As I was coming down the third floor stairs in the Meyer Library, I saw a guy leaving the lab wearing a leather jacket with a cigarette already in his mouth. It wasn’t lit–a lighter wasn’t even in his hands–but he was ready.
I gave him a look and he took it out of his mouth. I wasn’t really trying to give him a look, and I don’t really feel like my facial expression changed all that much. But it seems my thoughts were communicated anyways:
Quit being a poser.
Keep an eye out: I think the unlit cigarette might make a real comeback when we ban smoking.
Update:: The more I think about it, the more odd I find this whole thing. I don’t think my reaction was because of the cigarette so much as him removing it from his mouth.
Imagine James Dean averting his eyes, removing the cigarette, and looking contrite. That’s what I saw, and it caused some tingly cognitive dissonance. If he’d just kept on walking, I don’t think I’d have thought much of it.