But before I get to that and because this is a poker blog. I crashed out of the MATH last night a little after the first break when I lost 234,476,745 races. Unfortunately, those lost races carried over to my cash games as I again I found myself chasing losses. While I was down $400 at one point, I did end up only being down around $130 after about 1,000 hands. Nothing to exciting. I did have to lay down both KK and AA post flop which is never fun.
A recent event took place which again diminished my hope for humanity and saddens me to the state of the world that we live in. Especially with 2 young girls, I yearn for better times.
Here is a look at a few headlines from STLToday which is the website for the St Louis Post Dispatch. These headlines are from today and yesterday.
- Teen, 17, killed in stolen van crash
- Baby found in Dumpster
- Woman killed by hit-and-run driver
- Driver flees scene of crash that killed two
The last story is the one which spurred on this renewed animosity of that state of "things". The basic gist is the a couple of guys had been to a Cardinal baseball game and then went to a casino. After that, which they often did, they went to a Diner to grab something to eat. While making a right turn into the diner, a driver behind them decided to slam into them which then made the cars/trucks overturn and slam into a pole. The driver then kicked out his windshield and proceeded to run away. At this moment, he has not been found although they obviously know who the guy is since his truck was still there. I guess he could have been driving somebody Else's truck; but that is not the point. The point is that somebody needlessly ended two peoples lives and then ran away from it.
Why does this concern me so much? We see this everyday, right? Well, that in itself is enough to concern me; but this particular story happen to be with 2 guys that I knew. I will say that I was not close with them; but I was close with others around them including the brother of one of the victims. Now, I am usually a pretty calm and laid back and able to take what the world gives us; but sometimes I go on world tilt and just want to choke somebody or something.
Although not confirmed in this case, the leading factor in this incident was probably alcohol which is this is the part where I alienate myself from not only the world but most likely 90% of the poker blogger world as well. The simple question is why?
Before I start and as a matter of disclosure, I walked the straight and narrow during high school . After all, I was going to be the next great Tight End for the Dallas Cowboys. I was also raised Southern Baptist and drinking was just something that we just didn't do or should I say weren't supposed to do. Anyway, after the shock of reality hit, I continued on with my life as does everybody and headed of to college. Let's just say that I didn't walk the straight and narrow there. Nothing major although it did almost cost me from graduating as I was .001 below my needed Grade Point Average to graduate with my degree. So again, what is the great fascination with drinking and why is so ingrained and accepted in our culture?
A coworker recently asked me why I don't drink. The answer to me was fairly simple but also contained multiple reasons. First and foremost, as a Christian, I believe in setting the right examples to help others from taking mis-steps. If somebody saw me drinking a beer (even it was an O'Douls as I once used to do), it could lead to the misrepresentation that drinking (or should I say over drinking) is OK. Let me also say that drinking in of itself is not terrible. As a Bible believer, there was plenty of drinking going on then; but the Bible is very plain on its talks of over drinking or getting drunk. Simply Stated... Don't do it. Obviously, not everybody is a Bible follower and probably could care less what it says and that's your prerogative; but the effect that it has on all of us is so material that we should really think why it is that we as a society do and even embrace it. I hear so much and read so much talk about we did this and that and it required mass amounts of alcohol and everybody chuckles.... Everybody except for me as it really, deeply disturbs me that this is what this world has come to.
Let me throw out some stats (since we all know that I like to look at stats) and show how drinking affects us all.
- In 2006, 17,602 people died in alcohol related traffic crashes.
- About 3 in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol related crash.
- Over 1.46 million drivers were arrested for DUI in 2006.
- Alcohol related crashes in the US alone cost the public and estimated 114.3 billion dollars in the year 2000.
Of course I could go on and talk about how this has affected not only lives but the cost of insurance and so many other things not related to driving but stilling directly related to drinking such as domestic abuse, verbal abuse, and just other "beer goggle" related things.
Having said all of that, if you want to drink socially or in your home, by all means go ahead. Just show yourself and the others around you some responsibility of knowing when to say when. That also goes for others watching your family and friends know when to say when. Perhaps, if somebody had done that to this driver, my two buddies or countless other victims would still be around today.
Have a nice day!