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In the case of your manager, really the issue is that he smokes where you are and you are sensitive to cigarette smoke.  The solution would be that he go outside to smoke

Nope. It would be enough if he'd keep it to his own spacious room, which is a designated smoking area (like that roommate of his I mentioned does). He could smoke 55 minutes of every hour if he kept to it -- a much lesser limitation than in your proposal. But keeping to rules, any rules, including the rule of decency to ask first, infringes on many a tobacco addict's sense of 'freedom'.

I don't know what your vices are!

But you do: trains :-)

compassion for those who do have vices

Compassion has nothing to do with it. For people like my boss, the issue is their inconsideration (alibi consideration) for other people. For Sven's argumentation, which is a quite separate issue (I don't know if Sven's smoking behaviour in the presence of strangers in any way resembles that of my boss), the question is what psychological need is satisfied with such projection. A similar issue is why almost every smoker I know well felt the need to recount some anecdote of a smoker who lived fine into old age without getting lung cancer or any other tobacco-related diseases.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Nov 21st, 2008 at 09:38:24 AM EST
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Hmmmm.  Ah, yes!  I see.  I can only wish you better conditions after the move!

As for train addicts....don't get me started!


Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri Nov 21st, 2008 at 10:52:27 AM EST
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