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Free Rides Available in Houston For Inebriated New Year’s Eve Celebrants—Our Roads Are A Dangerous Freak Show In The Best Of Circumstances

Blogger’s Note 12/31/12—Though this post is from 2011, the information is correct for 2012 as well. Metro will be again offering free rides rides from 6 PM to 6 AM.  AAA is also again offering free tows  from 6 AM to 6 PM. Call 1-800-222-4357 for a free tow if you have been drinking and need a lift home.) 

If  you feel you’ve had enough to drink and should not drive in the Houston area on New Year’s Eve and in the early hours of New Year’s Day, there are ways to get home that will help you avoid a DWI and help you avoid killing yourself or killing others on the road.

(Above–Anything can happen out on the roads. Photo by Ervinpospisil)

Houston Metro buses and lite rail will be free from 6 PM until 6 AM on the night of the 31st and the morning of the 1st.

Houston AAA is offering free tows for folks. This offer includes people who are not AAA members.

From Culturemap

For a free tow and ride home, the AAA number to call is 1-800-222-4357. Ask for a “tipsy tow” and an emergency roadside services truck will come to your location and take you and your car anywhere within 10 miles for free. Tows can be over 10 miles as well but the user will have to pay the excess mileage charges.

Or you can just call a cab.

Police will be out all over the city and Harris County for the holiday weekend.

Anybody who drives in our area knows that our roads are a freak show of anger and idiocy in the best of circumstances.

Here is a Houston Chronicle story about an area woman who was hit by an alleged drunk driver on Christmas Eve while she was out on her property checking her mailbox.

Don’t be part of a fully avoidable problem over the holiday weekend.

December 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tip Time-And-A-Half On New Year’s Day—Fellow Working People Merit Our Respect

Image, Source: digital file from intermediary roll film

If on New Year’s Day  you make use of the services of a person who normally would receive a tip,  please be certain to tip that person the same time-and-a-half rate you would expect to be paid for working a holiday.

(Photo above–The Di Costanzo family on New Year’s Eve 1942 at the restaurant they owned in New York City.)

This is only fair.

Cab drivers and waiters are working people just as you are.

If you are not paid extra for working a holiday, please do not take it out on others.

The rights and status of working people in this country are tenuous enough as it is.

If we do not respect each other as fellow working people, we are all screwed.

Please respect the labor of others just as you would hope others would respect the hours of your life that you spend at work.

And, also, please don’t drink and drive on New Year’s Eve.

December 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment