Thursday, February 4, 2010

cigarettes

i have never smoked a cigarette in my life. i think i was deterred mainly because i knew i had an addictive personality and that combined with the health risks, it'd probably not be a good thing. i also was a very frugal person growing up (my mom says i get that from my grandmother), so an added expense on something like cigarettes would be unacceptable.

i used to believe that our generation grew up smoking a lot less than generations prior, just because there seemed to be a lot more educative material out there on the health risks and such. and indeed, you see bans on smoking in restaurants and other locations, designated smoking areas and what not. in "Mad Men", a show about advertising in 1960s america, you see people smoking every other scene, the culture was that different back then. (i wonder if i'll have to smoke for anything i do for acting).

but i think it's a testament to the power of advertising and how strong of an addictive substance nicotine is that phillip morris and the other big wigs are making billions of bucks now on the stuff. i suppose it is the addictiveness that still scares me into not trying it to this day.

but who can deny it, advertising and movies have convinced us that smoking is awesome. as much as it seems hilarious to think that a simple ad can change our perspective, and i even say that, i still think looks cool to just take a drag out of a cigarette and look wistfully into the air in a pensive manner, preferably on a scenic backdrop. or when someone asks you a question, you can take a puff as if the cigarette will provide you with some sort of muse-like inspiration to answer it. or when you're trying to bypass an infiltration system, you can use the smoke from the cigarettes to show the lasers. ok maybe that only works in metal gear solid.

will i ever smoke one? i dunno, i'd say it's not out of the question. but i did just buy a pack for an acting exercise recently and it's just sitting here, and it seems like a waste to just flush ten bucks (yes, a pack is 10 dollars in manhattan, wtf) down the drain like that...



here's me attempting to look cool with a cig, it's the one that looks the least douchebaggy out of the pics i took, el oh el. notice the 2 day old non-shaven look, adding to the hardcoreness.


9 comments:

blee said...

+100 eprops for MGS reference

and even the pack lying around, don't even bother. you have hyper sensitive taste buds and you will thoroughly not enjoy the experience.

hm maybe u should try it

janet said...

maybe you should smoke one so that if you ever have to do it in public as an actor, you won't embarrass yourself by choking and coughing.

Denise said...

Maybe it's because I grew up in an especially conservative environment, I've refused to try smoking because it seems like such a trashy, expensive habit, especially for women. It kills your lungs, it yellows your teeth, it makes your clothes and breath smell bad, and it definitely limits the number of people you can date. Plus, as a non-smoker, I find it annoying when smokers stink up my breathing air. Throw that stuff away!

Doug said...

lowl, but it's so cool

hans said...

you look super awkward.

Doug said...

it's hard to take cool pics of oneself, hans

chunlee17 said...

i concur with hans...

and i never smoked cuz i thought it was cool, i only did it to be badass.

this was all before Jesus of course. lowl.

ECho said...

is "educative" a word?

blee said...

HAHAHAHAHHAA