Friday, November 25, 2011


I was looking at the paper the other day and I noticed a "brief" about gasoline prices. They are all listed as . . for example . . $3.16 per gallon.  But the actual price is $3.169 per gallon.  Which is, effictevely, $3.17 per gallon.  So why do the media lie to us.  If it's $3.16 that's one thing.  But if it's really $3.17 per gallon, then why not tell us?  Damn them.

O.K.  Change of topics.

This is about the small percentage of people who still smoke.  Now, truth be told, I smoked for 33 years.  I smoked heavily.  3 to 4 packs a day.  I always try to slack that off by saying I had an  ashtray on my desk and a lot of those cigarettes just burned out in the ashtray.

But, truth be told, I smoked a lot of cigarettes.  And some dope.  Though not much of that.

But now, after 20 years of not smoking, I can afford to become self-righteous.  I see people smoking . . not often . . but men and women with a cigarette in their hand while they're driving . . and I think . . "don't they know what they're doing?"

I think I want to become one of those LOUD performers who try to tell smokers to quit.

But I won't.

They'll just have to learn on their own.

If they do.

Before they . . . .


Lowandslow said...

I hear you. I smoked back in college, but quit about 35 years ago. Now I'm pretty militant about it.

One of my favorite lines is, "Isn't a "no smoking" side of a restaurant sort of like a "no peeing" end of a swimming pool?"


Stephen Hayes said...

Good one, Lowandslow! I never smoked cigarettes but in college I was quite adventurous. My parents both smoked (it didn't kill either of them) but they eventually gave it up. I confess that every now and then I smell someone's smoke and I feel all nostalgic--my parents smoked while they listened to my prayers as a kid. Go figure....

Meggie said...

Like you, I was a heavy smoker, but I am so glad I quit. I can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke now. It took me about 5 years of trying to quit, to actually make it!