Special "Most Inquisitive" Award
by Sharon Jordan
Who? What? When? Where? Why? We ask questions all the time. What came first, the chicken or the egg? We answer questions all the time. What did you learn in school today? Nothing. Each day passes in a continuous series of them. What time is it? Cream or sugar with your coffee? White or wheat toast with that? WhatÕs for dinner? What time does the movie start? Our lives are made up of the continual search for answers to many of these questions. Some make us who we are. Is it a boy or a girl? What does he do for a living? Democrat or Republican? Some questions, though no less compelling, happen against the backdrop of our real lives. Did you watch Survivor last night? WhatÕs with those California Raisins? Who ate the last donut? Wisely, hastily, quickly, slowly, confidently, hesitantly, wordlessly, loudly, excitedly or nervously, endlessly asking and answering. Many questions wonÕt matter tomorrow. Want fries with that? Yeah, why not? Many are labored over for days. Will you go to the prom with me? Some require careful navigation. Can I borrow the car tonight? Is it going to rain? Who farted? You wait months for some of the answers. Who shot J.R.? Have you lost weight? Can I see some I.D? Some we may never understand. WhereÕs the beef? Many are good for a laugh. Boxers or briefs? Many make you think. Can I buy a vowel? How old is Dick Clark? Many keep things interesting. Can you keep a secret? Coffee, tea or me? Have you heard the news? Many show others what youÕre thinking. Your place or mine? Do these pants make my butt look big? Are her boobs real or fake? Many define much more than our own lives. Brother, can you spare a dime? CanÕt we all just get along? And, for some questions, nothing else in life will matter as much as the answer. Will you marry me? Of all lifeÕs questions, big or small, one that requires careful consideration, hours of contemplation and obligatory sampling before hastening to answer is: Should City BakeryÕs hot chocolate be drunk with or without a marshmallow? Why or why not? The beauty of this question, posed repeatedly by those of us with a sweet tooth, is the perfection of the answer. Not just a win, win situation. A yummy, yummier situation. Definitely worth the lingering over endless combinations of hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows to decide. With chocolate cookies, peanut butter cookies or a flaky, buttery piece of perfection in a pretzel croissant (Mais oui!) thrown in to clear your head and shake things up. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. Big, wonderful, dense, puffy, glistening marshmallows. And, the best chocolate and itÕs hot. And, together? Once you have a sip, you know lifeÕs too short for just one answer. If life isnÕt the final destination, but the journey along the way, then make sure you have a large one of these to take with you. Why or why not, please? More like: When can we come back to City Bakery?