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Calling out James (Pleidus)

Today we’re calling out James or also known to the community as Pleidus.


Meet the old fart vaper known as Pleidius (or sometimes: Santa).  I was born and raised in California; I spent eight years in the navy, three years in college, and worked a wide variety of jobs.  Got Married (twice) have two kids and six or eight grandkids (my son says a couple of those are not his).  A couple of years ago I injured my back and pretty well disqualified myself from the work force.
I started smoking at 14, and was well into the habit by the time I was out of high school, smoking up to two packs a day.   In the last few years, as cigarette prices climbed, I went from Name brands to generics to roll-your-own.  I couldn’t afford to smoke, but still did.  I tried gum and patches, but still kept smoking.  I was a 60-year-old unemployed smoker.

One day, last March, my daughter stopped by the house. She said, “check this.” and striking a pose, took a drag on an electronic cigarette and blew out a long plume of ‘smoke’.
I was intrigued.  She let me try it.  The flavor was odd and it was heavy.  I saw a chance to maybe quit smoking.  I jumped on the internet and was soon reading ‘free trial; just pay $4.95 for shipping and handling’.  While waiting for my ‘free trial’ to arrive, I did some more searching and reading and soon realised how badly I was about to screw myself.  I ‘smoked’ my ‘free trial’ for five days; going through all the cartridges they sent me and quite a few that were given to me by a friend who had given up on her ‘e-cig’. I also smoked a pack or so of ‘real’ cigarettes while waiting for batteries to charge A flurry of irate phone calls got me out of the purchase agreement and I used the hundred bucks I had set aside to buy an eGo-t and 30ml of ‘juice’. I filled one of the little tanks, screwed the atty onto the battery, loaded the tank and was on my way. Better vapor, better flavor, I vaped myself to a nic buzz in just a few minutes.  I gave the last of my tobacco and rolling supplies to my son-in-law and never looked back.

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Three months later, I was talking with my daughter and she lit a cigarette.  I tried one puff from her cigarette and it all but gagged me. It was nasty, it was also the same brand I had smoked for years!
My eGo-t had a small problem with leaking, mostly from getting it over heated, but I thought it might be because the PG based juice I had been too thin.  On my next order, I got ‘my’ juice and a bottle of VG nic in the same strength as the juice to thicken it up. Of course, this thinned down the flavor.  I found some Loranns flavors at a local drug store and added some apple flavor to the juice.  Not bad at all.  I was a DIYer! (probably never be a JD)
I couldn’t afford to buy the mods I was seeing, but parts were cheap, I started building simple mods, 3.7V AA boxes, a couple of 5V passthroughs, and a wood box.  I was a modder! (probably never be a DJ-JRock)

It has been eight months since this wild ride began, I spend quite a bit of time in the video chats, build my mods, vape my juice and work at lowering my nic level.  I don’t ever want to go back to analogs.  I have a new hobby, new friends, and a new life.  I can’t wait to see what new device comes out next.

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About the author

Blake Brown

Blake is the owner and creator of the Guide To Vaping blog. He has expressed his passion for the vaping industry through his deeply rooted and highly informative content. Being a writer and content provider for the vaping industry for year's, Blake has also gained experience from working with multiple blogs and well respected companies.


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