Who Moved My Pie?

For the love of beer
The perfect place and beverage to share some casual conversation.

If we were having a beer, Cheryl would hand you the Specials Menu. You’d turn it over to look at the food side.

This sausage thing looks pretty good, but I don’t usually eat here. This guy takes his food to go.

Maybe she wanted you to give that menu to me.”

No, I wanted him to see the drink special. You, you always drink Yuengling, but sometimes he gets a little crazy.”

I do not get ‘a little crazy.’ Sheesh, you try a Jameson and Diet Coke one time and she hits you with the crazy stick. Although, I do like Margaritas, but the cookies make it seem a little feminine.”

Yeah, the cookies were my idea, I might be a little feminine. Is that a problem?

Now you’ve done it. No round on the house today. Nice going.”

Sorry. It’s funny, you’re usually the one that upsets the ladies.”

Not today. Today, you’re the one stuck in Margaritaville.”

She’ll be OK. So, what have you been up to? Do anything fun this week?

I did. On Monday, my wife and I and our daughter went to the Big-E(1).”

Ah, fair food. What’d you eat?

We started with a little bit of lunch at one of the beer gardens. The girls split a salad and Three-Cheese Risotto Balls and I had Sausage Risotto Balls.”

That’s it?

In that place, I wanted to save room for the usual suspects, you know, blueberry pie and ice cream and a lobster roll.

Wait, where did you get the pie?

In the New Hampshire Building.”

No way. I looked for that. I always get blueberry pie and ice cream in New Hampshire Building but I couldn’t find it.”

It was on the other side. I walked right by. I thought maybe it was in the Vermont Building. My daughter tried to point it out, but I was used to it being over by the entrance. She finally convinced me go back.”

Was it the same guy?

Yeah, he just moved to the other side of the building. He said a lot of people were confused.”

Pie Ice Cream
Blueberry Pie and Ice Cream – the best.

Confused? I didn’t get any pie! Why do they do stuff like that?

The booths by the entrance are more expensive…”

That was a rhetorical question Einstein.”

Oh, sorry, I answer those all the time.”

Don’t people find that annoying? ‘Cuz I do.”

My wife does, but I’m getting better.”

How so?

Well sometimes, I ask before answering. Just this week, I was leaving for work and my to-go cup was making this high-pitched squealing sound. My wife and our dog were both looking at the cup. I told her that I could explain what was happening but I wasn’t going to. She thanked me.”

The dog?

No, my wife. I’m pretty sure the dog likes my explanations.”

So, why was it making that sound?

The coffee is hot. It heats up the air in the cup and the air leaks out past the rubber stopper.”

Cheryl, if you can forgive me, I’d like to try one of those Margaritas. I’ll share the cookies with young Mr. Boyle and you can bring him another beer.”

Actually, Boyle didn’t specifically mention temperature. It was Clapeyron that combined a bunch of studies on gasses into the ideal gas law.”

See, that’s annoying, too. I mean, who really cares. Oh wait, you learned this from following DeflateGate.”

No, I learned it in high school chemistry class and I relearned it in chemistry and physics classes in college. I tried hard not to follow DeflateGate.”

Why do they have to keep naming things something-Gate, anyway? – And, just in case you don’t get it, that’s a rhetorical question.”

I was going to answer.”

Of course you were.”

Only because, in this case the ‘gate’ thing is appropriate.”

How do you figure?

Well, as you know, the practice of adding ‘gate’ stems from Watergate.”

I know that, that’s why I told you the question was rhetorical. You just can’t help yourself can you?

My point is that if the allegation behind DeflateGate is true, then it was a Watergate-like incident and the ‘gate’ suffix would be correct.”

You know, I don’t follow you – at – all.”

Richard Nixon was going to win that election anyway. He didn’t need to cheat. The Patriots were going to win that football game anyway. They didn’t need to cheat. So, if they did cheat, calling it DeflateGate would be appropriate.”

What makes you think of stuff like that?”


“Stop, please, please don’t answer that.”

