I got the following e-mail yesterday -- only 30 hours after launching this blog -- under the subject line: "You have become my new favorite person." Thinking it was yet another offer from an Ivory Coast millionaire, I almost deleted it, but I looked, and found this.
Your PLCB blog and first postings are like the the return of summer to the Arctic after 6 months of darkness. I have been feeling increasingly disgusted and distressed by the alcohol laws in this state and believe that we the citizens need to work to dismantle them. My disgust with the PLCB might have reached its nadir this weekend when I went to buy four bottles of wine at the FXXXX store (the writer said I could post this, but asked me to take out clues to his identity), and was told "you expect me to get your bottles out of the basket?" --- It was about the first time I ever thought about slugging a woman.
My background, Lew, is that PA is the sixth state that I have lived in (which means I have lived in over 10% of the US!). Prior to here I have been in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Washington, and Michigan. Pennsylvania has the worst, most pathethic system for booze purchasing that I have come across in all of the places I have lived, and I would venture, that the laws here might very well be the worst in the country. It pangs me to no end that I can't go to Trader Joes and buy 2-Buck Chuck or beer, or that I can't go up to Whole Foods to buy beer and wine.
What we need is a ballot initiative abolishing the PLCB and privatizing booze sales -- to start with.
Count me in!
And that's just the best one. There have been five other supportive e-mails (besides the comments I've put up on the blog already) already. I've been contacted by a reporter from a major Pennsylvania newspaper about the blog. There are currently 50 votes on the site poll. Visits to the blog tripled on the second day and today's hits are on track to crush that.
Still waiting for my first negative comment. I'm sure it won't take long.