I observe Lent by abstaining from alcohol. For over a decade I've experienced annual booze-friendly events including spring training, opening day, SXSW, St. Patrick's Day, spring break and March Madness without a drop of liquor. I usually don't think much about it until Easter nears. It's different in 2009. Helplessly watching the world's economy collapse, I've already felt a strong desire to gulp shots of Maker's Mark. And I don't even drink whiskey. It's going to be a long forty days.