Saturday, April 12, 2008 -- 9:35 AM   The weather here has been somewhat weird the last couple of days. On Thursday, most of the city had just a light dusting of snow, while the area in which I live had about five inches. It was cloudy for most of yesterday with temperatures in the 40s, but late in the afternoon it became much cooler, and the snow started coming down heavily even though the sun kept peeking through the overcast skies. I am still hoping that spring is not far away.   I talked to my sister who told me that she had learned our brother had been tried in court on a second charge of DUI. (The first offense occurred twenty-five years ago.)  My brother said that he started drinking about six months ago, which would be about the time that he retired. He was fined $200 and sentenced to 20 days house arrest. I was astounded (or disappointed?) that he got off that easily.   He had apparently gone somewhere and was returning home when he turned into his driveway and struck a woman who was riding on a bike. My brother apparently said that the sun got in his eyes and he could not see her. The way the story goes, the woman and her husband were racing one another at the time. She said that since she was not injured, she did not want to sue my brother.   As I have said in the past, my brother, and I are not close to one another in many ways. Because of this, I have mixed emotions about his getting off so easily. I did not want to see him go to jail, but at the same time, I think his sentence was far too light. (I am probably being too harsh in my feelings because I feel he has both angered and hurt me at various times throughout my life.)   My sister-in-law said that my brother was going to send me an e-mail regarding his trial. I do not really want to get one. Since I feel as though he has pretty much dropped me from his life, I no longer want much to do with him. I do not take rejection kindly, and that is the way I feel he has been treating me.   Quotes for Success:   “When a man is willing and eager, the gods join in.”   Aeschylus