The Smokers Rights Van

Hello All,

AWESOME trip I just made, 3,000+ miles – and finding van makes a GREAT billboard.  Not sure how many others would like to try it, but have had a great experience so far.  I did some of the lettering with that flat foam craft stuff – made myself stencils with MS Pub in a size 480 font, and cut them out.  Painted them with glow in the dark, neon, and sparkly fabric paint (WATERPROOF : ),  Attached to windows with carpet tape.  I drove through some of the worst weather I’ve ever encountered on this trip – torrential rain on the way up to NY, a blizzard with gale force winds on the way from NY to VT, and more torrential rain and gale force winds between CT and DE.

The lettering held up fairly well for all of that, except did have to check them, and replace a bit of tape from time to time, and did replace a couple of them.  I’d brought the foam stuff, some paint, and tape with me.  Didn’t have time to do all in that fashion, so did the rest with a huge magic marker on contact paper.  That works pretty well too – taped edges with the carpet tape – but not as water resistant as the foam.  Had to replace some of the contact paper banners a couple of times, but was quick and easy to make another one and stick it on.  But none of it seems to hurt the van’s paint.

I went up to PR of NY (People’s Republic of NY : ) a week ago Fri. to take two of my girls (canine) to someone who’s taking them to Korea. Then from there up to PR of VT to see my grandkids.  Then decided (since I already had the van ‘decorated’, and already getting wonderful responses – waves, thumbs up, and even some applause! – as well as some ‘stunned’ looks – NOTHING negative though : ), decided to tour all the rest of the NE People’s Republics.  For those who are not sure exactly what I mean by People’s Republics,  I visited most of their State Houses, too – at least parked in front for awhile, giving time for some folks to write down the web address. 

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  • "Es ist schwieriger, eine vorgefaßte Meinung zu zertrümmern als ein Atom."
    (Het is moeilijker een vooroordeel aan flarden te schieten dan een atoom.)
    Albert Einstein

  • "Als je alles zou laten dat slecht is voor je gezondheid, dan ging je kapot"
    Anonieme arts

  • "The effects of other people smoking in my presence is so small it doesn't worry me."
    Sir Richard Doll, 2001

  • "Een leugen wordt de waarheid als hij maar vaak genoeg wordt herhaald"
    Joseph Goebbels, Minister van Propaganda, Nazi Duitsland

  • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • "There''s no such thing as perfect air. If there was, God wouldn''t have put bristles in our noses"
    Coun. Bill Clement

  • "Better a smoking freedom than a non-smoking tyranny"
    Antonio Martino, Italiaanse Minister van Defensie

  • "If smoking cigars is not permitted in heaven, I won't go."
    Mark Twain

  • I've alllllllways said that asking smokers "do you want to quit?" and reporting the results of that question, as is, is horribly misleading. It's a TWO part question. After asking if one wants to quit it must be followed up with "Why?" Ask why and the majority of the answers will be "because I'm supposed to" (victims of guilt and propaganda), not "because I want to."
    Audrey Silk, NYCCLASH