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What's wrong with this picture, and is it just me?

  1. Mar 23, 2005 #1

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    In my office several people smoke. I use to smoke socially, but now have asthma, so longer do so, but nonetheless am therefore not "anti-smoker." However, since beginning my job with the company I now work at, I've noticed a few inconsistencies. First, one employee with emphazima was a smoker (though she left, after calling in sick all the time--imagine that). Then we had to remove pot-pourri (spelling?) from the front lobby because it annoyed another person in the office...who smokes. Now we've had to remove a fresh lilly plant from the office because it bothered another employee--who smokes. Is this odd or is it just me thinking it's strange, and even a little annoying to me? And then I saw this article:
     

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  3. Mar 23, 2005 #2

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    Just replace the lily and potpourri with something that everyone can enjoy smoking. :approve:
     
  4. Mar 23, 2005 #3
    SOS2008, it appears you have stumbled, almost completely by accident, on the amazing reasons why it is BAD to smoke. Fancy that.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2005 #4

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    Someone put that picture up in my 'home' forum. Hilarious stuff :D
     
  6. Mar 23, 2005 #5

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    AARGH -- I'm glad you know what picture it is because I doubt anyone else can see it. It appears I am indeed "thread challenged" and once again having difficulty with the size of the file. Maybe I will try to upload it again...but before I do, just how large can I make it?

    In the meantime, the gal who complained about the lily just informed us not to bring in any poinsettias next Christmas either. Geez!
     
  7. Mar 23, 2005 #6

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    What's wrong with pointsettias? They don't have any scent. :confused: She sounds like just a grouchy person.

    As for the image, another way to post it is to upload to a site like image shack http://imageshack.us/ and then either post the link or insert it with img tags (img)address(/img) but use square brackets [] instead of parentheses and insert the address for your photo instead of the word "address."

    I know what the clipping is though. I think I saw it on the Tonight Show when Jay Leno does his "Headlines" bit. Terrible, isn't it?
     
  8. Mar 23, 2005 #7
    living kills
     
  9. Mar 23, 2005 #8

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    Offer her a fine bouquet of gaily decorated scorpions instead.
     
  10. Mar 24, 2005 #9

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    She says she's allergic to them. Then I'm thinking geez good thing the Christmas tree is fake!

    Thanks for the information on images via url--I'll try this out in the future. :smile:
     
  11. Mar 24, 2005 #10

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    Hmmmm...I'd want it delivered, of course, anonymous...

    Or maybe the smokers could stay outside and all the plants can come inside?
     
  12. Mar 24, 2005 #11

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    I'm one of those militant smokers myself. If someone comes to my house and doesn't want to smoke, he has to go outside to not do it. :wink:

    Actually, I am going to quit right after my last pool match of the season. I don't dare try before that, in case it messes me up. I don't want to quit, but the emphysema has other plans for me.
     
  13. Mar 24, 2005 #12
    I don't see what them smoking has anything to do with it. It doesn't make them hypocrites. I don't think you can make a connection to say that their smoking has anything to do with their dislike of other things. I like grapejuice, but I dislike eating grapes. That doesn't make me a hypocrite, and its certainly not wrong of me to be this way.

    Yes, its quite weird that those normally pleasant things would be removed before smoke. But most of the people there are fine with or like the smoke, and it seems as though majority rules in the office. Enough people wanted the pot pourri removed, so it got removed. Maybe there just isn't enough people to get the smoke removed.

    Also, I hate pot pourri. It's more of a random trait, I guess.
     
  14. Mar 24, 2005 #13
    Some potpourri makes me feel sick. I tried to sell it in my shop at one time, I had to send it back after only one week.
    It struck me as odd because I burn scented candles and incense.
     
  15. Mar 24, 2005 #14

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    Agreed there is no connection other than what one inhales. It just seems odd that people can be so adverse about natural things in our environment and yet put bad things in their body artificially and have no problem about that. You made me remember that once a guy was eating potpourri at a party--he thought it was a bowl of chips. :rofl:
     
  16. Mar 24, 2005 #15

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    It all depends upon both the chemical make-up and the particulate size of the airborne material. (Chemicals is weird critters, ain't they?) I smoke, like the smell of most flowers and some air fresheners, but potpurri makes me sneeze.

    (Never tried sniffing a scorpion...)
     
  17. Mar 24, 2005 #16

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    A reminder -- I have asthma and chemicals can and do effect me, and I also have allergies to a few things. The potpourri in question was during the holidays, and consisted of cinnamon sticks, dried apple, pinecones, and other deadly materials! :yuck: The observation in this post is why isn't it people like me complaining about every little thing, but always those who also happen to smoke? It may not be a matter of hypocrisy, but rather being a little extreme in whimpyness--I often put up with second-hand smoke when I need to converse during a smoking break, and never complain...
     
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    I don't think the word you're looking for is hypocrisy, but irony. :wink: Well, maybe hypocrisy too, if they are the same people who argue they have the right to smoke just outside the door of the building and don't care if it offends nonsmokers who have to pass through their smoke cloud to get in and out of the building. If they have the decency to step back 10 or 20 feet from the entrance and not offend the nonsmokers, then it's more the irony that they should take offense at plants. (I can understand potpourri being an issue though; not if it was totally natural, but some have scented oils added to them that make them very potent and irritating).
     
  19. Mar 24, 2005 #18

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    Yes, irony probably is the word--thanks! I'm sure the potpourri had scents added to it. I think it has been the ongoing chain of events that really brought the irony to my attention--that not one single one of these items has been an issue to me (an asthmatic), and none of the other non-smokers are the one's complaining. And funny you mentioned the front door scenario--this was going on so another company in the same building no longer allows their employees to smoke next to the door, though this is where the ashtray is...
     
  20. Mar 24, 2005 #19
    Danger...I assure you, there is a right and wrong way to sniff a Scorpian.
     
  21. Mar 24, 2005 #20

    To spell scorpion too. :biggrin:

    Sorry, i couldn't resist.
     
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