Thursday, September 01, 2011

Running on Empty

As the old Jackson Browne song goes, I'm Running On Empty tonight. We played Art Night in Northport. Northport is about 70 miles away and we had to be there by 6. We were out on the deck at Mary's Cakes and thankfully there was a cool breeze blowing out of the west, but two hours in that heat took its toll.
It was hot, but it was a fun gig. At break, Mary and her crew at the bakery fed us some of the most delightful food and sweets I've ever had.
I had a slice of red velvet cake as thick as a deck of playing cards and as big as a post card. If I'd had wings, I could have flown to San Francisco on the sugar buzz I got. This was quite possibly the best piece of cake I've ever eaten, and I don't say this lightly because both Jilda's mom and my mom were phenomenal  cooks.
We also met a young girl still in high school that wants to be a graphic artist. She mentioned that she wanted to go the design school in Atlanta and as it turns out, it's the school from which Jilda graduated.
She hustled to her car and got some drawings and paintings she'd done. We were blown away.
I gave her a card and told her to send us and note and we'd write a glowing recommendation to the school on her behalf.
So, tonight is a short post, and as my lovely spouse signs off on her blog, good night, sweet dreams.


  1. It sure is a small world, isn't it.

    Our oldest, a Prof. at Georgetown U and I were walking down a back street in a small town in Belgium some years ago when a student from GU stopped him to say hello. As I told him at the time (I was professing at the time, too, but not at GU), "You can run, but you can't hide from those students!!" ;)

  2. Anonymous11:40 PM

    Well you had a godo night..that is
    what matters.With a nice surprise too;)

  3. You had me at "Red Velvet Cake"!

  4. One of these days...I hope to hear y'all live.


  5. That was a nice thing you did for that young girl. My daughter is looking at graphic art as a possible career. Seems a popular choice :-)

  6. Good luck to that young artist!! Great that you and Jilda are helping her realise her dream!

    You both deserve another slice of yummy cake!!! Yay! take care

  7. I love housekeeping and i am good at it but i forgot to practice cooking. Your lucky to have a good cook at home. I can just imagine how that cake taste by the way you describe it. Yum!


  8. That cake sounds wonderful! All the way to San Francisco ehhh??

    What a lovely bit of luck for that young artist to meet you. I hope she achieves her dream.....

  9. Just popping in to say I enjoyed your post and I hope you and the Mrs. have a wonderful weekend. Now, where can I find a piece of cake that will get me high enough on sugar to fly off to a fun destination?!

  10. @ Lois, I didn't realize you were a prof in the past. I was an adjunct business professor for a while when I was working full time in my day job. Professoring is a lot of work when you do it right :)
    @ Dzoli, both you and Lois had food on you latest entries that looked scrumptious. I'm envious.
    @Sweet Tea, it was killer. I brought some german chocolate home with me. I think I'll have it tonight after dinner.
    @ Sush, we are working with a promoter to get traveling gigs. When we get up your way, we'll be sure to let you know.
    @ Sarah, I saw the future in her eyes, and it looked promising.

    @ Kitty, I think any day with cake is a good day :)
    @ JJ I help with the house chores too, but Jilda doesn't like to do the washing -- something about putting tennis shoes in with her white blouse or something.
    @ Ann, we felt like we were the lucky ones to meet that young lady.
    @ Stephanie, if you find yourself in LA (Lower Alabama) pop by Mary's Cakes and Pastries. I can promise you will not be disappointed.


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