- Current Mood: sleepy
- Current Music:John Mayer "Speak For Me"
In this case, all Walt had to do was turn her on her side, or help clear her airway. No danger to him whatsoever. He chose not to because either
1) He hated her and what she was doing (to be more specific, blackmail)
2) He wanted Jesse to return to work and thought she was a bad influence. (Walt would make more money)
Walt chose to leave her die when a simple movement of his arms and a "wake up wake up" and clearing of her airway would have saved her and most likely, she'd be alive.
I always hated Walt for it and to me THAT is when he really became Heisenberg.. he let someone die by inaction. Sure he would soon murder people with firearms and his car but that's when it started. He let a young woman, who could have done anything she wanted with her life, had she made the effort, die. And it ultimately led to the plane collision. Walt may not have been a medical doctor but common sense for an intelligent chemist (brilliant, according to the plot) would be to save her; he chose his own interests over it. I really liked her character too and felt that she "completed" Jesse's character.
If you recall there was a scene later in the series when Jesse is crying on Walt's shoulder saying "I loved her..... LOVED HER...." and just sobbing.. on the very person who let her pass into the darkness, forever.
I suppose in a sense Vince Gilligan and company succeeded in their "fall from grace" underlying main theme with Cranston's character. I rooted for Walt since day 1 and what he did, well, what the writers did, was turn me against him. He was the protagonists, and has become the antagonist. I'm not exactly rooting for Hank either, as I think the DEA is a bunch of bullshit for the most part, especially in their relentless pursuit and incarcerations of those with marijuana convictions, Skyler I am neutral, the only innocents left are Walt's children. Even Marie had that weird ass episode where she makes up stuff about herself and stole items from open houses. The children are the only ones left. And Jesse. He's on the fence. Regardless, great show, great season, and I can't wait to see what happens.
I have a HUGE problem with the kind of caring that involves feeling connected to people because that's supposed to be a more consistent thing and it REALLY comes and goes for me. i guess I'm that way about the world in general. there was a period during my oh-so-wonderful year of 2007 where things were starting to become a little unsafe for me. i remember feeling so dead to myself, i figured i might as well just finish it off. though i never did anything, i did think about it. and like i said to you before.. to me, THINKING about doing it is much worse and much sadder than ACTUALLY doing it. it just depresses the hell out of me to think of someone
So I recently had to choose new auto insurance and I chose Progressive. After a 40 minute phone call, the guy asked me if I wanted to participate in their new program "Snapshot" - by then I was hardly paying attention, but I said yes. Here's the lowdown on what "Snapshot" is:
-A small device Progressive sends you that plugs into your vehicle's OBD port (1995 and up vehicles)
-Sends a message to Progressive when first activated
-Saves information about your driving habits: how fast, how many miles, how many start ups, time of day of drive, and most importantly, how many "hard brakes" (more on that below)
-Progressive claims it will save you up to 30 percent on your car insurance premiums
-The person I spoke to at Progressive said it is "quite difficult" to get up to 30 percent in discounts with the Snapshot device
So here's the problem I have with their "Snapshot" program. The "hard braking" thing. Progressive Insurance, Inc. defines "hard braking" as slowing down 7 MPH or more within a period of 5 seconds or less. That hardly seems like "hard braking" (pun intended) to me. The "Snapshot" device has an audible beep that goes off several times when you have engaged the vehicle in what they deem to be "hard braking." Progressive claims that their research shows that drivers who engage in "hard braking" more often tend to be in more accidents.
So what's the problem? Well, first, driving in any populated urban region, it is virtually impossible to not have any "hard brakes" during an average 30-40 minute drive. People pull out in front of you, someone slams on their brakes without using a turn signal, the traffic light goes yellow when you're in "that spot" where you could stop short or hit the gas pedal to make it thru etc..
Progressive Insurance, Inc. says that their "Snapshot" device encourages safe driving, and shows drivers what safe driving is, and encourages safe driving habits.
When you consider that Progressive says you can receive a discount up to 30 percent off of your premiums if you drive safely under their guidelines, and after I drove using Progressive's "Snapshot" device for about 1 month I've noticed this:
1) There is a strong tendency to want to run yellow or "just-about-to-turn-red" traffic lights. The reason being, Progressive's "Snapshot" device does not penalize you for abrupt acceleration, but they do penalize you for "hard braking" as we discussed.
