I’ve been to Salt Lake City and Park City twice. While I think the region is very pretty, I was taken aback by the weird laws there. Specifically, the alcohol laws. I had about an inch of ale left in a glass and the waitress wouldn’t put down my second glass until I finished the first. She said it’s the law. I had to order food to get a drink. The margarita I had at a different restaurant was the weakest I’ve ever had. They actually had meters on the bottles that measured out exactly one shot of alcohol, unlike here where the bartender pours into the jigger, dumps the jigger into the glass, and continues to pour from the bottle. I guess you can get around these bizarre laws by joining a “club”, but I usually don’t just go out to drink and I don’t drink that much anyway. (Still, I find it odd that in other states I can’t just walk into a supermarket and buy spirits.)
Now “the world” is going to visit SLC. There will be people who routinely drink beer, wine and spirits as part of their daily cultures. I can imagine a German tourist saying, “Was meinen Sie, dass Ich kann kein Bier kaufen?” (Sorry. It’s been a long time since I’ve spoken German. :o ) Or a Frenchman or Italian who can’t understand why he can’t have a glass of wine.
GQ: How will this be handled? Will the laws be suspended during the Olympics? Will there be “international zones” where alcohol consumption will be permitted? Will people simply be told they can’t drink, when they’ve been doing so responsibly their “entire lives”?