Nov. 27, 2001

Grim Tradition

I'm so damn The current mood of augustdreams at

We've all seen those crosses and wreaths of flowers beside highways to mark where people have been killed. In Orlando, there are a large number of them and I learned something about one of them that disturbed me. It marks the spot where someone got drunk and drove into a bridge wall. That strikes me as being overly morbid and a bit senseless. It's not as if it's needed as a warning to slow down. Someone chose to drink a lot of alcohol and then go speeding down a highway. It's a tragedy and I'm genuinely sorry for the people affected but driving drunk is hazardous whether you're on a four lane highway or a dirt road.

I mean, if Joe Q. Public were to keel over in the local 7-11, nobody would see fit to erect a memorial between the Slushee machine and the potato chip aisle. If Jack T. Chick were to bite the dust while enjoying a Happy Meal nobody would bring flowers to the local McDonald's. So why all the crosses on the road? Is it somehow more of a tragedy to die there than anyplace else? Seeing the memorials there doesn't make me drive any more carefully. All it really does is distract and disturb me. And I can't be the only one.

Have a good night, d*land.

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