I’m back on the road again for work. Which wouldn’t be so odd except that with carrying around another human being in my belly I need an extraordinary amount of food each day. Since I prefer variety, I’m finding the Walgreens down the street to be my best choice while I’m visiting Chicago.

As I waddle down to the store I see many unhappy people trying to keep their cigarettes lit on corners and under awnings. Chicago just enacted an ordinance that makes it illegal to smoke within 15 feet of a doorway. They are all attempting to comply with the new law, but they look incredibly uncomfortable in the bitter wind.

This may not sound that difficult to comply with, but I don’t know of an area of this city that doesn’t have a doorway every 15 feet or so. Basically, unless you either keep moving, or stand in the middle of the street you’ll probably be technically breaking the law somehow. I’m sure parking lots are going to become very popular.

There are signs in every doorway stating the ban is now enacted. I can’t think of a more inhumane time of year to begin this type of ban. Then again, maybe it is humane – I know a lot of people who have quit smoking in the winter time. It’s just too much effort, especially in January, in Chicago. Brrhh.