Happy Repeal Day!

December 5 isn’t widely celebrated as a landmark date in our nation’s history, but d-d-d-ammit it sh-sh-should be (sorry, got the sh-shakes). Because on this day in 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and ending Prohibition.

Happy Repeal Day, Kansas City!

Go ahead, celebrate with a drink on me at Plaza III. Ask for Smitty. Have’m put it on my tab. Just to tide you over, here a are a few drinking related classics, good and bad, via YouTube. Maybe some of you more enterprising and patriotic MP3 bloggers could make us a Repeal Day mix?

Tom Waits, “Tango ‘Til They’re Sore” (Letterman broadcast, 1986)

Straight to the master. Tom’s intro says it all: “This is about a guy who fell out of the window on New Year’s Eve, and the only thing that broke is fall was the fact that he had a little confetti in his hair. Needless to say, he doesn’t go anywhere without a little … confetti in his hair.” (By the way, if you were thinking “The Piano Has Been Drinking,” then you’re probably the type of person who ruins Tom Waits for me every chance you get. Please stop.)

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