Smoke and GFYS

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I am quitting smoking. I use the verb in it's present tense because I still don't feel entirely comfortable using the past tense. I have fallen off the non-smoking wagon so many times in my life that it may ALWAYS seem like a process. For anyone contemplating smoking - just slap yourself for me. Detoxing when you stop is just ridiculously uncomfortable.

And, you know, you miss it. More accurately, you miss the social aspects.

On Breaking Dawn, I would generally find Rob Pattinson already smoking when I'd go outside to sneak a few puffs in. We would generally start chatting about whatever, he'd get fired up about whatever we were discussing and he would then generally finish his cigarette and ask for one of mine. He'd light another one and we'd keep talking. Then I'd light another one. We would chain smoke if there was a long enough break on set. I hate to say that's how we got to know each other but that's how we got to know each other. As shooting went on, I was smoking a LOT. Getting sick, looking tired, yada, yada, yada. So, I started my daily rant that my wife is ALL too familiar with through many attempts to quit - " I gotta stop smoking".

Rob looks at me and says, "You know, I heard that if you quit before you're 30 you're in the clear, health-wise."

Since I am passed 30, that doesn't seem too good.

"Hey, Rob. I'm over 30."

He just looks at me totally non-plussed. "I know."

Silence. I'm waiting for the "but"…it's not coming.

"Well, aren't you just a ray of sunshine. Do me a favor - Go f*** yourself."

He's laughing hard now. He keeps trying to talk but he's laughing too hard. Feigning intense indignation, I get up to go to my room.

"Listen, man. I gotta go. Costco has a sale on caskets right now and obviously it's a matter of minutes AT MY AGE."

Now, he's having trouble breathing, he's laughing so hard. But, I'm still thinking…man…I have been smoking for way too long.

So, I am quitting. Again. Not too unusual for me. What IS unusual is what I poured that excess energy into.

Ever since I blogged the GFYS story, my website blew up with all the traffic to the "GFYS" blog with over a million hits. Fans have really taken the ball and ran with it. I see fans on Twitter telling one another to "GFYS", telling other cast members to "GFYS" and, naturally, I get several "GFYS" on a daily basis. That gave my wife and I an idea. How about we combine "GFYS" with smaller, local charities that really get overlooked when it comes to donations. Would people GFTS for charity? I must admit that the visual of people saying that they FTS for charity makes me laugh until I cry but there is also that charitable aspect. Just so people don't think I am only in it for the #GFYSLaugh…

So, I head off to New Jersey (JERSEY!) to mix and mingle with Twifans and I think this is the perfect opportunity to get some reaction and feedback to my idea. First person I see is Gil Birmingham. I REALLY like Gil. He's just super down to earth and funny and was the Twilight actor that really broke down conventions, fans and life in the world of Twilight when we met in Nashville for my first convention ever. So, when I see him in New Jersey, I am a bit surprised when my "Hey Gil!" is answered with…

"Hey. Go f*** yourself."

I look at him a little shocked. "Oh, man. How do you know about that?"

He looks at me smiling. "Are you kidding? Your "GFYS" story is known worldwide now."

Wow, I am thinking. Apparently, now the wolves know about this. I didn't work with the wolves in their "human" form so I am just praying that they think this STUPID game that has blown up beyond all healthy proportions is reasonably funny.

That being said, I decide it's time to hear opinions from the fans about my "GFYS4Charity" idea. I know they love "GFYS", as evidenced by one of my favorite fans actually shaving the letters GFYS in her hair. Charlie Bewley and I have a "Meet and Greet" coming up with a few fans and I am thinking this would be the perfect opportunity to get their reaction.

As usual, I just blurt it out. "So, I'm thinking of raising money for charity selling t-shirts and stuff. I'm calling it "GFYS4Charity".

There was a brief moment of quiet before they all exploded in laughter. Charlie was especially tickled. After all, he STARTED the online twitter version of the vamp "GFYS" game that led to my blog about it. The TwiFan that shaved "GFYS" into her hair is also VERY amused, so I am feeling pretty good about the idea.

So, my decision was made. Open a shop and give the proceeds to a smaller charity. Here's where one issue came up. I wear graphic tees ALL THE TIME. I wanted whatever the store sold to be something I would wear. And not just to a Twilight event. So, for me, Cafepress was out. I just didn't like their products enough and I felt their products were overpriced for the quality. So, I found another online t-shirt shop format that had products I would wear AND their prices were much better which allowed more profit to go to charity.

Next issue was the designs. Again, it was important to me that the designs were ones I would wear ANYWHERE (meaning - not ALL of them could be outrageously silly and sometimes the GFYS should be not so readily apparent). However, this WAS for charity, so price was important when dealing with graphic designers. So, I did some designs myself and some were designs that were low cost.

Next issue was choosing the charity. There are many charities I would love to support, namely anything to do with kids and animals. So, instead of choosing ONE charity, I am donating proceeds to a different charity every quarter.

So, until December 31, 2011, GFYS4Charity will be donating proceeds to Children of the Night. This is a charity I have supported for many years. My wife volunteered there years ago and was so moved by the kids, the founder and the staff that her passion moved me to take up the cause myself. It really is an amazing place, a last refuge for kids on the street of L.A. If you hate the designs in the shop, please consider giving to them directly. They do an enormous amount of good.

