On Saturday Jenna and I attended the High Risk Driver class all day; I spoke at about 3:00. She especially liked the "cop talk" (a police traffic investigator explains the rules and consequences of the road and answers audience questions). Jenna's question: If someone has a BAL (blood alcohol level) of .169 4.5 hours after a crash, what is the estimate of his BAL at the time of the crash? The officer said it depends on who you ask. Defense attorney's say BAL increases for up to 3 hours or so after the person stops drinking and prosecutor's say it decreases. It seems to me someone would have already tested this somehow!
|Zach Waddle and Libby Davis|
Tuesday was MIP (Minor in Possession) class. I changed my story significantly for this, focusing more on a younger Dustin and talking more about Ashawntae, the 18 year old who killed a man, went to prison, isn't able to be with his new baby, lost his girlfriend, whose Mom has visited only twice, will never be able to drive again, and has a homicide on his record. As usual, I had Dustin's urn and showed a picture of him in his coffin but this time I also took the bike. The organizers asked me to bring the bike every time. I was also invited to a Business Breakfast in March and if I can't make it (I'll make it!), asked if I could trust them with the urn and bike...I'm pretty possessive of those
Thursday I spoke at another DUII class. Presenting with me was a man who has made a huge impact on me. While drunk, he killed a mom and her two daughters - 4, 8 months - and severely injured the dad who was driving; fortunately the 2 year old boy was with Grandma and Grandpa. He plead guilty and was in prison for 8 years. I first heard him when I sat in on this class before I started speaking myself. This man has thought it all out from every angle. It's like he steps into my mind and understands my thoughts and feelings and then puts them into words that even I can't say. He makes me feel incredibly hopeful. I wish everybody hurt by Dustin's death could hear this man. (And you can; I can take guests with me any time).
So far for March:
|Steph Routh with Sam Adams|
*3/9, 3/11, 3/12, 3/23: my four regularly scheduled High Risk Driver and DUII classes
*3/20: Business Breakfast for Oregon Impact
In April (besides my four regular classes):
*4/6, NW Freethought Conference and presentation of the first annual Dustin Finney Award
May: the usual four +
*5/31-6/2: The Compassionate Friends annual Seabeck Retreat (I can't wait!)
June: the usual four +
*6/26 or 6/27, presenting about the Facilitated Dialogue Program at the annual NW Justice Forum at Clackamas Community College
Hopefully my calendar will fill out more in the coming months with an even larger variety of events and opportunities for me! (And Jenna. Come on, Jenna!)