I Need a New Bad Habit

Apparently moving to Costa Rica means I have to give up the bad habit I picked up when I turned Sixty. I have plenty of bad habits that I can still do in Costa Rica, but those all involve my body.

I need a new bad habit that is just a foolish pleasure.

There are no good cigar stores in Costa Rica.

There is a cigar maker in Costa Rica. A woman was rolling cigars just outside the gate in the San Jose aiport.  She is not a Cigar Doll

…but is right next to the woman giving away free booze.  Nice. The free booze girl even gave me a double rum shot once when I walked by with my Sbarro coke.  (I got a coke there because they didn’t have a line – not surprising, right? Is there anything worse than Sbarro pizza?)

But the cigars were ten bucks each. Discounting the airport markup, I figured a cigar probably runs $5 each. And that’s way to pricey for me to burn. Even if I only smoke one or two a week, that’s 10-20,000 colones! Just the thought of spending 10,000 on anything, gives me pause.

Nancy loves the 1820 brand of coffee that she has found only in Costa Rica. She has imported contraband bags and has her friends hooked. Since Costa Rica has some fine coffee – including our crop – I thought perhaps this could be my new bad habit.

I don’t drink coffee now. Never have.

When I read this today, it just seemed that it was meant to be…

The study, recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that the men who drank six or more cups of coffee each day were 20% less likely to develop any form of prostate cancer. Even among men who drank one to three cups a day, lethal prostate cancer risk was reduced by 30%.

OK, that’s cool. Coffee kills Cancer. We grow coffee. We grow cancer-killer. Cool.

Not so fast Chemo-Savvy.

Reading further, the docs say

The Prostate Cancer Charity urged caution about the findings, and said that men shouldn’t as a result of it alter their current routines if they weren’t already coffee drinkers: “Although this study is a welcome addition to our knowledge, it is far from definitive and we would not recommend men who are not already habitual coffee drinkers to become so in the hope of preventing prostate cancer … Heavy caffeine intake is associated with other health problems and men with benign prostate problems might well make urinary symptoms worse.

So drinking a dozen cups of coffee sitting by the pool while watching toucans doesn’t seem like a new bad habit I will take up.

Any ideas for a new bad habit?  It must involve spending of money foolishly, and be enjoyable. Not being approved by the woman of the house is a bonus.

  • Prostitution is legal in Costa Rica, and even though it meets the non-approval criteria, that’s pushing it.
  • Gambling is legal, but I could hardly make that a regular habit because it involves putting on pants to visit a casino.
  • Drinking makes me stupid and the hangovers are murder.

Maybe I’ll just go back to being boring, predictable me with the same old bad habits.

Or maybe I’ll take up gunnery. Shooting toucans would be a hoot.


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I Need a New Bad Habit — 9 Comments

  1. DONUTS! Little to no smell, has to taste better than a cigar, a dozen would be less expensive than one cigar, no caffeine and very enjoyable. I don’t drink coffee… I don’t smoke cigars… but I love a donut or two every now and then. Maybe you could try to throw them at the toucans and see if you could get them to land around the beak! Having said that, the cigar doll is HOT!

  2. Thanks for the heads-up about the coffee thing. Glad to know that my time in the sub force had some benefit after all. (I still can’t believe you’re moving to Costa Rica. It’s a bit farther than Kentucky if we want to come for a visit don’t you think? So how about an invite for me and my wife after you’ve settled in?)

    • No, that’s a good habit – and we will, we will! How about mooching off our first friends in CR? That would be pretty bad! (and we are experienced.)

  3. I think this new revelation contradicts completely the previous findings according to which the excessive drinking of coffee can damage the heart.