Charles Bukowski | Acrylics on canvas | 100x140cm

Cheers!

“I’ve never been lonely. I’ve been in a room — I’ve felt suicidal. I’ve been depressed. I’ve felt awful — awful beyond all — but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me…or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. It’s being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I’ll quote Ibsen, “The strongest men are the most alone.” I’ve never thought, “Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I’ll feel good.” No, that won’t help. You know the typical crowd, “Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?” Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn’t want to hide in factories. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Let’s drink more wine!”

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On the left is 22 year old Jacqueline Saburido in 1999. She studied at the University of Texas. On September 19, 1999, her whole life turned around. She went to a party and she was a person who did not drink, unlike her friends. Her drunk friend, Natalia, was driving, with Jacqueline in the front passengers seat and three others in the back. Jacqueline tried to convince Natalie to let her drive because Natalie was drunk, but Natalie kept refusing. At the same time, Reginald Stephey, an 18-year old high school student, was on his way home after drinking several beers at a party with friends. Around Austin, Texas, the two cars crashed. Natalie and Jacqueline’s friend, who was sitting in the back seat, Laura Guerrero, were killed instantly. The other two people in the car and Reginald suffered minor injuries. The car caught on fire, and Jacqueline’s feet were trapped, making it unable for her to escape. As a result, Reggie was sentenced to seven years in jail. A picture of what she looks like now is on the right. Jacqueline had to get all of her fingers amputated, had second and third degrees on 60% of her body, and she lost her hair, ears, nose, lips, left eyelid, and some of her vision. She has gone over 120 operations since the accident.

There is definitely enough awareness on drinking and driving, and drinking itself. However, I believe that there is hardly any awareness on getting into a car with a drunk person. In order to recognize if a person is drunk, please remember the signs that someone is drunk:

Slurred speech
Drowsiness
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Upset stomach
Headaches
Breathing difficulties
Distorted vision and hearing
Impaired judgment
Decreased perception and coordination
Unconsciousness
Blackouts (memory lapses, where the drinker cannot remember events that occurred while under the influence)

PLEASE!! Please, I know there’s not much you can do to save a friend from drinking and driving, because they are so under the influence that they will just continue driving. However, what you CAN do to save YOURSELF if your drunk friend wants to drive in a car with you is call a non-drunk friend, family member, or even a taxi to take you home. Please, please spread the awareness. You do NOT want to be killed like some of those people in that accident, or have your life turn out how Jacqueline’s did. Please spread the awareness and I don’t even care what blog you are, REBLOG IT. Because you never know this could save a few lives.

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