For some time now, I have wanted to start a blog of interest, a controversial blog that would stimulate as well as captivate my audience; in turn motivate. I have a variety of interests ranging from the mundane everyday normal to the not so paranormal.
Instead, I decided to create a blog that would not only present my own pet peeves, but those of others as well, via posted comments. It would be a place where not only I can vent about my frustration with the insults of the modern world, but so could you. A place where we can share and get things off our chests that we can no longer keep to ourselves. The idea was born some time ago when I decided to write an article about the various things in our world that encroach upon a person’s right to enjoy life. While there are a myriad of things that can do this, there are few that are in our everyday life that we are forced to endure, and I say no more! It’s time to tell these encroachers to “keep it to yourself!” Some would say that these are “necessary evils”. I say, bullshit! They are no more necessary than getting raped or being robbed is and in some cases, many of those people who have been trespassed upon have felt that these trespasses are just that! So, without further delay, I will present my first pet peeve. It’s a toss up between inconsiderate smokers and inconsiderate drivers with pile driving car stereos and loud obnoxious mufflers. Since I have to pick one, for now, I chose the more dangerous of the two.
What is up with these people who smoke in public and think it’s ok to smoke next to someone who is coughing due to their smoking? Are they that arrogant and clueless to not notice that they are making another person uncomfortable. Sure, they say, if you don’t like it, then don’t breathe. Well, I say, keep it to yourself! You no more have the right to force me to breathe your polluted air than I have the right to fart in your face! Sometimes, we just can’t move away like when you are waiting for the bus or standing in line for tickets or any other situation that you are forced to stay put. Albeit, there are considerate smokers. If you just politely ask once, they will put it out. But then there are the assholes like the one who said to my wife and me years ago at a Xmas parade, “It’s a free country, I’ll do what I want!” This was after we politely asked him to put it out.
Well, I like to think that while it’s still a free country, we have the right to breathe unpolluted air and no one has the right to force us to do so. Just keep the damn thing to yourself and if you want to poison yourself that’s your business, but when you poison me and the ones I love, that’s my damn business. I have heard it said that “Your rights end where my fist begins” and I think that should be a rule of thumb. Everyone has a personal space and smoking in front of anyone who protests, including children, is heinous and is grounds for self-defense, especially if you have nowhere to go to defend yourself from the assault of the deadly chemicals. I am thrilled to have recently found an alternative to smoking poisonous cigarettes that hopefully someday will become the norm. Smokers can come back in from the rain and once again be accepted by society as normal people. If you would like to read an article on this recently discovered form of safe smoking, please click on article