If a lawyer is running ads in a bathroom, you may want to think twice about hiring him.

While out and about today, I noticed some conspicuous advertising. I posted this first on my personal blog, but when I realized that I had a picture that included attorney Russ Whitener on it, I needed to post this here on Duke City Fix, too.

I'm still in Albuquerque, as I've noted previously, and thus I missed out on what could have been my first ever experience of an earthquake. I called up a good friend of mine there when I heard about it, and she was like, "Ho hum, the ground shook a bit, but it wasn't anything to write home about. Good times." I'm sure had I been there myself, I would have completely exaggerated the whole event in my head, and convinced myself that the ground shook so much it knocked me on my ass. But I wasn't there, and so am still left without ever experiencing such a natural phenomenon.

What I did get to do today, though, was go out to lunch. Robert and I met up with a friend of ours neither of us had seen in far too long. When you meet up at 11:30 and don't leave until 2:30, you know you've had a nice time.

At some point during the meal, I had to excuse myself to use the restroom. And, awkward as it is to admit this, I couldn't resist taking a picture of something that caught my eye while there. Ever heard of Johnny Boards? Basically, the concept is that an ideal placement for advertisements is in a place people always have to go: the John.

Normally, I don't think much of it, but today was a different story. It pretty much speaks for itself.

Johnny DWI

And I think it definitely merited taking a picture in the restroom. Just saying.

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Comment by Pat O. on July 30, 2008 at 8:33am
My aunt was disabled by repetitive stress injuries when she worked as a mail sorter for the Postal Service in Indiana (this happened in the Sixties, before OSHA and automated mail sorters). The injuries affected her hands, arms and back. She was eligible for SS Disability, but Social Security disallowed her request. That's where a Social Security disability lawyer stepped in, and got benefits for her.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on July 30, 2008 at 9:15am
It's a shame that State DOT (and/or Bernalillo County) felt they should pay for their "DWI- you can't afford it" ad. EVERY Bar in the city and county should be REQUIRED to display whatever may be the latest marketing campaign for DWI awareness. Over the bar, in the bathrooms, at the door, in the parking lot, subliminal mindfuck, whathaveyou... small aside, the campaign should have said, "DWI- you can't afford it, unless you have the same kind of money and connections as Jason Daskalos...."
Comment by Phil on July 30, 2008 at 9:41am
Sophie: Actually, it wasn't even a bar. It was Bumblebee's Baja Grill on Central. I guess that's, in part, why I found it so curious.

Robert: Abuses like that in any form are not cool. I like that at least they had Russ Whitener on the ad, because what's not to love about a tough guy act that involves posing after tearing a tiny piece of paper?

Pat: Sounds like that's exactly what those lawyers are meant to be doing. Sounds like getting that was about as hard as getting Workman's Comp can be.

Masshole: I agree, those ads should be required all over. There's nothing wrong with drinking, and honestly, it's not that hard to be responsible and get a DD. I think New Mexico should step up and fight DWI harder. If they're going to let people off as easily as they seem to, then perhaps it's time they think about barring entry into a bar if you've gotten a DWI.
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 30, 2008 at 9:50am
Phil - now I'm wondering what the ads are in the women's bathroom!

Great to catch up with you and Robert yesterday...
Comment by Zoe on July 30, 2008 at 10:48am
I had a very good friend who had to go on disability. She had to fight like hell to get it. This became progressively harder as her brain was ravaged by her brain tumor. She died. At 31. Left two precious children. So, thank God she won't be mooching from you any longer, Robert.
Comment by Phil on July 30, 2008 at 11:44am
Interesting turn this comment thread has taken. I didn't realize a light-hearted post about advertising placement could spark such passionate debate.

Once banned: You make a good case, to be sure. Neighborhood bars and increased public transportation would definitely be an improvement. I'd be interesting to see some articles about speeding compared to DWI. If you know of any, let me know. However, I think the deeper issue here is that New Mexico has an awful lot of repeat DWI offenders. I don't pretend to know a lot about every issue involved, but I wonder what studies have been regarding alcohol addiction to DWI. So on the one hand, yes, I don't think it's unfair to say that people who receive a DWI should not be drinking. I threw the idea of denying entry into a bar based on that idea. Many people go to bars and enjoy themselves safely, so there's really no one perfect answer. I had jury duty last year and saw some pretty interesting haps go down regarding one woman's DWI; it was eye-opening to see it from that sort of inside perspective.

Once Banned & Zoe: There's no question that systems involving compensation force you to work very hard to receive that funding. I have not had any dealings with SSD, but I have had to file for Worker's Comp, and it took me months just to get the company to cover the cost of x-rays and an ER visit from an accident I had while working. I imagine SSD is an even more difficult process.
Comment by Phil on July 30, 2008 at 6:40pm
Once banned: That would definitely be interesting. Unfortunately, it seems that the actions of few affect the lives of many. Those who do drink responsibly may take offense to the idea that every action they take is under such close scrutiny. For instance, if you had a designated driver, who had had nothing to drink and could thus leave the bar, would that DD be able to take a friend home who is over the legal limit? Ensuring that they leave safely would mean walking them out to the car and watching them leave, or keeping an eye on them via security cameras, or what have you.

The reason I'd be interested in seeing a study about people who have had DWIs is because I think it might be telling to learn why it is that someone intoxicated chose to get behind the wheel of a car. Sure, judgment is impaired, but there's got to be something else going on to trigger that decision. Social stigma? Family difficulties? Depression? Reasons are most likely limitless, but I'm curious if there might be common thread(s). Of course, now that I think about it, I think back on the DWI case from my jury duty, and it seemed to me that her reason for driving was just her making a stupid decision. I guess she was "having too much fun" and got carried away in the moment, or something. The more I think about this, the more miffed I become.
Comment by Jeremy Jojola on July 30, 2008 at 7:17pm
"There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary."

-Brendan Behan
Comment by Pat O. on July 30, 2008 at 9:52pm
It depends on how viscous the testosterone fueled vicious check was.
(as he descends again into maniacal weirdness).
Comment by Phil on July 30, 2008 at 11:29pm
But, the Sex Pistols are way more fun than ripping checks you don't want to cash. When I first saw Russ Whitener's ads, with the giant semi-trucks in the background, I thought he was aiming for major competition against Ron Bell. But I guess Ron Bell was his inspiration. Or something.

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