One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer… Not!
Well, as of 18:15 Eastern Standard Time on January 5, 2009, I have completed 18 trips around the star affectionately known as Sol.
I am legally an adult! Yea!
However, my dad said that mentally I am about 34 years old. Or did he mean 3-4 years old. I’m not sure. Anyway, let’s look at some of the things I can legally do now that I am 18 (Note: some of these only apply to the state of New Jersey):
- Vote (most important thing)
- Buy porn
- Date someone older then 18
- Buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain states.
- Sign my life over to the U.S. military
- Buy and register a firearm (For the exception of handguns, I have to be 21 for those. But who needs a hand gun when you could buy a shotgun?)
- Operate heavy machinery
- Fly and/or fix a helicopter
- Work on high steel construction
- Drive out of state and past midnight. (in NJ you get a “Cinderella” license at 17 which only permits you to drive between 12am and 5am. One of the only laws that I have ever broken more then once.)
- I can now buy paint at Wal-Mart. Because when I was 17 they were afraid that I would sniff the paint.
- I can get married and sign other legally binding documents. (This is never going to happen. Ever.)
- Start a 401k!
- I can waste my money on a lottery ticket.
- Even though paintballs are made of vegetable oil and food coloring, I WAS ONCE REFUSED SERVICE AT WAL-MART BECAUSE I WAS UNDER EIGHTEEN! (But I’m not upset about that…) I can now buy paintballs! This is a very good thing.
Now let’s look at the things I still can not do legally.
Okay, so I can give my life away to my government but I can’t have a drink. I can understand why the drinking age is 21. I mean some of my peers might drink themselves to death if it were legal. And yet 18 is considered old enough to sign a binding contract with the military. Do not get me wrong here, the military is a good way to pay for school and for some kids it’s a good career path. But it is a gamble with your life.
So once more, I am allowed to gamble with my life but not my money, and I can’t have a drink! What’s wrong with this picture?
What are your thoughts about the current drinking and enlistment age requirements?