Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Good Evening to All!

Again this evening I have a different approach to my format.

I was reading a "Facebook page" of a group that I belong to and my eyes were drawn to a specific advertisement or snippet for another article. (I don't know exactly what they are called). Anyway, it was titled "Bowling Warning" by interlockfacts.com.

He was complaining because a few anti-alcohol advocate groups and others are trying to get the government to require car makers to put Ignition interlocks in cars. These items are similar to in-car breathalyzers that measure a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). They prohibit the engine from starting if an alcohol sensing device registers above a pre-set level, typically around 0.02 BAC. If you would like to learn more about this go to Interlockfacts.com.

Now back to the reason I feel I need to say something about this. I was going to just comment on the site, but they didn't have a comment section. I was going to comment on Facebook, but I have too much to say on the subject. LOL!

I know that this will probably ruffle some feathers out there for more reasons than one, but I am all for the interlocks.

The snippet for the article is on the Faithful Bloggers Facebook Page . This person complains because they are worried that they won't get to drink a beer or a glass of wine at a bowling alley, or a baseball game. If you notice, both places are "family friendly". There will be children around. I thought it was the job of we adults to be role models for children. What we do at our own homes or in places where there are no children allowed is one thing (not that I'm condoning getting drunk. When we are around children or even teens we are suppose to act responsibly so they will know how to act when they get grown, as well as not giving teenagers the idea it's ok to drink.

I know some of you are probably thinking I don't know what I'm talking about and I should get off my high-horse. The thing is I do know what I'm talking about because I USED TO drink like a fish. I USED to drink and make myself look like a fool. I also USED to be one of those who said, " I won't get drunk, I'll just have one or two, to be 'sociable". What a joke! That one or two turned into 4 or 5. I USED to work at a cocktail lounge where we had a 6 drink tab and I drank DOUBLE turkey and cokes. I didn't know how I got home most of the time. Thank goodness God knows what our futures hold. He watched out after me. There were times when I SHOULD have been killed, such as the time I was so drunk I drove on the wrong side of the New Jersey Turn Pike, realized it and got off before I had an accident! Don't these pictures of people look like the kind of role models you would want for your children? I hope not and yet when you drink to an excess (which most people do because the more you drink the more you want), this is what you end up looking like.

When I was growing up, I was embarrassed to bring anyone home especially at night because my dad would sit in his chair waving his middle finger around. Now isn't that something you'd want your children's friends to see?

Yes, I would say I know what I'm talking about. If there was some sort of group here that preached against alcohol, I would be right up front. Now for the kicker. My dad was an alcoholic, my mom was an alcoholic, and my first husband was an alcoholic. Do you see a pattern? Children learn what they live.

Don't sit there and whine because someone wants to save you and the people with whom you come into contact when you are drinking. Alcohol impairs a person's reflex, their judgment, their tempers and their personality.

Some of you are probably thinking this coming from a "Christian Blog" that Jesus drank wine. I had this discussion with my sister-in-law yesterday. He did not get drunk. He drank new wine, which is unfermented wine. You are probably thinking they didn't have the know-how or the means to keep the wine from fermenting. If you will check out "What Does the Bible say about Alcohol?" You will see where I am coming from. As you can see by my research, I am very serious about this subject. Not just because of my religious beliefs, but because of the psychological effects it can have on children and spouses, as well as the physical dangers from impaired judgment.

Again, I'm not telling you what you should do in your own home or in places where no children are allowed, although adults have been known to be killed by people who are drinking as well, and not necessarily from behind the wheel. Look at all of the gunshots, and stabbings that happen due to people's tempers being affected by alcohol.

Well, I guess I have definitely been on a soapbox today.

Good Night to All and May God bless!



Angela said...

Hi PJ,
Thank you so much for this post! I didn't know about the interlockers. I think this will help to alleviate a lot of road accidents and deaths. Thank God for delivering you from alcohol. I used to drink a lot too and had relatives who drank, although my parents didn't drink a lot, but there was always alcohol in the house. But, like you said, God does know our future.

katlupe said...

We are not drinkers here. Not for any reason, just that it never really agreed with me. We'd rather go get a milkshake! And you know that's what my parents used to do. So maybe that was a behavior I picked up from them. Though I did go through that drinking stage in my younger years, when I came of age. Good post PJ!

kemarias said...

Hey PJ, I know were your coming from about this. I had a alcoholic dad and I ended up with the same type a guy who drank. Just like my dad a abuser. This guy still drinks and they keep giving his license back to him in the state of Maryland. Thankfully I let him go years ago. Anyway, Something has to be done with people like this. I also heard that someone had some device like this on in there car and had someone else blow into it. So they could drive. I don't know how true it is. But I hope that people aren't getting away with doing that! Great topic

*The Old Geezer said...

Alcohol ruined my life and if it were not for the grace of God I would be dead and burning in hell now.

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