Life isn't all rainbows and ponies...7:00 AM
On my blog, I try to not talk about the "bad" stuff life throws my way, but sometimes I feel like i'm kind of hiding thing...
On my blog, I try to not talk about the "bad" stuff life throws my way,
but sometimes I feel like i'm kind of hiding things or something.
And life isn't always perfect you know?
We all make mistakes and do stupid things,
it's about learning from them right?
So here goes...
This my friends, is my license.
I got it back a little over two weeks ago,
after not having it for 9 months.
Why, you ask?
I f-ed up.
Last August, I went to a concert with some friends, at a venue about 20 minutes from my house.
They were from out of town, but picked me up and drove us to the show.
I had a couple beers in a 7 hour time frame, during the show.
Friend "A" was supposed to drive us back to my house, but ended up being in no condition at all to drive. Since they were from out of town, and I knew where we were going, and I also knew I hadn't had that much to drink, I chose to drive us home.
So I drove.
About 2 miles from my house, we see signs for a "DUI Checkpoint"
As I pulled into it, I was shaking.
Everyone in the car had been drinking all night,
so I knew we probably smelled like alcohol,
and I knew I had had a couple...but I truly thought I was ok.
The officer asked if I had been drinking, and honest me said I had a couple beers at the concert.
He then had me pull to the shoulder to do roadside tests.
After those, he had me blow, and proceeded to arrest me.
I blew a .096.
Higher than a .08, but not by much.
Little did I know at the time that in Colorado, all it takes is a .05 to be arrested.
In the end, it got dropped to a DWAI (driving while ability impaired) because of my previous clean record- but it's still an alcohol offense and that sucks.
I am now on probation for 2 years (which started this past January).
For the first couple of months, I was having to take 3 random breathalyzers per week,
plus one random urine drug analysis a month.
Then I was down to one BA a week and one UA a month,
and now it's only one UA a month, and no breathalyzers.
Each breathalyzer was $5 and each UA is $25.
I meet with my probation officer once every two months and pay her $100 each time I see her.
I got kind of lucky (if you can even use that word in a situation like this), and ended up with only Alcohol Education classes, and not Alcohol Therapy classes.
So only 24 hours of class, each one being 2 hours.
12 weeks of class, at $30 each.
And no license for 9 months.
I could have gotten a breathalyzer thing installed in my car, but at the time,
I needed to sell my car in order to pay for all of it.
So the last 9 months have been HARD.
You really take being able to drive for granted, let me tell you.
When you can't, your freedom is GONE.
I had to constantly rely on people to take me places. Even going to the grocery store was difficult.
And I felt GUILTY.
Guilty that I couldn't just drive Porter to the park, or to play dates or daycare.
Then I lost my job, and do you know how impossible it is to go try to find a new one when you can't even drive to an interview?
It's been hellish.
I learned my lesson on this one.
I will never again drink ANYTHING and drive.
It's not worth it.
Freedom and independence are everything!