Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Personal Opinion Rant


The night before last night, when I laid aside the book I was re-reading (The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie) just before I fell asleep, I had a thought that I figured would make a good subject for the next day's blog entry The thought was: Alcohol is an addictive toxic substance that should be avoided at all times, used neither in moderation nor as a social prop, but severely self-restricted -- in other words, never used for any reason or purpose.

Beer, wine, and hard liquor were just as toxic when I used it copiously back during my teenage years in the 1950s, but of course I didn't know that at the time. As I said, I was a teenager, which meant that I knew everything and everyone who disagreed with me was stupid.

Yes, that was my final thought before falling asleep the night before last. But the next morning I didn't remember it until late in the afternoon, and I had already published my entry for the day.

Now I am trying to write about it. But, as always, I'm having difficulty focusing on the subject, which is that alcohol is BAD, and never good, no matter how it is portrayed by the advertising media.

Alcohol usage is BAD.

Don't drink and drive.
Don't drink and not drive.
Don't drink.
Never, never, never.

Did You Know . . .?

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a  letter is uncopyrightable.



On this day, October 16 in 1991 George Jo Hennard drove his truck through a window in Luby’s Cafeteria in Kileen, Texas, and then opened fire on a lunch crowd of over 100 people, killing 23 and injuring 20 more. Hennard then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

The rampage at the Central Texas restaurant began at approximately 12:45 p.m. and lasted about 15 minutes. Witnesses reported that the 35-year-old gunman moved methodically through the large crowd, shooting people randomly and reloading his weapon several times.

Another outcome of the Luby’s massacre was that in 1995 the Texas legislature passed a law allowing residents with gun permits to carry concealed weapons.



ethyl alcohol
1. a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, C2H5OH, produced by yeast fermentation of carbohydrates or, synthetically, by hydration of ethylene: used chiefly as a solvent and in beverages and medicines.
2. an intoxicating liquor containing this liquid.

Alcoholic beverages have been consumed by humans since the Neolithic era; the earliest evidence of alcohol was discovered in Jiahu, dating from 7000–6600 BCE. The production and consumption of alcohol occurs in most cultures of the world, from hunter-gatherer peoples to nation-states.

Alcohol has been found outside the Solar System. It can be found in low densities in star and planetary-system-forming regions of space.

Note: Just imagine drunken extraterrestrial aliens.

Good God! That could be an idea for an interesting Science Fiction story.



Suzanne Somers
(born October 16, 1946)
Suzanne Somers is an American actress, author, singer and businesswoman, known for her television roles as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company and as Carol Lambert on Step by Step.

Timothy Francis "Tim" Robbins
(born October 16, 1958)
Tim Robbins is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician. He is known for his roles as Nuke in Bull Durham, Jacob Singer in Jacob's Ladder, Griffin Mill in The Player, Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, and as Dave Boyle in Mystic River.

Kellie Noelle Martin
(born October 16, 1975)
Kellie Martin is an American television actress who is known for her roles as Rebecca "Becca" Thatcher in Life Goes On, Christy Huddleston in Christy, Lucy Knight on ER, and Samantha Kinsey in Mystery Woman.

Pamela Bach
(born October 16, 1963)
Pamela Bach (also known as Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff) is an American actress. Like her ex-husband, David Hasselhoff, Bach receives more attention in Europe than she does in America. She has appeared in the films: Appointment with Fear, Nudity Required, Route 66, More than Puppy Love, and Castle Rock.

She has appeared in the TV shows: Baywatch, The Young and the Restless, Sirens, Viper, and Celebrity Big Brother.


An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
--Charles Darwin


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