On the Way Home: Hollywood Casino and Smoking (Ugh!!!)

Every citizen who stops smoking, or loses a few pounds, or starts managing his chronic disease with real diligence, is caulking a crack for the benefit of us all.
--Mitch Daniels
Today, we had our meeting (PCEA), went to Steamtown (Scranton), went to an antique mall in Frackville, ate at Cracker Barrel, and visited Hollywood Casino, all on the way home.

We came out about $4.00 ahead; Jerry is very good at keeping gambling in check and has a system that keeps us from losing too much (Play $5.00 at a time and pull the winnings, even if it's only 50 cents, and insert another $5.00, that is, until your predetermined stake is gone. Then keep all winnings.).

If it were up to me, we'd be in the poor house. The same impulses that seem to rule my eating also makes me stupid when it comes to gambling. Fortunately, I'm smart enough to realize that Jerry's system is good for our bottom line.


It was busy there, WAYYYY too busy and horribly smoky. I wish that these casinos would get smart and ban ALL smoking, perhaps setting up a special non-gambling room, closed off, just for smokers (like they do in airports). The gamblers will still come and gamble, but perhaps will learn to curb their habit long enough to lose their stakes.

Because of their nasty habit, gambling smokers tend to be some of the most selfish people in the world and will often wander into the non-smoking area with their lit cigarettes and even puffing away at the non-smoking machines (like it matters anyway). God help you if you "remind" them to slink back to the smoking section...

The last time I checked, the constitution does not include unfettered smoking as a right.

Yeah, yeah, it's an addiction and, of all people, I should understand that; however, if I overeat, other people don't gain weight (although they may be tempted to eat). But when a smoker smokes around me, I do breathe in secondary smoke, even if I don't want to.

Here's the deal: if you smoke, you smell like an ashtray (no matter how you try to cover it up) and look bad, especially if you're older. We all know about the medical dangers of smoking, so I won't even go into that...

My message: smoke away, but just keep your smoke away from me...

Better yet: do yourself and your family (and society) a favor:




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