One (Or More) For The Road

┬áBear with me: this is my first proper post here at The Rostra, and it’s a long one.

The nightly post-work commute on public transit back home is usually a pretty inocuous and routine event: make sure the connections are made and and apart from late bus arrivals, which around here is always a possibility, hardly anything of note ever happens.

However, about a week ago or so, as I entered my connecting bus, sitting at the front was a dude who was drunk beyond belief. Most of the bus’s capacity patronage kept away from him and quietly or even loudly laughed at his inebriated antics. He loudly accused those sitting near him of talking smack about him. When he got a call on his cell phone, he was nearly screaming into his phone about an acquaintance who was a “total cocksucker.” It finally became too much for those seated near him when, as the bus rounded a turn, he fell from a seated position onto those sitting across from him at the front, which included some chaps who were a whole lot bigger than he was. He very nearly got his ass kicked that night. And here are some other details of note: he was in his mid-twenties, well dressed and hardly working class or a vagrant, and it was 9:30 PM on a Thursday night. A well-off suburbanite trashed on a weeknight.

All of this got me thinking about the place alcohol has in our society. I live in a city in Canada that is currently booming due to oil, and with it comes a booming population and new wealth. And every time I see these local nouveau riche, it seems that they are perfectly content on pissing away all their new money on new SUVs, over-priced clothing and getting trashed every night. And while there is always that segment of the population that has its problems with alcohol that get the public’s attention, it seems that the binge drinker is now gunning for the spotlight. Remember the Blue Mile? Sporting had hardly anything to do with that.

But it doesn’t stop there: I overhear kids in Junior High (!) talking about how trashed they got the previous weekend. So is this it? The ultimate quest for the week’s labours is to get ripped beyond recognition? For me, I think this situation getting out of hand. Although we’re hardly alone in this, should we just passively accept it, like typical Canadians, and then deal with once it’s a huge issue? I hope I’m not alone in feeling something should be done about it.

Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 8:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Welcome to The Rostra

So what exactly is The Rostra supposed to be, you may be asking? Well, the Rostra in old Rome was the podium in the Forum where newsreaders, legal figures, candidates running for office and anyone wishing to address the masses could do so. And that’s kinda what I have in mind here.

Here, I’m gonna try to steer away from just relating events of my life (though don’t get me wrong, I still will do a bit of that) and try to look at bigger issues that might be lying behind . Whether social, political, it’s all up for grabs. Hmm…did that explain anything? Well, once the posts start going up, you’ll get the picture for sure.

Published in: on March 11, 2007 at 8:22 pm  Leave a Comment