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November 06, 2005

Who To Be Mad At?

There's not a whole heck of a lot to do here in Yuma. So, it's not a surprise that drinking is a common hobby!

However, the Marines here have taken it a bit too far. A couple of weekends ago, a group of jarheads were in a pick up truck, drunk. One guy was in the bed of the truck while driving around town and ended up falling out. He was basically a vegetable and the other guys went and threw him in a front yard somewhere so they don't get in trouble. The guy is now in a coma in Phoenix.

Since then alcohol has been banned in the barracks.

With that and other DUI's on record here in Yuma, one of the head honchos warned all of the Marines that if there was anymore incidents, that they would all have to wear their Charlie's to go out and they have to check in and out of the barracks (or call in to check in if you are married) if you go out to drink, you have to take a buddy and be back in by 2 am. This is all until further notice.

So, the phone rings off the hook this morning at 5:30 am. It seems that two guys went out drinking and the DD took his drunk friend back to the barracks. Later, the drunk decided he wanted to go to the river and took his jeep out and tipped it and is now in the hospital.

This sucks for many reasons. First and foremost, people have hurt and may die and others were endangered.

Other more selfish reasons? I live with my friend and her Marine husband. This means no going out! (this would be like a girl having to go out in a ball gown all the time) The guy I'm dating? Yeah, no going out! If he wants to come over to the house and hang out with us, he must dress in his Charlie's, come to the house (may change in secret) and get back in his Charlie's and home by 2 am.

This also means that businesses will suffer. A good majority of my customers at each of my stores are military. They are not going to get all in uniform just to come buy something from one of my stores.

So, I'm mad for a few reasons. The selfish reasons are obvious as it is effecting my social life and business. However, this scars the reputation of Marines here locally. Not only that, but the same men and women that fight to protect our country are putting people in danger.

Just a few dumb asses have affected negatively the lives of so many others.

Posted by Sissy at November 6, 2005 10:35 PM | TrackBack

Your dating?


Yea for Sissy!

Um, does he know about your other family?

Posted by: Machelle at November 7, 2005 08:22 AM

Machelle- He may not, but we know about him. I saw his picture! He's a cutie!

BTW, I need pix of the blogmeet if you have 'em. In particular, looking for pix of shooting.

As for the new rules for Marines I think... this will blow over. I do. It may take some time, but a point is being made. Just wait.

Posted by: Bou at November 7, 2005 08:29 AM

I respect Marines for who they are and what they do, and unfortunately a few bad ones are ruining things for all the rest. Some poeple just cannot handle drinking. It sounds like the Marines where you are have a lot of them.

Posted by: Contagion at November 7, 2005 08:54 AM

Unfortunately, Yuma has a lot of those kinds of problems. Bou is right though, it will blow over. Hopefully with a few lessons learned...

Posted by: Princess Cat at November 7, 2005 09:28 AM

Bou approves of the beau, so do we all ;)

I too think it'll blow over after a bit. But a point needs to be made so more people are not hurt.

Posted by: oddybobo at November 7, 2005 01:34 PM

Three female comments in a row about things blowing? Where is my mind? Harvey?

Oh, and sure, this sort of thing happens all the time and has happened at military bases around the world for decades. They tighten things up for awhile until everyone calms down, then things get back to normal.

Posted by: Ogre at November 7, 2005 02:33 PM

Nice to see you are getting settled. Not much to do in Yuma but drink... or leave. Hope it settles down soon.

Posted by: vw bug at November 7, 2005 02:40 PM

You should be mad at me. I meant to drink all of the booze the last time I was in town but it was too freakin' hot. I'll do better next time, I swear.

Posted by: spurs at November 9, 2005 08:03 PM