Through The Fields I Used To Roam


Continuing with a look at my birth state of Indiana, my main pet peeve is the stupid smoking laws.  Bars and restaurants can still have a “smoking section.”  This may be the dumbest idea about our air ever made into law.  I won’t go to the local swimming pool because I’m sure they have a “peeing” section roped off.  My favorite bar in town is Chumley’s because they have my favorite beer on tap.  They have over 50 beers on tap and over 100 different bottled brands of beer to choose.  I can’t stand being there for more than one beer because my eyes are burning from the smoke filled air.  I heard the food is pretty good but I wouldn’t dare order food since it too would be filled with smoke.  I had intended to write on this subject last week but other things came up.  Happily I can report that in TODAY’S paper, Chumley’s have announced they will be a complete no smoking establishment effective August 1st of this year.  On my annual visit next year, I will get to taste Chumley’s food (and maybe drink more than one beer).

Since I don’t live here anymore, I don’t have to pay whatever the going rates on auto insurance are.  I’m sure they have to be affected by the “non-helmet” motorcycle laws.   I never see a helmet worn because riders think they can’t be forced to wear one.  It would take away their freedom.  Yeah, I know, just like seat belts do when you drive a car.  The thing that freedom shouters forget is who pays for their broken skulls if they are still alive when they are wheeled into emergency.  I think it should be OK to not buckle up or wear a helmet as long as a surety bond is posted or a special insurance policy is issued.  Just part of our social contract, that’s all I’m trying to say.  Smoker’s understand how much “smoking diseases” cost us and they pony up heavy costs-per-pack to have their habit not cost the rest of us in medical responsibilities.

If you think those two laws are strange, how about these laws which are STILL on the Indiana books.  Go ahead and look them up if youthink they are a joke.  I did, and the laws ARE on the books.

Waitresses may not carry drinks into a restaurant or bar

 If any person has a puppet show, wire dancing or tumbling act in the state of Indiana and receives money for it, they will be fined $3 under the Act to Prevent Certain Immoral Practices.

 Anyone 14 or older who profanely curses, damns or swears by the name of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, shall be fined one to three dollars for each offense, with a maximum fine of ten dollars per day.

 A three dollar fine per pack will be imposed on anyone playing cards in Indiana under the Act for the Prevention of Gaming.

 It is illegal for a man to be sexually aroused in public.

 One may not sniff glue.

 A person must get a referral from a licensed physician if he or she wishes to see a hypnotist unless the desired procedure is to quit smoking or lose weight.

 Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March.

 It is illegal to sell cars on Sunday.

 Oral sex is illegal.

 A man over the age of 18 may be arrested for statutory rape if the passenger in his car is not wearing her socks and shoes, and is under the age of 17.

 It is against the law to pass a horse on the street.

 It is illegal for a liquor store to sell cold soft drinks.

 Liquor stores may not sell milk.

 Grocery stores may not sell any type of cold liquor.

 You can get out of paying for a dependent’s medical care by praying for him/her.

 One man may not back into a parking spot because it prevents police officers from seeing the license plate.

 Smoking in the state legislature building is banned, except when the legislature is in session.

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