A beer on Sunday while watching the game seems like the simplest and purest pleasures available. I’m grateful to live in California where I can get my beer on without having to worry about what day of the week it is, and where there is also a good network of distributors of quality stuff readily available at my grocery store instead of the flavorless barley pop that gets sold on the (admittedly, often amusing) commercials. What rational, secular purpose do blue laws serve? I haven’t been able to think of one; such laws exist (in states other than my own) because other people wish to deny me the pleasures I choose out of fear that I will neglect to adhere to their lifestyle choices.
But then again, I’m pretty much pro-booze. Much like our esteemed editor. Looks like he’s found a winner of a beer (read his review, despite the fact that every time I try to jump from here at LOOG to his articles at Forbes, the Forbes website crashes and must reload annoyingly; Forbes.com’s technical issues do not reflect on Erik’s crisp prose about a crisp beverage). So much so that we’re looking to inaugurate a new tradition: celebrating ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment, the fast-adopted repeal to the only time the federal Constitution has been used to restrict individual freedom.* For that purpose, I’m soliciting cocktails that were popular in the 1930’s. I’m already well-versed with the aviation cocktail — but if you know of more like that, please post the recipe in the comments section!
* Debatably, the Twenty-Second Amendment prohibits the freedom of voters to elect a President to a third term of office; two popular Presidents (Reagan and Clinton) would have had reasonable shots at third terms. However, limiting the amount of time a single person can hold on to that much power, IMO, safeguards rather than diminishes liberty.