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Monday, 27 January
A Hearty "Fuck the World!" Can Be Heard From Within the Skinner Box

I understand the lame irony of being a smoker while working for a cancer research facility. How could I not? But the building management has just gone off its onion about this. I just can't fucking stand it. Bear with me.

We used to be able to smoke downstairs--outside--kind of around the corner, where we were nicely out of sight, so nobody might get the terrible idea that some deranged people actually smoke in the outside world. This evidently wasn't good enough, so the management, at God knows what dumb expense, built us a brand-new smoking gulag downstairs in the parking basement. I think their next step will be to put us all in a pit, and then while we're nonchalantly puffing away, they will suddenly bury us with a bulldozer while children point and laugh.

But it gets better. Since my building was evidently designed by dribbling cretins, this now means I have to take three elevators to get down to smoke central. Now, you're probably thinking, "Skot, you are a lying sack. Also, you smoke, so fuck you, you lying sack. You lying sack!" I understand. But hear me out. I work on the 20th floor. There are three banks of elevators in the lobby: one goes from the lobby down to the parking garage, one services floors 2-11, and the other services floors 12-19. See the tiny math problem? So, yes, I take the elevator up to 19, where I then take another elevator that is dedicated to traveling between floor 19 and floor 20. WHAT? Who designed this system, Rube Goldberg? I half-expect that there is an elaborate mouse/cannonball/ramp/pulley system underlying the whole fucking thing.

So now you see. When I get a break, I zip over to floor 20's rickety-ass dedicated elevator and squeal with delight as I bonk down to 19. Then I listen to my cells die while I wait for the elevator to get up to 19 and ride it down to the lobby. Then I dejectedly plod over to the other set of depressavators for it to take me down to the parking garage, and I cross over the blind corner where I will almost certainly be mowed down one day by a blank-eyed commuter, and enter the roomlet with one chain-link fence wall that overlooks a grimy, howling freeway all so I can just smoke a fucking cigarette. The whole thing is like living in a Robbe-Grillet novel.

Say, Skot, now that you mention it, being way up there on the 20th floor, don't they have a balcony? Why, yes. Yes they do. There is a beautiful balcony. There is fresh air. There is a commanding view. And there are many "NO SMOKING" signs.


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I sure do miss smoking on balconies.

Comment number: 000290   Posted by: redfox on January 27, 2003 03:40 PM from IP: 141.156.236.36

Hmm, I guess being a smoker I can't sympathize with you. I don't understand why you'd have to be out of sight, but out of "my" fresh air would be nice. I hate walking into places with a crowd of freezing smokers puffing and coughing, and then I cough, then I slip on a patch of ice, and a smoker with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth helps me up as I inhail their smoke and start coughing again...which is worse?

Comment number: 000291   Posted by: theguythatwasmadeintosoylentgreen on January 27, 2003 10:34 PM from IP: 146.57.83.80

which is worse?

Presumably, being made into Soylent Green.

Comment number: 000292   Posted by: Skot on January 27, 2003 11:46 PM from IP: 63.187.240.51

my advice is to take the elevator up on the roof. and then hide and smoke like a madman :)

Comment number: 000293   Posted by: Jigzaw on January 28, 2003 04:01 AM from IP: 80.202.21.176

My advice would be to light up in your office, then pull the fire alarm.

When the firemen get there and tell you that you can't smoke in your office, look at them like you're confused and say, "But I pulled the fire alarm..."

Problem solved.

Comment number: 000294   Posted by: mark on January 28, 2003 11:25 AM from IP: 66.47.18.130

You seem to be accidently working in a SimTower game build. That game is really an elevator management game and the little inhabitants are never happy. I suggest you try The Sims instead; you might be able to swing a hot tub.

Comment number: 000295   Posted by: jennifer13 on January 28, 2003 11:53 AM from IP: 206.69.163.132

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