One Bad Habit After Another

It seems that there
are folks who believe
that it’d be just
wonderful if all
the ‘bad habits‘ of
the world could
be just bundled up
and burned at a
huge bonfire……

They might even
throw in some of
the books and art
they don’t like while
they’re at the whole
cleanin’ up the
world thing.

But, hey…..

Me,
I don’t have
anything
against vice.

I don’t ask for a
perfect world–
nope.

Not only because a little
imperfection here and
there really does make
the world an
interesting place, and
people in general much
more interesting, too —

( nose pickin and public
ass scratchin not included,
of course )

but
mainly because what
one guy might think is
a ‘vice’ might be just
my cup of mocha java.

And ain’t nobody big
and bad enough to
wrassle away my
precious morning
coffee mug from
me, I promise.

Rock and roll
a ‘bad influence’ ?

Baaah.

Dancing is a
moral crime
to some folks.

(it is a sin-
but only
when I do it)

And believe it or not,
some people consider
pin up art a vice .

( Check the complaints
in my email if you don’t
believe me )

Is fatty food like bacon
and barbecued pork butt
a vice?

( Hey- don’t forget the
hush-puppies, man ! )

Sure, there’s folks
that think that.

And they’re happy
to tell you all about
it, too.

Crazy talk, I say.

Which tells you
that there’s no
accounting
for taste,
or the lack thereof.

And more importantly,
just how silly the whole
thing can get.

That said,
vice is one of
them there things
that a person has
to handle with
extreme delicacy and
moderation —

A little taste of bourbon
might sweeten what was
a very long, hard day –

– but a whole bottle at one
sitting will probably just
make you an obnoxious
asshole.

And nobody wants that.

Cause we got plenty
of those already.

It seems like those
‘anti-vice’ folks have
quite a number of ’em,
actually.

Phoooey.

Cool Smoke

luckystrikeWalking past a few
downtrodden
and rainsoaked
tobacco devotees (or addicts )
sneaking a short,
cold smoke break
in the very small,
outside, and uncovered
smoking area
at the airport….

(which, since January 1st,
has ‘no smoking’ signs
plastered all around it)

got me to thinking about how
much my parents’ generationbogart
liked to smoke cigarettes…..

Man, in those days
you couldn’t
really be cool
unless you mastered
that ‘sophisticated smoker
got everything in control look’.

Just imagine
the
great Humphrey Bogart –
without a cigarette wisping
smoke into his eyes….serling

….. that squinty snarl
wouldn’t scare a kitty cat.

And Rod Serling,
on the Twilight Zone —

…. that dapper demeanor
and aura of mystery
couldn’t be created
with just a fog machine.

How bad could they
be for you if both
Fred Flintstone andfredandbarney
Barney Rubble
smoked em, huh?

Of course,
even back then,
I guess folks kinda
knew it wasn’t
exactly good for you.

Despite the cigarette
ad campaigns and the
‘doctor recommendations’
to the contrary.

But I dunno…mantan

It certainly saved movie
detective Charlie Chan’s
(Sidney Toler) life in :
“The Chinese Dragon
(1944)” —

— when the chauffeur
Birmingham Brown
(Mantan Moreland)
couldn’t light his cigar,
(something kept putting
out his wooden match)
and it turned out
that the reason was
because the room
was being filledmiami
with poisonous gas.

Whew,
was that a close call.

Which, somehow
brings me around to
one of Charlie Chan’s
favorite sayings:

Confucius says:
“Man who sit on tack better off.” 

Hoo Boy.

Cheers !!!!!!!

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