DRIVING AND TEXTING IS SO DANGEROUS that it’s sparked a huge ad campaign to urge us to stop…and seven states have actually made it illegal to drive and text at the same time.
Perhaps it’s time to take it one step further. Maybe we should also ban walking and texting.
Everyone has seen the video of the woman falling into the fountain while texting.
Well get ready for one better. Earlier this week, while strolling the pier on Lake Michigan with her husband and 15 year old son, a woman was walking and texting when she walked right off the end of the pier!
The thing about this story is…it isn’t funny. The woman had trouble treading water because of the strong current..and could have drown. Thankfully her husband and a passer-by jumped in the water and helped until emergency personnel arrived to help rescue her. It could have turned out much differently had she been alone.
If you haven’t seen it…documentary maker Casey Neistat recently made a somewhat comedic public service announcement for people that text while walking.
Earlier this year, a research team at Stony Brook University conducted a study around texting while walking and found that people veered away from walking a straight path by 60%. The amount of distance traveled increased by 13% and it took about 33% longer to reach a destination when texting while walking. Another study found that kids who text or talk on a cell phone while walking near or on a street are 40% more likely to get hit by a car. That’s not so funny.
I used to drive and text all of the time. But after seeing a couple of those public service announcements, and reading stories about horrible accidents…I stopped. If I have to text while driving I pull over and do it. And while I still walk and text…I think it may be time to re-evaluate that too. I sure don’t want to walk off the end of the pier…I’m not that great of a swimmer.
I’M SO DISAPPOINTED IN AMERICA…and for once it has nothing to do with the Republican primary. The American people decided that Heejun Han was more talented that Erika Van Pelt, and last night they eliminated the singing DJ on AMERICAN IDOL.
WTH? Really? I’m still in shock. Some people are calling it the Curse Of The Makeover after Erika cut and colored her hair a few nights ago on the advice of fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger.
I just don’t get it…EVP is a MUCH better singer than Heejun. And she truly wanted to be there. In my opinion Heejun acts like it’s all a big joke. And maybe that’s his appeal; he’s just a fun loving guy having a good time. If he win’s great…if he doesn’t, oh well it was fun while it lasted. I get that…but it is a SINGING competition. If he’s more interested in being funny maybe he should try out for Last Comic Standing. Just sayin’.
I guess just like any election…you can’t complain if you don’t vote. So next week I’m going to be burning up the phone, text and ‘net with my vote.
IT DOESN’T MATTER how many movies are in the theater this weekend…because the only one that really matters is THE HUNGER GAMES. My oldest son has been making me promise to take him to see this ever since he saw the first preview months ago…and actually got mad when I wouldn’t take him to a midnight showing last night!
Based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, it’s the first in a trilogy that has over 26 million copies in print in the United States alone. It has spent more than 180 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008. It has also consistently been on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.
A sixteen year old girl volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor when she is pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for the Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home, she must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.