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Old 07-22-2007, 10:30 AM   #1
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Vacation Dilemma

Good Morning,
I have a vacation dilemma. I, my husband and our two children, spent the past week in Tenessee in a rented cabin (rather large to be called a cabin) with my husband's entire family celebrating his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. It was a great week; the weather was interesting, the lake was warm and clean (we spent a lot of time in and on the water), and the company was delightful.
I was however faced with a major dilemma. . . .
What constitutes a "DRY" county or city?
The town and county near where we were staying called themselves a "DRY county." Yet, just about everywhere you could buy beer. The next county over said they were a "DRY county." They actually fit what I consider the propper definition of a dry county, which is "they sell no alcohol." I am not in any way apposed to the consumption of alcohol, I like to have some wine with dinner; which is why I even noticed in the first place and was perplexed by the whole thing.
Anyway, as the story continues, we (myself and two of my sisters in-law) travelled to the next county over (now nearly 40 miles from our point of origin), where we finally found a shop called "Wine and Spirits." Since we were three stubborn women on a mission, we were happy to have the search over. So, we had wine with dinner. The men of course were all happy because they all already had beer.
My question for you, reader (if you made it this far) is:
"What makes a dry city or county dry?" Do they not sell alcohol, do they not serve it, or do they ban it all together?
Oh, by the way, the "Wine and Spirits" shop does not sell beer.

Cheers!
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I dunno, I give up. A dry county is one where they serve their martinis dry??

speaking for myself, I would not like to go anywhere I can't have a dry tini with an olive, the standard of civilization. hehe
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Good Morning,
I have a vacation dilemma. I, my husband and our two children, spent the past week in Tenessee in a rented cabin (rather large to be called a cabin) with my husband's entire family celebrating his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. It was a great week; the weather was interesting, the lake was warm and clean (we spent a lot of time in and on the water), and the company was delightful.
I was however faced with a major dilemma. . . .
What constitutes a "DRY" county or city?
The town and county near where we were staying called themselves a "DRY county." Yet, just about everywhere you could buy beer. The next county over said they were a "DRY county." They actually fit what I consider the propper definition of a dry county, which is "they sell no alcohol." I am not in any way apposed to the consumption of alcohol, I like to have some wine with dinner; which is why I even noticed in the first place and was perplexed by the whole thing.
Anyway, as the story continues, we (myself and two of my sisters in-law) travelled to the next county over (now nearly 40 miles from our point of origin), where we finally found a shop called "Wine and Spirits." Since we were three stubborn women on a mission, we were happy to have the search over. So, we had wine with dinner. The men of course were all happy because they all already had beer.
My question for you, reader (if you made it this far) is:
"What makes a dry city or county dry?" Do they not sell alcohol, do they not serve it, or do they ban it all together?
Oh, by the way, the "Wine and Spirits" shop does not sell beer.

Cheers!
To be a dry city or county means they do not sell any kind of alcohol.
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I'm not so sure about that. I grew up in a small parish that is considered dry.
A few years ago they added wine and beer at select stores but they could only have a certain percent of alcohol to keep the dry label up to par.
They have since added restaurants that can serve liquor though so it is perplexing! LateNight...can you help out?
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Blanchard is DRY, they had a vote on that while no one was looking this was before I moved out that way..

however just passed the blanchard city line are a few convenient stores, with a full line of alcohols to choose from.. saves me from having to DRIVE INTO TOWN for supplies .

In a dry city.. at least in Blanchard anyway.. you CAN brew your own beer, which we've done some of that as well
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I'm not so sure about that. I grew up in a small parish that is considered dry.
A few years ago they added wine and beer at select stores but they could only have a certain percent of alcohol to keep the dry label up to par.
They have since added restaurants that can serve liquor though so it is perplexing! LateNight...can you help out?

Don't know the answers to all that.. True I've heard of some towns that serve that lower alcohol rated beer and wine etc..

They just plain ol' don't sell any in Blanchard.
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I used to travel to Dallas a lot. In North Dallas (Richardson?) near the Galleria, it was dry and you had to buy a membership card for a few bucks and then you could drink. I just considered it a tax as if paying $20 in hotel and parking taxes wasn't enough.
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Since "dry" is a colloquialism and not a legal term, it doesn't have to have a universally accepted definition. It can mean different things to different people.

It can also be relative. If you're from a normal place, any restriction on alcohol would make the city/county you're talking about "dry."
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