Only Left-Hand Turns!

Posted: September 14, 2015 in Opinions and Observations
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Most of us learn as we grow older.  We learn to read and write and all the social things we need to know in order to survive day to day life.  We also learn how to avoid doing really stupid things that might hurt others, embarrass us for the rest of our lives …. or possibly; get us killed.                                                                                      

In my past life I worked in the plastics injection molding business.  Probably because I had the musicians ability to stay up late, I was never really bothered by working late or evening shifts.  (prospective employers please note:  musicians get things done at night!  Hire the musician – another tip for the wise)  My mind refuses to turn off if there is something going on.  My apologies to my daughter Teneca, for she has inherited more than her share of odd traits or habits from me.  There is a long line of them in articles to come!  As can happen, you get off work at 8 AM and you are wide awake.  It is like your evening, getting out of work.  Sometimes it was a drive to a park or scenic area, and enjoy the sunrise and watching the world wake up slowly; at first.                                                                                                                

 One time co-workers wanted to get a drink at a local bar that opened early.  There are more than you might think.  Things are different now-a-days.  It’s not like they have a happy hour, but we go in and have a few drinks after work.  I work about 30 miles from home at this point.  The rest of the story I will make short:                                    

 I head home but I am in no condition to drive.  Being much younger I was not prepared.  I took a turn a little too wide.  It was out in the country and no traffic, but I went off the pavement a little and scraped the post of the guardrail.  Being stupid, I kept driving.  I quickly learned that I could not turn the steering wheel to the right because I had pushed in the corner of the bumper into the wheel well. In spite of that I some how managed – in my not thinking straight frame of mind – to get home making all left-hand turns!  I did get home and I did not cause any real damage but I also learned a number of important lessons that otherwise could have likely killed me or someone else.
Hopefully, this is one of those lessons you can learn from some one else’s experience and not have to do yourself to learn!    

  1. Shelby Stronger says:

    Never try that stunt in NJ! We don’t make left turns here. Lol.

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  2. tracihalpin says:

    We’ve all been there in different ways. Sometimes I look back, especially at my college days, and I think wow that was risky. In my 20s I’m in Italy with a friend. After chatting as best we could with 2 local Roman guys we get in their car at midnight and the plan was to take us to a club. Thank God we ended up at a club dancing all night. As John Bender says, “Being bad feels pretty good” (The Breakfast Club)

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  3. Victoria says:

    Glad you made it home safe! My experience is that musicians are some of the most disciplined people out there!

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  4. othermary says:

    Most of us have a ‘stupid with drink’ experience or two (or more) at some point. Glad you lived to tell about yours.

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  5. You must have had an angel riding on your shoulder. Thankfully it turned out well, you learned from it and now sharing that experience with others. Similar situation (car was totaled) happened to my son a few years back and he hasn’t had an alcoholic beverage since. I’m hoping that one day he too will share his story to help save a life.

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  6. DeniseBalog says:

    Good advice Mike. I remember when I first learn to drive, I was terrified of making a left hand turn. I would plot my course to only make right turns! Didn’t always “go” the way I figured! Glad we are both over that “season” in life! :)d

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  7. Just wanted to drop by and say hi, glad you made it home safely.

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