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Thursday, June 01, 2006

people! enough about the smoking post already

hi. look. friends. countrymen. i have been catching a bit of grief about this silly post here and elsewhere, and you know what? all of you can suck it. i am fully to blame here. the tone was way off. upon rereading it, it's not funny. at all. it was supposed to be funny. but it wasn't. the tone was off. so sue me.

i did have a point though. my point was that the tot lot, designated for toddlers, is not a place for smoking. if any of you would care to argue otherwise, do it on your own blog.

as for me, i don't care if people smoke. i lived in france for a while, i'll have you know. (i am, for the record, an astonishingly sophisticated man.) when i came back to the states i was so hopelessly addicted to second hand smoke that i begged all of my friends to start their own two-pack-a-day habits. "please," i would exhort, "i need to you start smoking unfiltered Gauloises. if you were a true friend you would do this for me." i mean, everybody knows that smoking is glamorous and sexy and fun and is scientifically proven to make you smarter. also, it gives your skin a beautiful sheen.

it's just not something you should do in a boxed-in space explicitly reserved for 1-4 year olds, that's all. this is so painfully obvious that stevie wonder could see it. my exaggerated rage was adopted for comic effect. it may have backfired. i see that now. smoke got in my eyes.


Blogger stay-at-home mommy said...

Beautiful comeback MNG. I agree with you 100%

6/01/2006 3:19 PM  
Anonymous dutch from sweet juniper said...

fucking easily offended stinky hipsters.

6/01/2006 4:36 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

Maybe I am off, but I understood your hyperbole and thought you quite charming. Now I am off to smoke in the tot lot.

6/01/2006 6:54 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

You really don't need to defend yourself. That's why it's a BLOG -- it's one person's opinion. If it offends people, they can stop reading.

I think you're fucking hilarious.

6/01/2006 7:42 PM  
Blogger Catharine said...

Is that a Stevie Wonder crack?

Oh, HELL no!



6/01/2006 8:42 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I thought it was funny. And I agree with Joy; you don't have to defend yourself in your own blog.

You're hysterical!

6/02/2006 1:31 AM  
Blogger honey said...

I agreed with you 100%... who ARE these people who can't wait to smoke when they're in places specific to small children??? I hate going places with the baby, like the zoo, and having to avoid the big clouds of second-hand smoke that these smokers generate. I used to smoke, so it's not like I don't know what it's like to wait and be considerate.

You keep saying what you feel, I thought you were funny while making your point.

6/02/2006 1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think it makes sense for you to respond to the comments; I think it's great that you did. Sure, it's a blog, and sure we can stop reading, but the whole point of a blog with a comments feature is to encourage reaction and conversation and a relationship of sorts with your readers, not just to serve as a vehicle for a lovefest. So, thanks, Mr. NG; yeah, your tone was off, but it's usually is pretty great and fun for the rest of us.

6/02/2006 4:57 AM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

oh, catharine. sweet, sweet catharine. kick me while i'm down, why don't you.

i have been a lifelong adherent to the following proof:

1) God is love
2) Love is blind
3) Stevie Wonder is God

oh, HELL yes.

6/02/2006 8:23 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

wow- I guess I missed the whole "climb on the MNG smack-down wagon" thing. You don't need to defend yourself on your own blog. I've been both a smoker and a nonsmoker who has never thought smoking around kids was fair to them.

6/02/2006 9:02 AM  
Blogger RSM said...

I get shit on my site no matter what my tone is. People just can't wait to make sure that you now their opinions. I hate when othe people make me defend what I wrote.

I read the post, I got the tone, I thought it was funny. So, there.

6/02/2006 9:06 AM  
Blogger RSM said...

That was supposed to be KNOW* their opinions - it's still kinda early.

6/02/2006 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Toronto Mommy said...

umm - was joking ... I wasn't offended by the post! Really, there IS swearing in Canada:)

And speaking as someone who has been a non-smoker (better) AND a smoker (worse) I totally agree about smoking in the tot lot. Actually the province I live in just adopted a complete anti-smoking law that prohibits smoking pretty much anywhere except your home, which I also agree with.

I just think there may have been some who were taken aback by the fierceness of your post when you are usually so NICE - that is your thing, after all.

6/02/2006 9:17 AM  
Blogger jolie said...

sorry I can't resist: "that stevie wonder shit ain't funny."

6/02/2006 10:19 AM  
Blogger Waya said...

I'm a newbie to your blog, and I'm now addicted!

Totally agreed w/you about puffing at the tot lot!! NOT COOL!! Get your addiction somewhere else, preferably in your own car/home. And you know how the tots are...they put everything in their mouths, just imagine them picking up the left over joint on the ground and eating it?! YIKES!

Still laughing about Mr. Hot pants. I'm going to call you "hot pants" from now on.

6/03/2006 10:54 AM  
Blogger tAnYeTTa said...

Whoa Nelly!!!!!! First of all Mr. Nice guy, please!!! do not apologize on your blog for something that you believe in or what you feel strongly about. I personally think it's a waste of time to respond to anonymous commenters but, that's just my personal opinion. I just read your 'smoking in the tot lot' post and I didn't find any humor in it at all. I didn't think you were trying to be funny, I thought you were just trying to vent! Isn't that what blogs are for anyways! Ok....I want the old Mr. Nice Guy back, the one who says whatever the heck he wants! Nuff Said!

6/03/2006 1:17 PM  
Blogger Bubbles, Ink. said...

i'll be the bad guy here: the logical question is why in fuck didn't you bitch at the offender, right there and then, to his/her face...rather than retreat to a blog and vent, knowing that 99.9% of the people would agree with you and pat you on your back and defend you? Why not confront the person? I do, all the time. True, I carry mace for those, uh...un-forseeable, hairy situation, but makes for a fun day.

6/03/2006 4:12 PM  
Anonymous JGS said...

I think the number of people who were with you then and still with you now are multiples of those who can't understand the art of sarcasm, who can't appreciate irony and would prefer to live in totally carbon dioxide environment.

6/03/2006 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dag nabbit, this is my biggest pet peeve. and as far as why someone ought not to go confront someone else doing something they dont like, well, it isn't illegal in nyc, as far as i know, and as much as i would like to drop kick the wankers for spreading their filthy nasty odourous smoke towards my wee one, being a civilised chap, and a law abiding non-citizen,it would simply be improper...

m.n.g, we have been following you and yours since b.n.g -4 months, our wee one was 2 months behind, and loved and appreciated the things to come... you keep doing what you do...

6/06/2006 3:23 AM  
Anonymous Pickle's Papa said...

ridiclously funny.

p.s. I too have been telling people for years how sofisticated I am. I dont know if its working or not. . .

6/07/2006 9:57 AM  
Anonymous angie said...

I totally get what you said the first time!! I'd want to say every word myself--comically speaking of course. It was very funny,btw.

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