…quitting smoking…! True or false?
During our travels, my dog Kye and I sometimes get lucky, and sometimes we don’t. Depending on the location of the hotel, we can either find nice walks around fields or forests, or we have to stick to walking along a major road. Our stay in Tallahassee FL was one of the later ones, six lanes to be exact. Evening rush hour…
Now, I never smoked, but I’m an avid non-smoker. I guess I’m right on track with those former-smokers! 😉
Living in Victoria BC, I sometimes forget that there used to be something like cigarette smoke. When I leave Victoria, that’s when it hits me: There are still smokers out there, how weird! (And how stinky!) I fear, living in a mostly non-smoking city, I’ve become even more sensitive to cigarette smoke. And as multiple former-smokers have testified, the same happens to them after quitting.
Now, believe it or not, since I switched to an electric car, I feel the same about ICE cars (Internal Combustion Engine cars). They.Stink! AND They.Are.So.Noisy! But why am I noticing that now? I have no clue! It’s not that I’m coming from a non-ICE environment and suddenly find myself in an ICE environment. Far from it! ICE is (still) all around us! But, I truly notice the stink and the noise so much more now. It makes me wonder how we have put up with this for so long. (How did we ever put up with cigarette smoke for so long?) And I’m not consciously getting all anxious about the health effects of the air and noise pollution. Though I should be. Everybody should be. Just like we learned we should be weary of the second-hand smoke health hazards. Just like with cigarette smoke, we got so used to the ICE car air and noise pollution, we don’t notice it any more. (Some people even think, the more noise the better…. vroom, vroom….) How sad is that?! But, not any more. Now I hear, now I smell.
And I hope you do, too.
Thank you from both of us!