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Why Ask Why?

When I was growing up (I know in the Dark Ages) there was an old joke. It went something like this.

Did you hear that Stevie Wonder got into a car accident?
Really, that's terrible. What happened?
Well, Ray Charles was driving?

For those of you who are going who, what? Let me explain. Both Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder are BLIND.

The point is, if you let your buds tell you what to do (like drink booze or smoke cigarettes) you might as well be blind. You will always have choices to make. One of those is NO to alcohol and drugs.

If you check out the tube, it seems like the coolest people are smoking or drinking. That, my friends, is not reality. In fact drinking while driving is one of the biggest hits in teen deaths behind the wheel. Understand that you also should not get into any car where you or the driver has been drinking. Use your brain to make smart choices.

Getting the scoop on drinking and driving works. Teen drinking and driving has dropped by almost twenty percent in states that have lowered the limit on blood-alcohol levels. The blood-alcohol level is a measure of how much alcohol is in you. If you drive with a certain amount, you can be locked up. Certain states have said that people under twenty-one can only have .02 percent and people over twenty-one .08 percent. You know what? The hammer is working. Teens are showing that they are more careful about themselves and others drinking. Well, alright.

Be aware of what can happen if you drink and drive or ride with someone who is (that also includes your parents or other adults.)

Here is a quick choice checklist ... A WHY list. Keep it handy.

1. What am I thinking of doing?
2. How will it affect me/or others if I do it?
3. Yes. I'm going to, but who do I need to tell?

There is a method to the madness. Nothing just happens. Learn to plan and take responsibility for choices that you make. Talk to your friends and parents. Learn about things that affect your life. It is your life. This is not some reality-based sitcom that you're in. This is real baby. Drive your own car.

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    Dear Dish-It In The Forums

    rainbowpoptart
    Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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    liddielover
    i hate my little sister because i get introuble for her and lose my friends to her.is that wrong?
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    skylar245
    skylar245 posted in Friends:
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote: "skylar245" wrote: Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible Then maybe try telling the principal yourself, and you should also report that the driver, teacher, and counselor haven't done anything to help you. If that fails, tell another trusted adult, like your mother. I'm sure someone you're close to would do their best to get justice. This is a major problem and it's a shame no one's done anything to help. ​No one listens to me anyway but my friends
    reply 3 days
    rainbowpoptart
    rainbowpoptart posted in Friends:
    "skylar245" wrote:Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible Then maybe try telling the principal yourself, and you should also report that the driver, teacher, and counselor haven't done anything to help you. If that fails, tell another trusted adult, like your mother. I'm sure someone you're close to would do their best to get justice. This is a major problem and it's a shame no one's done anything to help.
    reply 3 days
    skylar245
    skylar245 posted in Friends:
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote: "skylar245" wrote: My bus driver does NOTHING about it EVEN IF HE SEE'S IT! he only wrote the two girls up but not the girl that hit me Then report them to a teacher or the school counselor. Behaviour like that is not acceptable in the slightest. ​Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible
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