When I was living Stateside, I'd have categorically told you that smoking was a deal-breaker, even for friendship.
Well, considering that the last man I was with bordered on chain, and I now have so many friends who smoke, I wish the smoking ban would be rescinded - at least for the winter, so I don't have to make the choice between interrupting a really good conversation and freezing - I think we can safely say that I have flip-flopped.
In fact, I've had more than one friend offer me a cigarette because I make comments like, "You'll want to be nipping out for a smoke now," or I'll simply appreciate the act of lighting up.
Mandatory disclaimer about hating how my hair and clothes smell and being worried about my friends' health. I genuinely AM, but I know nagging them will get me nowhere and just piss them off. I'd rather keep the friends, thanks.
The other week, after I'd mentioned yet another male friend who smokes, one of my friends asked me, "What IS it with you and men who smoke?" I think part of it is statistics: men from Europe and elsewhere around the world just smoke more than American men, so more of my male friends here smoke. I don't know if there is any other correlation, really.
Well, maybe one. They're just so damn cute:
Yeah, you kind of had to know this whole entry was composed just for one of the cutest lolcat pics ever.