|Originally posted by uabassoon
Boys who wear those ugly mandals. I keep hoping that they will go out of style.
People who have no respect for personal space in lines. I don't know you - please quit leaning against me & breathing down my neck!
People who use their Excursions to bully other drivers on the road. If you need to drive a behemoth, fine, but please don't use it as an excuse to ignore traffic laws.
A big pet peeve for me is people who smoke in public restrooms (which we all have to use) when they could just walk over to the smoking section or go outside instead.
I can't stand it when restaurants put the smoking section right in front of the restrooms so you have to get smoke in your hair & clothes if you need to use the restroom.
I sympathize with individuals who are addicted to cigarettes. However, a curteous smoker understands that smoking, though an addiction, is a voluntary action...breathing is not. My mom always goes outside now to smoke, even when the weather is bad. I feel terrible for her...she's been trying to quit for years now.
For the smoking/athsma connection this is a good link:http://www.aaaai.org/patients/topico.../resources.stm
also take a look at the CDC website.
My parents smoked, and I suffered from athsma, chronic sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy, etc. throughout childhood - I was ill more days than healthy. As an adult I have made a conscious effort to avoid tobacco, even up to getting up and leaving a restaurant where the smoking section is too close to the nonsmoking section, and entirely forgoing clubs & bars. After having sinus surgery to clear the years of damage, I have not been sick at all for years now, except for 1 athsma attack & sinus infection 1 year ago when I went to a concert I really wanted to see. I am thrilled that smoking is now limited in most public places...it would sure be nice to be able to go listen to music & not get sick, though. Hopefully someone will see a market opportunity & open a smoke-free music hall here.