Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Found this scene in Galesburg, Illinois as we were walking around the college campus looking at the architecture of all the old buildings. I passed it by but my wife convinced me that it was blog worthy and I needed to take a picture of it.
Smokers these days are getting pushed out of most buildings these days and as a non-smokers who hates the smell, I don't mind. But I can appreciate how tough it is to smoke these days. I can imagine a few people huddled on this bench on a cold winter's day hurriedly smoking a cigarette so they can get back inside.
At my former job, they jacked the insurance rates up on everyone who smoked and everyone was subject to random nicotine tests if they suspected you were lying about smoking habits. I thought that was pretty tough but my wife's situation took it one step further. Although I can't go into the details right now, my wife's medical group is being sold to another company and that company flat out stated that they will not hire smokers and there are several of them among my wife's office. I'm not sure how that will play out. If that trend catches on however, it may be as rare to see a smoker as a morel in July.