big house –noun
1. Slang a penitentiary
In the Big House the common currency is cigarettes. The current exchange rate for a cigarette is 50¢; from this day forward I will think in terms of cigarettes. For example:
If I want to order that tasty sandwich from the place around the corner it's going to cost me 13 cigarettes.
My car just went in for repairs; it's likely going to cost me 3000 cigarettes.
When this year's Sober September ends that first frosty pint of Guinness is likely to cost me 14 cigarettes plus another two for tip.
It costs me just over 1000 cigarettes a month for rent… hmm I wonder if my landlord will be up for that exchange.
Hopefully thinking in terms of cigarettes will help me to quit. For every dollar I spend that's two smokes I can't have.