“Pass me the green, I need some weed with my Hennessy….” — Master P, “Pass Me The Green”
Today is a holiday. You probably won’t find it on your calendar, hear Matt Lauer nor Al Roker talk about it on Today, nor will you get a card in the mail from your grandmother. It’s 4/20, the smoker’s holiday — the day to sit back, roll up, and light one in the good name of the ganja.
Lil’ Wayne set the picture for the group of people observing today when he said he’s, “a heavy smoker…I’m a light drinker.” There just might not be enough time in the day to be able to smoke AND drink. Further, people do tend to side towards one vice or the other. Granted, there are those people who enjoy a social cigarette while out imbibing and cavorting with friends, but that’s probably a blip in the data, more or less. A good friend who suited up for the Smokers team once said that all he drinks are Wild Grape Smirnoff Ice’s — it’s light enough not to mess up his high and they remind him of childhood, which is a plus in his eyes. One congenial fellow also has a saying: “I only have one vice — drinking. I don’t smoke and I only mess with clean women.” That’s an adage fit for the wall above your liquor cabinet.
It is not worth to debate which is the more congenial vice. While I could start a good, long rundown of the celebrated joys of drinking, smoking has been a cultural custom for eons with peoples around the globe. Further, both smoking and drinking have their bad sides, and have pulled people down a slippery slope into the abyss of despair. But for shites and grins, let’s argue why drinking doesn’t get a holiday like its partner-in-crime. One might count St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Burns Day, and New Year’s Eve amongst “drinking holidays” but they’re really just used as excuses [that I’ll broach in a post around May 5th]. There is no day in the year where people gather just to say, “Hooray to drink!” Maybe because it’s legal. Ohhhh yeah, that’s right — we got our holiday by defeating the gubment. Can any smoker claim that?