Thursday, December 3, 2009

the electric cigarette

When I was a kid, power windows and power mirrors on a car seemed frivolous –

but I can’t imagine anyone buying a car without them now.

Electric pencil sharpeners seemed to be the height of stupidity –

until we bought one.

Electric toothbrushes seemed totally unnecessary –

until I got one for Christmas.

When I was in college, Tom Wolfe published a book called The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. Truth be told, it didn’t have a lot to do with electricity, but it WAS a celebration of a “psychedelic life style”. Being a “child of the 60’s”, the title immediately brought to mind black lights, the fragrance of patchouli, and “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

A movie of the same title is scheduled to be released in 2010.

I recently discovered that people actually spend good money for a thing called “an electric cigarette”.

Although it’s not intended as a smoking cessation device, the electronic cigarette CAN help folks to quit smoking. For those who prefer to continue to smoke, it’s a safer alternative to the nicotine cravings that come with “regular” cigarettes.

To quote the drill sergeants that I grew up with in the National Guard:

“smoke ‘em if you got ‘em”

And to quote Forrest Gump”

“that’s all that I got to say”


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