But have been to great places in this country, yet forget how many cool places are in PA..

  2. Gussie Says: August 6, 2018 5:59 pm

    …the Matress Factory…?

  3. Burnside Says: August 7, 2018 12:16 am

    I got 13 of 24.

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