10 Days Of Dougie – Day 8
Seat Belts, Concerts & Business Ideas
October 4, 2017
And here we are at Day 8 already. This has been a wild and crazy week to be sure and has left me feeling all sorts of ways. Before I get to the meat of the piece, I want to send condolences and prayers out to the victims of the Las Vegas tragedy. 59 dead and over 500 injured at last count. It’s craziness and evil at it’s worst and unfortunately, it’s more and more common every day. It’s a sad reflection on humanity and how we are so willing to kill each other at the drop of a hat for any reason. And what is the solution? I wish I knew.
Also prayers and condolences to the families, friends and fans of singer Tom Petty and long time Memphis wrestling announcer Lance Russell, both of who have passed away over the past couple of days. One was a legendary singer and songwriter and the other, arguably one of the greatest wrestling announcers and personalities of all time, the “Voice of Memphis”. Both made huge marks in their respective genres of entertainment and made huge marks in the lives of many, many people, including myself. Rest In Peace, Tom Petty. Rest In Peace, Lance Russell. Neither of you will be forgotten and your great bodies of work and talents will ensure you a spot in our memories and hearts forever.
I’ve got other things on my mind as well today, but this isn’t the time or place so let’s just get on to the heart of the matter and why we’re all here and that’s Day 8 of 10 days. Where is my “Magic Bag” and what topics are we discussing today? We have, “Seat Belts”, “Concerts” and “Business Ideas”. Sounds like a full and packed piece to me. Let’s just do this…
It is against the law in North Carolina to drive or ride in a car without wearing a seatbelt. The penalty for a front-seat occupant’s failure to wear a seat belt is $25.50 plus $153.50 in district court costs. And I have to ask this one simple question. Why? Why is there a law requiring adults, over the age of 18, to wear a seat belt while in a car? I know about all the stats how “seat belts save lives” and all of that hoopla, but once a person is an adult, if they choose to take the risk and not wear a seat belt while driving around, who’s business is it to tell them that they can’t? And give them a ticket and over $200 in fines? It’s wrong and not fair at all. Cancer kills far more people than car wrecks, but we can buy a pack of cigarettes when we turn 18. We can also vote, buy a gun, buy a house, be tried as an adult, get married, join the military and countless other things when we turn eighteen. But we can’t decide for ourselves whether or not to wear a seat belt when we’re driving. It’s nothing but a money racket, pure and simple, for the police departments and the courts to raise revenue. It’s a victimless crime that shouldn’t even be a crime. It should be the choice of the driver and their passengers, so long as they are of age and adults.
A friend of mine told me a story the other day about a car wreck that he and a friend were in many years ago as teenagers. They rolled their car. Neither was wearing a seat belt. The friend was thrown from the car and suffered a few minor injuries, but nothing serious. My friend was thrown forward and into the floor board and had to be cut out of the car and spent several days in serious condition. The roof of the car was smashed in and if my friend and his friend had been wearing their seat belts at the time, they would be dead now. The police and investigators told them this because where the roof ended up and where their heads were, if they had been restrained and stuck in that same position by a seat belt, would have made quite a mess and even the chance of decapitation. But they weren’t wearing seat belts and weren’t confined and restricted in the car and they survived. Something to think about, right?
If someone wants to wear a seat belt, that’s great. So be it. And if there are young children in the car, definitely strap them if. But if someone is an adult and doesn’t want to wear a seat belt, that should be their option. I wear my seat belt 98% of the time because I have to and it’s the law, but it’s not a fair law and shouldn’t exist. It may be for “our own good” but that should be our call and not the police departments or the governments. ‘Nuff said!
I used to love to go to concerts and even though I haven’t been to one now for several years, I’ve been fortunate enough to see some great acts and talents do their thing. I’ve seen Alice Cooper, Waylon, Hank Jr., KISS, Ted Nugent, Cinderella, AC/DC, Janis Ian, Reba, Linda Davis, John Micheal Montgomery, Vince Gill, Jerry Clower, Willie Nelson, Charlie Rich, Judas Priest, Savatage, Dangerous Toys and a few others that I can’t remember right off.
By far, the best show was Reba. And the worst was Ted Nugent & KISS. The loudest was definitely AC/DC.
The acts that I’d like to see, but haven’t yet would be: Kid Rock, Heart, Shooter Jennings, NKOTB, James Durbin, Puddles Pity Party, Postmodern Jukebox, Casey Abrams, Steve Grand and Aaron Lewis.
And there you go…
Have you ever had an idea for a business that you know would really work well and would be awesome? I think we all have. Here are a few of the ideas I’ve entertained over the years that I think would really be cool.
A literal “Drive Thru” restaurant where instead of ordering at a speaker and driving around the outside of the building, there is a literal tunnel that you drive through that goes through the middle of the building. You drive into the tunnel and order at the first window and then pick up at the second window and it’s literally driving through a tunnel in the middle of the building. Would that be cool and unique or what? I’m sure that there are logistics to be worked out and that all of the employees working the windows might be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, but all of that doesn’t matter. I just think it would be cool.
A smallolder style “Diner” that does hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, drinks and shakes. Nothing else, just like an old style hang out spot from the 50’s. Think of Arnold’s Drive In on the show, “Happy Days”, but in Laurinburg and in the year 2018 with me running it instead of Arnold. It would definitely rock around the clock.
And I can’t think of any others. My mind just went blank. Oh well, I guess that’s a sign so I’m ending this now and closing up for the night. Thank you for reading. Comments, thoughts and all feedback is welcome. Back tomorrow with Day 9. See you then.