I Have Seen The Future


Stetson’s

Originally uploaded by tbridge.

…and the future is smoke free.

Tonight, several metbloggers gathered at Stetson’s on U Street to knock back a couple pints and to relax together after what’s been a long couple months here at Metroblogging DC. Tonight, I came home reeking of cigarette smoke, my eyes a bit swollen and my throat dry and irritated.

When I was in SF earlier this month, Niall Kennedy and I had lunch at 21st Amendment, enjoyed a burger and a brew, and came out smelling pretty much the same way I did when I went in (except for the garlic on the burger…), and the same happened again that evening when several folks went out to an Italian ristorante South of Market.

If this is the future of going out, I want it here now. Instead of suffering some serious snoring tonight…

4 Comments so far

  1. Kulia Petzoldt (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    Oh yes!

    I’ve just moved to this area from SMOKE FREE Washington State and although I’m excited to be here, I can’t stand the smoke with my food! I glare at smokers a lot, unfair since I am a former smoker I know, but glaring is better than saying something mean when they are CURRENTLY within the law.

    Where do I go lobby to change the law?


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 9:16 am

    Rejoice, Kulia, the law HAS been changed, it goes into effect in January of next year.


  3. Stop_smell_the_Potomac (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 10:52 am

    I could not agree more! I was out last night too and dreaded walking into a bar my friends insisted on going because I knew that was going to ruin the nice fresh smell of my recently dry-cleaned jacket.

    I was hoping that they would have enacted the law sooner than later b/c whether it is now or next year, you’ll never be ready for the impact – just like having kids. People still have to adjust – regardless of when the ban takes effect.

    However, I am still happy that it is coming vs. not at all.


  4. jen m. (unregistered) on March 17th, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    the adjustment period is intended to allow clubs to make arrangements to create outdoor spaces for smokers and make other physical adjustments to their facilities. i can understand giving businesses time to make arrangements, i just can’t wait until the ban goes into effect. particularly at the black cat — that’s where the smoke kills me the most.



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