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Drinkin' and smokin'

Posted Monday, July 27, 2009, at 1:52 PM

Some people just can't stay away from their favorite substances.

A customer in front of me at a Shelbyville convenience store Saturday night was attempting to buy a 12-pack of Bud Light without any ID. The clerk flatly refused to sell: "Both of us would get in trouble and believe me, I'd like to sell it to you because I have a budget to meet. But I can't sell it without an ID," he said. Frankly, he appeared to me to already be at least partially intoxicated.

The customer (who had ridden a bicycle to the store) did buy cigarettes, then turned around and asked me to buy the beer for him. I refused. As I left he was approaching another customer about buying, still desperate for his beer.

On Sunday I was on the Griffin Park walking trail as a walker went by me, smoking away. It's good that he's trying to stay in shape, but doesn't smoking partially counteract what he's doing? After all, competitive runners don't puff away as they run.


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"After all, competitive runners don't puff away as they run."

well, maybe not as they run, but there have been more competitive runners that smoked than you might think. it has always been a little bit taboo for a competitive runner to smoke openly, and these days... i can only imagine the furor. perhaps the most notable smoking runner was australian ron clarke (miler & half miler) who set 17 world records during his illustrious career.

-- Posted by lazarus on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 2:56 PM

Your opinion also relates to what I experience at the gym. I see this woman peddeling away on a bike while sipping on her Sundrop. That defeats the purpose of even working out. I know its not that same as smoking or drinking, but it makes me wonder why she is even there in the first place.

-- Posted by honda14 on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 3:26 PM

I think that what bothers me the most, is when they buy their beer and cigarettes and can't afford to do so. I see nothing wrong with having an occasional beer, but you need to be able to pay your bills and support your family first, and some can't do that and yet, it doesn't stop them from drinking and smoking.

-- Posted by cookie on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 4:02 PM

when I attended Motlow, I would see girls in the Aerobic Walking class walking the outside of the campus, and half were smoking while doing so. They were just doing it for the credits.

-- Posted by acoustik on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 4:43 PM

Honda14,

I do not attend a gym in Shelbyville and know not of whom you speak. I am inclined to wonder if you are sure that it is sun-drop she is drinking. I have a client that brings her water in an old sprite bottle. She refuses to buy bottled water due to her aversion to waste, and decided to put her husband's waste to work before she banned plastic drink bottles at home altogether.

And while sundrop is by no means a healthy choice, the positive physiological responses to exercise remain. It is not all about 'burning calories' :)

-- Posted by gottago on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 5:44 PM

Been clean and sober for over nine years now, so I don't drink at all. I've abused just about every drug known to man. I quit that stuff long before I quit drinking. However I have yet to quit this nasty smoking habit. I've gone from over 2 packs a day down to less than a half a pack, but I'm still smoking. I watched cigarettes slowly kill my father and other loved ones, and here I am still puffing away. It's a nasty, disgusting, filthy and life threatening addiction. My hair stinks, my car stinks, my house stinks and my clothes stink. Yet I thought it was so cool and "grown up" looking when I started 35 years ago.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 1:28 AM

Tatoos &Scars I still haven't broken that nasty habit either.

-- Posted by toad on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 7:59 AM

If the biking lady is diabetic or if exertion makes her queasy,she may be relying on the sugar and carbonation to keep her from becoming too ill to work out.

She may also feel she needs a "fix" of caffeine and the 63 mgs. of the stimulant in a 12 ounce can of Sun-Drop prevents her energy from flagging.

Yes,there are healthier drinks that won't do as much damage and might even be therapeutic.

But,juice,milk,sports drinks,tisanes and fancy water have yet to grasp the public consciousness the way standbys like coffee,tea,alcohol,"hi-test" soda pop,fruit-flavored punches and Kool-Aid still do.

Call it ironic or hypocritical but including positive behaviors with the sin of choice is a start that may well lead to avoiding the negative ones.

I've heard that smoking is harder to give up than most illegal drug use.

This is supposed to be especially true the younger a person is when he begins the habit.

Smokers who began below the age of 14 may never kick their addiction while those who start after age 35 may never experience punishing withdrawal.

I favor green and white tea and don't smoke,dip or chew.

But,I've been known to "carb load" enough sugary and salty snacks to completely undo the calorie burn I got from circuit training.

I may have retained some of the muscle and bone production,stockpiled some endorphins,added flexibility and reduced tension but I've wished I had addictions I could quit cold turkey.

(Hmmm... Cold turkey...sourdough bread,provolone,pickles,tomato,spinach leaves,mustard,mayonaisse, mushrooms and cranberry sauce...

If I walk to the restaurant and back,can I manage the sandwich PLUS a nice vitamin-rich carrot cake?)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 10:16 AM

I do not go to the gym in Shelbyville and that isn't where I was referring to. And I know that it is Sundrop because as soon as she comes in she takes the top off and breaks the seal everytime. But then again, maybe there is a reason that she drinks them.

-- Posted by honda14 on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 11:23 AM

When I left for the Navy, my granddady told me don't take up drinkin' and smokin'. He said I could do that when I got old had had nothing else left for enjoyment. I'm 66, I'm thinkin' maybe 70 is going to be about time to start......

-- Posted by chs61 on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 12:54 PM

-- Posted by chs61 on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 12:54 PM

I'm 66, I'm thinkin' maybe 70 is going to be about time to start......

Definately on the right track.....4 years from the current time will always be a good distance to keep between yourself and the onset of twin disasters.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 1:28 PM

why would this become such a focus? the girl and her sun drop that is...Sounds like someones looking for a flaw. And why? Smoking and drinking are only a start...then this sort of thing happens. What business is it of anyones what she is drinking. Should we gather in hushed tones and follow her around the grocery store. Mind your own business!

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 2:21 PM

Gah, some of you people are so touchy-feely. Grow up!

-- Posted by honda14 on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 3:09 PM

I guess I may as well confess that I'm a "Sundrop addict" also. The 12 ounce glass bottles are my favorite. Ice cold man, the only way to go!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 3:14 AM

To David Melson,

That is indeed my Father Ed Greenfield and a MR Craddock, My Dad ran this store with his Brother V.K. Greenfield, my father later had some health problems and had to retire the store was located, near the old Studabaker building still standing and where the store was ther is a cr lot there now..the truck was mor or less a Dodge or Plymouth cause my family were big Chrysler product fans...the store was later rebuilt out on Madison near the Ols Wall Mart...it's still standing it's one of those metal building which is bright yellow...known as a steel building..I cannot remember , whats in there now, Uncle later relocated to the old Model Laundry Building, with declining buisness...he closed. VK I think did run for city counsel and one a term.

Someone asked about Greenfield bend..yes it's still there it's in Maury County near Willamsport, To my KNowledge there are not many of us left..Dad had me...VK had two Daughters Named Cindy and Donna..one married the old Dr Rodgers son and moved to Alabama..I may have an Aunt still living in or around Williams Port..and anothe in Indianapolis

Hope this helps..as I have asked numerous times to older people in this community if they remembered my dad..who passed away at 56!

Thanks for the memories

-- Posted by Ed56 on Sun, Aug 23, 2009, at 2:12 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.