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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Great American Smoke Out

Ski sent me an email today saying that today was the Great American Smoke Out. I was excited thinking that there was a new BBQ contest! Ski left me a link to the GASO website, and I eagerly clicked to find out the details.

Much to my chagrin, the Great American Smoke Out is about quitting smoking...cigarettes. So, as an ex-secondhand smoker, I have something to say about that. I encourage those firsthand smokers (of anything besides meat , or the occasional vegetable) to get help quitting. I tell you, it's 27 degrees here today in Iowa, and the wind is at 20 mph. I looked outside at lunch, and there had to be 25 smokers huddled together for warmth, smoking away. It must be a comforting feeling.

Here in Iowa, there is an ordinance banning smoking inside of all public places including restaurants and bars (but not casinos!). When this was first proposed a few years ago, I was against it being a kind of live and let live guy. Now that the ordinance has been in place, I am all for it! I used to have to leave bars because there was too much smoke (a personal tragedy!). That's not the case nowadays. It is nice staying in a bar for a comfortable number of beers.

So here's to the Great American Smoke Out.

Now, I'm going to get off my soap box, go home and smoke something...maybe some chicken.

Dr. Dave


Blogger SkiSullivan said...

This all sounds good until you see him sit on a rock, pull out papers and start to rolling bits of pork for a quick smoke. Looks like some old cowboy at the fire, spinnin yarns and taking a puff or two off the meat...

I used to think it was odd, but I soon discovered there were all sorts of enthusiasts online talking about smoking meats. Some even use "drums" which I assume is some sort of code for a hookah stuffed w/ fatty bits.

But this about the saucy life, so if combining bad habits of red meat and smoking appeal, well far be it for me to protest.

Thu Nov 20, 05:03:00 PM CST  
Blogger Saucy Joe Sullivan said...

I thought the GASO had something to do with going green for one day. Gads, I can't imagine my carbon footprint! The neighborhood always seems happy when I'm smoking something though. So in commemoration of the GASO I'll be cooking inside. Maybe with a touch of smoked paprika.

Thu Nov 20, 06:03:00 PM CST  
Blogger Dr. Dave said...

Thank God that GASO only lasts one day! I am increasing my carbon footprint tonight by smoking some sirloins! Though at 22 degrees outside, maybe it should be the Great American Smoke In!

Fri Nov 21, 05:31:00 PM CST  

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