From January 1, 2012 until March 31, 2012, we will be donating proceeds to a local animal rescue on the east coast. On Twitter, there was a fan that brought up a local charity in her area that helps animals get adopted that are not easily adoptable - like pit bulls. More info to come about this worthy cause.

From April onward, I am open to suggestion. So, if you know of a great, small, local charity that needs some GFYS/TwiLOVE - shoot me an email.

Without further ado, here is GFYS4Charity. Use the category bar to browse, it's just easier. Let me know your thoughts, good or bad. This is all me flying by the seat of my pants on this thing so all input is welcome.

And - please - someone let Daniel Cudmore and Toni Trucks know that my prediction about their names being on the first page of a "GFYS" search on Google is now a reality.

Winning….

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-1 #27 Patricia 2012-06-07 05:12
hi im a big fan of twilight. I think its amazing that your quiting! Good for you!Rob and Kristen should NOT be smoking. At least you understand the imortance of quiting. They seem like they dont care. Let them poison they're bodies. if they are too sick to get out of bed and breath on their own it's their faults. They had the chance to quit and they didn't. Many of the Twilight fans like me, are disgusted that they smoke. They are supposed to be role models to many young girls, and smoking does not seem like the best thing. They seem so healthy, but like you said he started laughing and couldn't breath well, he may not have a full life if he smokes that much. Neither will kristen. I don't wish any harm on anyone. I teach young kids to stay away from drugs and smoking as well as alchohol. If you ever see them again can you please try to talk them into quiting smoking? My grandparents died from smoking and I never met them. So rock on Guri! Your my hero! :-) :D :lol: ;-)
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+2 #26 Mavvy Vasquez 2011-10-13 20:02
Okay, so you said to email you - I'm interpreting that as "comment and I'll get an email." Mainly because I forgot to make coffee. But anyway. I quit smoking in June, so good job because wow that sucks. Coming to my point... Okay. You wanted ideas for small charities. Here's one. STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism (http://www.stepsconsulting.org/) is a very small organization that is changing the way that we approach education for autistic children. They saved my oldest son from falling through the cracks of traditional education and have made a whole new future possible for him. I can't say enough about this amazing group of people and their dedication to helping, understanding, and empowering children with autism. I hope you'll consider checking them out!
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0 #25 Deanna Campbell 2011-10-13 08:11
You mentioned me!!! thank you mr. guri and miss tammy!!! love you so much! :-*
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+1 #24 Lynette 2011-10-10 18:57
I love this story (and your blog in general...) - I'm glad you're quitting, and I have already ordered my T-Shirt ... Looking forward to future posts telling us how wildly successful the GFYS4Charity is! xo-
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+1 #23 Tina 2011-10-06 16:05
Guri&Tammy,Ya'll are the BEST!My heart ain't just smilin' it's laughin..loud!Ya'll did good switchin charites around,there are so many that need help.I'm mainly postin' cause I want Guri to truly QUIT smokin'.I smoked for near 30=yrs n just quit last yr,but it was too late.I now have severe COPD&Emphysema.I won't get better,but not smokin'gives me a lil time.I sometimes have to sleep with oxygen,I can still play with my grandchildren w/o runnin' out of breath,for now..I don't want pity or aww I'm sorry,it's my own god damn fault!But with meds n therapy,gives me a lil longer ;-) Guri,you were put here to make people smile n inspire them.You n Tammy found each other for a reason,n one of them ur doin' now with this charity.You both are overflowin' with love n kindness n I hope to have both your friendship for as long as I'm on this crazy world!Guri u love that woman n Tammy u love that guy,cherish that.Much love many hugs n Peace,Twilightg randma :P
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+1 #22 TroysMyAngel 2011-10-04 21:13
i just love the fact that im in a post where you tell both myself and Rob GFYS. yeah you rock and im nerding out 8)
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+1 #21 Gabi 2011-10-04 08:39
WoW I'm totally IMPRESSED ... brlliant, creative & unselfish ... you're just an extremely rare combination ... works perfectly! Good job...

Love
Gabi
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+2 #20 Cory 2011-10-03 18:53
Guri Weinberg... You are the definition f*ckawesome.

#1, so proud of you on the quitting smoking. As you know I am also a cancer stick addict & know what those daily struggles are like. I haven't made it to your point just yet, but hey, I'm getting there. I wanna be a quitter just like you! *rolls eyes* but yea, seriously, I'm gonna use your honesty to push me forward because I try to lie to myself saying "its not that hard" every time I try & quit.

#2, energy well spent my friend.

#3, my paycheck is going to be spent when I get some extra cash. I LOVE the designs & the charity behind it. I actually have a charity that I think you & wifey will love & I will get some more info on them & get it to you soon.

#4, Miss your face.

#5, GFYS.

Much love,
Cory

PS... nice pic ;)
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0 #19 Anny 2011-09-28 14:12
What a combination…fun ny, inside joke for Twilight fans, and goes to charity! :D It is so amazing how personally involved you were with the designs, merchandise, etc. It shows how much you care. If you could give me the option to donate directly to GFYS4Charity, I would be happy to, and you can share even more GFYS/TwiLOVE. Hope it is a big success!
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0 #18 Jiff 2011-09-28 06:41
Another great blog, Guri! I LOVE that you are using GFYS, not only for laughs, but for charity. You are brilliant!
I'm also happy that you are using Spreadshirt instead of the "other" site you mentioned. :-)
Congrats on quitting smoking! I hope it gets easier for you!
MWAH!
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