Category: Avoidable Mistakes

As we grew up many of us had fun playing cops and robbers. We got out our guns and had a ball switching it up; some times we played the cop, other times the robber. The more real looking the gun the more envied we were by the other kids in the neighborhood. Today playing with our toys can get us killed.

The family of a boy in Santa Rosa, California found this out October 22, 2013 when their 13-year-old was killed by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies. The boy had a replica assault rife in his hands when the officers shot him. With all the children these days shooting up schools, these men didn’t stop to ask questions. They shot first and now their office has declined answering questions.

It is sad to think that our children can not grow up in the same safe and natural manner that we did. We knew right from wrong and many of us who played cops and robbers became cops while very few became robbers. Perhaps someday this gentle innocence will return where children will again be safe to play without fear that their play-acting will be taken as true actions.

I weep for this child and his family who lost their child to the terror of modern day living. Children should be allowed to be children. They should grow up gradual and enjoy being outside making up their own games and roll-playing to their hearts contents versus living in the darkness of a house staring at a computer or television screen playing video games.

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Chicago Tribune Thursday October 24, 2013 Section 1, Page 22

Imagine being all alone and falling 100 feet into Box Canyon? That happened to a 69-year-old woman. She fell on Saturday and it wasn’t until a hunter heard her calls on Monday that help came. She was hoisted up by helicopter and by Tuesday she was recovering in a hospital. Falling into a canyon outside Tucson Arizona wasn’t her idea of fun. Without the hunter who came to her aid, where would she be today?

Chicago Tribune Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Section 1, Page 17

As writers it is our job to write believable. If that includes writing about things that can never happen in real life, our jobs are extra hard. Some authors are up to the challenge, others are not. Here are a few who not only were but did such a wonderful job at it that they really fooled people into believing that what they wrote actually happened.

7 Scifi Literary and Journalistic Hoaxes that Readers Believed – io9
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At least 44 people were injured when two commuter trains collided head-on near the station of Granges-pres-Marnand, about 8 km (5 miles) south of Payerne in Switzerland at around 6:45 p.m. on Monday evening, July 29, 2013.

5 of them were critically injured.

The trains were on a route between Payerne and Lausanne.

One locomotive’s driver was missing after the crash.

Authorities are still investigating the caused the crash.

This train accident came just days after 79 people were killed in a high-speed train derailment in Spain and 17 days after another train accident in France killing 6 people.

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Safety Not Found In Any Form of Locomotion for Inebriated

People who think that just because they’re not driving an automobile means they’re safely drunk. That’s never the case. Being drunk means that your judgment is off. When the party is over you really need a completely sober person to get you home. If you’re skunked and they’re not as bad as you are but they’ve had a few too they don’t count as a reliable driver. They need help too.

While there are multiple ways of getting home, there is no safe way for an intoxicated person.


If you walk you could be hit by a car turning a corner you didn’t see in time because your attention was on making your feet move in a close to straight line.


If you’re going to ride your bike, you can easily fall down and injure yourself. You don’t have normal balance. You have drunk balance and that’s unpredictable. What would happen if you fell down in the street and a car came? What about if a person went to cross the street and you didn’t see them?


Don’t think that a train will be completely safe either. There is a reason for the yellow line. When your not yourself that line doesn’t mean anything. You can’t walk in one and the line in front of you weaves back and forth until you have no idea if you’re standing in front of it or behind it. That can be scary. When the train comes you could be standing too close. While you’re waiting you could fall off the platform onto the tracks.

That presents a new problem. If the train is coming there won’t be time for it to stop and miss hitting you. They need more than visible distance to stop. They need a mile and they can’t see a person who’s fallen on the tracks from that distance. As for you, you’re drunk. You don’t have all of your faculties and while the adrenaline might help you to move it’s all a matter of how much time you have.

The danger is intensified if you’re waiting for an electrified train. This train has not two tracks but three. What that means is that while you might get caught by the train with two tracks the train with three will electrocute you.

Is there a safe way to get home?

The simple answer is no. There is no safe way for you to see yourself home. When you have been drinking you become a danger to yourself and others. You also become a burden. Therefore when you decide to go out and party, be responsible. Know your drinking limit and stick to it even if that’s only one glass.

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