Every Saturday morning, MrsDoF and i go on a date to a restaurant in Bloomington to have a nice breakfast together. Usually it’s coffee, eggs, pancakes, sausage, and coffee, and cigarette smoke. We wait around for a “non-smoking” table but oddly enough smoke manages to find us anyway.
I’m pretty libertarian about personal behavior and as much as I dislike smoke while I’m eating, I’ve never said anything to anyone or campaigned for any smoking bans. I put up with smoking because the smoke-free restaurant is eight to ten bucks a plate, while our regular haunt is a less pretentious four bucks, give or take.
But on 01 January, both Bloomington and Normal (yes, that is our town’s name) put into effect one of those newfangled “smoking bans” in restaurants.
It’s really nice. The restaurant seems as crowded as ever, but we walk in and are seated right away. The air is clear all the way to the back wall. It’s refreshing and the food even tastes better. So i don’t know if it’s an offense against personal freedom – you could make that argument I guess – but i like it. Just hope it doesn’t hurt the restaurant owners.