We’re getting a good soaking in metro Detroit today. Not only has the rain been consistently moderate-to-heavy since about 7 a.m. (so 10 hours now), but it’s windy and about 20 degrees colder than normal. In other words, it’s a lot more like late March than mid-May.
I’m home because Mom needed to be taken to another doctor today. Apparently we’re starting a new round of Adventures! In! Medicine! with at least three additional appointments in her future and, thus, mine. Thing is, she feels fine, or at least as fine as she’s felt since she got home from the hospital in Jnauary. But there are tests that are saying things may not be fine. Fortunately, it’s likely to be something that has a standard treatment protocol and a good prognosis. So we’re trying to be only appropriately worried, but still… meh, as the kids say.
Michigan’s legislature passed a law banning smoking in many public places, including notably restaurants and bars, as of May 1, 2010. I’m getting awfully tired of hearing people complain about it, by which I mean bitch, moan, and whine because what they say goes far beyond reasoned discussion. I’m encountering this on Facebook, mostly, and maybe I should be saying this there. I haven’t been saying anything because, no matter how angry and upset they get, they still can’t smoke in a bar or restaurant, which means I and other nonsmokers have won. I don’t want to gloat. But I don’t want to keep hearing how put-upon smokers are. Just because they’ve given their personal power to an addiction fostered by corporations who couldn’t be bothered by anyone’s health and well-being until forced to by state attorneys general, doesn’t mean I should continue to suffer. I hate being unable to savor my food, I hate having to deal with smoke-soaked clothing, and I hate breathing smoke instead of oxygen. I don’t want to become an anti-smoking Nazi, but there’s long been an issue of fairness that is only now being redressed. And now, I just want the complaining to stop, because it’s not the end of the world, as you’d know if you looked at what happened in other states or cities that enacted smoking bans and saw the restaurants and bars still do OK financially.
Hm, I have a show coming up. I should plug that, maybe in the next post.