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Since smoking is now banned inside buildings in Boston and most surrounding towns, I've lost my favorite excuse for not going out to nightclubs and bars and the such. And there are enough places that don't charge a cover that the "I can't afford it" or "I don't want to pay a cover" excuses no longer carry as much weight. I have a great new excuse, though: prephonatory posturing.


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Apr. 5th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
I thought I taught you not to give excuses, to just say "no". Giving excuses is being a wimp. You should never wimp out.
Apr. 5th, 2004 09:37 pm (UTC)
Call it my reason or rationale, then, if you want to quibble over semantics. All decisions have a rationale. Ultimately, the reason I do not go out to nightclubs or bars or the like is because I need to take care of my voice. Since smoking is no longer allowed, my nose, sinuses, and vocal folds will no longer be irritated by smoke at these places. Since I generally don't drink when I go out, I can't say that avoiding the drying effects of alcohol on the cords is the reason I avoid these places. But these places are loud, and even if I kept completely quiet, prephonatory posturing causes the cords to work hard in these environments. I don't give excuses to others -- they know I don't generally go out to these places -- but I do rationalize my decisions. It's not a sign of weakness but rather an indication that my lifestyle choices have been thought out.
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:41 am (UTC)
Okay, expressed as a rationalization rather than as an excuse, then it's fine. You didn't make that too very clear.

Your mother loves to invent excuses. She considers me rude for not doing so myself. I would rather give a simple "yes" or "no", when one or the other is appropriate, than fabricate some kind of rationale for my action to express to others.
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