Saturday, December 26, 2009

"Party, Party, Party"

A flyer for an event tonight invites 20-somethings to "get wasted" at a local entertainment venue.
Well, maybe that is the ulterior motive of young people who go to clubs, but to see it so baldly stated on a promotional flyer makes one wonder. Will this be one of those nights where elders hear the scream of ambulance sirens and perhaps the racket of a helicopter coming to carry away a victim of rash behavior?
Public officials have often stated concerns about the number of liquor licenses in Plainfield and incidences of alcohol-fueled mishaps. The city has a large number of consumption and distribution licenses that pre-date a state limit on the proportion of licenses to population. It is not clear whether this venue has a license or is subject to obtaining a permit for each event, but either way, the promotion of intoxication goes against the grain of liquor laws.
Holidays where large numbers of young people come home for reunions with family and friends can be occasions for boisterous celebrations, but let us hope discretion will prevail so that we do not have unfortunate headlines this weekend. Getting "wasted" sometimes means more than a one-time debauch. It can mean a life-changing lapse of judgment that cuts a young person's opportunities short forever.
Take care, young people. Those who love you do not want to see you in an accident or worse. The organizers of this event do not have your best interest at heart.
--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you purposefully obscured the date and venue of this event. I do hope, however, that if this event is in Plainfield, that the police are aware of it so they can be standing outside with breathalyzers as these knuckleheads get into their cars. The police were out in full force on the NJ Turnpike last night, pulling over drivers. I felt marginally safer as I traveled home, but one could just as easily be killed or horribly maimed by a drunk driver while driving 25 or 35 mph in one's own hometown.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes there was a traffic check point on south Ave months ago, I hope the City has more !!!

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You can tell your age by your lack of contemporary knowledge regarding this party invitation.

The invitation is quoting a song that is in high demand right now amongst the 20 somethings'.

For you to sit back looking down on them over those glasses of yours like a soured grandmother, and not have a clue as to the invitation netting the attention of us younger people by quoting a popular song, is not only silly, but very hypocritical.

Hmm, let me see, some popular songs YOU listened to in your hayday.. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds... Highway to HELL... hmm, drugs and hell, such great messages to have enjoyed in your younger days..

I hope this much attention is given to ALL 20 somethings' within the Queen City, and not just select ethnic make-ups.

Hypocrits make me sick..


11:06 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

Thanks for the cultural update. I especially enjoyed the part of the lyrics that talked about going into a club with a 40 on the waist with the safety off and all being wasted. If it is hypocritical not to want to see another young person of any ethnicity on the RIP list, I guess that's me.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A.W./11:06 AM -

Boy, what a mean-spirited myopic sourpuss you are! Age is not the issue you try to make it out to be. Just because some music/lyrics are popular with a certain set or age group doesn't make it worthwile. For instance, I like hip hop, still I would prefer to listen to some sappy "golden oldies" over aggressive gangsta rap any day.

I'd like to see how on top of things you are when you get to be Bernice's age...assuming you make it that far. Meantime, I'll take Bernice's perspective any day over your nasty, demeaning comments.

4:39 PM  

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