I’m driving around my town, which is a great place to live. Unfortunately, it’s populated with a bunch of … what’s the word for them anymore? … oh yeah … progressives.
Too bad they’re not progressive when it comes to the rights of those who choose to smoke cigars. I won’t bore you with details; suffice it to say, a lot of the people around here would love it if the concept of the cigar (and cigarettes) were wiped off the face of the Earth.
Anyhow, I’m driving around in the relative privacy of my crossover, enjoying a just-bought stogie from one of my favorite tobacconists. Minding my business. Not really having the stereo cranked up or anything. Not invading anyone else’s space with my cigar. Just being a respectful citizen.
I did not believe the number of stares I got while I was enjoying my cigar. The range of emotions ranged from rolling of the eyes to outright disgust.
Until they pull my cigar out of my cold, dead hands, I’ll smoke wherever it is still legally permissible—an area that is shrinking ever so rapidly. I don’t roll my eyes at people who do things of which I disapprove. Like, shut your damn kids up. It’s called discipline; use it. Also, get out of the left lane; it’s for passing, not going 15 m.p.h. under the limit (just happened to me last week).
I could go on. And on. And on.
Hey, we all don’t approve of what everyone else does. When it comes to cigar smokers, though, it evidently has become okay to publicly show displeasure towards them .. us. When did this happen? Was I asleep? No, I can’t sleep, because you won’t shut your kids up. Although I could fall asleep behind this idiot in front of me who’s doing 25 in a 40 … in the left lane!
Do you get these kinds of reactions? How have you dealt with them, if at all? Let us know in the comments below. I’m looking for new ideas on how to address these judgmental idiots.
Bob Woods is the Publisher and Managing Editor of all sites in the Stogie’d Network, including Stogie’d. You can reach him by e-mail or Twitter via the links in the extreme right-hand column. He’s not extreme right; his contact information is located on the extreme right.