Re: Smoking in Restaurants
- From: Casey <rather@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 07:37:13 -0500
I'm having trouble understanding why anyone would allow cigarettes but not pipes/cigars. Cigarette smoke is much more harmful than pipe/cigar smoke, not to mention is smells worse. Perhaps it's because cigarette smokers are the majority? ::sigh:: Oh well.
There are still a few pubs around Shreveport that allow smoking. At the first of the year, the new non-smoking law passed and almost every bar in town had to shut down for a few weeks. They had to apply for, and wait to receive a "lounge license" which allows them to allow smoking indoors as long as the majority of their profit is from alcohol, and not food. At least I think thats how it goes. Anyway, point being, there are still a few places where I can enjoy a drink and a smoke at the same time. (Other than my living room) I doubt it'll last long, though. Louisiana is usually a couple years behind other states, which in this case works to my advantage. So this is me, enjoying it while I can.
On Jun 28, 9:06 pm, jw <notar...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:.Recently (28 Jun 2007), Bill <wsblev...@xxxxxxx> confided in me the
following secret information which I will now recklessly quote in this
Today I went to the local eatery for their blue plate special at lunchBill lives in Nirvana, MO.
time. I sat in my favorite booth with a big pipe full of Prince
Albert. As I puffed away, the waitress approached me and said, "That
tobacco sure smells good". The owner, a non-smoker waived hello from
across the room. I placed my order, ate, finished my pipe and left.
Yeah, those places still exist and I eat there often.
"I'm A Precisional Instrument Of Speed And Aromatics."
Still some restaurants with sidewalk seating in Pasadena and Glendale
and I can enjoy a pipe with my meal and afterward. "Le Petit Four," a
French Bistro on the Sunset Strip, a favorite place for over a decade
where everyone enjoying the food and wine and people-watching would
smoke cigars and pipes and cigarettes to their hearts content on their
sidewalk seating. A few months ago, however, the French owner made it
his personal business any time a cigar or the less frequent pipe
received a match to rush outside and firmly insist that he could do
nothing. He would shrug, "the laws have changed, what can I do?"
Apparently, everyone else but I believed him. The next time I dined
there, I lit my pipe and the man rushed outside through clouds of
cigarette smoke--yes, cigarettes weren't covered under the law he was
quoting--I suggested that perhaps he was overstating his personal
preference by calling it the law. He admitted that the penal code
number beneath the "No pipes, no cigars" signs he'd taped up might not
exactly match anything on the city books, but "my restaurant, my
law." I gave him a dubious frown. He paused and compromised. "You
can leave your table and smoke on the sidewalk." "Your law doesn't
cover that, does it?" He shook his head. I rose from my chair and
took a single step from my chair. "Is this the sidewalk?" "You are
on the sidewalk." I lit my pipe. "What if I want to enjoy my wine
while I smoke." "It is a law that you must be seated to drink any
alcoholic beverages I serve." I put my burning pipe on the table.
"Is this okay?" I asked as I sat and drank my wine. He smiled and
said, "As long as you are not smoking it." Now, when I visit the
Sunset Strip, I find that watching the girls go by is as good seated
in my seat with my wine or standing beside it smoking my pipe.
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