My First, Unfortunate, Job

For the summer, my parents suggested that I get a summer job.  I am 16 years old, which, as my dad will happily tell you, is much older than when he had his first real, big boy job.  I didn’t want a job, nor did I ask for a job.  I didn’t even ask my parents what they thought I should do for the summer.  And, of course, when one parent says something not too outrageous, the other one, if they are a good parent, feels obliged to agree with them, as a part of that whole presenting a united front silliness that parents are always going on about.

So, I got a job at our local grocery stores or supermarket, whichever floats your boat.  The people were nice, and the job seemed easy enough.  I was a stocker.  I stocked the empty parts of the aisles with new products and extra products.  Occasionally, a customer will see me and either frown at me or make some not so subtle noise to indicate that I am unintentionally blocking their path to something that they want off of one of the shelves.

I would, of course, move out of their way, if they asked, or even retrieve what they wanted from the shelf, seeing as how I am already closer than they are, but unfortunately for both of us, I am not, nor have ever been or ever will be or even want to be, a mind reader.

It’s usually in the cereal aisle.

On no remarkable day whatsoever, I was stalking the shelves in the candy aisle.  While some people may daydream in this job about whatever job they wish they had instead of this or what they could be doing on this bright summer day instead of this, I do not that because I am busy stacking and organizing shelves.  I have always taken an unusual pride in being neat and tidy and having everything in perfectly organized stacks, which is why, and don’t tell my parents this or I will deny it until the cows come home, I actually like doing this.  And, the answer is a firm “no” in that I would not rather be out in the sun because it only takes a minute of me being out there for me to get sunburned.

Stalking the candy aisle is fun because of all the new candy that I see and think that I’ll come back later and buy for myself.  There were some kids, maybe 8 or 9 years old, climbing on the shelves.  Before I realized what exactly what they were doing and get them to stop, their weight tipped the shelves and, like a domino effect, every other shelf in the store tipped over because the shelves were just that close together, very similar to the scene in the library in The Mummy(1999).

Everybody was mostly fine, except for a few broken bones, but it’s not like anyone died.  The store did shut down for a few days and vowed to have the aisles farther apart from one another.  A lot of people are threatening lawsuits. I, personally, almost enjoyed being stuck in the candy aisle because I felt as though I could eat whatever I wanted within reach, even if my collarbone was broken.

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Too Much Tragedy

Every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a car they are unknowingly signing the terms of their life away as well as the life of any passenger they may carry. Sadly, our roads have become a cesspool of distraction with a dash of road rage and other odd behavioral occurrences. This domain where pure randomness rules is a result of the growing population in urban areas around the world. The Association for Safe International Road Travel, or ASIRT, has compiled data that gives direct insight into the epidemic of busy roads and busy drivers. Through simple analysis, it becomes evident that our busy road systems should be approached with full alertness and defensive driving knowledge in order to protect human life.

In a tragic incident near Chicago, an automobile accident claimed the life of a pregnant mother, her unborn child, and three of her sons. This wrongful death is a tragedy in full. Due to the actions of a speeding driver an entire family has been torn apart as only the husband and father of the three children survives alone. According to ASIRT, as of 2015, auto accidents claim the lives of 32,166 people nationwide each year. This growing epidemic must see adequate action in order to prevent the continuation of tragedies similar to this Chicago incident. There are multiple levels to the auto accident crisis plaguing the world. In the same list of statistics, ASIRT notes that without any new actions being taken to combat unsafe driving conditions road traffic injuries are set to rise to the fifth leading cause of death by the year 2030. It seems preposterous that the very machines we designed to travel long distances would be killing us off slowly. We can not stand by idly while the auto accident epidemic tears families apart entirely. It is the responsibility of the automobile industry to fund innovations in safety technology as well as more solid building materials for cars.

It is the growing responsibility of organizations such as ASIRT and the Department of Transportation to continue to innovate their systems and future planning that can accommodate for the large increases in population. Specifically the influx of drivers on roadways near major cities throughout the country. This seems to be a common place of occurrence for many of the severe auto accidents plaguing our population. Additionally, this could be the push the U.S. needs to implement light rail systems that have the capacity to move commuters to their destinations. Other developed countries around the world have made great use of these transportation systems, and I believe our country is capable of assembling groups of scientists, engineers, and geographers, in order to craft a transportation system that provides citizens with reliable, ecologically mindful, and most importantly safe options for commuting.

To conclude, in efforts to end the rampant vehicular slaughtering of fellow citizens government agencies should place transportation reinvention as a primary focus for moving our society into a safe future. We can no longer step aside while millions of people each year lose their life to an automobile catastrophe. It is the responsibility of every participating member of society to advocate for this innovation that could potentially save millions of lives.

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Missing teeth is not just about cosmetics, because it can also have an effect on your overall oral health. You can lose bone density because of the available space. Your jaw may shrink and give you an older look. You may also have alignment and chewing problems that will be hard to correct.

One of the most common solutions for missing teeth is a denture. According to the website of Dental Expressions by Dr. Gary Bram, there are two kinds of dentures: partial dentures for one or few missing teeth, and complete dentures for one whole arch. Whatever kind of denture you have, it doesn’t change the fact that you will need to take care of it.

