Now to what the title of this is about: I overheard the landlord discussing on the phone, whilst being a little slurred from consuming a little Brandy (I have to admit, at least his drinking has class, and he's actually a fun drunk, cause he's kind of nuts in the first place), that the drunken neighbor may be serving a year and a half in jail. I don't know if this is true, and I don't know if I necessarily agree with such a long punishment. Said neighbor is actually a good guy, but obviously mixed up and in need of help either from his failing lifestyle (the guy is at least 40 and he does not hold down a regular job) or his drinking (apparently he has a DUI on his record, or more than one, and has lost his driver's license because of it), though most likely from both aspects. If we had the State programs to give him help I would agree with giving him help, since he clearly needs it. But since we don't have those programs, jail time is all we have to offer. Should he go to jail? Yes, of course. He went freaking crazy and was far too drunk for any sensible person to be. He assaulted three people on purpose and hurt another man by accident. Jail time is necessary and I imagine now that he is sobered up he is realizing to some extent how much he has screwed up.
So, that's the random bit of news for the day. One and a half years of jail time. Maybe things were worse that I was told?