73. My Point Is
Right after lunch I heard The Other Ken and Bitsi (Bridget The Super Intern) talking with Marjorie. They had surprised her with the breathalyzer. She had blown a .05 and admitted to drinking wine with her meal.
Marjorie pointed out that .05 was below the legal limit. She objected to Bitsi testing her. “Under Pennsylvania law only nurses and cops can administer drug tests,” she claimed. She accused The Other Ken of being culturally insensitive, arguing wine with meals was part of her heritage. She threatened to sue us under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “Addiction is a disease,” Marjorie said. “You have to make accommodations for me.”
The Other Ken pointed out no such law existed, and he wasn’t required by the ADA to allow people struggling with addiction to use their drug of choice. He could have argued about her culture, but he wisely chose not to. He knew there was no point. I thought about pointless arguments that I’d almost been drawn into. These were arguments about opinions unlikely to be changed by emotion or reason. There were better ways to use my time and energy.
Today I will avoid pointless arguments.
Sober Not Somber © 2015, 2016 by Ken Montrose
(Just a reminder: Sober Not Somber is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone you might know is purely coincidental.)