Sunday, November 29, 2015

Drinking and Driving

There are many reasons not to drink or do drugs and get behind the steering wheel of a car. Statistics show how being inebriated affect your timing in the event of an accident. Putting on the brake can be delayed significantly if a person is under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering drug. Swerving during driving, or crossing the yellow line can cause a head on collision. Often times, people will go the wrong way when they cannot effectively read and process signs on the highway. Speeding or slowing down can result in accidents if other drivers are not very careful. Accidents are:

      1. deadly. Drinking and driving can have devastating effects on not only the driver, but anyone involved in an accident. Pedestrians, bikers, or even people in another vehicle are not exempt from becoming hurt or worse. Death may not be the worst thing that could happen. Personal injury could mean a vegetative life or a paralyzed life after such an incident. It’s also possible to have a jail sentence after a wreck caused by alcohol. Or, could you imagine trying to live the rest of your life knowing you had hurt someone else, or possibly killed someone? It would be a hard thing to get over or live down, to be involved in a terrible wreck, knowing you could have easily avoided it.

      2. costly. Perhaps no one was involved in the accident but you. Maybe you just wrapped your car around a tree, or took out a fence post, or mail box. Maybe you didn’t even have an accident-just got stopped by a police officer. Insurance fees and fines are just a few of the costly items that follow any issue involving a conflict with the police, assuming you get to keep your license. Losing your license will eventually happen if you don’t take care of your habit. It will just be a matter of time.

       3. ignorant. Accidents happen. There is no shame in having an accident. However, there is if you caused the accident by being intoxicated. Everyone knows that it is against the law to drive a vehicle if your mind is impaired with alcohol or drugs. It is illegal. It is illegal for a good reason. Safety. It is illegal for our safety, and others who are on the road the same time we are. It is plain dumb to try to operate machinery when you cannot even walk a straight line.

Drinking and driving have been the cause of many accidents. As a result, many lives have been altered, and never in a good way. Parents have lost children, brothers and sisters have been left alone, and children have been left homeless due to excessive drinking, and the bad decision to drive. Driving is a responsibility every driver must take very seriously. It is not worth the risk of getting hurt or hurting someone else. Be smart- don’t drink and drive.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The American Flag

I feel the need to make a stand for patriotism. What has happened to the state of mind of the American people that they have lost their respect and love of the American flag? There are many reasons to have a bond with the symbol of our country.

1. The flag represents the United States of America, with each star representing a single state, sewn on a sea of blue background, depicting the unity. There are thirteen white and red stripes that represent the first thirteen colonies that became states. The history of our flag brings a solidarity and closeness to our people, some of which easily become disgruntled with our government. Flags bring out the best in our optimism for the future and what the future holds.

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2. The flag represents our American troops. It stands for the sacrifice these generous men and women face for our country and her people. Those military veterans give of their time and service to protect America’s shores. They deserve the respect of those of us who enjoy our freedoms. Our fore fathers fought for that flag and many, many young men and women have given limbs, sometimes two, three, and even four. Their lives must go on. Many of our troops come home in whole bodies, but are never the same mentally. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is often a problem. This could be because of war, or seeing a friend or buddy die from explosions, or bullet wounds.

3. We have a moral responsibility to teach our children to have a love and respect for our country and her flag. We must take them to Fourth of July parades, and let them see our veterans salute our flag. They need to see us have faith in our god and our country, and learn to appreciate the gifts we have been given, simply by being born American. If we weren’t born here, but have chosen to come here, we should have an even greater respect and love for our country. We live in the greatest nation on earth. We have an obligation to show it.

We owe our country much. We must show dignity and reverence to our flag. Others emulate our actions. If we lead in patriotism; it just might catch on. I am disgusted when I see someone walk on our flag, or even let it touch the ground. It has led the way in every country America has fought for. A love for the flag should be nurtured.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Scouting Life

“Do Your Best” is a motto to live by. I have a passion for scouting. I joined cub scouts when I was first eligible- which is first grade. When a young boy learn the Cub Scout promise, he earns his Bobcat badge. Generally, a lot of students join scouting for a year or two, but it is really important to stay in scouting to get the full effect and advantages. Leadership is necessary to mold and shape the minds and actions of these students. Many, many hours have to be put into training for these positions, and leaders have to be of great moral character. Dedication to a busy lifestyle and to the children of the community dictate the hallmark of great leaders of the organization.

The benefits of scouting are endless. Something about putting on a uniform helps you feel as if you belong to a quality outfit, and you do belong- to a pack, a troop- to the leaders. You even have an involvement with the other scouters that make you feel a couple of inches taller. No one in a scout troop is alone. You work at the same pace on a lot of projects and yet you are not held back by others. A friend is always near and you never have a reason to be afraid. Learning is the name of the game.
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Tying knots are one of the first things a young person learns. He learns about honesty, and loyalty and other traits of being a good person. Shooting arrows and throwing knives are courses taught during twilight camps, and swimming and cooking go along with week end campouts. Compass reading and tips to keep someone from getting lost are reiterated often for safety. Health issues such as first aid are taught and tested. Wood working and model car racing are fun activities that are done often.
I encourage parents of young boys to investigate what scouting has to offer. It is an awesome opportunity for dads to do fun activities with their sons. A young man growing up in a house hold where there is no father, for whatever reason, can definitely benefit from the comradery of other boys, their dads and the leadership. Scouting is designed for grades on up to high school- with camper activities of all ages. Please take my advice and check out these articles to see the opportunities.

Friday, October 2, 2015

An Ambulance Ride

When I had my accident recently on the Chattahoochee River, I had no idea my wound would cause such trouble. This incident happened on Saturday, September 5, around 2:00 PM. Everyone was alarmed due to my blood disorder which keeps my blood from clotting normally to stop bleeding. Clotting turned out to be the least of my worries on this day. The water in the rivers of Georgia are exceptionally nasty. I never really realized how bad they were north of Atlanta until this accident happened to me. The worse thing I did, it seems, is let time go by. 

Actually, my parents took me to the Emergency Department at Tanner in Carrollton as soon as my tubing trip was over. Saturday night at 10:00, I was filling out hospital forms and explaining my story. The professionals took note of how deep and wide my gash was, cleaned it and bandaged it up. They advised us to be very cautious about watching the swelling and the red areas around it. They also warned me about my temperature.

By 5:00 PM Sunday evening, we knew we were in trouble. Infection had taken over my knee, and it was very obvious. The whole gash was filled with a white mucus like gunk and was oozing extremely bad. I was running a high fever of 101.1⁰F. My leg was red and swollen above and below the line that we had made that night at the hospital. It was very painful, and I couldn’t walk on it. We went back to the emergency room, only to discover our fears were right-my knee had gotten infected, and my joints in my knee and foot were full of fluid. There was no doubt I’d be staying overnight in the hospital. There was only one question. Which hospital? I had to call my health care provider because of my bleeding disorder and they had me put the doctor at Tanner on the phone. I could hear the Egleston hospital doctor yelling at my doctor, and when they hung up he told me that an ambulance would be there shortly to transport me to a different hospital. I knew one of the only hospitals Egleston would put me in was under their own roof. That was a long ride. My dad and I left Carrollton after midnight, arriving in Atlanta around 1:30.
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I was pretty upset to find out I would have to have surgery on Monday morning. The infection needed to be scraped from the wound. Five types of bacteria had set up in my body since I was my first trip to Carrollton’s ER on Saturday night after the accident. I admit I was a little nervous, but, I had to have surgery when I was younger. Little did I know, my leg would get worse before it would get better.