Vidblog #004.

Here’s a hodgepodge of pics shot in recent weeks during lots of quick strolls around town to keep my mind occupied with something other than cigarettes. I kind of liked the finished product. A breath of fresh air.

I smoked a lot for a long time. The only thing that was somewhat consistent in my life for the past 27 years was an ever-present cigarette. Previous attempts to quit were snuffed out when depression set in. I felt as though my best friend had died.

It’s a little different this time around. And while I’m still a bit rough around the edges, a new routine is slowly, steadily piercing through. Maybe I’ll get some time added for good behaviour.

1200+ photos shot in and through the Ljubljana fog from 15-20-Nov-2011. Many of them in and around Tivoli Park.

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Tarmac by et_

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Bette Davis Guise

What’s missing?

With the slightly on edge smile, it’s fairly obvious.

The US Postal Service photoshopped a cigarette out of this Bette Davis commemorative stamp issued last month, leaving her sexy gloved hand bereft of her ubiquitous little white stick. Writes film critic Roger Ebert on his Chicago Sun Times blog:

We are all familiar, I am sure, with the countless children and teenagers who have been lured into the clutches of tobacco by stamp collecting

I certainly was. Just like this Babe Ruth stamp turned me into an overweight drunk. And this Hemmingway stamp into a suicidal mini-misogynist. And collecting these Hitler stamps into a neo-Nazi. And this pharmacy commemorative into a fledgling backwoods crystal meth lab operator.

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Ljubljana airport note…

As part of its rennovation and expansion last year, a few of these smoking booths, similar to cages at circus sideshows, were installed near the new departure gates at Ljubljana’s airport.

dear_passengers_.jpgBut they can’t be used. At least not on Sunday afternoon the 13th. The news didn’t go over well with a few travellers, particularly those I told that a spot was indeed available inside to light up just prior to their flight.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that many international airports –massive compounds like Chicago O’Hare, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Brussels, etc– have decided against setting aside a few dozen square meters for smokers. And that enjoying a smoke between connections will for the rest of my life involve security checks and removing my shoes. No big deal. There are more important things to get upset about.

It would be nice though if Ljubljana’s connection to the world would at least decide what it was going to do. It would have been even better if they had decided before they wasted money on few of these booths.

smokepoint-LJ, originally uploaded by pirano.