Last night we were watching the TVA news and they had yet another piece on the upcoming smoking ban. For the piece, they went to one place I wouldn’t have thought about. Bingo halls. So they are interviewing the patrons and they are getting the standard responses like “I’m waiting to see what kind of effect it has.” and “I don’t know if I’ll come back.” But the one that interested me the most was “If they enforce the ban, I’m never coming back!”

Now, is this really a bad thing. I can see going to this sort of place once in a while like going bowling, playing quilles, or even playing slots. But for these retirees, it was evident that it’s their life. Really, I think it’s a good thing they get out of there. Maybe they can start doing more constructive things with their time like painting, playing cards with friends, becoming WalMart greeters, watching Oprah, Dr Phil, and Vero, doing crossword puzzles at McDo, or surfing the internet and blogging.

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