Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sunday 160 - Teacher?

"You taught math at my high school while I was there?
Why the only math teacher
I remember then was always half drunk," she said.
“That was me!” came the reply.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

55 - You can't hide

Her life and the lives of others were in her hands. 
She knew what she was doing 
was illegal and dangerous. 
Weaving from lane to lane, 
in denial of her actions, 
she felt she was still perfectly capable of driving. 
As long as her phone was at her right ear, maybe no one would notice.

In Oregon we have a law that you can't use your cell phone while driving unless you use a hands-free device. I am amazed at the people who think they can get away without the hands-free by trying to hide their phone against their right ear....away from the more "exposed" traffic side. Who do they think they're fooling? Of course these are the same people who think as long as the phone is in their lap, they can text and drive, too. I say "STOP"! Put the phone down. Go to a store, any store, and buy a cheap hands-free for $25. Come on. Quit risking your life and the lives of others. Better yet, get secure enough with yourself that you don't need to be "connected" 24/7.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What The Hell Wednesday - New Twist on Drunk Driving

Sometimes I have to do quite a bit of research to find just the right story for WTH Wednesday. Other times there are so many good choices it is difficult to pick just one. This was one of those weeks. Do I choose the story of the brother and sister going to jail for fighting over a sandwich? Must have been a really good sandwich. The woman hitting a man in the head with a frying pan after he refused to let her use his razor? Come on, now. what man in his right mind would? Or the story about the dude who posts a video on Facebook showing him careening over garbage cans with his car? Thereby assuming everyone of his "friends" has no common sense just like him.  While these were tempting, I chose this story......

Man Steals Inebriate Service Van

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Anchorage police say a city van used to pick up inebriated people was taken on a joyride by a man suspected of drunken driving.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that 35-year-old Donny H. Weston was arrested after police say he got into a Community Service Patrol van parked with the keys in the engine. Police say social workers were attending inebriated people when Weston got into the van.

Police say Weston drove the van for a significant distance, including driving against traffic, and he eventually crashed the van into a bus and ditched it.

The van is part of a city program that picks up inebriated people and shuttles them to sleeping center.

Police say the inebriated men in the back of the van didn't notice the joyride.

Okay! Someone needs to hit the old thesaurus and find out a substitute word for Inebriated! How about - Bombed, Smashed, Plowed, Sh!*faced, Loaded, Plastered, Sloshed, Stewed, Wasted, Tight - I mean really....there are lots of choices other than "Inebriated". Guess they just like to be politically correct at the Anchorage Daily News. (Notice how I left this wide open for all of you to add your two cents I am sure you will. Yeah. Go ahead. Get Creative. I know you want to.)

A couple of points stick out for me in this story. First, I guess only in Alaska do they leave the keys in the engine. Cars must be different there. Personally, I leave my keys in the ignition. Who edits this stuff?

Second, the van shuttles the "inebriates" SAY IT!! Drunks! Bums! to a "sleeping center". Again...stop with all the PC's a drunk tank. They go there, sleep it off and then the local talent tries to get them to go to AA which is a great idea, can't tell a drunk when to stop. They have to figure it out on their it for themselves not because someone wants them to quit. Ooopps. Was I preaching?

So Donny goes joy riding in the drunk van with passed out drunks in the back. What a riot. If only those boys in the back had some semblance of consciousness they might have had some fun. Or crapped their

I know for certain that if one of them would have "awakened" when Donny crashed into the bus he most assuredly would have said, "What the Hell?"