The producer returned from California and rattled a terrible cough from across the room. She’s the only other female besides me.
“Uh oh,” says Coworker 2, a large and grisly man. “Did you smoke while you were on vacation?”
The producer replied, “I….had a cigarette last Saturday.”
“Hell yeah. Keep smoking those paper dicks and you’ll never get rid of that orphan cough!!”
At the very least, Coworker 2 sorta earned the right to belittle others who want to quit smoking but can’t. He kicked the habit cold turkey, after probably a decade of addiction. Cigarette free for 2 years! Still, it shocked me to hear him say she “sucks paper dicks”. I think he noticed I jerked up at that phrase and tried to rephrase it…to “paper cancer sticks”.