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The Butt Can

A cup of coffee, a seat and a cigarette…. Smoking has certainly changed as an activity in our society over the last twenty years. I quit smoking 26 years ago, at that time smoking in the office was beginning to change and complaints were lodged by non-smokers lobbying against those of us who smoked at our desks. But it was still a few years before smoking employees were given designated smoking areas outside. Here on Harbor Island at the Crowley Maritime facilities, I spotted this folding chair leaning up against the building next to ‘The Butt Can.’ I confess, I’m glad I quit, I don’t miss it. I’m thankful I’m not counted among those I see huddled against the elements outside the office, the warehouse, the restaurant to enjoy their brand of choice. Coffee break for smokers has changed hasn’t it?!

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18 Responses to The Butt Can

  • Hopefully even this last vestige of smokers activity will disappear soon too. Makes for a nice shot though. (32 years smoke-free last week for me!)

  • good for you, madge! i’m glad i never started. i couldn’t handle the expense, much less the health risks and hassles!

  • It will be 7 years for me in April. Glad I quit, but I admit, I miss the breaks from my desk and hearing the scuttlebutt.

    • It’s been a long time since I had that ‘miss smoking feeling,’ perhaps because it’s been so many years…

  • I’m the only one in my family who never smoked and was surrounded by smokers. I still remember the smell lingering everywhere, on everything. My mother smoked like a chimney into her 70s then faced repeated bouts of pneumonia. I remember seeing her chest xrays many times as we sat in emergency rooms together. The damage was ghastly. I wish smokers could see what it does.

    • The BIG moments in life that got me to stop were dual: Watching my beloved mom die of lung cancer (she also worked in the ship yards during WWII, asbestos is deadly) and my children were born…

  • Good for you! Several members of my family were smokers. It did a real number of them and, sorry to say, they paid the price. Great post!
    Trying to hook up with the link you left but so far unsuccessful. I will keep at it! All the best!

    • Thanks, Helene… I’ve never looked back… it’s a costly habit. I sent you an email to try to see if I can help you figure out the Linky Tool for the meme… check your mail… 😉

  • I love the colors in this shot!

  • I remember going into the toilets at high school and trying a ciggie, took a few puffs, didn’t see the point and never tried again thank goodness!! It must be really hard if you get hooked! Well done for quitting Madge, it takes a huge amount of willpower I bet! Like you’re shot, wasn’t quite sure from the title what was coming until I scrolled down haha!

  • Great pop of yellow against the charcoal grey.

  • i think that’s a pretty cool Butt Can! i’m surprised they don’t have it chained down! ha!

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