I am somewhat of a habitue of the Lakeshore Boulevard West neighbourhood in Toronto. A few blocks from hearth (computer) and TCM, it houses my laundromat, my bank, a variety of grocery and dollar stores, coffee shops, a 7-11 and my Avon lady. While going about my routine of laundry, coffee and checking the lotto I noticed an interesting and somewhat disturbing phenomenon. There is generally a line-up for The Beer Store which opens at 10:00 am. A line-up of men and women of varying ages and backgrounds. Most of them have carts with empties. None of them look happy to be there. A line-up? Is there a prize for the first customer of the day? Are they afraid the corporation will run out of product? This is the Lakeshore. I find the proximity and view of Lake Ontario to be bracing and inspiring. I find the view of a line-up at The Beer Store simply makes me sad.