These cookies are delicious. Thanks for sharing.”

Margaritas and cookies, courtesy of Cheryl Pennington. Please take a look at her blog.


(1) Big-E – Eastern States Exhibition – The Great New England Fair – The 5th largest agricultural fair in the United States.

(2) If you would know more about our bartender and read about those fabulous cookies, click here to visit her post and get the recipe.


  1. Applesauce, Dan! This post has my sweet tooth in overdrive. I’d have any of those things for breakfast. :D And after this virtual sugar rush, I’d even have the beer!
    Delightful beginning to the weekend morning. I hope the pre-hurricane storms aren’t drenching ya’ll as much as they are DC. Have a satisfying Saturday.

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    1. Thanks Teagan. We’re getting wet, enough rain to cancel Maddie’s walk. I sat with her, catching up on blogs on my phone. When I got to the final episode, I had to go power up the laptop – I want the proper reading experience for that. I’m glad you liked hanging at the bar with us.

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  2. “Big-E – Eastern States Exhibition – The Great New England Fair – The 5th largest agricultural fair in the United States.”

    It all sounds so civilized. At the Minnesota State Fair, everything is deep fried, including deep fried Snickers Bars.

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    1. The Big-E has a lot of the deep-fried stuff too, but I’m stuck in a fair-food rut. I have my fairs where I focus on hot sausage, but I really like the food at the State Buildings at the Big-E. By the time I’m done with pie, lobster and cheese soup, there isn’t much room for a fried Snickers. Thanks for dropping by. One of my goals is to visit my brother some year during the Iowa State Fair.


  3. Haha! Awesome Dan. I love laughing so hard first thing in the morning. That and a warm chocolate croissant. 😏 I have to say, though, that the ONE question I had I thought you weren’t going to answer, but there it was at the end. What the heck is the Big E, and how do I get there? It sounds like a lot of fun. My hubs would love all that good good. I think his favorite pie might be blueberry! But he likes em all. His Mom was a great pie lady. Thanks for the mention and the ping. As always, it was a pleasure pulling the evening shift for you clow…umm, fellows at the bar. The conversation is so riveting. Someday you and my husband have to meet. Rhetorical questions around here are always answered. I don’t think I have ever heard him say, “I don’t know.” Frankly it would scare me to death! Great post. So many good links, now, I must be off. I cookies to make. A little tequila for the dough…a little for the cook….

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    1. I’m so glad you liked it Cheryl (I was worried). I’m glad to find out that I’m not the only one answering rhetorical questions. I always feel that people really do want to know those answers. I hope the links bring a few people to you. If not, they don’t know what they’re missing. Pie is something that I would definitely overeat if we had it more often. Blueberry is my favorite, which is funny because I’m not a big fan of the berries. A close second is a restaurant chain in Pittsburgh that features warm apple pie and cinnamon ice cream. Thanks for the comment and save some tequila for the cookies.

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  4. Hahaha! Funny post! I’m glad you answered the question about the Big E. I had no clue what it was, and I’ll admit it I hadn’t heard of DeflateGate, but when you explained it the lights went on. I just hadn’t heard that term for it before. I’m not a big sports fan…but I guess you can tell. :)

    That pie a la mode looks tasty. Time for breakfast! :)

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    1. I figured that both of those might not be recognized outside of New England, but the Football story was covered so much that I took a chance. I am so tired of it that I didn’t want to spend much time with it. It’s hard to explain things in a running dialog but I figured a footnote would be OK. thanks for the comment.

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  5. Dan–this was so funny! This is a conversation girls would have! It is so good to know that guys talk this way, also. Our big state fair comes up the end of this month–guaranteed rain. Don’t eat the food–heavily fried everything.

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    1. Thanks Lois! This is the final weekend for the Big-E and they are getting soaked. We like to go on an off day, when the crowds are smaller. Going on a weekend is just awful. I tend to avoid the deep-fried-somethin-on-a-stick, but there’s plenty of that to eat there.

