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When Is a Pie Not a Pie?

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When it’s a cake! Patty created this masterpiece from a Martha Stewart recipe she found online. It is a strawberry cake, believe it or not.

As you can see, it looks like a pie and has not yet been tasted. It smells great!

Strawberry Cake

Of course, this cake reminds me of something musical: Lisa Loeb’s wonderful 2002 Cake and Pie album, which included great work by her friend, Dweezil Zappa. My favorite track is We Could Still Belong Together, but the entire album is certainly worth your time.

Lisa Loeb- Cake And Pie Cover

For those who’ve chided me about not posting recently, I can only plead for your forgiveness because I’ve been out of town for two weekends and busy at my daily contract assignment. I have a few posts started, but gathering the images and getting the text worthy of someone’s time reading it isn’t something I can do at lightening speed.

Here’s the Martha Stewart recipe for those who may be interested:

http://www.marthastewart.com/336020/strawberry-cake

Enjoy!!!

UPDATE: Having demolished a slab of this strawberry cake– it never knew what hit it– I can assure you it is a keeper recipe. Trust me. As my old boss Norbert used to say, “You will very enjoy.”

‘NOTHER UPDATE: Originally, I had featured a YouTube video of the Lisa Loeb song referred to above with visuals from Pride and Prejudice; sorry, but that YouTube video is gone. Here’s the song with visuals from a movie series you may be familiar with:

The Best-Looking Car I Never Had

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Jaguar XKEOne of the unintended consequences of the gasoline shortages of the early 1970s was that cars with big engines could be had cheap. For those who weren’t around in those days, gas in most localities could only be purchased on the odd/even system based on your auto tag numbers, and that’s if it was available at all.

Dash looked like an airplane cockpit!

In Naples, a few of us found a way to avoid the lines and didn’t suffer too badly. But across the U.S., folks might spend an entire day in line to get five dollars worth of gas, only to be refused at the end of their tedious wait.

In 1974, I had moved to Tampa and had just met my future wife, Patty. A block or so north of where I worked was a used-car lot that sold high-end cars. Having saved up a few thousand dollars and ready to buy a car, I stopped there and fell in love with a 1967 burgundy Jaguar XKE convertible with the enormous gas-guzzling V-12 engine. Hey; this gas crisis can’t last forever, can it?!?!?!

V12 Jaguar E Type

What a plant!!!

What a plant!!!

I took Patty by the lot to show it to her, and she immediately balked, saying she wouldn’t be seen in such an ugly car. I was astonished; the Jag was gorgeous but so was Patty and I made the obvious choice.

Still needing a car, I bought one of the worst ones I ever owned; a brand-new Dodge Charger Special Edition. What a lousy car that was; a real POS. It also had a huge engine (a hemi, for you motor-heads), but it ate fan belts three at a time, constantly overheated and to top it all off, wasn’t very quick. I drove that bomb for two years, buying fan belts every month (you had to replace all three if one failed) and thinking of that Jag engine that had metal chains instead of rubber belts.

Here’s exactly what my Charger looked like:

Yuch!

Yuch!

A couple of weeks after buying the Charger, Patty, her younger brother Billy and I were going somewhere and an XKE Jag went by us. Patty remarked, “What a beautiful car!”

WHAT?!?!?!? I slammed on the brakes so hard the Charger did a 180 on Busch Boulevard, and asked, “What did you say?!?!” She meekly replied, “I said ‘What a pretty car.’ ”

I was frosted. “Just two weeks ago you stopped me from buying one of those because you said it was so ugly!!!”

Patty burst into tears and said, “You are such a terrible driver; if you drove a car like that Jaguar you’d kill yourself in a week.”

As we sat in that horrible Dodge Charger facing the wrong way on Busch Boulevard,  traffic beeping and honking as it passed us, I had to admit that Patty was correct.

I still wish I had bought that Jag, though!

Jaguar XKE Comin' At Ya