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Long Break

It’s almost been a year since I started my blog.  I was so excited about my new project that I was sleeping only 4 hrs or so per night even though I am a solid 8hr-per night person.  And I didn’t even miss the sleep I was having so much fun learning about blogging and exploring my creative side that I didn’t know I had.

I was trying to be really happy-go-lucky, fun, positive person on my blog, which is a bit of a stretch for me.  I could be that, but I am not that all the time.  That would not be me.  So when our 15-year old cat Boxer died last June, I couldn’t blog.  It broke our heart so much because he was like our child.  When you get used to having someone around the house everyday morning and night, and when it’s gone, it left a gaping hole that I couldn’t possibly imagine could be so big.  Boxer was 12 pound cat but his absence made the house feel so empty….almost lifeless.  I kept thinking of those parents who lose their child and I couldn’t even imagine what that would be like to go through if losing a cat we adapted only 15 years before had such an impact in our lives.

Since I am someone who cannot stick to one thing for too long, this break in my blogging project ended up lasting for about 10 months now.  I am still heartbroken and I still cry in my pillow at night.  I decided that my blog doesn’t have to be always so happy and positive and someone I am not.  I am just going to be myself, for the sake of longevity of my blog page.

So here I go.  Change of direction.

 

 

smoke a little smoke…Don’t.

I LOVE going to concerts.  But I don’t love the air I have to breathe while I am there – it always, always comes with pot scent.

I live in Washington State, the Evergreen state, who houses an incredible amphetheatre, the Gorge.  I have gone and seen James Taylor, BB King, Lilith Fair, Metallica, Dave Mathews Band, Tom Petty, and Foo Fighters.  I have come to learn that when I buy a ticket for an event at the Gorge, I am waiving the clean-air rights, possibly taking on a risk that the 2nd-hand smoke from the drifting pot smoke could cause me to fail a random drug test at work.  (you can say I am over reacting.  I just really don’t like marijuana.)

Washington State has been smoke free in public area for several years now.  We enjoy smoke free restaurants and bars, and I love it.

But then the green-bud law passed.

I went to an indoor arena concert.  My enjoyment was interrupted by annoying pot smell.  How naïve was I.  I didn’t realize that being indoor wouldn’t stop people from smoking.  I was determined not to let it ruin my night.  I put up with it.

I went to a baseball stadium concert just last weekend.  It was at Safeco Field, home of Seattle Mariners.  It’s a beautiful ball park, and I love the fun, family atmosphere it exudes.

Then I smelled someone getting stoned.  Sigh.  I really cannot get away from it, can I?

And it dawned on me.  I am confused.

Smoking is prohibited inside the stadium (designated smoking areas are all outside the stadium, 25 feet away from the entrances.  I know that only smoking I had seen from the stadium before was from fryers in concession stands.)  Cigarette smokers seem to obey non-smoking rules.  Yet, there is no stopping of people from smoking pot.  Maybe because the non-smoking sign looks like only targets cigarettes.

I don’t agree with recreational use of marijuana.  But whatever.  I am not going around and preach people about how they shouldn’t smoke cannabis.  They can do what they want to do.  I don’t care about that.  But I do care about my rights.  I should have the right not to be around a substance that is still widely illegal in most parts of the United States.  I have all the rights not to get involuntary high with Mary Jane.

Next time I am at a venue, I would like to see non-pot-smoking sign to make it really clear.  That would be swell.  It probably won’t stop people from smoking.  But at least it’s clear to everyone around them that it’s not allowed.  It helps to have that if someone wants to bring that to the smoker’s attention.

You won’t like that, Stoners?  Deal with it.  Someone didn’t invent brownies for nothing.

 

Preface

I am going to indulge this moment of posting a very first post on my own blog…because I can.  People who know me would fall off from their chairs if they ever find out that I have a blog site.

For one, I don’t actively use social media.  Another is I don’t have a smart phone.  I have a pre-paid flip phone, which I often leave behind at home or carry around dead.  (I do make sure that I have a fully charged cell phone when I go out of town, though.)  Another conflicting fact of me and blog is that I don’t like to talk about myself much with anyone.  (I can hear someone objecting to this last statement.)  I rather listen.  (okay, enough from the peanut gallery)

So why blog?  It was Julie and Julia book by Julie Powel that did it.  No, it’s not because of the book deal and the movie deal she got out of it.  She said having the Julie/Julia project to do gave her purpose in life and nothing about her day at work mattered.  I needed that.  I needed to feel and live like there is more to life than just work.  My Mom once told me a few years back how she would like to blog, and now she blogs on a Japanese blogging site.  That must have been a clue that I should blog also or at least look into it.  But I totally didn’t get it.  Instead I told her that blogging is so millennium and she should start doing facebook instead.  Boy was I wrong.  I didn’t realize, really tech-naive of me, that a lot of the sites I would end up landing after a search are blog sites.  They look so fancy and professional.  But they are all blogs!  Bonkers.  Yeah, yeah, I am still learning how to make my blog site hip.

Make sense or not, with or without a reason or purpose, I am just so excited about this.  That’s all that matters to me right now.  I cannot see how little or how far this would take me, let alone where, but I do know that I have already gotten what I was looking for – sense of purpose.