We all have that “dumb friend,” you know the friend no one can put up with except YOU! I am used to my dumb friend making dumb remarks. His sense of humor doesn’t sit well with others. He’s a bit embarrassing to be with, like when he asks uncomfortable questions to sales associates at the stores we go just to see their reaction.
The reason why I still stand by him after everyone else has seemed to abandon him is because I know he is a good guy. He’s not the most savvy with words and I know that his obnoxious jokes are just his way of amusing himself. At the end of the day, he’s a reliable and trustworthy buddy of mine.
This doesn’t mean I’m immune to all his jokes.
“So, are you gonna get some juice for your marijuana, I mean… your vape?” Smiling sarcastically as I walked up to his car.
“What?!” I replied, giving him my “look of confusion and annoyance” which I give him often. At first I shrugged it off but thinking back, it just shows how some people “choose” to be ignorant.
Why did I say “choose?” For one I know he said that to piss me off, something deliberate. But where did he get that idea that vaping is equivalent to smoking marijuana? The tobacco backed media, that’s where.
Some of you might be thinking, “You should’ve talked to him about vaping.” Well, even if I did, he’s the type of guy that’ll reply sarcastically like, “Well, that’s great to know!” He’s just not worth the energy or saliva.
There are quite a few groups of people who have animosity towards us. I know a smoker who thinks vapers are a bunch of “hipsters who think they look cool with their little vape pens.” He’s experienced a “holier than thou” lecture by a vaper and this has left him even more bitter towards us.
What I can do as a vaper who wants to represent the vaping community well is to carry myself and my vaping responsibly. Actions speak louder than words.
I’m not a fan of forcing things down someone’s throat, nor am I a fan of shaming someone when they don’t agree with me. So speaking for myself I think the best approach towards someone who doesn’t agree with your vaping is to simply show them that what they initially thought is not true at all.
Sure, the skeptics will always have their opinion. However when they know a vaper who doesn’t fit that stereotype they have, they start changing their minds.
Will my “dumb friend” ever change? I think he is, slowly. I mean I vape in his car and whenever I am around him, and he doesn’t mind at all.
I guess those smart comments of his are his way of putting up with his “dumb friend” who vapes.