Saturday, January 28, 2012

Polar Bear

In case you hadn't noticed, this is Polar Bear weekend in Carbondale which brings several thousand people into C'dale.  Headquartered at Pinch Penny Pub, it's basically an excuse for lots of drinking, much of it outside.  Hopefully, there will be lots of taxi service or designated drivers around.

Update:  The police are out in force writing tickets for open containers and underage consumption of alcohol and there has been one accident early this morning. According to Mayor Fritzler's Facebook page, a 19 year old man with a blood alcohol content of .273 tried to jump on a passing freight train and failed, causing him to at least lose a leg.

I have to wonder if the bars involved, up to four now in the eleventh year of the event, spend any extra money on security.  They fact that they didn't, choosing to rely solely on the police to help control the event, is one of the reasons Halloween went out of control.  Large quantities of alcohol and large numbers of students never end well.

Update 2:  It appears the original post on the Carbondale for Joel Fritzler Facebook page has been deleted.

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