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I'm currently rereading The Sun Also Rises and just passed the idyllic chapter where Jake and Bill cool their wine bottles in the stream while fishing in Burguete. Now all I can imagine is this scene revised for contemporary times, in which our heroes are fined for illegal consumption of alcohol, fishing without a license, and probably a trespassing charge thrown in for good measure.

Ken Muldrew

Allowing guns is a good idea because you never know when the British might attack, but what's the deal with rollerblades?

mac macgillicuddy

I think prohibiting alcohol is a good idea. Because when you have gun-toting picnickers, it's best to know they aren't likely to be toting under the influence, too.


"Officer Obie, you're arrestin' me for litterin'?"

Doug K

it's witless to arrest people for champagne.. rowdy champagne drunks are not very likely. Still in our fine new world where everything not forbidden is compulsory, rules is rules and must be obeyed.

here's my story. We got married twice, once in a civil ceremony to get an Official Marriage License (since the priest was not an Official Issuer of Marriage Permits), once in church for real. After the civil ceremony, our best man & woman took us to the park to have a picnic with champagne. The Rangers came up to arrest us for drinking in public, listened sympathetically to the story then said, "OK but keep that bottle hidden". That of course was long ago, and in another country.

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