A random look at the life and times of Jim Rising recovering radio addict and newspaper columnist.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Butt out!

I hate it when people throw cigarette butts out the window. In general I think littering should be a bigger crime than it is. It’s rude vile and disgusting. But in case of the butts it’s dangerous too. Why is it ok to flick a lit cigarette out of a car window? What are the ashtrays for, anyway? Oh I know what you are going to say. Modern cars don;t have ashtrays. Gee, I wonder why that is? I can’t tell you how many times I have ridden behind someone in my little roller skate MG with the top down and prayed that the tossed butt wouldn’t land in my car. I haven’t smoked for a long long time. So long that I can’t really tell you if I used to chuck the tail ends of my smoke out the window. I do know most of what I was smoking when I was smoking wouldn’t ever have been thrown away. Heh. I now chew gum and my wife gets livid with me when I spit it out the window. I fail to see where that’s as bad as the butts. The gum won’t catch anything on fire. It will disintegrate with time unlike the filters on the butts which will probably be around for a millennium or two. And the worst that might happen is you might get my wad on your shoe.Why does it piss me off so much when someone tosses a butt out? Why do I want to grab a lit cigarette and toss it in their window? I think I need therapy.

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