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Posted on November 6 at 5:19 p.m.
I think we've long had an issue with drunk driving in SB, but my observation is that it's been just as tolerated in other places in CA (and the world) so we haven't cornered the market on lax attitudes towards deadly behavior.
The culture of alcohol is going through a resurgence and with the advent of new alcohol related businesses that go beyond bars (painting and drinking, wine tasting event nights) there will always be the chance for people to take in too much drink and make poor decisions. It's also the same poor decisions that make people get up from their sofa after three beers and decide to run to the store for more.
Nobody has to be a raging alcoholic to drive drunk. You can be impaired without realizing it. Most of us are impaired after 2-3 drinks over the course of a few hours with food - less for those who don't drink regularly or who are very small. Even if you're "sober" after that time frame, your reflexes can be a bit slower, slow enough to not be able to avoid an accident when it's someone else's fault. You can be dangerous even if you're not swerving all over the road, passing out behind the wheel.
I regularly see people out at restaurants drinking three times that in one dinner session. I doubt every one has a designated driver. It's scary out there. I'll be honest and say I'm not sure what the solution is, however I don't think it's any worse here than anywhere else.
On Drinking Drunk
Posted on November 6 at 5:11 p.m.
Wow. This is a new low from Ms. Thorn (who writes so many letters to the Carpinteria and Montecito papers that one wonders how much time she has for logical thought to begin with.)
Doesn't really matter to me what side of the health care debate people are on. Argue away, I say!
But once someone makes a conscious choice to bring the President's race into their argument, they should be considered unpublishable as well as intolerable.
Poor form giving a forum to a letter like this.
On Bill of Goods
Posted on September 17 at 5:41 p.m.
@Eckermann - I think what's "so hard to understand" about that situation is more about the fact that you're coming to that conclusion from 1) a rational frame of mind and 2) knowing nothing but your own conclusions about what happened.
We don't really know anything at this point. There's no way of knowing. Everything is conjecture. But one thing that does happen to people all the time is a break with reality caused by mental illness (with or without the use of legal or illegal drugs) that potentially cause a situation like this one.
Again, this is not in any way suggesting that this particular case is a result of mental illness, or mental illness alone. I'm just trying to point out that not everyone out there has a perfect life in which a choice between staying at home, watching the game and ending up in a situation like this is really a choice at all - let alone an easy, automatic one.
On Vigil for Santa Barbara Man Killed by Cop
Posted on September 17 at 5:33 p.m.
I feel like it would be pretty tough to break the arm of someone who is drunk since the inebriation usually keeps one's body pretty flexible and relatively less prone to injury than when sober. Seems like you'd have to force an arm pretty hard to break it.
I don't like drunk drivers. Or broken arms via cop. Sometimes two bad things happen at once, neither of which excuses the other.
On Settlement for Broken Arm Woman?
Posted on September 16 at 6:30 p.m.
@AZ2SB - But, really, like most panic buys, the panic wears off, right? That was my thought.
On Lead Ammo Ban Passes Legislature
Posted on September 15 at 8:27 p.m.
An, but seeing as how .22 ammo shortages are from panic buying, it IS an issue since people do have it.
Posted on September 13 at 4:07 p.m.
@Barron - Anyone, at any size, can have those types of issues in the blood work or lipid panel. But sometimes, obesity isn't the culprit for disease it's more dependent on how you got that obesity. In other words, someone who eats a lot of food without refined and processed carbohydrates and sugar is likely going to have a better bloodwork report than someone who is even moderately overweight and eats sugar and donuts.
Mix in exercise and that will also make a huge difference to how healthy "on paper" someone is.
We've all heard the stories about thin, seemingly fit people who have heart attacks when their blood work is stellar. So why can't a fit but fat person be a real life thing, too?
There is so much more to medicine and health science than how much a person weighs.
On Big Man, Big Plans
Posted on September 10 at 3:18 p.m.
duo4now - you are one of the people who bust the myth that being overweight is categorically unhealthy!
It's not always the case of course, but there are a lot of larger folks who exercise, have great endurance and have above average health. Nobody ever mentions them or worse, they are dismissed as lying about their good health or abilities. So wrong....imo it's just sizeism but at the same time, also proof that everyone is individual. There is no one size fits all way of living or exercising.
Posted on September 10 at 3:13 p.m.
It's just off the freeway at Wagon Wheel. I think it's called Riverpark. Or something similar. It's a multi-developer project in which several different types of houses all surround an urban village, with a whole foods, a park and daycare as well as the usual suspects of shops.
On When ‘Soul’ Collides With ‘Village’
Posted on September 10 at 7:40 a.m.
"He burns about 17,000 calories during each training session."