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.
The first thing I want to do this morning is send a big shout-out to the guy who parks his car under my bedroom window and lets its alarm go off ALL NIGHT. You know, this guy has it figured out. Most car alarms go off for a while, then stop, still armed, waiting, but SILENT. Not this guy; he has managed to beat the system and HIS car alarm goes off, stops, and then STARTS RIGHT BACK UP.
So, thanks, guy! I didn’t need to those extra two hours of sleep anyway.
Oh by golly, it has been a DAY.
First, let me state for the record that when I get off the train after a reasonably long ride, I feel like I just stepped off a boat. I’m not sure if this is strictly related to the train itself or if it’s a combination of the rocking of the locomotive and where I’m coming from—Aikido. Aikido is the only place I go regularly that’s more than a few train stops away and I always feel this rocking feeling when I get home from Aikido. It’s mildly unnerving.
So back to my DAY. I had double Crim today, for starters. Contracts, by the way, was a smooth class today, but I am sure that had nothing to do with UNDERSTANDING how what we’re doing today fits into what we’ve been learning so far or anything. But, yeah, Crim was long. And we were supposed to get snacks since we were in class during the noon hour, but there were no snacks. There were burritos for the Federalists (who had a speaker I would have liked to hear but, remember, I had CLASS) but the line was INSANELY long and I was not so patient. So I had almonds for lunch.
And then I was so hungry that I bought a little thing of pasta salad and scarfed it right before Civ Pro, but it had onions in it and despite my attempt to AVOID the onions, I spent Civ Pro feeling that onion-y feeling in my tummy.
And Civ Pro was, yet again, a complete muddle. I got the reading, I guess. And I got what he was telling us. I guess. But in that class I always feel like I’m just keeping ahead, so by the time it really sinks in, he’s moved on and I either can’t ask the question I finally have or someone has already asked all the questions I might have had if I had caught on quicker.
Aikido, in other words, was a good ending to the day. I needed to burn off some agitation and steam, but I really wasn’t looking forward to getting beaten up (like I did in last Tuesday’s class). And joyfully tonight was not a beat-up-Kristine kind of class. It was a work-Kristine-into-shape kind of class, it was a get-Kristine-centered kind of class.
Now if only I could figure out how to underline and highlight straight while reading on the train.
There is perhaps one thing this show could add that would make me watch it, no matter the quality: Pacey. Then it would star a compelling trio of actors who gained fame on other shows!
I’ll give it a few weeks; it’s on right after Arrested Development, so it’s no hardship to just leave the TV on Fox. But if they disappoint me by making Will a whiner or Xander a complete idiot (you know, like they did on those other shows, at least until each respective character had to step up and do something to save the world), I won’t be able to keep watching it.
Update: OK, the end of the show pulled it out. I can only imagine this episode was the pilot (they usually are), and for a pilot, it was pretty good at using the comic abilities of its actors and developing a story.
Look, Fox is getting pretty good at scheduling these fun, offbeat comedies. (It’s also really good at cancelling them, I know.) Let’s hope this one has a chance to stretch its legs like Arrested Development did. I think it could evolve into a show I will actually watch.