The smoking bans are following me! My Old City passed a ban right before we left town (it didn’t take effect until after we left). Now Our New City™ is on the verge of doing the same thing.
I don’t listen to the radio anymore, largely because I don’t have a car. I listen to my iPod for music on the commute and if I need news, I turn to the internet (and, occassionally, a podcast). So I haven’t heard any of the ads I heard in My Old City, the ones blaming Big Government for interefering in our lives. I’m sure they’re out there, though. This city seems particularly prone to that sort of rhetoric.
I also don’t know what general public opinion on this is. I don’t yet know any people who are “from” here—my circle is mostly students, newcomers. (And you know what? A lot of them are from cities with non-smoking bans. So there seems to be general approval among students for the ban.) But the actual people who live here in this city? I can’t imagine there’s overwhelming approval. People smoke here a lot. And I don’t mean smoking while out at bars or clubs, I mean smoking while walking down the street. Lighting up on the stairs on the way up from the train. Lots of congregations of smokers huddled outside buildings at mid-morning, lunch, and tea time. They smoke a lot.
But it doesn’t matter whether or not the people of the city approve or not, except in the broader sense that they elect local representatives. Why is that? It’s because there’s not going to be a public vote on this particular ban. It’s an ordinance being passed by the City Council. Maybe this is paternalistic Big Government out to get us! I know many of the other big cities that have passed smoking bans have done the same thing and it’s probably the only feasible way in such large metropolitan areas. Still, I liked that My Old City, despite the annoying ads and ridiculous mudslinging that resulted, let the citizens vote. And you know what? It still passed.
I don’t like smoking. I used to smoke, I quit. I don’t like going out and reeking of cigarettes when I’m ready to go home. I don’t like having to avoid going out at all nights before I’m supposed to sing or speak, because I know the smoke will completely wreck my voice. I just don’t like it. So in that sense, I am in favor of smoking bans, when they are reasonable. But I am bothered by a “decree from above” ordinance for a ban. Representative democracy, my ass. Everyone’s local rep has his or her own agenda, just like our Congressmen and Senators do.
So let the people decide if they want smoking bans. The results might be surprising.
I like how the season premiere of Smallville brings in some of the Superman mythology from the first movie. A very interesting episode. The season should be quite good!
I think I like Civil Procedure. I know my friend Emily is rolling her eyes and groaning (and maybe making vomit noises) at that, but I really do think I like Civil Procedure A. Lot.
At least part of this revelation is that I said something smart in class yesterday. I broke the curse! And then the questions came rushing forth, in a great big gush and I almost couldn’t hold back after class.
Mr. Angst says this makes sense, that he sees that Civil Procedure is a lot like grammar, with the rules and all. That makes me feel like a big fat nerd. But he’s probably at least partially right.
The guy with the car with the alarm that totally ruined my sleep on Tuesday night?
Had his car towed to have the alarm fixed. I hope “fixed” means “taken out and crushed with baseball bats, Office Space-style.”
Also, despite the appearance of total slackerdom in last night’s posts, I actually did get some work done. I did some online citation exercises. I was a little overeager in them and so missed some things that I should have gotten. Makes me feel a little stupid. But now I know that for the second set I have to do them more S-L-O-W-L-Y. Sigh. Not graded, at least.
I also worked some on my memo that’s due on the 11th. See? I was productive! AND I watched some really bad TV. Life could be worse.
E-Ring is possibly the worst show ever. I think this show is NBC’s attempt to capture the entire Walker, Texas Ranger demographic in one hour of bad script, acting, and plot.
Jim needs to go.
Seriously, I would find The Apprentice: Martha Style much more palatable if Jim went away. I may not be able to watch this show if he keeps talking over people, interrupting, playing his “agenda” game and, basically, annoying the shit out of everyone on the team.