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Friday, March 31, 2017

Don't do it

San Diego is all over the national news, three suicides in two hours. Set some sort of record.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Three people have committed suicide and a fourth jumped from a freeway bridge but survived during a single two-hour period in San Diego County.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a woman ran in front of an Amtrak train in Oceanside shortly before 9:30 a.m. Friday.
About two hours later, a woman jumped from the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. About the same time, a man shot himself on Interstate 8 near Alpine.
There's no word on their identities.
Meanwhile, police say a 38-year-old man closed down a portion of Interstate 5 in San Diego for 21 hours before jumping from the edge Friday morning.
He landed about 15 feet below on a landscaped slope and had minor injuries.
Police negotiators had been talking to the man since Thursday afternoon.
We had another couple yesterday I think, or was that Temecula? Do we get to count that one? Obviously a lot of depression and hopelessness out there, some people are broke, people are getting seriously hooked on narcotics, some people are giving up entirely.

I don't recommend suicide, of course it is your call, but if you are contemplating it you are probably forgetting that there are people out there who love the hell out of you and would miss you deeply. Don't be selfish, think of them.  Thinks will probably look better in the morning. You might call the San Diego County 24-Hour Crisis Line at (800) 479-3339 if you are even considering it.

But I will say that the guy who fell 15 feet and landed on the landscaped slope wasn't trying very hard. If you are going to go through with it you don't need to look like an idiot.

I won't say it drove me to bleak desperation or dark terminal thoughts but I did spend an hour with the phone company trying to figure out why I was getting separate monthly bills for somewhere between one penny and thirteen cents. They say it is for a cloud service which I had never requested and don't want. Three different departments, numerous dropped calls, finally didn't get connected with a group in New York that had gone home for the weekend. Suicide no, homicide, well, was thinking about it...


Anonymous said...

I'm with you, I find the contemplation of homicide much more enjoyable...

Anonymous said...

Blame it on Bush, er, Trump. It's easy.