As state legislatures reconvene, the annual search for a cause we can all believe in renews. One of the most likely subjects is Texting While Driving.
Opposing texting drivers is an ideal political position. Everybody is against it. Everyone knows someone who does it. It is widely believed that teenagers, evil offspring and non-voters that they are, are the most likely texting suspects.
Even those who admit texting while driving know, in their hearts, that they are wrong. that the practice is dangerous, and that they need to stop.
But Piney Woods Pete happened upon a more insidious evil yesterday – texting while peeing.
I walked into the flat woods McDonald’s to check the facilities and there he stood at the urinal, hanging out, both thumbs engaged on his Blackberry keyboard.
Friends, I went about my business at a nearby porcelain unit. I carefully washed my hands and moved to the automatic hand dryer.
Another patron entered the room and went through the drill. Still the texter hung at his urinal, engaged with his keyboard.
Probably writing a letter to his state senator urging draconian measures against texting while driving.