Tuesday, May 31, 2005

coffee and cigarettes

Well...I just got back from my favorite coffee meeting spot in the philadelphia area: Leaves and Beans. It really isn't the greatest place on earth: the coffee isn't very good, the staff probably wouldn't last a day at Mickey D's, they charge full price for a refill, etc...

But, you could smoke there. Yep, that's right. In a day where day after day, city after city becomes a smoke free enviornment, this was the shining star. Not only could you smoke, but you were encouraged to do so: cigars for sale, ashtrays everywhere, smoking employees.

Today they closed. Two weeks before I move and they are gone. Of course I'm moving to a town where it is illegal to smoke within 20 feet of any storefront, so I guess I'll get used to it. My question is, what do people do when they sit around coffee shops for hours on end if they don't smoke?

6 comments:

Nick Ippoliti said...

Hey Dan,
Nick here. I am looking forward to you brief stay in Dallas, and also anxious to get you playing some music with me again. Hmmm. What do people do at coffee shops if they don't smoke? It's seems we have a philosophical problem. Can someone who smokes ever see into the mind of a non-smoker? Can a white man write a fictional piece that places a Danish female prostitute at the center of the body?
Speaking of which, prostitution that is, if you can include my site as a link...sell it, sell it, baby.

Ed said...

Dan and Nick,
Of course smokers can see into the minds of non-smokers. Vice versa, however, is the problem.

Prosit,
Ed

Daniel said...

Yeah...I think I'd have to agree. The smokers can read the non-smokers mind, but most of the time what's the point?

Ted said...

The hell with those pink-lunged, self-rightious, city-dwellers - smoke 'em if you got 'em.

AnnieShanahan said...

Maybe Leaves and Beans closed because all the employees are suffering with respiratory illnesses due to all the second-hand smoke.
-just a thought...

Daniel said...

I'll refer you to the June 1st post at www.omnigatherum.com for more on that.