I’m Buzzed, But I’m Happy


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By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz –

My head is a-buzz.

Not with bees. Not with the incessant hum of machinery. Not with the background noise of a city.

My head is buzzing because I’m exhausted.

It’s one thing to be tired from missing a few hours of sleep. It’s another to be in a “zone” where it’s all fuzzy. And I’m there today.

Nope. I didn’t spend a night getting alcohol-blitzed, nor did I eat to explosion.

Rather, I spent an overnight work-shift with the men and women of several police departments, whose job last night was to take drunks off the road, and they did.

The East Valley DUI Task Force starts in the early evening and ends after about 4am.

I was awake all day, then “worked” the overnight shift, all night.

So, I’m buzzed. But I’m happy to know that in our area there were no cataclysms, no enormous wrecks, no families having to be told a dear one was dead, because of a selfish, drunk driver.

We did meet some folks who had begun to try to drive their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and most were sorry for their attempt.

I did see some incredibly supportive and helpful individuals who were working when most of the world was either relaxing or sleeping. Police officers – women and men – who took care to identify the problems of the inebriated drivers, and to treat them with more dignity than they probably deserved. It’s just cops doing their job.

I was there to show them there is a massive group of people – like you and me – who appreciate what they do, even on a long, holiday weekend.

Yes, I’m buzzed, but I’m happy about it. Sleep will come tonight. Drive safely.

Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. is known Valley-wide for his nearly three decades of support for civil and human rights, and the efforts of law enforcement. He regularly lectures on related subjects, while working part-time as Hospital Chaplaincy Coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Contact him at rrlkdd@hotmail.com.

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