While few may pay attention to what goes on in Nebraska's legislature, fairly big news was announced just the other week in the Omaha World-Herald. State senator Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha was picked up for a DUI. His blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit, and he accepted full responsibility for what he had done.
A year ago, this story wouldn't have bothered me a whole lot. I mean, politicians behaving badly is a nightly reality show we call the news. However, this incident reminded me of that little saying: "What goes around, comes around."
Let me tell you the story.
The crowd at the Broken Branch Saloon had gone quiet; all eyes were on the game. Five card stud poker, straight up. We'd started with four at the table; two had dropped out earlier, leaving me, John Copper, facing a steely-eyed, sharp-witted gambler from New Orleans called Diamond Jim.
Peace Corps volunteers are mostly optimistic young people who want to make a change in the world. But some volunteers who wanted to change lives overseas have returned home with their lives changed for the worse.
Ah, December. The month when mother nature turns the countryside into a fairy-tale winter wonderland draped in pristine sheets of glittering white snow, and transforms busy highways and streets into sparkling, shiny ice rinks of doom.
"The road to sobriety is a simple journey for confused people with a complicated disease." -Anonymous