Condominium living may not be for everyone.
Lately, in Vancouver, there's been several stories
about condo owners being subjected to second-hand
smoke. With the nice weather upon us, more and more
people are leaving their balcony doors open to let in a little air.
Unfortunately, this same warm weather is bringing
other people out on their balconies to smoke. The smoke inevitably wafts upward
into other peoples space causing problems. Complaints to the condo associations
don't seem to do any good; there's nothing in the bi-laws regarding this.
So, apparently a lot of people who bought in good faith, suffer in
silence. Some are taking their cases to the B.C. Human Rights
Tribunal in the hopes of getting some relief. I don't think
it's going to help. If it's not in the bi-laws what
recourse is there? None, I think.
I'm approaching a big birthday on the 15th-my 65th!
This is the one where I get all manner of pensions and discounts
on a lot of services. I also get to feel very mortal. I was a heavy smoker;
about 2 packs a day. Three weeks ago, I quit cold turkey. No patches, or gum or pills
or baby soothers. I had my clothes dry cleaned and fumigated my car. After only
three weeks, I'm getting to the point where I can't stand the smell of cigarettes.
I'm not finding it terribly difficult. I get the jitters
occasionally and I get the "munchies" a lot. I could use a few extra pounds, so that's not
an issue. This time I'm bound and determined to get off these damn things for good.
I did learn one thing though; I can identify with people who don't smoke and have
to put up with other people's second-hand smoke. I must be careful. There's
nothing worse that a reformed drunk or a sanctimonious ex-smoker.