I have to admit, nothing contributes to the desire to chain smoke more than dealing with infants and toddlers, unless it’s dealing with automotive technicians. At one time I had to contend with both, though in the end, chain smoking just feeds the nervous tension. Thankfully I had taken a three-year hiatus from smoking, beginning a year and a half before the illustrious offspring arrived until about a year and a half after the illustrious offspring arrived. At least I didn’t knowingly contaminate the child whilst he was in the womb- mostly because I feared giving birth to a drooling slack-jawed cretin should I indulge in an aspartame-laden Diet Dr. Pepper, or a hit off a cigarette, or God forbid, a cup of coffee. He’s potty trained, literate and gainfully employed, and he can pick his nose with his tongue!
I blame the tongue thing on the Sudafed. One stinking Sudafed in week 3 of gestation, and the kid’s born tongue-tied. Let that be a lesson.
Lávese las manos! In NC, the obligatory employee bathroom instructions are only in English. In some parts of Ohio there’s 14 different languages on the sign – and there’s still millions of crusty people who don’t wash their hands in the bathroom.
I always wondered, since there’s dippy pictorial signs everywhere, either for the illiterate or the non-English speaking or both, why not a universal “wash your hands after using the crapper sign? ” My art skills are pretty rudimentary, but here’s a thought:
The cigarette jones is a strong compulsion, though. I know what possessed me to pick them back up. I was stressed, sleep deprived, working a very shitty job with very shitty pay after I’d been promised all kinds of things that never materialized, and in the process of getting a divorce. I was driving back from some backwater town running titles (which wasn’t what I was hired to do, but getting out is getting out) and happened to stop at a gas station for more coffee when I saw the Marlboro sign. After three years of no smoking at all- from 1989-92, I bought a pack of Marlboro Menthol Light 100s and hot-boxed half the pack on the way back home. I was a two-pack a day smoker for the next ten years, sometimes lighting one right off of the butt of the one I’d just smoked. I apologize to Steve-o for letting him think that smoking was OK. Strangely enough, he took them up three years after I’d quit (God willing for good) in 2002. But he won’t smoke his cigs in that high faluting Audi, because he doesn’t want to “stink up the leather.”
I’ll never make any sort of claim that I’m “normal.” Functional, yes, but that’s not quite the same thing. Rednecks piece together machinery and devices that are functional, but not exactly in the ways the designers had originally intended.
The Marion Walmart never disappoints as far as the panoply of redneck engineered motor vehicles in the parking lot. Sadly this poor Pontiac is 1.) likely totalled and/or the one who hit it had no insurance or 2.) the one driving it when it was hit had no insurance, and making a police report would have cost him/her his/her license. Or, 3.) the driver of said Pontiac took the insurance settlement and spent it on crack. If I were a betting person (which I’m not) I would wager on #3. Perhaps it’s mean of me to photograph others’ misfortune, but it’s funny in a tragic sort of way. I’ve driven my share of shitty cars, but that was in the days before digital photography made the disasters so easy to share.
Another thing I discovered about menopause is that you don’t need Aunt Flo as an excuse to channel your inner bitch. I can be bitchy all month long AND wear white pants while I’m bitchy, even when I’m sitting in the freezer. The hot flash thing isn’t nearly as bad as it was a year or two ago, but it’s still bad when I’m watching polar bears on TV and at times I wish I was hanging out on the icebergs with them. I don’t think I’ve worn a sweater for years, or more PJs than light PJ pants and a t-shirt. I would probably be smothering to death if I had long hair. Now I know why old women have short hair. It’s easier to color, yes, but it’s also a hell of a lot cooler.
I have every right to keep on bitching!