Today’s News About:
- How To Say NO Without Losing Friends
- Pot Smoking And Driving Don’t Mix
- Baby Boomers Still Drinkin’ & Druggin’
- 7 Things You Need to Know About Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
- Famous People Who Died In 2016
And, we’ll begin with the following:
How To Say NO Without Losing Friends:
First off, ‘friends’ respect your no’s and any offense from a turndown is shifted off with understanding. Right?
Secondly, saying ‘yes’ when you wanna say ‘NO’ makes us an easy target for abuse.
But who am I to have an opinion on this?
Uh, someone who once was afraid to turn down requests.
These days, with people in need of behavior modification, I say yes to any and every thing they ask – then never, ever, carry through.
Everyone else gets a flat-out ‘no’, unless I truly want to help…
A practice that could be (and sometimes is) perceived as rude.
So how do we turn down requests without coming off as rude or leaving the ‘maybe’ door open?
Well, Cari Romm has come up with some good suggestions.
To get them, click on the following blue link: How To Say No
Pot Smokers Make Bad Drivers:
Some movies have made the results from driving while high on the evil weed, marijuana, well…funny.
Any Harold & Kumar movie, for example.
Or, The Dude drops a lit joint into his lap and crashes his car, in one of my favorite movies, The Big Lebowski.
But, driving while stoned is dangerously serious…
Second to alcohol, marijuana is the drug most frequently found in drivers involved in crashes…”
There’s effective tests to check for immediate alcohol levels. So far there’s nothing like that for testing levels of marijuana.
Technology can gauge the presence of THC, the mind altering chemical in marijuana. The problem is, tests can’t tell us ‘how high’ the testee is at the moment.
In other words, the THC detected might be from today, or from 3 days ago. (It takes up to two weeks to clear our bodies)
Marijuana might not make us aggressive, or foolhardy, like alcohol can, but THC does mess with our abilities to focus our attention, our perception and our coordination.
Not a good formula for safe driving.
I’m all for medical marijuana. Yet, I ‘ain’t for smokin’ and drivin’.
So how do we people from driving under the influence of the stuff?
On the very least, everyone who gets a medical marijuana card must have that noted on their driver’s license.
Admittedly, this suggestion could be a privacy issue. Yet, driving isn’t a privilege. It’s an earned right. And, stoned drivers should lose their right to drive.
All of which brings us back to finding a reliable, and portable, roadside cannabis sobriety test…
California has recently granted a company (Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research) 1.8 million dollars to come up with a solution to this problem.
That company’s in for a complicated ride. And, I seriously doubt the nearly 2 million grant will get them very far.
To discover some of the hurdles they’re facing, click on the following blue link: How High Is High
Baby Boomers Still Gettin’ High Enough To Touch The Sky:
Before you start worrying about Grandma & Grandpa being out of it, consider these results from a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
…marijuana use among 50- to 64-year-olds increased by 57.8 percent, while among seniors ages 65 and up, it ballooned by a whopping 250 percent…”
Shocking? I’m not so sure…
I mean, medical marijuana is the glamour drug of the 21st century.
And, it’s being touted as a cure-all from everything from glaucoma to genital warts.
Plus, we got cosy with pot before we could vote.
It’s almost prophetic that we’d return to marijuana to help us feel better as we age.
But, that’s not the worse of it…
We’re also boozing it up like freshman college students!
To get the scoop on our juvenile behavior, click on the following blue link: Touch The Sky
7 Things You Need to Know About Substance Abuse and Mental Illness:
Still more about trying to dope out the devils inside of us:
Jeremy Galloway posted a touching article about the nightmare people suffering from mental illnesses go through, to find some kinda relief.
And, it ‘ain’t for the weak of heart…
Galloway notes that:
…”almost 1 in 5 U.S. adults is living with mental illness. Of those, 9.8 million have a serious mental illness (SMI) like schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar-type I disorder.
Mental illness and substance misuse touch every demographic group, but there are disturbingly strong correlations between poverty, mental illness, and harmful substance use…”
His article lists 7 things about the relationship between mental illness and substance abuse that could help us better understand what a loved one with such problems are going through.
Get more information when you click on the following blue link: Mental Illness
Famous People Who Died In 2016:
From boxer Muhammad Ali, to Tony Warren, the creator of long-running British soap opera Coronation Street, we said ‘Goodbye’ to many of the famous this year.
Some of them I’d seen perform live. Like: Dale “Buffin” Griffin, (drummer and co-founder for Mott the Hoople), Leon Russell, David Bowie, Greg Lake & Keith Emerson (co-founders Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Lennie Baker (lead singer: Sha Na Na), Lonnie Mack (one of my favorite guitarists), and Bernie Worrell (keyboardist: Parliaments/Funkadelics…
Yep, I’m that old, thank you very much!
We also lost:
Joan Marie Johnson, The Dixie Cups singer known for Chapel of Love.
Robert “Big Sonny” Edwards, The Intruders singer best known for 1968 hit Cowboys to Girls.
Pete Burns, Dead Or Alive singer best known for 1985 hit You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).
Bobby Vee, ’60s teen idol who replaced Buddy Holly and helped Bob Dylan get his start, died Oct. 24 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease at 73.
Leonard Cohen, singer-songwriter behind Hallelujah.
And, many, many more…
Shortly after I published this post we also lost mother & daughter, Carrie Fisher and her Mom, the lovely and talented Debbie Reynolds. Debbie co-starred in one of our favorite movie oldies, The Mating Game G-Bye Ladies…
Click the following blue link to get the bigger list: Famous People Who Died In 2016
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Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky:
Hey, Merry Christmas!
Talk to you next time…