January 01, 2003

Anti-Smoking Rant

So, I've been spending my time over the holidays at my dad's house. My little brothers are out of town, so I sort of want to keep the old man company. Plus, it's sort of comforting to have someone cook me dinner every night!

But Dad smokes. By god, he smokes like a god-damned chimney! And as I type this I can hear him hacking up one or both of his heavily-blackened lungs. Oh, there goes his gag reflex again! Scary, vomitous sounds are coming out of the kitchen. Every night, his loud snores are only abbreviated by his rasping, and gasping, and wet-sounding coughing throughout the night. And yet, he continues to smoke. My father may or may not get lung cancer from his lifetime of smoking. Who knows. But god-damn, doesn't he get sick of coughing all of the time? Jesus Christ, it's like having a TB patient in the house 24/7!

I understand that it's an addiction. That's all well and good. The guy's 62 years old. When he started smoking doctors and movie stars were advertising smoking's high points. I don't want to come off as preachy, BUT (here comes the part when I get all preachy)... why the hell do people start smoking nowadays? I tried to smoke once. Couldn't do it. When Clinton was lambasted for his comment about not inhaling, I completely understood what he meant. There's something averse to the whole breathing thing inherent in that whole smoking thing, and I just don't get it. Yesterday, while waiting in line for the movie About Schmidt (very good, btw), a man in line asked an older woman, in no polite fashion, to leave the line and go smoke elsewhere. I was like, "Yeah!", on the inside. But on the outside, I just continued to stare out into some unfocused horizon.

I hate being subjected to other people's fucking cigarette smoke. And I guess smokers will just never get this. Your smoke may seem all nice and warm and breezy to you, but for the exposed non-smoker, it's as if you're in a burning building. Well, maybe not that bad, but it's really uncomfortable, and even more than that, on a regular basis can lead to fucking lung cancer for the unassuming second-hand smoker. I know that all of my younger brothers have been diagnosed with asthma, and I have chronic bronchitis, which may stem from prolonged exposure to the second-hand smoke from my father. I say make the shit illegal... who's with me?!? No one? Oh yeah, I forgot... being anti-smoking isn't cool. Nevermind. I really didn't mean to get off on a rant, really I didn't!

Happy New Year!


posted by julie at January 1, 2003 05:00 PM


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