Antelope Valley Press

Drinking and driving is dangerous

- Hints from Heloise

Dear Heloise: Before the recent holiday break, my son and his college friends went to a party. They had a little too much to drink, and on the way back to the dorms, they were pulled over by the police.

Needless to say, the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. Please warn your readers about drinking and driving. My son and his friends might be young, but they all knew better than to mix alcohol and stupidity.

While they didn’t have an accident, and no one was physically injured, the ramificati­ons from their actions have had some serious consequenc­es. The friend who was driving was asked to leave his fraternity. (Apparently, this was just one of several infraction­s of the house rules.) His father took away his car since it was in his father’s name, and his insurance now costs more.

On top of all this, his fiancee dumped him, returned his ring and won’t speak to him. It’s been a lesson learned the hard way.

— Mom in Colorado Mom in Colorado, I’m glad they have seen what can happen, and they’re very lucky that things weren’t worse. If the driver had hit another car or person, he could be facing a prison sentence.

Tell your son to always have a designated driver who doesn’t drink. The boys can take turns in rotation, or they could try not drinking alcohol at parties. They’ll definitely feel better the next day.

— Heloise

Bridegroom­s trousseau

Dear Heloise: When my son announced that he was getting married, I decided to take him shopping to buy a few nicer things than he’s normally used to wearing. For his job, he wears a uniform, but when he’s off work, he dresses like a bum. He has a sports jacket, but not a suit. He’s in top physical form (has to be for his job), but has no interest in clothing other than the fact that it keeps you from being naked.

So, I bought him the following for his trousseau:

• Three nice dress shirts.

• Three nice ties.

• A dark gray suit.

• Four T-shirts.

• Six pairs of socks.

• Underwear.

• A robe and slippers.

• A nice leather belt.

• One pair of jeans.

• Two knit golf shirts. I can well afford this expenditur­e, and since the bride and groom are paying for the wedding themselves, I’m happy to provide new clothing for my son.

— Lorraine N. St. Paul, Minn. Lorraine, that’s a great idea. A lot of men pay little attention to fashion, so many need a few updates to their wardrobes.

— Heloise

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