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Posted on December 9 at 11:57 a.m.
From personal experience in my younger days when I drank alcohol, I can state with confidence that it takes a LOT longer than a couple of hours after drinking alcohol for the effects to wear off enough to safely drive. I NEVER, EVER drove after drinking ANY alcohol. Period.
Was it 2 hours? 3? Let's see...get hammered at the Indy party, drive a car, hit a pedestrian who now may die, then argue semantics as to whether it was 2 hours or 3 between Hammer Time and Drive Time. PERFECT! Classic denial process SO familiar to all alcoholics. Kind of like "It's just beer and wine...not the hard stuff..." How sadly predictable. And now two lives are ruined.
I'm not interested in the inevitable red herrings, defensive and offensive remarks, and name calling that inevitably arises from any commentary not gushingly supportive of the alcohol industry, the ubiquitous & constant marketing of its product (including in this publication), and its products' subsequent consumption.
If you want to drink, fine...go on ahead...but don't drive. Don't push your choice to get hammered and push its results on everyone else. It's like smokers...go ahead and smoke, but not in my house or my car. I am NOT a fan of prohibition in any form; I just want the freedom to be safe from the decisions of other people to impair themselves and take to the roads.
What I AM interested in is roads safe from this kind of menace. Everyone knows better than to drink and drive, yet people make the choice every DAY to take the lives of helpless, unsuspecting OTHER HUMAN BEINGS into their impaired hands, and do it anyway. "I'm OK to drive...I just had a little wine..." or a couple beers. Please. Just take a taxi or call a sober friend. Don't risk my life or the lives of other people so you can drink and be one of the crowd at a party or "wine tour".
Two families are going to have a lousy Christmas this year because this guy made a decision to engage in what he KNEW was risky behavior. I'm sure his family is crushed, and there is no doubt that the victim's family is crushed, too.
The level of selfishness of people who drink and drive is just staggering, and anyone who has the gall and audacity to attack those who point that selfishness out clearly has some major issues of their own.
On Lois Capps Representative Arrested for DUI Hit-and-Run
Posted on December 9 at 11:33 a.m.
"Los Padres officials announced today that they are seeking public comments proposed changes to fees.."
They did that before when this mess started, "sought input". When they didn't like what they heard (what they heard was a big, fat "NO! And HELL no!"), they thanked everyone for their "input" & passed the fee anyway.
It's like what real estate developers do when they know their project is odious & everyone's guaranteed to hate it. Build a couple of "mockups" of the ugly proposal, smile, & assemble the "stakeholders" to "offer input" & "choose a model that best suits their vision".
Each model of the proposed development is something the developer's perfectly happy to build; they're just slightly different versions of the same ugly behemoth. All will have white stucco, red tile, look exactly like every other ugly development in SB, & be equally hated, but the trick is to convince the sheeple that they actually got to CHOOSE. It's like the condemned getting to choose which instrument is used in an execution; some are quicker and possibly less tortuous than others, but all ultimately cause death.
Developer gets what he wants anyway, & the sheeple are conned into thinking they had a "place at the table" in the "visioning process".
For those of you who have ever played BS Bingo at a boring staff meeting, the above paragraph makes "Bingo!" on at least 6 doublespeak buzzwords/phrases :-)
This is what the USFS did; conned everyone into believing their opinions mattered, then rammed what they wanted down our throats anyway and expected a nice "thank you" in response. Ever since, they're received a response, and it DOES have the word "you" at the end of it, but "thank" isn't the first word.
My feeling all along has been what DrDan said, that so many folks don't realize: this is double taxation. Our taxes already PAY for these dubious "improvements".
Nonetheless, the "improvements" are pretty "rustic", and we've already paid and continue to pay via taxes. The campground hosts aren't paid. Only rangers are paid. The rest is lining the pockets of politicians, as it always does.When they want more, they just shove those greasy mitts a little deeper into all our pockets. Kind of like the school system, but that's another story for another day.
Meanwhile, I do not and will not pay to use that which the Creator hath made and given unto us. I've paid my taxes and if that isn't enough, then I want to know where the money is going & why it's going there. What I'm NOT going to do is give MORE because someone can't seem to stick to their budget. Here's a newsflash, USFS: live within your means...you know,like all the rest of us are expected to do in the real world.
Double taxation; pure and simple.
On Los Padres Forest Proposes Changes in Recreation Fees
Posted on December 6 at 12:25 p.m.
On Reborn at the Red Barn
Posted on December 5 at 11:17 a.m.
What do you have to do in order to be one of the chosen ones? Oh right....you have to have children. Everyone else...under the viaduct!
On Chumash Donates Toward Affordable Housing Project
Posted on December 5 at 11:16 a.m.
Lock up this moron and weld the door shut. If everyone reading this isn't revolted and outraged...and afraid...then they aren't paying attention!
On Woman Arrested in Elder Abuse Case
Posted on November 27 at 10:26 a.m.
