This is the goodbye cake I made my friend, KA, who is leaving my company. I think I found my calling as a cake decorator. I'll miss my lil' Babysnakes, whenever I called her desk line, she would answer the phone by going, "SSSSSSSSSSsss." True story.
Another true story: When KA was younger, she was what we would call "a loner." It didn't help matters that she was an only child. KA realized that she was supposed to play with other children on the playground, but she didn't want to. So, being the ingenius child that she was, she figured out that she didn't have to play with others if she wore a sling. This sling enabled her to tell people that she was hurt and couldn't go on the jungle gym or play Red Rover, etc. And KA was left to her own devices, building mud sand castles and whistling to herself with her faux-sling. This is one of the many reasons why I will miss KA.
Today is a beach day. I'm going to the beach to drink some Russian beer, read me some Jose Marti, and hang out with friends on the airplane blanket I stole and am now sacrificing to "Beach Day." This is a blog-lite entry, Sorry.
Don't worry, though, you're Babysnakes, too.
***Note: I have permission to tell this story, so feel free to relay your child hood deviances to me in secrecy, which is where they will remain.
News from the Newspaper:
Michigan Man Goes on Wild Ride:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A 21-year-old man got the ride of a lifetime when his electric wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was pushed down a highway for several miles at about 50 mph.
Ben Carpenter was unharmed but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He had been secured to his wheelchair by a seat belt. Carpenter, who has muscular dystrophy, told a television station that he thought he might not make it through the ride.
"I was probably thinking that this is going to keep going and not stop anywhere, 50 or 60 miles somewhere," he told WOOD-TV of Grand Rapids.
Ben Carpenter's father, Donald, told The Associated Press that his son had started to cross at an intersection Wednesday afternoon in Paw Paw, about 140 miles west of Detroit. The light changed to green while his son was in front of a semi, which started moving.
The wheelchair's handles became lodged in the grille, the father said, and the wild ride started.
Motorists called 911 on their cell phones, and a pair of undercover police officers who happened to be nearby saw what was happening. They pulled the truck over and told the disbelieving driver, Donald Carpenter said.
The chair was undamaged except for losing most of the rubber on its wheels, he said.
"It's a very bad story that ended very well," he said. "We're just thrilled that he's still around."