the permissible addiction

10534719_10152276572763581_8129918625054517956_nI often ponder why we have a “smoking room” at Club East. “Well, at least they’re not drinking” I suppose is one way folks look at it. Nevertheless, I’m seriously challenged to rationalize trading one addiction for a highly addictive ‘nuther one. That’s why I appreciate the effort put forth by Daniel Genis in the latest issue of the fix: Smoking’s Last Frontier.

Smoking actually kills more people that just about any other substance. And the benefits of it are very questionable; it doesn’t get you high, and the ‘calming’ effect of nicotine is totally a mental delusion, as the chemical is a stimulant. Most of the sophisticated smokers want to quit, but have trouble.

Oh, well… this still makes for interesting reading. And there’s some good info along the way. Read the whole thing. And empty your freaking ash trays in the smoking room, for crying out loud.

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I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best songwriter of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant, With that being said, I believe there is a profound difference between knowledge and wisdom. Finally, I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better.