Drinking And Driving And Beyond

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When will it end? Drinking and driving is wrong. We all agree on that, right??

Well, not this guy.

After eluding three separate drinking and driving charges, in 2003, 2004, and again in 2009, Robert Varley was again in court, this time to face hit and run charges that caused the death of a 33 year old, Farida Abdurahman. Whether or not he had been drinking during this situation, the article doesn’t say. My question is, how did he get away with drinking and driving three other times and then be allowed back on the streets and, subsequently, kill someone?

When I was younger, I was a passionate S.A.D.D. (Students Against Drinking and Driving) member. I had friends who were killed because of someone else’s drinking and driving. To this day, I am a firm believer in zero tolerance. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist to figure out that drinking and driving kills people. So, considering the risks, why do some people still do it? Why take those chances when they could hurt themselves or someone else? Do they think that little of human life?

I have been asking myself this same question since I was in high school and, to this day, I still don’t have an answer. I know people who think it’s okay to have a few drinks and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, but I don’t respect those people. And, every chance I get, I still try to stop them. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t put myself in a position to have to face those people most days and I sure as hell would never get in a vehicle with them. Sometimes I miss out on spending time with friends because I don’t want to have to be the voice of reason in a group of drunk adults.

I’ve lost friends over situations when I’ve tried to stop people from driving after they’ve spent an evening drinking. And that’s okay with me because those people are still alive and living good lives. I don’t mind losing friends if it means I’m saving a life. I’m also known as the “buzz kill” around parties and social gatherings because everyone knows I won’t tolerate drinking and driving. I don’t go to social events very often, but when I do, I’m the motherly voice in the back of everyone’s minds, telling them right from wrong. At this point, most people know how I feel and don’t bother taking the chance of having to listen to me preach about social and personal responsibility.

I don’t agree with drinking and driving and, in the small area where I live, it’s almost a way of life. It has been for many years. And the attitudes don’t seem to be changing much. It’s disheartening, infuriating, and disappointing.

And now they’re going to legalize pot?

Driving while under the influence is about to be taken to a whole new level of stupid.

 

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More Renos – Day 2

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Day 2 and this is what you get when people renovate a house and don’t know what they’re doing. They punched a hole in my wall. Assuming the entire wall was made of concrete and there was no space to get wires around the walls, they ended up going through the walls. Until I showed them the 1-inch space between the concrete and drywall.  

But still, there’s now a hole the size of my fist in the downstairs wall. Granted, the electrician talked to his boss about the situation, but he obviously didn’t explain himself thoroughly and they all came to the wrong conclusion about how to deal with the situation. And then I showed them the right way. 

And then I talked directly to the owner of the company. He was good about it and said he’d pay for the repairs. But, still, this shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

Anyway, the electrician showed up at 8am (which was nice to see!) and he worked hard all morning (even nicer!), and he worked through his coffee break (do people even do that anymore??). When he returned after lunch, he worked hard again and got almost everything done. Until we discovered the hole in my son’s wall downstairs. Regardless, it was nice to finally see a service person showing up and working their ass off to get a job done.

One more day and this should all be finished. Yay!