The German government trusted me to walk into a kiosk and buy a beverage that was 5 percent alcohol and it trusted that I could drink it wherever I wanted. Occasionally in the parks here you'll see some people drinking. If they are white and drinking wine, they are often unmolested by the law, whereas if they are black and the alcohol is in a brown paper bag, they probably will be. But even those white citizens are in violation of the law. Once, CP food writer Ryan Detter, photographer J.M. Giordano, and some others of us were drinking some of Detter's homebrew in a Mount Vernon park. A cop came up and told us that it was cool as long as we kept it out of sight. "But if a neighbor calls, I'll have to cite you. And if you don't have ID I'll have to take you in." He didn't want to do that, but we have a system that forces him to put limits on our freedom.