Crying In Your Beer
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- March 29, 2003 at 11:25 am #6626David LauterbachKeymaster
Like I said, I’m a nonsmoker. I don’t like it when my clothes reek of tobacco. But I don’t think it’s right that they don’t allow clubs make their own rule on a legal substance. Not only does this hurt buisness at places w/ cigars and such, but I have to admit, smoke is sometimes part of the atmosphere that I expect, like at a blues or jazz show. I like smaller shows in dive bars, and a smokey room adds to the experience. That’s part of the reason that every dance club has at least one smoke machine. <br />
If clubs have smoke-eaters (filteration systems), the smoke rarely gets overbearing, and in fact most of the time it’s not noticable. When I worked in fine dining, we would often have 2-3 people smoking cigars at cocktail tables in the bar (not to mention all the people smoking cigarettes). Unless you were standing next to the smoker, you couldn’t tell (we had smoke-eaters). I agree with a ban in restaurants; I don’t want to smell smoke while I’m eating. But if the bar area is seperate and away from the dining room, then I don’t see what the big deal is.<br />
Remember, we are talking about a legal drug. I don’t want these laws to become stepping stones for stricter alcohol laws. If clubs were allowed to pick and maybe, pay a for a license for smoking (as all buisnesses do to serve alcohol. Two, in fact. One for beer and wine and one for liquor), then I could understand the reasoning for this sort of regulation (city/state makes more money from fees). And I guarentee that the clubs that paid for the license would be the more happening places to be. People smoke to unwind and relax. I don’t want to hang out with people that are on edge because they can’t get their fix. And the sinners are always funner than the saints. Think about it.<br />
The best analogy I can give is this: Remember when Rock and Roll decided to be against drugs in the 80’s (R.A.D.)? Well, what happened to rock? It sucked. If you’re going to let loose and party, rules always seem to get in the way. Big downer. If you don’t like the party you’re at, go someplace else. Don’t fuck up everyone else’s good time by starting a fight just to make yourself feel better. Don’t be that guy. Again, I don’t smoke, but over the 7 years I’ve been behind the bar I’ve noticed that the majority of people who go out do. It seems like most of these laws come from people that don’t frequent the bar and club scene. Don’t tell me how to run my buisness when you have no idea how the scene operates. Keep your good intentions. I go out to have fun and see the racier side of things. I accept full responcibility for my actions. Just don’t ask me to remember what they were the next day.
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