Smoke ‘Em Up Johnny.

Last night I attended my grandmother’s 85th birthday.  The theme was “The Roaring 20’s” and let me tell you, it was the bomb.

And not just because my grandmother, at the age of eighty five, still has the stones not only to throw a party, but to dress up like a “flapper,” as well as throw back gin martinis like prohibition was starting on Monday.

And what about me….?  Well, I was the cat’s meow.

Petty good for dropping $25 cash at the Goodwill the day before the event.

The were also other flapper girls there.

And of course there were angry, Irish-Vietnamese golfers.

But the thing that I loved about this party was the “F.U.” to political correctness.  There was a “cigarette girl” going around “selling” cigarettes.  Sure they were candy cigarettes….

Also there were a bunch of those extended cigarette holders with amazingly realistic cigarettes in them.  When you blow into them, they glow red and emitted something that at least looked like smoke.

My six year old was running around with one in her mouth all night.

Nobody was worried that we were “sending a bad message” to the youth.  Because guess what? That’s the way it was back in the 20’s…..people smoked their fucking ass off.  Remember FDR?  He smoked like a friggin’ chimney, and he kicked Hitler’s ass.  Yes, I know he took office in the thirties, but you know he was smoking extra-long, unfiltered, double nicotine cigs in the 20’s.

As I have written about before, I have never smoked a cigarette in my life.  It’s just not my thing.  But I am not an anti-smoking Nazi.  As long as it is not in an airplane or restaurant where I can’t get away from it, then go ahead, “smoke ,em up Johnny,” it’s your funeral, not mine.  But I still feel that you have the right to make that decision without me or the government sticking our nose in it.

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  • This is great. I have no desire to smoke either and I love that the no smoking in a bar or restaurant is implemented as I feel better the next morning and during the night. But I do hate government regulation on an establishment. My business my rules is what I like and if you don’t…don’t come.

  • smiling because of my vasectomy

    Drunk driver: okay if you kill yourself, bad if you kill me.
    Cigarette smoker: okay if you kill yourself, bad if you make me pay your medical expenses through Obamacare or any other compulsive care.
    Succesful businessman: okay if you make a boatload of money, bad if a politician wants to spread your wealth around by taking money from the successful and giving it to lazy jerks.

  • I hate to say it, but it’s not about government being in your face, etc. It’s just about truth in advertising.

    If people want to smoke cigarettes knowing full well that they’re going to die at age 56 from lung cancer, or struggle for another decade with emphysemia, then yeah, go ahead and smoke em.

    The problem is when you can sell that shit to an unwitting (young) audience. Should that be regulated? Absolutely. Should cigarettes be banned? No way.

    Don’t even get me started on beer commercials. And you know I love beer.


  • Ross

    First your cutting up your boy now your daughters hawking cigarettes… RN whatshername is about to lose her mind.

  • Love the photos, Brian! Lookin’ good! Esp. the angry golfer, now he really has something he shouldn’t forgive you for 😉