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  6. In our house, the “Please don’t explain it” sentence is very effective for all parties. We don’t wanna hear about Bubba’s putering, Sissy’s boyfriend, why Sassy’s book is sooooo gooood, or Moo’s latest scabs. No one wants to hear The Mister explain how the costume people got the military decorations wrong, or why we need more shims, or the impact on the Dow. No one wants to hear why it’s funnier in another language or know how I made the cake so dense.
    Unfortunately, when we leave the house, the “Please don’t explain it” sentence is ignored.

    Now and again, we indulge one another, but it’s rare. “No, and please don’t tell me,” makes this house peaceful.

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    1. Ha ha – sounds like you have a good system. If you notice, I refrained from telling my wife about the coffee cup, but, since she edits my writing, I got it in there anyway. I’ve had people at work give me the eye when I explain something, but ‘they eye’ isn’t all that effective. My best friend is so inquisitive that he actually calls to ask me stuff. He’s pretty smart, so if he doesn’t already know, I usually can’t help. He leans on me for science but he’s a history buff so he’ll also call with a “did you know” story. thanks for dropping by.

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  7. Great post Dan. How do you manage to find out time for all this? I mean you handle your work, your blog, and then traveling for business and visiting these fairs and exhibitions, clicking pictures with Faith. Phew! However, I love when you post such pictures, I love attending these small fairs, but here its just too much crowd and I hate being at crowded places.

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    1. I try to take advantage of down time and travel time. I wrote drafts of several posts while on 3 and 4 hour flights these past two weeks. Plus, I get up early no matter where I am. So, when I get up at 5:00 in a hotel, and all I have to do is walk downstairs by 8:30, I have a lot of time to write. This series, and the SoCS prompts flow pretty quickly, usually on a Friday night (which gives you an idea of my social life).

      We don’t like crowds either. My daughter and I both took half a vacation day to head up to the Big-E, mainly to avoid the crowd. Thanks for the comment, I’m glad you enjoy the posts and particularly the hiking ones. I have really been inspired by your travel blog to try my hand at those.

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    1. The Risotto balls were ping-pong ball sized, dipped in a light batter and deep fried. They had a nice little crunch but not overwhelming. Mine were about a 50/50 mix of risotto and sausage. With tomato sauce for dipping. The pie is nothing special, but the ice cream portion is generous enough that there is pie and ice cream in every bite.

      This was originally going to be a somewhat serious play on the “Who Moved My Cheese’ book about how we get used to what we like. The story took control of itself and morphed into a visit to the bar. Then Cheryl found a desert recipe and I was off in another new direction. Sometimes these things have a mind of their own. Thanks for your continued support Deborah.

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  8. I like the idea of cookies with Margaritas and am excited to hear of the large Fair over there in New England! Of course, blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream would be perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. The coffee cup making noise made me smile and chuckle a bit. Also, “deflate gate, Dan!”
    Sorry someone else (Mr. Boyle) missed the building, Dan where dessert was served. I hope you had a lobster roll. Yummy! :)


    1. The cookies sound delicious. If you look at the recipe, they are a virus shortbread cookie (I love those) with a little Tequila. I did have a lobster roll and it was yummy. Thanks for the comment Robin.


    1. Thanks Sammy. The tangents are very reminiscent of actual conversations I’ve had at the bar. The composite friend that I’m drinking with is an interesting character that I have to try and figure out from week to week. Check out Cheryl’s blog. I think you will like her writing and her photographs. Her photo was used to create the badge of the Cherished Blogfest.

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  9. I’m ready for some blueberry pie, Dan — ice cream or no ice cream. In fact, I’d like just about any pie, which beats cake any day of the week. Apple, cherry — you name it. I usually like it with some milk or coffee, though. Not with beer. And if you could warm the pie up, that would be ideal.

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    1. Coffee, tea or milk Paul, and almost any kind of pie (no rhubarb for me). Even the cookies with beer are a stretch, I don’t like sweet stuff with beer. Thanks for the comment. Oh, wait, there has to be ice cream or at least whipped cream.

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