I can't imagine what it must be like for the area's Muslims to not have a place to worship and enjoy fellowship with their peers. Reading this makes me grateful that as a Christian, I've always had my choice of places to worship, but what a wake-up call for me to see that the members of the Islamic community have not had this same access.
I hope they get their mosque and all goes well for everyone involved, including the neighbors.
On Goleta Mosque Closer to Reality
Posted on November 25 at 11:41 a.m.
$9.00 for kids and $12.00 for everyone else? Leave it to Solvang and indeed SB county, to tack on a high-dollar price tag to ensure only those with plenty of disposable income can afford to enjoy this.
Then again...it costs $5.00 to park in the forests out there, so there ya go. Everything can be and does get monetized in that part of the country. Not that there isn't greed everywhere...but it's just way more frequent and egregiously offensive in that part of the country.
Winter weather notwithstanding, I am still enjoying my time here in the Midwest...everything is much less complicated and far less expensive.
Everything is a tradeoff, though, I must say; for me it is that I am far from my family and loved ones...but the alternative was that in retirement I became unable to afford to breathe out there in CA, so I came where I can not just breathe and exist, I can live and be very secure and much more active in the community than I was there. I don't need or even like cruise-control weather, so the weather issue doesn't exist for me as it does for others.
Many people are willing to race like hamsters on the wheel in order to have cruise-control weather, homogenous architecture, the beach and mountains (both of which cost money to park there), etc. My years of working three jobs to live in the 805 are over...but that's just me. Your mileage may vary.
And...I have enough disposable income now that I can get on a plane and fly out there to visit any time I feel I need to. While I lived there, I was lucky to be able to find the $ to get in my car and drive out of town to visit friends/family; not only because I had NO disposable income (because I spent it all to exist there), but because the ga$ prices are INSANE out there. $3.55 at the cheap station there VS $2.98 almost anywhere here.
And now, an ice rink...that is unaffordable for the very population who would enjoy it most, families and little kids. Nice touch, Solvang. No shortage of bars and drunks and throngs of tourists there, but as usual, no affordable fun for the locals & families to do. Well played!
On Ice Skating
Posted on November 22 at 5:59 p.m.
One of the first and most important things I learned from my Dad when he was giving me drum lessons (he was a drummer) was to never pigeonhole myself. Truly, I may prefer certain styles over others, but I needed to diversify and at least get a grasp of as many styles of music as possible in order to be skilled at my instrument. Sound advice from someone who absolutely knew what he was talking about.
Life isn't much different, and neither is economics. Diversify. Don't put all your investments in one plan, your eggs in one basket, or your farm to growing one crop.
The SYV and really, much of California has been handed right over to the juggernaut that is the wine industry. Growing, processing and marketing as many gallons possible of this type of alcohol is the major industry in California. This brings to mind Santa Barbara's obsession with that annual bacchanalian celebration of genocide commonly known as "Fiesta", and offensive content aside, the inescapable fact that it is a fools bet economically.
Yes, there's a lot of $ to be made, fast and dirty. However, if the city and its businesspeople struggling along on razor-thin profit margins in a historically business-unfriendly area ever found itself cut off from its lifeblood of tourism during that week, the damage could be epic.
This very nearly occurred a number of years ago when there was a toxic spill down on the Rincon, closing 101 for a few days. During the beginning of Fiesta. There was a lot of sweaty palms during that time period. Had it been the entire week, the ripple effect would have been little short of catastrophic.
This is what happens when one puts all ones eggs in a single basket. Drop the basket and you're screwed.
Instead of encouraging and supporting diverse businesses which appeal to a wide range of consumers, the SYV (and increasingly the State) has focused with laser-intensity on the wine industry to the expense of all else. Nice if you own a wine farm and distribution outlet or you like to consume alcohol masquerading as culture, not so nice if you are a business having nothing to do with wine, or you don't drink the stuff.
Picture it: a grape blight hits...wiping out the wine crop. The a** falls out of the wine industry as a result. How do all these folks who have put all their eggs in that single basket survive? The mortgages, car payments, assorted band loans and massive investments in this single industry just vaporize...and there is nothing to fall back on. I'd venture to say that this would cause a huge soecieconoc upheaval on a massive level.
Can't happen? I'd be willing to say that the folks who were affected by the Dust Bowl never thought that was going to happen, either.
Just a thought.
On Wine Country Critiques Revised Rules
Posted on November 20 at 10:04 a.m.
Why has he been here since at least 1998 and still needs an interpreter? Why is that?
On Immigration Officers Seize Montecito Church Employee
Posted on November 20 at 10:01 a.m.
But....wasn't there ALREADY a youth-serving nonprofit there? What a sad, sad loss. I can't believe there isn't a pro boxer out there SOMEWHERE who wouldn't help fund this worthy program, and help set up a healthy business plan to keep it going.
Disclaimer: I am not a boxing fan, but I think this is a big loss to all those kids in that neighborhood :-(
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