Unless, of course, I was asked. Then, I give my very best advice, referrals if necessary, and support.
The only other time I will speak up, whether I am asked too, or not, is when their bad decisions begin to affect me, and others.
Driving while impaired is one time I will speak up, or act up, depending on the situation. I will take your keys if you are unable to drive. I will hold those keys until a police officer comes, and then hand the entire package to them. I've done it before, I will always do it, even if I don't know jack about you. Your decision to drive could kill someone. You've already decided that your life is not worth it, but the other person did not have a voice. That's where we all come in. We are the other persons voice by proxy.
So, when I see a scenario that is becoming increasingly more dangerous, and out of control, I will speak up, and I see one getting worse now.
|A new nip found beside my front walk this afternoon.|
I have always thought it was a bit bizarre that they appeared on my lawn. Why? Well, the reason is that the package store down the street has a fishbowl of nips set up on the checkout counter as a point of sale feature. Much like the candy offered in the check out line at Stop & Shop, the nips are offered for the convenience of those wanting to toss back a few before getting home for the day.
That is the only purpose of a nip bottle. People don't buy nips to stockpile at home. People buy nips to suck down, and toss.
They purchase one or more, go out to their car, and by the time they have headed north on Route 148 two tenths of a mile, the bottle is empty, and planted on my lawn.
Littering I expect. I don't like it, but I live on a state road. It's going to happen. Drinking, and driving I expect as well, but making it convenient to do so, is something I don't want to see happen.
I would like to see nip bottles banned in town.
There I said it. Boy, that's going to tick a few people off, but the neat thing is most won't say a word. It'd look bad.
They serve no purpose other than what I mentioned above. People don't go to the liquor store, and stock on tiny bottles of liquor. Unless, of course, they are the size of a smurf, and it's going to last the month.
If you want to be a grownup, and have a grownup cocktail, then buy a fifth of your favorite spirit, bring it home, and open it there. The nip bottle may have served a function at one time, in a different era with a different mindset. It is irrelevant today.
One of our living room chairs is about 15 feet from the road. I never want to meet you while I am sitting in that chair.
I am offering this up to those at the helm of our town. I would like to see some conversation at the town hall about ridding the town of this useless, and potentially dangerous item.
I know. I sound like some cranky old curmudgeon one step away from yelling, "You kids get off of my lawn!", but think about it.
The nip bottle serves what purpose?
Placing a couple of dozen of them in a fishbowl at the register says what?
Maybe it's me. Maybe I just am tired of some people risking the safety, and lives of others for no reason.
But, that's how we curmudgeons roll. Now, get off of my lawn.