Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Columbia's Beer Memorial

CNN has an interesting post up about the fact that today, April 7, 2008 is the 75th anniversary of the repeal on prohibition, that 14 year drought period in American history labeled our greatest Constitutional Mistake in a distant second to Slavery. So how did we Columbians (I suppose now that I've been living here for 7 years I can call myself that instead of a Cheravian) mark the occassion?

Well as far as partys go, I don't think we did. But we did repeal some of the vestiges of Prohibition that persists throughout this state to this day last week, and we saw the first retail sales of Alcohol on Sundays.

From The State:

Bi-Lo on Devine Street got a taste of celebrity on Sunday.
The store, one of the first of several retailers in Columbia to get approval from the S.C. Department of Revenue to sell beer and wine on Sunday, increased staff and ordered more beer before the big day.
It was a good thing.
Very little changed about the store’s usual Saturday late-night pattern of drawing mainly college-age customers.
Noticeably absent, employees said, was the 11:50 p.m. rush of customers trying to get in under the buzzer.
It was later in the morning, when employees started noticing unfamiliar faces among the regular Sunday customers, that they knew the tide had turned.

To bad we couldn't bring in some of those horses or any character actors. Maybe next year. All I know is that I'm going to celebrate tonight with a frosty mug of the brew. Cheers!

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