JOHN: This is John, and I'm on the phone with Bud. Bud, can you tell everybody a little bit about yourself and where you're from?
BUD: I am from Santa Rosa, California. I moved to Boise, Idaho and I now live in Kuna. I’ve been a stream printer since 1984. This is stuff from Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones. Smoking my way all the way through every bit of it. I started smoking in 19—I’m going to say 1980 at least. Yes, started smoking then and haven’t stopped. Pack and a half every day.
JOHN: So, that sounds like about 28 years you’ve been smoking, right?
BUD: Yes, at least. I’m just estimating because my brain is still, the smoking ain’t quite gone yet, you know.
JOHN: So, Bud, give us a couple examples of the things you tried to help stop smoking.
BUD: Oh, I have tried the patch, I tried like three or four patches at the same time. That didn’t work. Tried the gum. Yes, I just—I tried to throw them down and not pick them up again and the willpower part. That didn’t work either. Yes, it is just one thing after another that I’ve tired just didn’t cut it for me.
JOHN: What was the longest you actually did stop for?
BUD: Oh, I’m probably going to say about, I don’t know, two weeks maybe. Two weeks is the most, yes.
JOHN: Two weeks was the longest.
JOHN: Alright. What were your expectations coming to a Mark Patrick seminar?
BUD: That’s a scary question. You know, I know a really famous hypnotist and I knew that hypnotism does work. Being able to go to this thing and accept it within myself just the hypnotizing and being not scared. And knowing that I wanted to quit smoking. I mean, the courage that I had behind me, you know, Mark Patrick really put that in front of me and say, “Hey, let him do what he has to do and see what happens.”
JOHN: So, what changes have you noticed since the seminar?
BUD: Well, I can ride my bike, I can walk, I can run, I can jog, I’m on the treadmill. I’m not huffing and puffing, I’m not wheezing. I mean, it totally changed my life. Totally changed my life.
JOHN: So, it sounds like an improvement in your health?
BUD: Very much so. Very much so. And you know, and what I did is I actually—I came home after his, “Well, okay, let’s practice up a little bit.” After I left his seminar and I got in the car and my girlfriend went and bought a pack of cigarettes. And this is the truth, man, the dead’s honest truth. She said, “Smoke a cigarette before you go in there.” So, I went in there and smoked one before. I came back out, I had no desire whatsoever to have a cigarette. I didn’t like the smell. I didn’t like the, I don’t know, the wheezing that I had inside of me. It was just terrible. Terrible.
JOHN: Well, that sounds like a real success story. So, if there’s one statement or word of advice you would give someone thinking about coming to a seminar, what would that be?
BUD: Well, I’ll tell you, John. I actually gave 12 people Mark’s number and how to go to his seminar and all the information and everything. I’ve been giving it out for the last couple of days because I knew he was coming back to town. Because people were so proud of me of being able to accomplish something like that and they were so scared within themselves that they actually said, “Okay, give me the name and number.” I just pass them his name and number out for the last three days. It has totally changed my life. I mean, there is no ashtrays in my house, no cigarette buds in my house. I mean, the smell, or anything. The weirdest thing, I got to tell you this, John. The weirdest thing about this is I no longer can smell smoke from the cigarettes. I can smell the stinky part of the stale cigarette, but I don’t smell the actual smoke of the cigarette when people smoke around me. And that’s what’s really helped me out a lot. It’s like a cigarette—I don’t look twice at one anyone. I mean, like I said, it’s incredible. I’ve been a smoker for years. I went from Marlboros to Camels and had all this memorabilia stuff, Camel cigarettes, John Camel. I threw it all out. I threw it all out. I don’t even know why I liked it anymore. Yes. And to this day, like I said, the weight loss program that he does and the cigarette program, I’ve been telling people left and right to get them in there and get down. I offered to pay for two of my friends that are like in their 70s that smoke, I said, “I will pay for each of you to go.” But, unfortunately, my truck had an oil leak and I couldn’t afford it. They were over tonight and they said, “Don’t worry about it. We will go and pay for ourselves. And we are going to go to this seminar. We see that it works for you, Bud. It may work for us.” And they called and signed up.
JOHN: Bud, I really appreciate you taking the time to do this for me today. I really, really do. Thank you so much.
BUD: Hey, don’t thank me, man. Thank Mark. Mark made it all happen.