I know, I know, I know. I suck. At a time when revolutionary happenings have been taking place all over the world and crazy stuff has been going on stateside, the humble host of this blog has been absent. Lots going on in my world, and I haven’t had a lot of time to write. Sorry to disappoint all three of you readers. :-/  I’ll do my best to get back onto the blogging scene, whether it be with some pointless and inane story or something with substance.

Today, it’s the former. This one’s a real winner as far as stupid stories go. Check it:

A former president of the defunct local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was arrested recently by the Gainesville Police Department on a DUI charge.

Debra Oberlin, 48, was arrested after she had difficulty on a field sobriety test. She registered a .234 and .239 on breath alcohol tests. Florida’s legal limit for driving is .08.

Oberlin, a Realtor, had no comment when contacted Thursday by The Sun.

On Feb. 18 at 1:10 a.m., an officer spotted Oberlin driving erratically on Northwest 19th Street, swerving and crossing lanes, an arrest report states. Oberlin was pulled over in the 3600 block of Northwest 39th Avenue.

The officer wrote that Oberlin smelled of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot and dilated eyes. The report states that Oberlin told the officer she had four beers.

Gainesville’s MADD chapter existed for several years in the 1990s before closing in 1996 because of lack of financial support. Oberlin was the chapter president for three years.


So if I’m reading this correctly, the president (OK, former president) of a group whose sole purpose is to make the lives of drunken drivers miserable wound up being a drunken driver herself. Huh. Next, I suppose we’ll find out the president of PETA has taken up dog-fighting. 

This isn’t an attack on the organization itself. I mean, despite this story and the fact that this particular Gainesville chapter closed due to limited funding, I think MADD is still (at least on the surface) a notably organization on a national front. Driving under the influence – much like doing certain other things under the influence – has always been a bad look. So when people stand up and rally against that kind of irresponsible behavior, it can be described as applaudable. But when those people turn right around and engage in the same said behavior, another word immediately comes to mind: