Wasting Food

My oldest son Ryan told us the nearest post office to his Big Lake vacation home was in Clear Lake, Washington. My wife and I were excited we would get to visit a small town on July 4th while we dropped off our monthly apology letters in their post office box. As our excitement for the expedition mounted, Ryan warned, “Prepare to be disappointed.” I embraced those four words as a wonderful replacement for our current family motto: “It wasn’t me.” We stopped at the city park where about two dozen townspeople were swimming, fishing, eating, and playing games. Our 14 year old granddaughter interrupted our peaceful holiday adventure with an urgent phone call requesting we go buy some large flour tortillas. We cut short our tour of Clear Lake and located their one small local market. We raced back with the package of tortillas, only to find that the grandchildren were introducing a game where everyone slaps each other in the face with them while trying to hold water in their mouths. Why was I the only one who recognized that this would lead to disastrous un-passive aggression in a family that needs no additional prompts?

The other favorite family activity during our ten day vacation was binge watching “Is It Cake?” I can understand viewing that show once but each episode is exactly the same. Bakers make cakes that look like shoes, purses, and radios and try to trick judges into thinking they are the real items. But why would my extended family watch all eight episodes of the first season one after the other when they have neither the time nor interest to read my Blog?

Although I use question marks in this post, I am not actually seeking answers.

68 thoughts on “Wasting Food

  1. You are to be commended for the clever tie in of the tortilla face slap game and the so called Reality TV baking absurdity “Who gives a s*** if its Cake” with your post title. Well played, sir.

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  2. Well, my son, I was about to give you ALL the answers, but now you’ve said you don’t want them, and set yourself back several whole lifetimes in the spiritual growth department. No, no, I’m not looking for protests… ๐Ÿ˜†

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    1. lol, we watched the first one (didn’t guess everything correctly…), but that was that for us. We cannot have enough of a show like The Chase, though hearing the instructions for the 42nd time in a row gets just as tedious as the 2nd shoe, purse, or radio ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. “not seeking answers” is an effective antidote for reducing frustration, consternation, anger and despair levels. I remember back in junior high and high school never finding the answers to algebra stuff and never really cared. Freedom from algebra is true liberation. The answers are useless anyway.

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  4. What you said about “Cake” can be applied across all dramedy cooking shows. How the hell Gordon Ramsey has built an empire on same shit different day is one of those ? that should go unanswered. The longevity of sameness in “entertainment” is a proverb. Pa, we’re takin the wagon into Virginia City and create some ripped from the headlines mischief right after we go into Miss Kitty ‘s kitchen, bitch slap the Chinaman and scream at the dishwashers while everyone’s order burns to a crisp in grease and alcohol laden fry pans. When we’re done with that we’ll boldy go wherever the set designers send us to do the same thing we did last week only with different guest stars who were a murderous housewife and blackmailing conman on Perry Mason last week and will be a runaway squaw and shifty gambler on Cheyenne next week.
    Sounds like a great vacation. What were they swimming in at the city center there? WWI memorial fountain? The Northwest Passage wishing pond? Those things always go better with an awful junior high school band playing half speed Sousa. Led by a skinny, sweaty, amphetamined director named Les whose belts his pants right under his armpits.

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      1. Like the Johnny Cash song. My job as electronic musical instrument product specialist took me to and through a lot of places. Did you know it was possible to have a music store in the back half of a feed store with a cadre of curious goats as mascots?

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    1. Dear Geoff,

      I concur with Phil Huston! Moreover, there is a considerable sense of irony or even farce in the outcomes of your outing, especially with regards to the following:

      The other favorite family activity during our ten day vacation was binge watching โ€œIs It Cake?โ€ I can understand viewing that show once but each episode is exactly the same. Bakers make cakes that look like shoes, purses, and radios and try to trick judges into thinking they are the real items. But why would my extended family watch all eight episodes of the first season one after the other when they have neither the time nor interest to read my Blog?

      Perhaps some or all of them would rush over to read your blog with gusto and gustatory delight if you have something similar to what I have published in one of my posts entitled “SoundEagle in Edible Art, Glorious Food and Festive Season“, published at

      ๐Ÿฆ… SoundEagle in Edible Art, Glorious Food and Festive Season ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿœ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฑ

      I welcome your input and feedback there.

      Wishing you and Phil a productive week doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most!

      Happy mid-July to both of you!

      Yours sincerely,
      SoundEagle

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  5. A man of your talent definitely doesn’t need any answers. I think they might be jealous of your creative abilities and don’t know how to say it. So they stay away from your posts and instead invest their time in viewing repetitive episodes of “Is it Cake?” The way the world is going “Is it Crap?” will be the next big thing. Keep going, Geoff! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Reality baking and cooking competition shows for me has always seemed like an idea that is half-baked. I guess it was ok when there were a handful of shows, but it seems like there are hundreds now. I was unaware of tortilla-slapping, but I suspect it will be in the next Olympics.

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  7. Nobody in my family reads my blog either. I’m so desperate I’ve been making copies of old blog posts to give to my son upon my passing. ๐Ÿคฃ

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    1. I long ago came to the realization that my blogging is mostly for me and occasionally, some other poor soul out there who shares my jaundiced view of humanity.That in no way excuses a family who watches reality TV, especially baking shows.

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  8. Yeah seriously Geoff I have two cousins that subscribe to my blog, one commented two times, once in 2019 and once recently neither ever liked a post. So does it really matter that your family doesn’t.

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  9. Is this one of those trick questions that questions the very existence and use of the Question Mark – hence ? and therefore requires no answer merely a ? ? That’s not two ??’s but the replacement of one required ? and the symbol replacement for the other ? over of writing Question Mark ?

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  10. Oh, my goodness. I just googled “is it cake” and they look fantastic. I love that watermelon look alike. No wonder your family members want to watch the show. And I am waiting for somebody who can cook vegan ingredients into something with the flavor of a steak.

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  11. Tortilla slapping? That’s a new one on me. I hope you took time to toss in a grandfatherly admonishment to stop playing with their food.

    Consider yourself lucky – people who would watch that many episodes about cakes that look like other things do not deserve your blog. Really, why does a cake have to look like anything other than a cake? You want to be an artist with cake as your medium? Fine, but don’t call it “a cake”. Yes, I can be a curmudgeon on some topics.

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  12. We binge watched “Is It Cake?” I can’t explain it. But I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that it’s no bigger waste of time than slapping each other with tortillas, which I’m pretty sure we will now also do.

    My family reads my blog diligently on occasion. But I did recently have a friend say, after eight years of pretty solid friendship that has included many conversations about the goings on of our lives, including much discussion about my writing career, “How did I not know you have a blog?”

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    1. No matter if my Christmas Newsletter quotes my Blog and/or provides links to it, recipients of such Newsletters are often surprised to learn about my Blog and I am always naively surprised they don’t read my Newsletter.

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