Monday, March 14, 2011
Today March 14, often written as 3/14, is Pi Day. Get it? Pi= 3.14159 etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum (literally).
Of course, being a bit of a geek I could write several hundred words about Pi. But that would probably bore all of my readers and would not help me in extending my streak (currently standing at 17) of writing posts with titles referencing Simon and Garfunkel songs.
So I will write about pie. Here is a real English delicacy. A pork pie.
I stole this photo from a blog post entitled Things I Tried Once but Never Again! The lady who writes the blog says, "There’s no earthly reason for this gastronomic monstrosity. Bits of fat and gristle covered in lard and grease." She hated it so much she included it on her list of "Things I Tried Once but Never Again" along with "Asking out boys" and "A Brazilian wax in Brazil." Kat just doesn't get pork pie. (She doesn't get Brazilian waxes in Brazil any more either.)
What? You expected a photo here of a Brazilian wax? You must be joking. This is a family blog. I told you I was a geek. This is sorbitan monostearate. It's quite waxy. It's as close as you're going to get. Let's move on.
But oops. Simon and Garfunkel didn't write about pork pies as far as I know. But they did write about Mrs. Wagner's Pies. Apparently it's what you buy just before you walk off to look for America with Kathy, and some real estate in your bag. Hmmm. Kat? Kathy? Any connection I wonder?
Now, one of the problems with having moved to America in 1989 (and I'm still looking for it too, by the way) is that many cultural references to anything before 1989 often mean nothing to me. Apparently Mrs. Wagner of Mrs Wagner's Pie fame went out of business in 1969. So I have never seen a Mrs Wagner's Pie, much less tasted one. But they were famous in their day (or so it says on the Internet.) I wonder if they were like English pork pies?
But oops again. This is supposed to be a sailing blog, and I don't think Mrs. Wagner of Mrs. Wagner's Pies was a sailor. But it's possible. She was from the Jersey shore, home of many accomplished sailing Wagners.
There is also a Wagner who sometimes paints pictures of sailboats. Arline Wagner.
That picture at the top of the post is by her. It's called Sailing at Sunset.
I think I'll go and watch the sunset now. Happy Pi Day.
Posted by Tillerman at 5:24 PM