Geographic.....

..... so I arrive home yesterday from a great overnight camping trip in the mountains with Elisson to find The Missus dutifully scrambling eggs for us.... hey, you can't beat that, eh?.... due to the snowfall that night & early morning, we had decided to eat a pretty light breakfast, rekindle the fire, and break camp whilst staying warm..... and arriving home at lunchtime to leftover pot roast, corn bread muffins, and freshly scrambled eggs was just plain awesome.... goodness knows that we were both ready for a hot lunch after hiking down the mountain......

.... and since I was dog-tired by the time cocktail hour arrived late that evening, I was given the keys to the television..... after watching a few nature shows and a re-run of Groundhog Day, I settled in on a documentary about crystal meth on the NatGeo channel... after all, McMinn county is pretty well known for drugs of all types, it would be educational for The Missus - considering her job - to know a bit more about meth....

.... halfway through the program?.... imagine my surprise when they shifted away from "the global meth network", "chemical composition", "production", etc - to the "fight against meth"..... and yes, gentle rubberneckers, guess where the last thirty minutes of the hour-long episode focused, hmmm?..... Athens, frickin' Tennessee.... less than ten miles from my own front door..... check this out..... here's part of the clip...

... it's odd to be watching TV and think..... "wow.... see that guy laid up at Vandy?.... hell, I went to high school with him..... fifteen years ago he used to date my cousin..."

.... "Drugs Inc. - Meth"..... of all the natural beauty, mountains, streams, wildlife, and history that National Geographic finds here in east Tennessee, it's a shame that they were forced by necessity to cover the meth scene instead..... don't get me wrong, I am hugely glad that they made the show for educational purposes.... I just wish my little corner of Tennessee didn't have such a huge, horrible, nasty-assed problem.....

by Eric on February 11, 2011 | Bullshit (6) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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Unfortunately it's in most of our little corners also.
Sad, sad. To think of so many people trying to escape from or to whatever demons afflict them and the costs both to the general public but especially those near and dear to them.

The boy in the hospital bed had apparently already lost his family and his mother is losing her life to help care for him.

Where does it end?

Bullshitted by kdzu on February 11, 2011 11:10 PM

... trust me, Kdzu, I don't have any of the answers....

Bullshitted by Eric on February 12, 2011 04:02 PM

This is so sad. I've been to your little corner of the world and it seems like a slice of heaven. I'd never have guessed that a slab of hell exists there as well, yet we all know it does... everywhere. I worry often for my children.

Bullshitted by Bou on February 12, 2011 10:31 PM

I am willing to bet that 'Mark" will be back at it after less than a year despite the doctor saying it is a life changing injury. Welfare will just not do it for him and I would bet he won't do anything else. I would like to be proven wrong and find out he becomes atruly useful member of society as in a model citizen type who pays off his hospital bills (oh I forgot he is covered by bama care) but I don't believe it for a moment. It would be interesting to see a follow-up about him in a year. I pity the good people who live near guys like him and there dens of doom.

I am pretty happy that I have never had to hit a meth lab. I have heard horror stories of LEOs becoming deathly ill from exposure to some of the chemicals. Up here in the NE, have been out on may drug raids but luckily never to a lab like one of those. Retirement will put an end to all that at the end of this year though, and I am looking forward to never dealing with anyone even remotely like him again.

All the best,
GB

Bullshitted by Glenn B on February 13, 2011 09:24 AM

Not much better out this way. According to tales Missouri is the number one exporter in the country of the damn stuff. But the usage locally isn't all that high. Kind of a modern day moonshine..that kills you.

Bullshitted by BloodSpite on February 14, 2011 12:27 PM

Farm/rural communities are a hotspot for meth making - not only because they are hidden, but for the access to anhydrous ammonia. It is a big problem here in OK. In NM the drug of choice was cocaine. Everyone knew who the drug dealers were - they were your students, parents of your students, your close friends etc. Years back there was a big sting operation and drug bust. It was amazing how many people I knew who were arrested. And then there is the alcohol and heroin problems in the area. Just google black heroin and NM will pop up.

Bullshitted by Lou on February 15, 2011 08:00 AM