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Ban the Water, Bring on the Spittoons.

Once as Jerry and I sat in a hospital room in California, the handsome, finely dressed son of our friend whom we were visiting, reached beneath his chair and pulled out what appeared to be a pound-size coffee can. It was capped with a plastic lid. He removed the lid, leaned over slightly, and with sure aim, spat a large shot of liquid brown stuff into the can. He replaced the lid, shoved the can beneath his chair, and calmly joined the ongoing conversation. I was astonished. The disposing of the tobacco juice from what must have been a wad in his cheek seemed distasteful and nasty, although I must admit he accomplished the deed with a certain dignified aplomb.

There’s a stir going on down in the Arkansas State Legislature where they seem to have some peculiar regulations, especially as regards liquids sitting out on the desktops. Check out this Associated Press report.

“At the Arkansas Legislature, it’s against the rules for a lawmaker to have even a cup of water sitting on his or her desk. That cup of spittle with a day’s worth of tobacco juice is fine, though.”

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By ANDREW DeMILLO, AP Posted: 2007-08-30 06:56:30

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – At the Arkansas Legislature, it’s against the rules for a lawmaker to have even a cup of water sitting on his or her desk. That cup of spittle with a day’s worth of tobacco juice is fine, though.

A state representative disgusted by the expectorate wants a state law that would rid the House and Senate of Styrofoam spittoons.

“It’s gross,” said Rep. Pam Adcock, a Little Rock Democrat who plans to file legislation that would ban all tobacco products, not just cigarettes, from the House and Senate chambers.

The complete story is here.

Sometimes they appear kind of strange down in Arkansas…but remember, I’m from the unique state of Missouri which bumps up against Arkansas, so I won’t laugh too exceedingly loud nor too long. Is funny though…those lawmen can’t have a cup of water on their desks, but a handy spittoon is a great idea. Never know when the urge for a long, brown splat might arise within the hallowed halls of the Arkansas legislature.

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

6 replies on “Ban the Water, Bring on the Spittoons.”

After my Dad quit smoking, he took up chewing, which he did for years. He had a metal jug that he fondly called his “squapper” – it was a spittoon. He carried it every where. But when we were riding in the car – he and Mummy in the front seat, the kids in the back – he’d spit out the window. And you learn a new meaning for”nasty,” when that spittle exits the front window only to enter the back one and hit you in the eye. You need to trust me on this one. 🙂

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