Don’t be too hard on them

Chances are, you paid good money for those dentures. It doesn’t help that they may easily break. Because of this combination, it is ideal to not be too hard on your dentures to prevent breakage. Avoid overexerting on brushing and eating. Also, avoid harmful products like overly strong toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Clean them regularly

Like normal teeth, dentures are prone to bacteria buildup, so you should treat them like how you treat normal teeth – brush them regularly. Again, do not be too hard in brushing and rely on water or denture cleanser to remove food and other particles. As a safety measure, you can place a towel below the dentures while cleaning, so they don’t break if you accidentally drop them.

Clean your mouth whenever you remove them

Natural oral hygiene is still important even if you already rely on dentures. Your mouth can still accumulate bacteria and create other oral problems. Use a soft toothbrush to clean your natural teeth, tongue, cheek, and the roof of your mouth.

Soak them overnight

Most dentures need to be soaked to retain their shape, so it is ideal to soak yours when you remove them at night before going to bed. Seek your dentist’s advise on how you will soak your dentures, but usually, dentists recommend soaking them on a denture solution.

Wash them before reinserting in your mouth

Denture solutions may contain chemicals and other harmful substances. To avoid bodily reactions like burning and vomiting, rinse the dentures first before putting them back into your mouth.

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The National Safety Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental public service organization that promotes health and safety in the U.S. by helping minimize the alarmingly high number of preventable injuries and deaths in working environments, homes and communities, records about 70, 000 pedestrians accidents in every year. Of these, about 4, 500 are fatal or end in the victim’s death a few days following the accident.

Crash analysis show that fatal pedestrian accidents occur more frequently in rural areas where there is lighter traffic, where pathways are poorly illuminated at night, and where there are usually no sidewalks where pedestrians can walk safely. In urban areas or cities, where pedestrian activities and the volume of cars are always high, pedestrian accidents are usually non-fatal.

Ensuring the safety of pedestrians is a major traffic concern for the simple reason that all Americans become pedestrians at certain times of the day. This is because the term “pedestrian” refers not only to a person walking, but to anyone who is on foot, including someone running or jogging, or a person standing at a street corner. If a car driver can sustain severe injuries in an accident, more so will a pedestrian who has nothing, whatsoever, to protect his/her body from the impact caused by an approaching vehicle. Thus, an accident can easily result to severe injuries or, worse, untimely death.

Drivers play a major role in significantly reducing incidences of pedestrian accidents. To help drivers accomplish this effectively, some car manufacturers have taken the initiative of designing their new car models with the latest safety devices that will enable a car to detect the presence of pedestrians (and cyclists) meters ahead and make it to stop (or slow down) even without driver input – this is in the hope of lessening the force of impact or totally eliminating the possibility of crashing into anyone or anything. One example of these safety devices is the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake.

According to Ontario car accident lawyers of Mazin & Associates, PC, “If drivers exercised the bare minimum of caution, numerous pedestrian injuries would be prevented. Most causes of pedestrian accidents are deemed the fault of the driver for the simple reason that pedestrians always have the right of way. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Disobeying traffic signs and signals
  • Failure to signal while turning

Holding the appropriate party accountable for your pedestrian accident is complex because of a legal theory called “contributory negligence,” in which the defense may argue that your own actions contributed to your injury. This defense prevents you from receiving the full amount of restitution that you deserve, however, with help from a seasoned car accident lawyer, you may just get the compensation that you legally deserve.”

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“Slip and fall” or “trip and fall” is one of the most common types of accident that injure many people. Injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents include minor bruises, head injuries, neck, back and spine injuries, broken hips or broken pelvis, and torn tendons and ligaments.

According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization, slip and fall accidents:

  • are the number one cause of accidental injury;
  • account for over 1 million hospital emergency room visits (records from the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Injury Facts show more than 8 million slip and fall accidents in the U.S. every year, though);
  • result in more than 31 days away from work, making these the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older (based on records from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics );
  • cause half of all accidental deaths in the home (these falls are at ground level, not from an elevation);
  • often result to hip fractures, which are the most serious slip and fall injuries. These injuries lead to the greatest health problems and most number of deaths;
  • caused the death of more than 15,000 people (over the age of 65) in 2005 (in 2004, fatal slip and fall accidents was only 7,700, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);

Floors and flooring materials, says the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), also contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.

Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, including in stores, restaurants, churches, malls, supermarkets, theaters / arenas / stadiums, parks and playgrounds, food courts, swimming pool areas, retirement homes, parking lots, workplaces and private homes.

These can be caused by wet and slippery floors, cluttered floors, icy walkways, torn carpet or mats, loose floor tiles, floorboards or broken or loose stair treads or handrails, damaged sidewalks, ditches and potholes, or inadequate lighting.

In its website, the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., makes emphasis on the fact that “property owners are required by law to warn guests and visitors of anything that could cause them harm on their property, and to then reasonably address those dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, there are far too many property owners who fail to maintain safety on their estate or warn guests of any dangers that may be present, resulting in unsuspecting visitors suffering serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

When property owners fail to uphold their responsibilities and others suffer harm as a result, they can be held accountable for the effects of their negligence and carelessness.

individuals have a right to safety whenever they visit another person’s or company’s property, and when property owners fail to provide for the safety of guests and visitors,” then visitors can pursue legal actions to seek compensation for their sufferings, injuries and other damages.

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