Hi. I know, it’s been a while, but srsly, I have a good reason. My laptop finally bit the dust and while I’ve replaced the old, well-loved, slightly drowned macbook pro with a shiny new DRY macbook pro, that means I’ve lost everything that wasn’t backed up. Which includes pictures of the apartment. I know, I know. Just take new pictures. I will. When it’s clean again. 😛 And it will be clean again by this weekend since my grandmother and great grandmother are coming to visit, so yeah. It’s looking quite nice, actually – the headboard has been hung up, and today I bought a new slipcover for our fugly blue chair and some throw pillows.
A few weekends ago, Eric and I took a trip up to PA to see my parents my siblings my family’s new puppy. His name is Ranger and he is an English Bulldog and he is the fattest, wrinkliest, sweetest cutest fur-baby ever oh my goodness. My eyes almost bled from the ball of cute that I encountered when we arrived at their townhouse. Because the rest of this entry is not all sunshine-and-lollipops, I’m going to put Ranger as the main image. Trust me, you’ll need to look at his cute face when you’re done reading this.
There’s also been some sad things going on lately – yesterday, one of my best friends’ fathers passed away. He was one of the most caring, loving, warm, and kind people I have ever met, and the world is truly worse off for not having him. My heart breaks for my friend and for her family. I wish I could be there for her. I don’t want to say more because I didn’t ask her about blogging this and I don’t want to upset her by making such a private pain so public. I just want her – and everyone, really – to know how much I thought of him and how much we’ll miss him. And, of course, how much I love her.
Something else that happened over the past few weeks – though while not as close to me but still quite close – has actually made me quite angry. A week and a half ago, four students who attend the school that I work for were waiting for a light to change when a drunk driver hopped the curb and hit two of them. A few days later, one of them came home from the hospital. The other one, Julia, went into a coma and died. Now, I didn’t know either one of the girls. I may have checked books out to them at one point – I may not have. That doesn’t change the fact that I am so so so so angry – more angry than I can put into words – that someone could be SO SELFISH to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking. That someone can be selfish enough to disregard the fact that they are not only endangering themselves but other, innocent, brilliant, hardworking people – people like the girl who was killed. The girl from Austria who interned with the U.N. and the E.U., who spent a year working to build schools in rural Thailand, who got engaged the day before some stupid bitch got into a car after having too many drinks. She ruined her own life, she killed someone, and she has to live with that forever.
The whole situation – that someone so brilliant and giving and promising was killed so young – just makes me so sad. The fact that it was completely preventable makes me want to rail and scream and cry and punch something.
How can a person drive drunk? How? Everyone EVERYONE everyone knows how devastating it can be and yet every single day innocent people are killed, maimed, their lives altered forever because some punk thinks that they’re cool and “it can’t happen to them.” The fact that DUIs are treated so lightly in this country just makes it so much worse. DUIs are little more than slaps on the wrist. I’m sorry, but there should be zero tolerance for ANYONE caught driving over the limit. One DUI and your driver’s license is gone forever. People who drive drunk once will do it again – they shouldn’t be given another chance.
After all, Julia never will.