- Don't do drugs
- Stay in school
- Don't drink and drive
- Safe sex
- Blah, blah, blah...
Common sense, unfortunately, seems to have taken a permanent vacation. Drug abuse is rampant, STDs are as popular now as they've ever been, and DUI continues to kill more American innocents in a month than have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Here in my burg, we've been getting flogged repeatedly by Ma Nature. Snow, ice, wind, bitter cold, you name it and she's been tossing it our way for months. By now, you'd think that people who drive cars in this mess would get a clue. You'd be wrong.
Not a day goes by when I don't see idiots take to the streets with windows completely covered in snow (no worries, moron...we'll all watch out for ya) or folks who think you can drive just as fast on ice as you can on bare pavement (the laws of physics don't apply to you, apparently.)
If I get home from kidlet-carpool duty without having had at least one close call with a motorist moron, I consider myself lucky. Yet I live in fear of a time when my luck runs out, when my path fuses with that of someone who never bothered to appreciate the stunning responsibilities associated with piloting a vehicle on a city street.
On his way home from school last week, our son saw a car on a typical suburban side street lose control, jump the curb and smack into a street sign. There's no reason a reasonably driven vehicle should have gone off the road on that stretch, but reason often doesn't enter into the equation when Type A drivers are too busy fiddling with cell phones, GPS devices and stereos to pay attention to annoying things outside like traction, traffic and pedestrians.
I've thanked G-d more times than I dare admit that our son wasn't Right There when it happened. I remind him every day to watch out for drivers and be prepared to run or jump if one of them comes toward him. It bothers me immensely that we all have to adjust our lives because of the reckless stupidity of others.
Your turn: Has society really become as reckless and stupid as I think it has? What say you?