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Before the massive influx of cars, there were other means of transportation. The train was a big hitter making distant lands instantly reachable. I never had the pleasure of utilizing this luxury, until now. I am currently catching my Train to the union station in downtown LA writing because I have to be car-free for about two weeks. I’m having relapse from not being able to drive.

Sorry I kept y’all waiting…

In all honesty, the train has been such a soothing experience (writing this week one of taking the metro). I realize that my car is not a dire need. I have so much time to reflect on things I want to do, things I’ve done, and things I should be doing more of. I will say though, what was a usual 35 minute commute has now evolved to a 3 hour hassle. The most vexing part about this is getting to work an hour or two earlier than my scheduled time.

I am now 7 weeks into my DUI journey. And like you, I don’t know what’s to come. It’s been a rough month last month. Lots happened, and I fear so many things (not all related to this particular journey).

Tax deadline was upon me, and I held off doing my taxes early this year because I thought I wouldn’t have to pay. It stung when I found out I had to fork over around 700 in fines because I didn’t have ACA insurance (thanks Obama!).

This was just the beginning of all the money down the drain I’d waste though.

I was financially prepared for something like this, but not really wanting to pay almost 1800 in bills, fines, or extra costs. My bank account took a big hit, and the bruises show. I know it hates me for it, but the Endgame is near (the real movie is near too!(Avengers!))!

This device right here: it’s torture!

Have you ever seen one? Neither had I before this whole matter occurred. I honestly thought driving with it for 5 months would be a breeze: I thought it’d be so painless to use. After all, it only required a couple blows.

This device is a car breathalyzer that is installed into a vehicle and requires the driver to provide a breath sample by blowing into a mouthpiece attached to the device. Until a passing breath sample is provided, the IID works to interrupt the communication between the starter and ignition. Every time you pump gas, blow. Every time you go to the grocery store, blow. Every time you forgot something upstairs and have turned on your car already, BLOW! Just so much blowing (not fun).

You see, the fallout for drivers who are caught driving under the influence is tough. You want to drive again? It’s a privilege you lost that you must re-earn.

This device is no joke. Installing it required a initial 80 dollar deposit for process of paperwork, then an extra 120 for the labor work! I have yet to see my court day, but people say a first time offense usually requires a 5 month installation plan at a payment of 80 per month. The most annoying mater about carrying the device is the humiliation one feels when people see you blowing probably thinking, “alcoholic!” I’m learning to swallow my pride because lyfting back home late night from my job is an expensive 55 dollars a trip.

During the same time I got the interlock device installed, I also had to get my 4 tires changed. After driving them nearly 60,000 miles in 1.5 years, there was no way I could continue driving that car without putting myself at risk. Another 360 out of my account.

The first week of the metro was smooth: the second week was aggravating. If I worked somewhere more local, the convenience of not having a car would make sense. Working nearly 40 miles from where i live does not allow cheap options. I shall be telling this with a sigh, but a car is imperative in LA.

Two weeks are finally up, and I got my license back. Drinking and driving is not an option (unless Im trying to go to jail). I am content though, that I can drive and move around easier.

Just last week I registered for DUI school. Its crazy because I’m almost certain I don’t need it, but I do know I want to get as much out of it as possible. So many people drink for so many reasons. Pain has no preference in shape and size. I’m excited to get these classes over with, and I promise i will not leave DUI school without taking with me valuable life lessons.

This part of my journey will cost around 555 dollars.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to have my phone out through these classes, but I will provide a synapses of how it all goes. The class also requires me to hit up AA meetings every other week. I’ve never been to one before, but I’m excited to free myself of my alcoholic problems (joke).

Out of all the hassles I will face, the interlock device is by far the worst! After driving with it for one week, I’m fricken done with it (I’m exaggerating).

Next time I write i will have probably gone to my first DUI class and my first AA meeting. The following week will meet my court date. I’m scared to face a judge. What will i say? What will she/he say?

As always, Don’t drink and DUI!

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