Between my girlfriend’s house and my brother’s house, there is a homemade decorated cross in the median of the highway marking a place where a teenager was killed in a car wreck.  Before the cross was placed there, it was a pile of plush toys to mark the spot.  Her family has my deepest sympathies.

Without violating anonymity, I’d like to say first-hand that I think I understand where alcoholism comes from and where it is perpetuated.  In the distant past I’ve written about the notion of “engineered poverty,” the idea that we are psychologically conditioned to become poor and remain poor, with drug and alcohol addiction being the prime examples of such engineering.

Three years after being the least drunk of a group of friends leaving a bar that closed and therefore required them to leave, this person was asked to use the breathylizer, and ended up scoring barely on the “drunk” side of the line.  He was driving because he was at home alone, and he was at home alone drinking because the original DUI sentence led to him never wanting to drink away from home again.

Drinking at home alone is one of the first and largest signs of alcoholism beginning.

What awaits this person is about a year without a driver’s license, which means more drinking at home, and more time alone, since his friends are more likely to not want to visit him or may become bored of giving him rides everywhere.  In the meantime, a teenager that really is too drunk to drive has probably died while I’m writing this, at least according to MADD and SADD statistics.  Now, how exactly does this anonymous 30-year-old’s twelve month revokation prevent this teenager from dying?  It doesn’t.  And I want to make it clear that while this person may have been drunk by letter of law, he was not a drunk driver.  Was a bad decision made?  Yes.  Should the bad decision carry such a large punishment when it is clear that nobody was hurt or was even likely to be hurt?

Thank you for the comment.

ELNatural: What you said is not so far fetched as it may seem at a first glance.  I distinctly remember hearing a kind of “chucka-chucka” rhythm in the sound of water swirling down the toilet; I also know that certain pre-school and toddler television trends will soon translate into interactive toys, once they are cost effective.  Take these examples:



My evidence that there are people that can make anything that can make a noise sound funky, Tucker:

See you next time.

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