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Unread 11-16-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
Sam Bailey
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Hey Tryn'!

Good job, Andy. Terrific post.

When I drank alcoholically, well I can't remember the number of times I drove while blank-eyed, shyte-faced drunk. It was a lot. I know most of you have done the same. More than likely, anyway.

So many mornings, I'd wake up with NO idea how I drove home. No idea, at times, how I GOT home, since I started out driving my car but ended up at home the next morning with NO auto in the driveway.

Where in hades was it?

My behavior was, bottom line, flippin' insane! The damage I could have done. The heartbreak and tragedy I COULD have caused.

Of course I didn't make it unscathed. Two DUIs before I was 20 years old. The first time, I merely got popped for nearly crashing into a cop car. Worst thing, I barfed in the backseat and, next day, was made to clean up.

Second time, I crashed into the rear-end of a car on a Freeway. The couple in my backseat were hurled into the front, I smashed against my front window (no safety bags back in those days). All of us hurt, none seriously.

My car was totaled. Their car was, well I don't know. The men inside, 5-6 of them, were all undocumented Mexican Farm Laborers. As soon as possible, they split, fearful, I'm certain, of being deported. Otherwise, I am also sure, my parents/I would have been sued for every cent we had. (No insurance back then either.)

Anyway. Too long of a story, when the key point is this one: I was busted twice. I COULD have been arrested 30-40 times. Probably more. Could have killed people. Injured them, at least. Severely. Could have, no question.

When I think about those terrible days today, when I look at my family, when I look at all those normal, innocent folks just going about their day, I shudder to imagine what might have been. What dark days might have been, caused by---me. When I think about my choices, I wonder, am astonished actually, how I could have ever thought that driving when drinking was, in any way, a good idea.

I was equally insane when the days of my drug addiction came upon me. But then, therein lies another tale, no less astonishing.

Anyway. Thanks, Andy. Quite the good post!

best,

sam
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