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THE PLANK JUNE 21, 2007

Blue Laws

It's a sad day for my hometown, where the Boston City Council is debating the enforcement--or at least the
encouragement--of sippy cups for grown-ups, that is protective lids on cocktails to
prevent ne're-do-wells in the Hub's bars from any kind of funny business:

Critics say adding a flimsy plastic cover would remove the cachet
from holding a gin and tonic. Carrying a cosmopolitan classic suddenly isn't so
sophisticated with a protective covering, and something seems lost when you have to
remove a piece of plastic to get to the pineapple spear in your pina colada.

"How am I going to get the olive out of my martini with a cocktail cover?" Councilor John
Tobin said jokingly. "How about we do crazy straws, like the squiggly ones? Or why
don't we just give everyone a thermos, or a fanny pack that you slide your drink into?"

Kind of makes you want to drink.

--Samuel Jacobs

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