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August 5th, 2002

No I Don’t Have a Smoke, I’m Driving!

Yesterday, I was driving home from New Jersey, driving down 95 south. There was a couple-mile slowdown before one of the toll plazas. About a mile into this especially slow section of the trip, I look to my right and see the driver in the next lane reaching out his window and hitting the side of his door trying to get my attention. I looked over at him quizically, wondering if I had a flat tire or something. He looks at me, and makes a motion towards his mouth indicating that he wants a cigarette and do I have one? When I shook my head, he looked annoyed, accelerated, and proceeded to hit his door again to get the attention of the car in front of me.

My question is: even if I had a smoke, how the hell would I have gotten it to him? It’s not like we were totally stopped in traffic… we were cruising at 10-15 mph.

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday August 5, 2002 -- 11:19:58 am
Somehow, having a nicotine fit at Interstate speeds doesn't exactly sound safe.

FROM: Anthony
DATE: Monday August 5, 2002 -- 12:40:58 pm
Not having a cigarette is a "Category I" nicotine fit. Having a cigarette, but no match, is a Category II. I once tried to light a cigarette using the tailpipe of my motorcycle. I had enough sense to pull onto the shoulder of the highway first, though. Eventually, I had enough sense to quit.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday August 5, 2002 -- 1:27:43 pm
My question is: even if I had a smoke, how the hell would I have gotten it to him?

Why, using the Cigarette Chute, of course.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday August 5, 2002 -- 1:46:15 pm
You should have returned his smoking hand motion with that thing where you motion like you're trying to shove something in your mouth while poking the inside of your cheek with your tongue in time.

FROM: Anthony
DATE: Monday August 5, 2002 -- 2:28:09 pm
Do they still make Cigarette Chutes?

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Monday August 5, 2002 -- 10:42:58 pm
In any other state, this would be surprising, shocking, outlandish...

But we're talking about NEW JERSEY!

Case closed.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday August 6, 2002 -- 1:15:25 pm
There was a day that cigarettes were so cheap that the unwritten smoker's code unofficially obligated one smoker with cigarettes to selflessly pass a cigarette to a fellow smokeranother in need in the midst of a fit. Very often a conversation would occur as a result, etc. Smokers were very social. To this day, many relationships are formed during the smoke break. However, cigarettes are so expensive now, that each cigarette costs about twenty cents. Asking for a cigarette these days is out and out panhandling, especially in the manner described in this Ping. I gave up cigarette smoking about the time cigarettes got expensive enough that in order to bum one you had to know the person. I myself smoked only to feed the nicotine habit and purposely smoked unfiltered cigarettes so that most bummers would decline or have to be really desperate to accept. It was better to quit in the end, though.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday August 6, 2002 -- 5:05:02 pm
Dave -- Actually, this was in Delaware.

FROM: Logic 3:16
DATE: Saturday October 12, 2002 -- 11:38:40 pm
This incident just shows how irrational smoking in public is and should be banned under penalty of death.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Wednesday April 2, 2003 -- 10:15:36 pm home state? He must have been originally from New Jersey.....or.....something.....yeah..that's it!

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