Friday, March 18, 2011

F³A: Teen drivers and near misses

I almost got hit by a car yesterday.  I was in the Safeway parking lot walking back to my car.  This teenager rips out of his parking spot (backing up) and come within less than a foot of knocking me over.  An older lady was in the car with him.  As I walked by glaring at him, I saw he was laughing.  Now I don't know if he and the older lady I assume to be his mother were having a fantastically funny conversation and he didn't see me, or if he was indeed laughing at the fact that he almost hit me.

My daughter starts driving next year, oh crap, no, this year, damn.  So anyway, I'm going to instill in her the importance of being a cautious driver, and reckless behavior gets people killed.  I have inside info of course working at a personal injury law firm.  I know accidents happen all the time for many reasons, but much of the time it's because people are driving recklessly or distractedly.

Teach your children to drive safely.  Make sure they know the people walking on the street or in the car next to them is someones mother, father, or child.  Ask them how they would feel if the person they hypothetically hurt or killed would be their sister or brother or parent.  Of what if they killed a child?

This is the talk I'm going to have with my kids, to ensure they know how important it is to be a safe driver.

Okay, on a totally different tangent, for all you review bloggers, librarians, etc.  My novel, Never Eighteen is now on NetGalley, so you can read it now, which is really cool in some ways, and makes me want to puke in others.

Now for the weekly nibbles:

Random Pandora Song (my iPod is not available): I'm on the One Republic station, the next song that popped up was Only Hope by Switchfoot

Movie/Netflix showing of the Week: Never Say Never.  Say what you want about the Bieber boy, but you can't say he's not talented.  Don't judge me. I only wish he'd change the hair.

Book of the Week:  Psion Beta by Jacob Gowans.  I've read parts of this book, and I know if you like sci-fi adventure, you'll like this.  Visit his website to find out more about the author and the book.

Quote of the Week:  In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I offer some Irish toasts and curses.

May those who love us love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.

May you melt off the earth like snow off the ditch.
May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven
half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

That is all from me today.  Have a grand weekend.

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