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Last Call by Daniel Okrent
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Valerie Well, not quite a complete fall. I remember when my uncle's aunt died, and they buried her near her home. But that was in a 'dry county', and they didn't feel they could give her a proper wake there: so they came home for the farewells.

That had an odd sequel, because that same night my cousin's girlfriend's father died, and we all had to pile into cars to go up to Chicago to personally deliver money (apparently you can't send money via Western Union without a credit card) so she could get home to the funeral. Those who had been drinking slept most of the way--though we all woke up when we passed a stopped car by the side of the road. It was attached to a trailer which had somehow become engulfed in flames, and we slowed down to consider whether to phone for help. But the fire department arrived almost at once, so we went on.

Prohibition was probably only partly the cause of 'dry counties'--but whatever caused it, it had somem odd impacts.


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