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Postby grumpygroo » Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:59 pm

Try using the word Fag in America :D , "Just popping out for a fag", Just going down the road to get some fags", God, I need a fag", etc etc
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Postby grumpygroo » Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:00 am

See what I mean.
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Postby dcblues » Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:01 am

maxx england wrote:Now here's a thought: overt public sexual acts are banned in most countries and many computer systems/networks carry "naughty word" filters to protect the young and impressionable.
Now, smoking is being forced underground. How long before we aren't allowed to use words like tobacco, cigarette, cigar?


It will probably happen the same time they ban words like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, LSD, etc.
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Postby badfinger » Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:39 am

"Try using the word ******** in America..."

North, south or central?
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Postby rustyslide » Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:03 pm

I find referring to smokers being "outside, sucking on a fag" adds a great deal of levity to my workaday life.
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Postby ricochet » Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:08 pm

As does my sitting in the back office, playing with my Johnson.
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Postby Mississippi John » Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:33 pm

We've had a smoking ban in Ottawa, Canada - the Nation's capitol - for going on 5 years. Since that time, the entire province has implemented a ban - so you cannot smoke in any pub or restaurant.

There was lots of griping initially, ansd no doubt some places went belly-up - but it seems to have died out. Even last week when it was near minus 30 degrees _celsius_ outside, the smokers seemed content to head outside to get their fix, while the non-smokers stayed inside next to the fireplace!

I'll bite my tongue regarding the 'politics' of letting pub owners decide!

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Postby maxx england » Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:59 pm

I know it will put some noses out of joint, but from my own point of view the freedom from smelling like an ashtray has a lot going for it. I certainly am not keen on getting in after a night somewhere and desperately needing a shower to remove the tar residue.
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Postby raiph » Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:16 pm

I'm a moderate to heavy smoker (as defined - I think - by A.S.H., ie, one who lights one's first cigarette within 20 minutes of awakening.)

But,
- I hated pubs, because they smelled of smoke (and I hate it);
- I never sat in smoking compartments of trains, etc, (ditto);
- I don't smoke in my house (ditto).

On a similar note, why do I have to put up with the vile, filthy odours of men who seem to think it OK to pollute public areas with the stench of, what do they call it - cologne? Aftershave?
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Postby maxx england » Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:56 pm

Or the breath of eaters of highly spiced food. Perhaps they have a part time job, burning old paint off window frames?
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Postby stumblin » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:37 pm

maxx england wrote:Or the breath of eaters of highly spiced food. Perhaps they have a part time job, burning old paint off window frames?

Mmm...
Highly spiced food...
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Postby jeffl » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:45 pm

Interesting new twist on the proposed ban in workplaces in Minnesota: the Native American casinos will be exempt from it because of their sovereign status. Another competitive advantage for them. They already severely discount the price of lodging at their hotels,in order to get gamblers there (thus hurting hotels & motels in the vicinity of the casinos), and now they'll start throwing up bigger bars and lounges on their properties to accomodate smokers. Ah well....
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Postby cas » Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:09 pm

Well, what goes around comes around I guess.

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Postby texas blues » Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:58 am

"Highly spiced food." Come on now....don't go knockin' us jalpeno and chile pepper eaters here. Sure we're addicted and can't stop, I admit it. The only reason I smoked was because my doctor told me I wasn't getting enough "tar" in my diet. Hey anyone out there with a nickel bag of thai dragon chile's I can score? Come on man...I'm sick man, I 'm so sick..please..help a brotha' out.
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Postby bosco » Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:28 pm

On Feb 1 st, we played as the "Band in the Basement", at the kick off for the annual Budweiser Blues series at the Kalamazoo State Theatre, opening for Tommy Castro, Magic Dick, Deanna Bogart and Ronnie Baker Brooks. A good time and great opportunity, but one MAJOR drawback...

The only place they allow smoking at the State- you guessed it... the basement. The theatre holds about 2500, and at intermission the cellar was packed with nearly 300 smokers, all smoking of course.

I've played a lot of smokey clubs over the years but that took top prize. Not a very healthy environment to sing in, that's for sure! I made a comment over the PA at one point that "this must be what it's like in smoker's hell" that was met with mixed reactions. Most of the crowd laughed, but the rest sneered at me.

Overall, it was a good night and I got to meet Magic Dick and get his autograph. But I won't lie, I couldn't wait to pack up, get the frick outta there and get some fresh air. Even though we have sub zero temperatures in Michigan right now, I hung my stage clothes out on the line for a couple days before I would even bring them in the house to wash them!

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