Funny stuff! However, if I could take a moment to be a little bit more on the serious side of things …
I’ve never been one to tell others how they should go about their business. And I sure as hell have never been one to listen to anyone else tell me how to go about mine. But if I had listened I wouldn’t be in the situation I’m in now.
About two years ago I was at a local establishment to see my friends’ band and another more well known band play. I was there for a few hours and wasn’t really paying a lot of attention to the quantity of my alcohol consumption. I had been a professional drunk driver for years and just didn’t give it much thought.
After finishing my last 100 proof on the rocks I said my goodbyes and proceeded to wander around downtown for about a half hour trying to figure out where I had parked. Yes, that should have been a sign.
I remember finding my truck, climbing in and starting it, and pretty much nothing after that. When I finally “came to” I realized I had been driving on the highway in completely the wrong direction for about 50 miles. By the time I found a place to turn around I was so tired I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I was drifting all over the road and in and out of consciousness. Why I didn’t just pull over and sleep I don’t know. I would have been arrested for drunk driving but at least it wouldn’t have turned out like it did.
I kept driving and fighting to stay awake until I finally lost control, flipped over, skidded backwards on the hood and roof at full speed until hitting the ditch and digging in. After rolling about six times (barely making it across a set of railroad tracks) I came to rest upside down. I managed to shut off the ignition while laying on the roof in a pile of broken windshield glass but couldn’t get a door opened to climb out.
I drifted off to sleep once more to be awakened by the firefighters telling me they were going to have to break the window to get me out. After taking cover while they broke the glass I climbed out and walked up to the road. The whole thing just seemed like a bad dream but unfortunately it was entirely too real.
So yes, funny little story but drinking and driving is definitely not a laughing matter. I’m so thankful that I was the only one involved and miraculously didn’t suffer any injuries other than a couple scrapes and bruises. If I had hit another car and caused harm outside of my own little world I don’t think I could live with myself.
I’m in the clear now to have my drivers license reinstated but to be honest I’m scared sh!tless to get behind the wheel again. I’ll have to have an ignition interlock device installed for a year so I guess that will keep me from being able to do anything stupid for a limited time. After that it’s all up to me. I don’t think I will risk my own safety or the safety of others ever again.
Sorry about the long post in what was meant to be a lighthearted topic, c. I just thought this would be a good place to share my experience and maybe help someone else to avoid going through something similar.