December 03, 2003
I went to Beaver Dam, Kentucky to attend my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary celebration. I believe that it was 1978, but I am not certain. I remember that I was still playing guitar for a living at the time and I had long hair. I met up with my cousin Ernie again and we went to bust a few racks at the local pool hall. Beaver Dam is in a dry county, too. At least it was back then.
I got thirsty and wanted a beer. I asked the proprietor of the pool hall if I could get a drink around here.
"This is a dry county," he replied. "You need to go to Owensboro to buy likker."
"That's not what I asked," I replied. "Can I get a drink around here?"
"You two are Clarence and Halie's grandson's, aren't you?" I affirmed his suspicions. The next thing I heard was the crack of beer cans opening and he handed Ernie and me two cold beers that he poured into plastic cups. "That'll be two dollars. You boys play on the back table and pitch those cups if I tell you to." We did as we were told and had several other beers afterward. Dry county, my Cracker ass.
Prohibition works. Oh, yes, it does.
Some interesting Kentucky facts...
Kentucky has more whiskey distilleries than any other state in the union.
Kentucky also has more dry counties than any other state in the union.
A few of the distilleries are located in dry counties.
And then there is Lynchburg, TN. A dry county housing the Jack Daniel's Distillery.
Oh how the memories come rushing back. Walker County, Alabama is a dry county. But I knew every drinking establishment very well and the bootleggers. No sir, I never needed a drink, I had one!
Back when my grandfather was a circuit judge in Wolfe, Powell, and Breathitt counties, I used to go with him to watch trials. I once noticed a huge stack of cases of confiscated beer in his office. I asked him what they did with it. He said, "Oh, the officers take it out and...dispose of it."
Later on, when my uncle became judge, I noticed the same stacks of cases of beer. In his garage.
I live in Oldham County KY, it's dry. . .just voted to allow booze by the glass in restaraunts. Now they call it a "moist" county. I dunno why but that cracks me up.
Moist, it's even fun to type.
Hell... I usually dispose of beer, too. One can at a time.
Lawmakers do not make counties dry because of their religious agendas. They are making money hand over foot through kickbacks.
Amen to SUGARMAMA
The reason we have a war on drugs -- and don't give me any crap about there being a difference between alcohol and other drugs -- is because there is just WAY too much profit in it. I've talked to soldiers who, during the late 80's, were posted on the mexican/U.S. border. No matter how many times they requested permission to interdict and investigate "mules" they were observing with night vision equipment, they were told to stand down, because "local authorities were being notified."
When will people learn?
Couple of points...
First, Hi Terry. We're almost neighbors. I live in Bullitt county and sometimes have to drive up to LaGrange to service medical equipment at the hospital there.
In KY, lawmakers don't make counties dry. Here, the issue is voted on by the population at large of the city or county. It's called "local option" and it's in the Constitution. We have a few localities where the largest town is wet while the rest of the county is dry. For example, Hardin County, near Ft. Knox is dry, while Elizabethtown, the county seat, is wet.
I live in and worked a dry county for my whole adult life. Doesn't cut down on drinking but it sure adds to the DWIs and traffic fatalities.
There were other costs, too. One gang of semi-smart thieves figured out how long it toook one of us off the street to process a DWI. They'd watch the nests of bars and package stores on the county line, call in the drunks, follow from a distance until we caught up with the drunks and then go steal tractors and boats and stuff. Worked right up 'til they met Farmer Brown, his dog and his 12 gauge.