What a cute couple Hajime and Kaoru from I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying are! Many of the episodes talk about the amusing occurrences which come about through Hajime’s addiction to anime and immersion in otaku culture, but episode six deals with an ordinary problem: Kaoru quitting her addiction to smoking. Apparently, Kaoru’s smoking habit is giving her health problems, and her doctor tells her to quit. The episode does not tell whether Kaoru makes a proper effort toward quitting, but the gags still made it worth while. The cutest part is when Kaoru asks the doctor how long she would have to stop smoking. To which, the doctor responds that she would have to quit until her child is born, but then the doctor quickly retracts that statement to say that she is kidding about the pregnancy. After Kaoru pretends relief, the doctor says, “That’s what you’re hoping I would say.” Kaoru’s reaction reveals that she had wished the doctor’s statement were true–both because she wants to have a baby and because the doctor really wishes her to quit for good.
I myself am a smoker–a habit which I picked up in college. But, I smoke pipes and cigars–mostly pipes. Usually, I smoke a pipe once or twice a day. Sometimes, I will go a day without smoking–sometimes even two or three. When I visit a smoking friend, I can smoke two or three bowls over the course of the visit. (This fact rather impresses a certain friend of mine who has few opportunities to light up his pipe.) Then again, there have been periods where I have not smoked for months. It all depends on my mood and the circumstances.
The point which I am trying to make is that I have no idea what it’s like to be addicted to tobacco. Sure, when I am feeling drowsy or anxious, I sometimes say to myself, “A pipe sounds good about now.” But, about as often in the same condition, I’ll opt for some tea instead. This makes me wonder whether my inability to be addicted to the stuff is due to my genes or the fact that cigarette tobacco is heavily adulterated. Probably the later.
I wish that more people knew how much more pleasurable and less addictive pipe smoking is compared to cigarette smoking. It’s fun going into a tobacco shop and having the choice of Cavendish, Virginia Burley, Latakia, English, rum flavored, vanilla, flake, Oriental, Perique, and various blends. In a certain regard, it feels similar to shopping for tea. Some of my friends have even commented about my whole leaf teas that they remind them of pipe tobacco! Doesn’t that beat the awful tasting and ground up junk various companies put in cigarettes?
Just some musings, my dear readers. I have much more time to spend blogging tomorrow in which I hope to have that article on medieval arms and armor finally up.