Late 90s.


I’m living in Germany and I’m still a smoker.

Flick cigarette out of the window in traffic, doing maybe 45 - 50 mph. Solid traffic. Butt hovers in the air and flies back into the car and lands someplace in the back. I have nowhere to pull over for a couple kilometers so I’m frantically reaching and glancing in the back to see where it was while trying not to slam into someone around me. I fail at finding it.

By the time I pull over, there is a tennis ball sized burn and hole in the rear driver side seat.

The dumb part? I didn’t quit smoking or smoking & driving for another 10-15 years.