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Another post-election post [Nov. 8th, 2006|08:11 am]
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I voted in person last night, something I have not done since 1998. I hate voting in person and usually do it absentee, but was too disorganised this year to apply for my absentee ballot. And last night, I was reminded why I hate voting in person.

I had to stand in line to vote. And then, I had to stand in line again to deposit my ballot. But Steve let me leave work early to go do all that standing in line, so hey...

I am very happy with all the results. Particularly Question 1, about selling wine in grocery stores. I was against this, and it was with some of the fervor of a born-again; because I grew up in California, in which state you can not only buy beer and wine from grocery stores, but also real booze, like vodka and whiskey. When I moved eastward, it took some getting used to, this having to go to liquor stores.

No one really does that in California, because the liquor stores usually are more expensive. The big chains undercut their prices, and the little guys can't compete.

But in Massachusetts, the liquor stores are ubiquitous, and, in fact, are far more convenient and easy to get to than supermarkets. And their prices aren't bad; unless they're having a sale, the prices are all pretty much about the same.

But the small liquor stores have something the supermarkets don't have: character. I have grown to love the local packies. The one near my house, where I've been going for 6½ years, and they know me (the woman remembers when I moved in!), the shop on Mass Ave., where until recently Dixie the cat lived, the shop in Southie with the autographed photo of Bobby Orr in midair (and a story to go with it), the store across from the Star Market on Beacon in Somerville that's a shrine to firefighters...every time I go into one, it's not just to get booze, it's to connect with the neighbourhood and have a conversation.

You can't do that in the supermarket. And now that you can buy liquor on Sundays, there's really no need to.

The other night, I was in Liquor World in Porter Square, waiting to buy wine, and a guy from the Radio Shack next door dashed in and asked for one of those little airport bottles of booze. He had his cash all ready, and he was obviously trying to be dicreet. I said enviously, "Dude...if I worked next to a liquor store, I'd be over here all the time!" which got a laugh from everyone withing earshot.

There's something about alcohol that's communal. Why else would people sit in bars and spend as much on 3 beers as they would on a 12-pack at the corner store? You want to share the experience. Obviously, if you're buying it and taking it home to consume, you're going to miss that aspect of it...so getting to interact with other drinkers while buying it will have to suffice.

That's why I voted "No" on Question 1. And that's why I'm pleased to see I was in the majority.

From: ruthling
2006-11-08 01:23 pm (UTC)
that's pretty much the same reason I voted no on that proposition. I lived in NY where wine and beer were in grocery stores and it worked out ok, and I lived in CA and really missed being able to pick up a 6-pack on my weekly shopping. But a) it was wine only and who wants the kind of wine you find in a grocery store and b) why give the big grocery chains more ways to shake us down, I support my local packies, and there are a few really good ones within walking distance of my house, and one ok one two blocks away.
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[User Picture]From: world
2006-11-08 02:10 pm (UTC)
I voted no, too. :) Although I don't know why everyone else did...there could be a couple reasons. I voted no for the same reasons as you, but I was pretty annoyed by the big liquor lobby spending all that $$ to scare people into thinking that it would lead to rampant alcohol problems, blah, blah-I hated to feed into their blatant self-interest, but I'm not doing it for the big liquor guys, I'm doing it for the little ones.
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[User Picture]From: mi_e5150
2006-11-08 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see you are happy with the elections results. I still haven't looked at the results yet. We may be building a target in Davis....
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-11-09 01:15 pm (UTC)
Hehehe...when I think Cambridge is getting out of control, I know there's still a Davis, California, out there...
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[User Picture]From: bjornh
2006-11-10 01:38 am (UTC)
There was some bit about Congress too, right? ;)

I heard that attendance was 42%, and that it was considered relatively high. Compare that to the recent elections here in Sweden, where 82% voted. But then, we do it on Sundays, and the process involves no lines - I went to the poll station, picked the ballots, presented my vote card and ID card, and finished it all in less than three minutes.
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