first off, just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed coming here after I recently picked up bicycling -- I've learned an amazing amount from you guys. also, it's refreshing to find a forum that's not so contentious or politicised.
anyhow, I've also recently quit smoking (again) but hope to keep up with it more diligently now that I find myself really getting into this whole riding thing (I commute to work, now, for instance.) the point is, this morning I found myself on the road wondering where in the hell all the people were. I mean, I knew they were around somewhere but I couldn't see anybody; turns out I could smell all the scents coming out of people's houses as they left in the morning. very unsettling; I realised it after noting a particularly specific blast, watching someone walk to her car. I had no idea what I'd been doing to myself.
it's in the other people on the road, as well. you know that wake of air that people leave behind them as they pass you? amazing to find now that I can sense it so well now, like the olfactory equivalent of that elongated tear drop shape of a boat wake. I have to say it again: I really had no idea what kind of damage I've been doing to myself. It's just so tough to say no to a cig while out having drinks with friends ...