The final Call & Response collaboration I did with Mary Kalin-Casey for the Tall Tales show at Swarm Gallery…
I should give up smoking. I should give up a lot of things. Drinking. The lottery. Watching too much TV. And there’s this thing I do with my fingers that makes a popping sound. I don’t do it on purpose; it just happens. That makes it hard to stop. Would you like to hear it? No, I didn’t think so. Most people find it annoying.
I could quit smoking, but I like it too much—the taste, and the feel, and the smell. I know it’s a dangerous habit. So is driving a car. So are a lot of things we do, things not against the law. Nature is especially deadly, but no one’s made nature illegal. And shopping—more people die on Black Friday than from shark attacks every year. At least cigarettes are enjoyable. Better than holiday trampling or Jaws.
Most of my vices don’t affect others. Who cares if I watch TV? But that knuckle noise, I admit that one’s bad. I admit a loss of control. If I do it, just slap me. Maybe that’s the trick? You could follow me around and hit me if I fiddle with my fingers. I’d prefer you didn’t hit me for smoking, though. You’d be hitting me all day long.
Someday I’ll quit my bad habits. Someday I’ll decide to stop. It isn’t that hard, really. I can do it whenever I want.