2) You are more likely to tailgate vehicles in front of you, since you do whatever you can to avoid a "hard brake" and that means you increase the distance over which you have begun to slow down, or stop, which puts you closer to the vehicle in front of you
3) If you live in an urban area with lots and lots of other drivers, or drive during the rush hour, you have no chance
4) "Hard braking" is sort of a mis-nomer. What if a deer or cat runs in front of you? Will it cause you to depress the brake pedal a little bit less because you fear hearing that dreaded beep from the "Snapshot" device? I don't know.
This is the main problem. Driving, as a rule, can be unpredictable. We don't usually know when something bad is about to happen, something is about to run across the road unannounced, or someone is about to make a turn without using their turn signal. That's the whole point. We just don't know. And braking, aka "hard braking" - according to Progressive, is usually in the mix somewhere.
5) My friend remarked that when riding in the car with me (while the "Snapshot" device was installed) that driving "feels like a video game." Remember, this ain't no video game. This is real life, and driving poorly leads to consequences that can be severe. I'm afraid that the notion of avoiding the beeping sound will affect my safe driving. I've competed, legally, racing on 1/4 mile drag strips and on road courses with high tech and highly powered Japanese cars, with relative certainty and appropriate expectations. Now, I seem more worried driving around my SUV down a regular street with the "Snapshot" device installed, fearing the dreaded "BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP" when, accoring to Progressive, I hit the brakes a little too hard. That can't be good for concentrating. At best it will save you money on your premiums, at worst it will cost you nothing, or cost you something. I don't know.
But I have a mild form of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and Progressive's "Snapshot" program and device seemingly fits right in with it. Everytime I drive, I am terrified of hearing the "BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP" that eminates from the device when I've done something wrong, in Progressive's eyes.
Brief conclusion: while Progessive Insurance Co.'s "Snapshot" program may sound good on paper, in reality, it doesn't work very well. I've only had it for a month, so I'm not sure yet if I will receive discounts due to my driving habits, but the "hard braking" element is ridiculous.
- Current Mood:artistic
- Current Music:CCR "Fortunate Son"
Played our new song "Maybe, Amy" acoustically this morning on WFMZ-TV Channel 69 News with my friend Josh Klein laying down some leads. You can play & download the actual studio version of the song via the Player App at the very top of http://www.jordanwhitemusic.com if you're interested.
Thanks for watching & listening :) Comments welcomed of course.
- Current Mood: good
- Current Music:Wolfmother "Woman"
So halfway through it our teacher let our class out for a five minute break. It was a bit warm inside, so I decided to go outside for fresh air for a few minutes. Probably just about 5 minutes total. As I was walking back, quickly up the stairs and to the hallway, I heard a movie playing with the narrarator discussing, yep, you guessed it, religion. So I had a brief shot of panic, thinking I had stayed on break too long and the class began watching the movie without me, and the teacher was going to be pissed. Without thinking I darted towards the classroom where the sound of the movie was coming from.. but after I got about halfway towards my "seat" I realized something was wrong. It was the wrong room. About 30 students who I had never seen before gave me a blank and confused stare, and probably some of them freaked out because I was basically running. If someone came running into our classroom at random, I would have probably been alarmed too.
Anyways, my face turned bright red and I abruptly stopped myself, and mumbled something to myself about the "wrong room".
- Current Mood: embarrassed
- Current Music:James Blunt "Stay The Night"
Goes out like a lamb
Let's hope that holds true this year. I just turned on CNN and saw that the tornadoes over the weekened killed THIRTY-NINE PEOPLE. Stunned. Can't believe it. One minute you're sitting in your house, or sleeping in your house, or your office building, the next minute it's lights out. And we still can't predict where they will hit. We can predict when conditions are favorable, but not exactly where they will hit. We probably never will. This spring/summer, I'm going to get that chill down my spine every time I hear the sound of distant thunder. Even if it's just a mild evening storm passing thru. But these last two years with the tornados have been unlike anything I can remember.
- Current Mood: shocked
- Current Music:Bob Seger "Against The Wind"