I generally don’t think I’m someone to cause much of a fuss, or for that matter I’m not someone who complains too much about my lot in life. But recently I’m finding myself perplexed about things that I have noticed around me. I’ve always tried to operate my life by the simple philosophy of if you don’t know, ask someone. Probably not the most jaw jarring pearls of wisdom, but seemingly effective thus far. In the nature of following my simple philosophy, I will pose this question to you:
Why do people who smoke have to smoke right in front of an entrance to a building?
I’m not a smoker and, in actual fact, I hold no ill will towards those who do partake in this activity. I’m just perplexed to why as a non-smoker I have to hold my breath before entering the coffee shop each and every morning? (This happened again this morning as I was entering Tim Horton’s. Apparently Timmy’s causes me nothing but grief)
An even better example occurred over the weekend when I was out celebrating the First Lady’s birthday at a local eatery. We were walking in the front door and I had to scurry past a group of smokers quickly so my soon-to-be-eight month old son could pull a Bill Clinton type breathing manoeuvre (not inhaling) before we got inside to eat.
Perhaps the problem stems from the establishments themselves. Maybe the stores I’ve mentioned should put their garbage and cigarette receptacles further away from the door. Or maybe smokers are insulted that they can’t smoke inside and quite frankly they could care less if I or my eight month old son inhale their second hand smoke.
Again I’m not quite sure what the case is, all that I know is that I find it extremely annoying. I’m now beginning to know how Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati felt back in 1998 in Nagano.