Sweet treats ahead for our winner

July 24, 2008|By Carol Cormaci

Let it never be said there’s a shortage of creativity in these foothills. A suggestion in last week’s column that we enjoy a little writing contest sparked some clever entries that entertained our newsroom.

In case you missed our contest subject, a brief recap: Late on the morning of Tuesday, July 15, one of our reporters walking into our parking lot came across a small paper plate containing three apparently freshly-frosted cupcakes (covered in patriotic red, white & blue) and an unclipped cigar that appeared to have been carefully placed in a landscaped border otherwise filled with olive trees and ivy. How it might have arrived was a mystery to all of us.

Sensing an opportunity to help me fill this space with other people’s work (come on, it’s summertime and the writing flow is s-l-o-w), I challenged readers to come up with the most creative 25-words-or-less explanation for the unusual delivery. I offered to buy cupcakes for the winner — and a cigar, if he or she so desired one.


Imagine my pleasure when I arrived at work Thursday to find a handful of submittals waiting in my inbox — and it wasn’t even noon yet! They kept coming, too, with the most recent entry arriving yesterday.

Most of the writers believed the cigar clue had something to do with former President Bill Clinton, although there was a decidedly sweeter, more innocent entry, from Anastasia Cokas, that wasn’t political at all: “A family just had triplets on July 4th and they are finally home from the hospital, hence the cigar and 3 cupcakes.”

However, politics are definitely at the forefront this year and the hands-down winner of our little contest was from Christa Clark, who chose to write in verse:

Cupcakes 3, there to see

John & Barack & Hillary

Cigar 1, but he is done

That would be Bill Clinton

Sweet & hearty

All are invited to the American party!

Congratulations, Christa. Choose your favorite cupcake flavor and I’ll take care of you. It’s the least I can do for your help in filling this week’s space with your grace and wit.

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