So, this weekend was a pretty low-key weekend in the grand scheme of things.  Friday we went to Sweetwater after work to meet up with some friends.  We were loving the partially cloudy sky and the band was jamming.  Suddenly, it starting raining.  It wasn’t coming down too hard, and T and I decided that we would much rather get a little damp than crowd inside the brewery to stay dry.  Well, then it poured.  Luckily it was only for about 5 minutes, and we didn’t get too soaked.

After we all went home to change, we decided to meet up a little Irish bar to hang out.  One of our friends had some college buddies in town, and it was one of their birthdays.  So, we hung out, had drinks, took some celebratory shots, and played some beer pong.  Some people left earlier than others because they were tired or the bar was too loud/crowded.  But a majority of us stayed until closing time (around 2:30).  FYI, we got there between 8 and 9 p.m.

This is where things get dicey.  I found out the next day that one of college buddies decided to drive home.  It was his birthday.  He was wasted.  That was so not cool.

As the remaining group of us were leaving, we talked about going back to our house to hang out/get some late night food.  Everyone was down with that.  As we were talking about getting a cab and getting some cash for a cab, one of our good guys friends starts trotting to his car.  We try to stop him because we all know that he is way too drunk to be driving.  And he won’t listen to us.  Another one of our friends tries to keep him from driving by blocking his car in.  Drunk friend says he’s going to hit his car if our other friend doesn’t move.  I even try to reach into the car to grab the keys out of the ignition, but he has one of those cars where you don’t use the keys to start it.  They just have to be in the vicinity, they don’t actually go into the ignition.  Figures…

So, he drives off.  We are all pretty pissed off, but there was nothing more to do.  Around 3, we get to the house and notice he’s not there.  We figure he maybe just went home instead to go to bed.  I called a couple of times, but got no answer.  I figured he was asleep.

The next day, we learned why he didn’t answer.  He got busted for a DUI and was in jail.  I feel bad for him, but at the same time I don’t.  He is normally a very responsible guy, but that night I don’t know what got into him.  He was being completely belligerent and acting like an ass.  I still haven’t heard what the story was behind him getting stopped.  But I do know he spent about 15 hours in jail, which I’m sure was horrible.

I just don’t get it.  Why is it always the guys who insist on driving after drinking?  If I have too many drinks to drive, I’m the first to crash on a couch, call a cab or try to get a ride from someone who hasn’t been drinking.  But sometimes I feel like guys think they have to be macho and prove that they can still drive after drinking, which is completely stupid.

Yeah, it sucks to have to shell out a ton of cash for a cab and leave your car overnight.  But it costs a lot more time and money to deal with a DUI.

I wish that Atlanta had better late night transportation options, because maybe that would make the problem less prevalent.  We have the option to take a cab, which comes in close to $30 for a 5 mile ride.  This seems a bit ridiculous and a bit price gougey.  Then there are those services where they drive you home in your car and have another car follow to take the driver back.  I love those services, but they cost double what a cab costs, and who can afford that on a regular basis?  We have MARTA, but it doesn’t stop anywhere near places people go out and most of the stops aren’t super accessible by foot.  And you definitely can’t walk to too many places because the city is so spread out.  I think there should be some sort of late night bus option.  There was one when I studied abroad in France, and it was always packed.

But then you have to think, even if you and your friends are being safe, there are always  assholes out there who are breaking some kind of law and may end up causing you harm any way.

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