I won't be drinking & driving this holiday.. everyone else I know, probably will.
It is difficult not to do in a culture where alcohol, socializing and vehicles all constantly collide, a society which encourages you go out to the bar for a few drinks & hang out with the gang.. it's in every movie, print ads and television & the way to 'Party' is to apparently (in some circles) have someone pour an entire bottle of champagne in your face - frig... alcohol marketing is delivered to our door in what I'll admit is a lovely magazine full of recipes and HOLIDAY alcoholic beverage suggestions, I chose a special bottle of 'Ginger something.. it was sold out.
At the LCBO- you can get a ' ice skater full of scotch, a skate full of whiskey, bottles shaped like skulls (very cool to all ages), cats - my dad at one point had an entire train collection - and my own son was given -much younger than the legal drinking age - a hand blown glass dog full of fine cognac, I'm sure there are countless creative vessels I have not even seen. In the USA for example - it use to be a big deal for Canadians (still is for many) to visit an American Alcohol store to check out all the COOL stuff - and sneak a bottle or two back in the trunk of the car. It's also incredibly CHEAP $$$
When I visited California I noticed we pay double (AT LEAST) for the exact same wine you drink from everywhere - it's not fair. We drink - moderately.. If forced to choose - 'Go with' or 'Without' - I'd go without. I don't care what others choose - we have NO control of what others put into their body, if anything I feel sorry for alcoholics BUT I do NOT agree with drinking & driving. No impaired driving - this includes cellphones.
I do feel police should arrest impaired drivers, before they kill someone or hurt themselves & it's only a matter in many cases someone gets seriously harmed.. When I was younger yes, I did drive impaired- I am thankful I was never in an accident, I recall driving to the city many times with friends and we had too much to drink - although back then the response was ALWAYS: I'm fine to drive!!! I was LUCKY.
I know several now who have not been so lucky.
If you don't kill someone - thank God.. if caught driving impaired you will still pay heavy fines, lose your license - which could mean lose your job - especially if you drive a lot or drive illegally & make matters worse.. embarrass yourself & family - it's NOT worth it.
The thing is - for all of YOU who do moderate - great! Thank you.
Hopefully you will avoid all those on the road who don't care & do choose to drive impaired.
To everyone I love & care about:
Have fun- Enjoy ALL that God graces you with, drink, taste, feel - experience it all - but please do not drive impaired because it might end your life.
I'd miss you.
Tis the season as well for R.I.D.E & new laws - longer prison sentences - how often I read of someone killing someone and hardly to they do any jail time - worse - they are REPEAT offenders- time & time again. NOW, IF you get stopped- chances are YOU WILL BE TESTED.
& then please pay attention to this: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/impaired-driving-legislation-defence-lawyers-charter-rights-violation-1.4093434
With TLC & THC
Below is a photo of one of the elfs in the garage & his assistant working an a amazing Christmas gift.. ;) Tis the season!