There is a First Time for Everything…

Ben Stewart
by Ben Stewart
April 3, 2013
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I pull up to the end of my driveway, yet another end to yet another workday. As usual, I open my driver’s door and step out into the street. The standard grunt and groan as my back and legs are stretched shortly follow.ย  I walk over to my mailbox to fetch my daily junk mail, already keeping in mind that spot on the floor of my truck where it will no doubtingly end up.

What’s this? A strange plastic envelope-like container rests in my box, clueless as to what it may be, I reach in and examine it. There must have been some mistake, I hadn’t ordered anything. A quick look over of the package and oddly, it is addressed to me. A series of possibilities flash through my confused mind, to no avail.

I then recall that strange text I received from my father the week prior, asking for my exact address with no explanation or reason. Hmm, two and two go together easily enough I suppose, but what could this object be? The sender was some company whose name I had never heard of, and no other clue was presented externally.

Wanting to get home to let my dogs out back, I climb into the truck and crawl up the hill to my house. Once inside and my pup’s bladders emptied, I open the package to reveal an item I knew of but had never seen before.

An electronic cigarette.

Ugh, I remember my parents talking about them to me over the phone some time ago, this odd techno fad in which I had no interest. But what the hell, I open the box, read the instructions and plug the battery in.

Plugging in a cigarette, what a foreign concept.

I take a shower, feed my best friends and have some grub for myself, I then notice the “cigarette” battery is fully charged. So I once again read the instructions and clumsily assemble the three-piece “cigarette”. I place it to my mouth and attempt my first “electric drag”…

Words cannot describe.

Literally, I could not for the life of me put into words what this “thing” was. It certainly wasn’t a cigarette, that is for damn sure. It doesn’t taste like one, doesn’t feel like one, and very much does not smell like one. This isn’t going to work.

It doesn’t taste bad, mind you, but it certainly lacks that smokey kick in the chest. I give it another try, this time going for broke, I pull out all the stops and bring it into the deepest reaches of my lungs.

Holy ****!

It took about a minute or so before the coughing came to an end. This thing may have a future after all. I carried on with it, here and there, for the rest of the evening, slowly learning it’s attributes and tendencies. At the end of the night, I was laying in bed watching a movie, puffing away. It was nice not having to put one out and relight another constantly.

Then I dropped it.

It landed right on my chest, garnering a startled yell from me, followed by a quick series of frantic patting to the area. Then I remembered that it wasn’t actually burning, that was the first moment of true appreciation.

I won’t drag on any longer, the rest of the story goes without saying (ever notice how that phrase is almost always followed by the rest of the story being said?).

The vapor transition had begun…

(This was one year ago this month!)



36 Responses to “There is a First Time for Everything…”

  1. tiffjamesnjj on April 4th, 2013 12:20 am

    well put story!
    and i think that plenty of us have freaked when we dropped our e-cig on themselves.
    wtg on the year!!

  2. Michelle on April 4th, 2013 12:32 am

    Awesome story! I was on the edge of my chair lol
    And a most amazing gift

  3. Mike on April 4th, 2013 1:39 am

    Ha, good story. And congrats on the year stinky free!!!!

  4. Tyler on April 4th, 2013 1:47 am

    lmao great post

  5. RCO67 on April 4th, 2013 4:39 am

    Good read. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your first year!!!

  6. morrinb on April 4th, 2013 12:13 pm

    Awesome story. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Nerva666 on April 4th, 2013 2:12 pm

    hahaha grats on a year and grats to your folks for randomly sending it to ya haha

  8. bybees3 on April 4th, 2013 5:10 pm

    Good stuff. Congrats on your year.

  9. Hannah on April 4th, 2013 11:48 pm

    awesome post!

  10. VapersWin on April 5th, 2013 12:51 am

    Nice writing, very entertaining. Also a congratulations for kicking the habit.

  11. mrcrunch08 on April 5th, 2013 12:58 am

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  12. stogismkr on April 5th, 2013 1:32 am

    Congrats on the Vaporversary!

  13. Dale Van Droof on April 5th, 2013 1:53 am

    Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on making it a year.

  14. Stephen W on April 5th, 2013 2:44 am

    Congrats man!

  15. Flux83 on April 5th, 2013 4:27 am

    Congrats good post

  16. slap_maxwell on April 6th, 2013 4:53 am

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. I wish someone would have bought me my first instead of me having to buy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. saboinia on April 6th, 2013 7:50 am

    congrats……………..keep going……………great post

  18. Tony on April 6th, 2013 11:45 am

    awesome post

  19. MrsB3 on April 6th, 2013 5:51 pm

    Way to go, dad. Congrats on your success.

  20. bybees3 on April 7th, 2013 10:57 pm

    Funny how we still think like smokers sometimes. You don’t realize how much it is a part of your life.
    I’ve just now stopped rolling down the window of the car when I start to vape.

  21. MrsCasey on April 7th, 2013 11:08 pm

    Thanks for the story Ben. Congrats on your one year vapeversary. That’s a great Dad you have!

  22. slap_maxwell on April 8th, 2013 4:17 am

    Good one, Bybees3; it IS nice not to have wind blasting one ear while driving. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Todd on April 8th, 2013 6:33 am

    Very cool story! Even cooler how it all started and turned out. Thanks for sharing!

  24. carlos on April 9th, 2013 12:27 am

    very cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. TheCrookedOne on April 10th, 2013 4:55 pm

    Nice!!! Gongrats on 1 year…Vape strong !!!

  26. aaron on April 14th, 2013 1:46 am

    Congrats on a year of vaping!

  27. varguar on April 15th, 2013 3:40 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that has done the drop and yell in the beginning!

  28. FloridaVaping on April 15th, 2013 10:39 pm

    Awesome story. Welcome to the land of vaping. It has def been a life-changer for me..God Bless

  29. Chello hernandez on April 19th, 2013 2:04 am

    I enjoy not having the smell of ciggz in my house and my kids said finally we can go to school without smelling like stinky ciggz..

  30. Chello hernandez on April 19th, 2013 2:06 am

    very good

  31. Nev NYC on April 19th, 2013 4:31 am

    cool story!!!

  32. slap_maxwell on April 20th, 2013 4:43 pm

    Heck yeah! One year is an awesome milestone…better than the millstone of cigs for sure!

  33. Andrew on April 23rd, 2013 6:16 pm

    I am working on my 4th week right now completely analog free, your story made me laugh especially the dropping it and patting out the imaginary flame

  34. Donald Hammond on April 24th, 2013 9:40 pm

    Awesome story. Congrats on 1 year.

  35. kelliperkins on December 12th, 2013 3:00 pm

    You have awesome parents for sure.

  36. kelli perkins on December 14th, 2013 6:04 pm

    Love your writing…great humor in it and congrats the first year is the hardest…for me the first day but hey you get the point.

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