I married a man who wins cakes, relentlessly. Raffles, cakewalks, school carnivals, town festivals, if the prize was cake-related, he was the Man. The Cake Man. When he was 16 he rocked a cake walk in the town of West, Texas (which is in west Texas, believe it or not. Have you noticed that Texans are somewhat....less than sibilant with their town names? Sheesh.) It was a 4th of July Town Festival and he just started winning cakes. By this time he was riding high on three years worth of victorious cakes. The Eagle Scouts cake raffle, the school carnival cake walks, he was the Pied Piper of cakes, a cake magnet. I think by the time of the Texas cake walk he was entering cake walks for the thrill involved; I think he planned on throwing them back. He bought his ticket, stood on the starting number in the circle and the music began. I imagine polka music at first, followed by some country western ("we have both kinds!") and then, scrraatch! *SFX: Sound of record needle scratching against record, just believe me, all you who've never heard that.* The music stopped. He won a cake. And another. And another. He said that after the 5th cake people were starting to revolt. Rumors started flying, the cake walk was fixed, that damned furriner was taking all their cakes; the California Cake Walk Kid was robbing them blind. I can just imagine them, starting to feel for their .44's, eyes narrowing. He started giving cakes away. He won more. Finally after NINE CAKES IN A ROW, he lost & you could almost hear the guns slide back into holsters. He never walked another cake walk, figuring he better quit while he was still alive. They take their cakes walks seriously in the Lone Star State. Beware.
So I bring this up because today B and I went to Salinas to pick up G from a 2 night stint with Grandma (woohoo!). We met them at the little school carnival around the corner. When G first saw us she started to run towards us on the lawn with her arms open wide, her red hair glinting against the green grass, blue eyes flashing. "Hi! Hi!" she yelled. It was a moment.
Grandma followed behind, slowed by some bulky parcels in her arms. "Guess who won her first cake?" she said. Yes, our Amazing Miss G cleaned up at the school carnival cake walk. Dark chocolate with rainbow sprinkles.
Cake Walk Gene vs. Hobbit Feet Gene
Apparently there's a Cake Walk Champion gene, and my daughter has inherited it. I'm glad B passed on this trait, I'd much rather have cake winners in the family, rather that than say, some of the other possible family traits like myopia (both of us), lateness (me) or the hairy, hobbit feet gene which is definitely from his side of the family.....
I always wanted to have an all day concert with local punk bands that had a cake walk in between bands because then you could bill it as a 'Punk Rock Cake Walk', words that sound really great together.
I haven't been around the local punk scene since high school (just a couple of semesters ago, really *cough cough*) so I've settled for a 'Root Beer Float Blanket Fort Party' which is also really hard to say. But very fun to do. Maybe we need to have another........
And a word to Susan, author of 'The Bricks in the Cave' -I love your story! I'm trying to write a book review to do it justice, which is hard. I've blog rolled your site, meanwhile, and hope to have a review soon! Thanks for checking back!
items of note:
- 327 market
- a paper elephant::heidi
- an organic experience::the other
- aunty suzanne brewer
- bbc 4:: gardener's question time
- bricks in the cave::children's adventure story
- dani the poet
- esther in the garden
- esther's boring garden blog
- etsy::all things handmade
- garden rant: garden blog for the courageous and dirty
- i like it::scotland as few have seen it
- let them parachute in
- lizzy cantu
- loose and leafy::lucy
- mayor of dannyland
- neal breakey
- nori::seaweed girl
- o.t. girl::my favourite anonymous o.t.
- pictures just pictures
- polar goldie cats: (secret: i am tam's little sister)
- sarah::appearing as herself
- sir gibby::b'liciousbennet
- the molly
- vintage faith church
- YWAM Seamill, Scotland: dearly missed
Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature
- A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
- Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
- Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
- RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
- Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
- Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
- Sunset Western Garden Book
- Sunset Western Landscaping Book
- The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
- The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
- the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
- The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
- The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
- We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish
lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations
- vespertinus: flowers in the evening
- veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
- superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
- rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
- placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
- nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
- nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
- muralis: growing on walls
- mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
- formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
- carpe vitam: get a life
- Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.