I'm not a smoker. Maybe it was the asthma when I was a kid. Maybe it was because I would rather spend money on Taco Bell than cigs. Anyway, I'm not a smoker. Not a big fan of the smoke or the smell, either.
Still, I think the anti-smoking people go way way too far in trying to make tobacco illegal by proxy (of course, they won't say that's the goal, but it seems to be). No smoke in bars? Really? Get out of here. That one seems to be the most tone deaf of the laws. I've got no problem with people smoking in bars where I'm hanging out. In fact, I prefer it to the other option--smokers hanging around outside the door with a forlorn look and thousand yard stare.
That alone should convince the anti-smokers to let them poor saps back in, goddamn it. I just hate the whole process. 1) I've got to pass these dullards on my way inside. 2) They always seem to be either looking down, propped against a wall or wandering in little circles, their faces just...just...angry or something. When there are other smokers, the conversations between them are minimal, but when they do talk the words are laced with menace, depression, and regret. 3) This one sucks: why the fuck do smokers feel entitled to toss their fucking butts on the ground without one iota of thought to the thousands of butts already on the ground? One day I expect archaeologists to find a five-foot thick layer of cigarette butts under all the dirt, and they'll be able to pinpoint exactly when that occurred.
If you'd just let the people inside, they cheer up while smoking, listening to tunes on the jukebox, talking to friends, laughing, and stubbing out the butts in an ashtray. And that's a bad thing? Fuck second hand smoke. It's a bar. It's for vices. Let people drink and smoke in peace. And don't say 'They can do that at home." No they can't! They're going to a bar in order to escape what's at home. And they can't even enjoy their time out? Instead, the smokers are forced to think about their life choices, arms crossed, staring fixedly, looking bitter, in front of every goddamn bar in the country.
Also, I swear we've already seen the slippery slope start sloping and slipping--smug about the cig victory, the anti-fun fuckers are going after FAST FOOD. And I don't care who you are, that's not right. Maybe I can't smoke in a bar (don't want to), but I can still kill myself with fried chicken fingers and patty melts in this country...at least for now.
You smokers? Would you like to come back inside?
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