Come on! Drink the champagne to celebrate and socialize and be convivial! Ten years of suffering Cary's Puritanism and this is what we get? More of the straitjacketed same.
As a youth, I drank alcohol, I smoked tobacco, I smoked pot. Alcohol, now I drink one or two on the weekend. The smoking I haven't done for years. But I am healthier for it; I understand how substances work, and how people work because of these experiences, and I'm proud to declare my president Barry Obama has a similar perspective. We are open to experience and to humanity. I was never in danger of addiction or death, and the letter writer's tone here indicates he is of the same fiber, too.