I was a smoker from 1985 or so up to 1999. Now I have a kid, and the cravings are past, but there’s still some hard edges in the empty vessel of my smoking organ. Occasionally they great together like razor blades.
The smell of smoke will do it. It’s not that the smell is appealing. It’s like an old girlfriend that you used to love but now you hate and you can’t beleive you ever liked her but in some ways you still miss her.
The smell itself will piss me off.
I guess I’m one of those people that figures if I can’t smoke anymore, nobody else should either.
So I’ve become one of those radical antismokers.
We’re riding the tram from th parking lot to Hershey park Saturday, and there’s clearly no smoking signs in the tram.
Nevertheless, the jerk in front of me is smoking. My daughter is on my lap.
He puts his arm on the back of the armrest, and I look at the cigarette sitting in his hand. I’m smelling the smoke. I start to get really mad, like anger issues mad, and I build up a good head of socially justified self-righteous anger.
Without saying a word I pluck the cigarette from the jerk’s hand and toss it off the tram.
A startled middle-aged guy turns back in surprise and catches my look of hateful fury. I’m waiting for that first word of protest so that I can lambaste him.
He sees my little girl and looks at me genuinely embarassed and recalcitrant.
“I’m really sorry,” he says or something like that. “I wasn’t even aware I had a cigarette lit. Sorry.”
He’s all obseqious and shit, and I’m really not sure how to proceed. I give him a terse nod, as if to say “We’re going to let you off with a warning this time.”
He smiles again and I sit there scowling for the rest of the ride trying to figure out what to with the 85psi worth of self-righteousness I’ve compressed.
That was the end of the incident.
When did I become an angry ex-smoker. When did I turn into a smoke Nazi?
I remember how much people like me used to piss me off when I was a smoker. When I smoked I didn’t want to bother anybody. I was respectful. Anytime anyone asked me politely I’d put a cigarette out, and I used to wonder what was biting the ass of the jerks he seemed so angry about cigarettes.
Now I know.
So, just put that goddamn thing out while you’re reading this thread, ok?
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