I have blogged in the past about my neighbor, and my constant battle of annoyance. Through all this, I have had many instances of avoiding him/ignoring him/pretending I don't "see him".........but yesterday - I stepped outside of my "nice box".
I was pushed beyond the point of civil.
As I've mentioned in the past...he is a smoker. Now, (I am sorry to anyone reading this that may smoke), but I have a strong adversity to smokers. They smell bad. If you are a smoker, and your saying, "Oh...not me! Haha. I smell great"
You don't smell great. You've actually killed your olfactory sense. You smell like an ashtray.
But if he wants to smoke, if he wants to slowly cause COPD/emphysema/lung cancer/heart disease and the long, listing-cocktail of co-morbidities involved in smoking. Fine. Go for it!
I am NOT OKAY with cigarette butts being thrown in our yard.
We started noticing in our back yard a year ago (when we moved to this house) a pile of butts. We figured "It must be from the previous renters." So I picked them up, and nicely placed them in the garbage.
Well, two weeks ago we were spraying for weeds/doing yard work, and I found more!!
This time, I reacted a little stronger. My neighbors had their windows open that day. So I proclaimed loudly, "WEIRD! Look Ryan! There's all these cigarette butts in our yard! HOW STRANGE. Neither of us smoke! I wonder where these are COMING FROM?!?!"
Apparently that was too subtle. I picked them all up, and threw them away.
So, yesterday we were (once again) working in the yard. And I found more. Many more. I counted 38, actually.
I looked at Ryan with "that look". "That look" was a look of anger and evil that over-came me. Now, we had prevoiusly gone to Sunday mass -- but the Lord's message of "Love Thy Neighbor" faded quickly, apparently.
For I started piling up every cigarette butt, stacked them up on the fence seperating our houses, and LOBBED the whole 38-butt-pile into their yard!
I realize that I will probably be confronted on this. And I'm totally okay with it. What is wrong with people? Are they really that lazy? Can they not afford a garbage can? They're really cheap at Wal-Mart! Maybe he could not-buy ONE pack of cigarettes and put that money in a "Garbage-Can Savings-Account"
I will keep you posted on the war. If anyone knows where I could purchase one of those "No Smoking" signs - please let me know. Maybe I could hang it up on our fence.....