Acts of Volition

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Matthew Dorrell -

I don't want to rain on your apocalyptic parade, but you say: "In Thailand, the first Oxygen bar opened."<BR>
CNN calls it: "Thailand's first oxygen bar."<BR>
Small differences to be sure, but one makes it sound like the Thailand bar is the first ever, and not simply the first in Thailand.<P>
Oxygen bars, for better or worse, have been around for over forty years:<P>
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"Oxygen bars have been used in Japan for about 40 years, says Jim Adams, owner of Seattle's first bar. Mexico, another country with clean air "challenges," introduced the concept about eight years ago, and now U.S. and Canadian residents are bellying up to the bars."*<P>
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Oxygen bars are so hip even Salon knows about them.<P>
If you're feeling left behind by the Japanese (aren't we all?) you can even buy your own home oxygen bar type thing.<P>

Steven Garrity -

Sign of the coming apocalypse #16:
Matthew Dorrell discussing oxygen bars.

Rob -

I apologize for my miswording. But the fact remains, people are paying for air. And if they were 40 years ago too... wasn't air still good back then?<P><P>
Maybe it's the sweet Canadian air, but when I got O2 in the hospital, it wasn't that much of a treat, in fact, I think it damaged my tender teenage nose. I'd hate to live somewhere where it was a treat to breath.

Jevon MacDonald -

LLCoolBreeze brings insight to all conversation.

Sign of the apocalypse #24 -

Yes, Matt.com is dead.
For those unfamiliar matt.com was a simple site, but one that had a profound impact on many lives. The site was white and in large black font in the top middle, it proclaimed
"Yo ;)" and that was all. But it said so much more to us all.

I humbly suggest that the this "world wide web" be shut down for a day of rememberance.

Matthew Dorrell -

“The fact remains, people are paying for air. And if they were 40 years ago too... wasn't air still good back then?”<P>

In a word, no. Keep in mind that the industrial revolution started in the early 1700’s; even before the 1900's cities in Britain and the US had passed legislation concerning air pollution, as much of their energy was derived from burning coal.<P>

But this is hardly the point. Oxygen bars have about as much to do with air pollution as pet rocks had to do with animal extinction. You should really ask your pal Woody about this: he owns an <A HREF=http://www.seeing-stars.com/ImagePages/O2Photo.shtml>oxygen bar</A>.<P>

Unrelated note: Goddamn it coolbreeze! No more pictures of Michael Jackson. You have been warned before.

ladies love coolbreeze -

Goddamn it, Dorrell! No more pictures of Woody's oxygen bar.

Rob -

"But this is hardly the point. Oxygen bars have about as much to do with air pollution as pet rocks had to do with animal extinction. You should really ask your pal Woody about this: he owns an oxygen bar."<P><P>
I could tell that Woody owned an oxygen bar by the way he pretended to sleep next to me in an airplane.<P><P>But, now I'm confused about what we're discussing. Granted, air stunk in 1960 when the first air-bar opened up. I will forfeit that point. But, then you admitted that O2 bars were silly by comparing them to pet rocks (an enjoyable analogy, big ups). Is your point that I should not be afraid of O2 bars? Or that they aren't silly?

Matthew Dorrell -

Since you liked the pet rock analogy:<BR>
Oxygen Bars are no more a sign of the apocalypse than pet rocks are. Of course they're silly, but silly things don't bring about the end of the world. Michael Jackson does.

Rob -

It's a shame there is no authority on this topic. We'll be forced to argue it out forever.<P><P>I'll call up Woody and ask him why he participated in an oxygen bar. If he says anything at all about the end of the world, I win.

boost ventilator -

<P><I>And at Spaceballs where that guy cracks open a can of air for a sniff at his desk. It sure was funny at the time, wasn't it?</i>

<P>I could be wrong, but wasn't mel brooks just cracking open a can of perrier water? granted, it was for the sweet, sweet oxygen.

Rob -

<I>I could be wrong, but wasn't mel brooks just cracking open a can of perrier water? granted, it was for the sweet, sweet oxygen.</i><P><P>
Hm, that's possible, but i thought the joke was the can was full of air. I wont admit to having looked at Spaceballs: The Book, but, they did say it was air.

Dennis -

Yeah.. Like i'll ever buy bottled air.. Thats almost as laughable as someone trying to sell bottled water.... It'll never fly...

will -

you fools, you're asking the wrong questions like:

1)would it get me high?

(if yes)

2) where can i get my hands on this substance?

smartin -

they had one of those at the mall in fredericton. a couple of my buddies went for kicks, and they said it was kinda cool, and made you feel kinda high, but not much value. i think it was $2 for 10 or 15 mins...can't remember, but basically our air is decent enough that it doesn't really warrant one of these puppies in every town, but that may not be the case in some of the more polluted places.

just my 2c's

Kristen Adams -

Umm Hello, I'm the daughter of Jim Adams, the owner or Seattle's Oxygen Bar. I just wanted to say how pleased I am to here that people talk about us =D

And btw the people I have talked to say it works. It has relieved my head aches, cleared my sinuses and so on.

j huey -

i'm thinking of opening up a o2 bar business. can anyone tell me how or who i can get liability insurance. somebody must be insuring these type of businesses.

baris yorganci -

We are the new generation, young, Turkish entrepreneurs. After years of studying and travelling, we see the oxygen bar business as a promising market for the investment and a great opportunity to work in the sense of globalization and professionalism.
The concept of oxygen, and therefore the oxygen bar business, is inevitably fast - growing all around the world for the last couple years. From the wide variety of resources, we, companies in oxygen bar business, collected data and know how useful the oxygen is, but on the other hand, naturally as our customers demanded, we seek for more reliable and reasonable information from an institution like FDA to justify the business we are operating in. Lack of the existence of credible institutions in Turkey and the experience in the market, we need to prove our belief on the subject by the comments or research papers of FDA.

We, as market players, look for information including the perspective of U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the subject. As an authority, FDA’s comments on the subject and the business is very crucial for our concern and for our customers’.

Because oxygen bar market is newly developed and growing rapidly throughout the world, people have limited knowledge about the usefulness of the oxygen, and therefore limited access to the information dealing with oxygen bars. As we all know oxygen bars are useful and are used for recreational purposes. We are standing far from making medical claims because we know these two types of oxygen are separated from birth. We would be glad if FDA may send a letter to us or publish an article academically, which concludes as oxygen bars are not harmful, even they have long term benefits and medidating effects for recreational use as we observe, practice and believe, of course if it is possible to do so.. Just a reply of our e – mail can be an enough attention to us, if you can catch a glimpse of the problem.

Thank you already now for your delicacy,
Respectfully,

Baris YORGANCI
General Manager
Corresponding Address:
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Saskinbakkal / İstanbul / TURKEY
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