The store where I work is getting a major upgrade and face-lift, inside and out. You would think, with all that construction going on, people would pay more attention where they are driving/parking/walking. We have two zebra crossings in front of the store. Pedestrian right-of-way there, but still… cars are bigger and harder to stop. Yeah…. I watched one man push his cart along DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD…even when he almost got hit by another old man in a hurry to get into a handicapped spot. Then three people walked out in front of my car without even looking…and they were NOT in one of the crosswalks. Bad enough the inside of the store is a bit of a confusing maze, the bathrooms are in East Bejeezuz, and the sounds and smells of construnstruction are fairly constant. People ignore block-off ribbon and poles and cut through active work areas….and you KNOW if they get hurt, they’ll sue, even though it will have been their own willful stupidity.
Ah well, I get out of the lot, and I am on my way home. A car cut over in front of me from the right lane up by Golden Krust a bit close, but I shrugged it off… until I realized the driver of the “Money Car” (as the Kidling and I call expensive, somewhat ugly, usually boxy cars) was doing at least ten miles an hour over the posted limit, tail gating and trying to pass the line of traffic in front of her after she got in front of me. Jerk. Accident waiting to happen. Only hope when it does, she’s the only one killed/maimed by her stupidity.
Home at last! The kitchen smelled delicious, since I’d thrown together a pot of home-made soup in the crock-pot this morning before leaving, and let it simmer all day. The Kidling was quiet. Told me her throat hurt. She was supposed to usher at the Music Hall tonight with Mom. She is staying home, curled on the couch with a second helping of soup and a mug of hot, doctored tea. It must be serious: the new show at the Music Hall, which started last night, is LES MIZ, the Kidling’s favorite. She has been looking forward to this since Jim and Tony announced this season’s line-up!
Then I hear the news. The driver responsible for the deaths of two local teams and the serious injuries of two more has pleaded guilty to all 50+ charges. Not without making a plea bargain, of course. He gets 5 to 15 years without having the DA bring any more information into play. 15 years for MURDERING two teen-agers. And yes, I said MURDER, not negligent vehicular manslaughter. Dennis Drue was speeding, texting, and under the influence of both alcohol and drugs at the time of the December 1, 2012 crash. Get behind the wheel in such a condition removes “negligent” and puts in “CRIMINAL” IMO. He deserves AT LEAST 25 years. His life is ruined? It’s a miracle Bailey and Matt are back on the swim and football teams, and there is no bringing back Deanna or Chris. Drue ruined his own life with his actions; let him live with it.
I am so glad it is the weekend. I need to recharge big time.