Sticky Bun Sunday and Tropical Storm Alberto

Well the coffee is strong
at the Cafe Du Monde,
And the donuts are too hot to touch;
But just like a fool, when those
sweet goodies cool, I ate ’til I ate way too much.
Cause I’m livin’ on things that excite me,
Be they pastries or lobsters or love;
I’m just tryin’ to get by being quiet and shy,
In a world full of pushin’ and shove.

—  “The Wino and I Know”

Written and performed by Jimmy Buffett

Anyone notice a pattern?  Included in my aforementioned love of quotes is my even more passionate love of song lyrics, perhaps especially Jimmy Buffett lyrics.  And I’m no longer ashamed to admit that.  But we’ll have to talk about that more another time, we’ve got way too much other stuff to cover for now.  Speaking of aforementioned, I’m so far behind that these posts may come a little fast and furious at first.  If this is your first visit, you may want to scroll down and read my first post, things may make a little more sense.  Or not.

We are in Charleston and I’ve got a whole week of goodness to share with you, but right now, I’m going to start with today.  It is Sticky Bun Sunday at WildFlour Pastry, located in a funky little neighborhood in upper downtown Charleston.  We’ve been there three times this week and it’s a mile and a half walk, each way.  Yes, it is that good.

We walked home on a buzz of too much sugar and caffeine to find a two to three-foot chop in the marina, slamming the boat against the dock.  Charleston Maritime Center is the most conveniently located marina to downtown.  It is not a well protected marina, but hey, it’s May, that shouldn’t be a problem.  Tropical Storm Alberto formed off the coast of South Carolina yesterday afternoon.  Tropical Weather Fun Fact: this is the first time a tropical storm has formed before the official start of hurricane season in both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins.  Fun!

We did our best to prepare.

“Hurricane” Summers prepares to swim a line from a piling on the other side of the marina.

Conditions improved almost immediately.  We all know there is no such thing as over prepared for tropical weather, but we have spent a lot of time getting ready for storms that never came.  It’s better than the alternative.  Meanwhile, the yahoos around here think we’re crazy, as usual.  Alberto continues to wobble around offshore and it ain’t over until he gets on that track moving north.  It would be wrong to hope for tropical storm conditions, so we can say, “See, we told you so!”, right?  Yes, Kristie, that’s right.

Unfortunately, Mark had a flight scheduled to Bridgeport tomorrow morning, which he has postponed until we are sure that Chloe and I will be safe on our own.  The good news is it gives us another day to eat our way through Charleston.  Next time, I’ll tell you all about why we may be 10 pounds heavier when next you see us.

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