Madden, madres and motorcars

Madden, madres and motorcars

Forgive me if I slur my speech, I think I’m still drunk on all
the protein we had at a barbecue Friday afternoon.
This wasn’t just any barbecue. We managed to score tickets to
the annual KCBS John Madden BBQ in Pleasanton. The slurring speech
bit I borrowed from radio personality Stan Bunger who attended the
event with another member of the morning team, Susan Lee
Taylor.
Forgive me if I slur my speech, I think I’m still drunk on all the protein we had at a barbecue Friday afternoon.

This wasn’t just any barbecue. We managed to score tickets to the annual KCBS John Madden BBQ in Pleasanton. The slurring speech bit I borrowed from radio personality Stan Bunger who attended the event with another member of the morning team, Susan Lee Taylor.

Al “sinew”Hart and Madden got up in front of the crowd and did their usual “off the cuff” shtick. This was the sit-down portion of the barbecue after eating Madden’s weight in meat appetizers.

A “carnivore’s delight,” the meat included a whole roasted pig, roasted goat, Coke-marinated cross rib beef, lamb and the much-talked-about-turducken (chicken wrapped in duck wrapped in turkey). Just to add some variety a smoked pineapple soaked in tequila, lime and orange juices tasted outstanding.

Ramune Ambrozaitis, owner of the San Jose SaberCats, got a chance to compare notes with Madden. Typical Madden, his address to the crowd had nothing to do with anything as he commented on the pig.

“We’re eating the second place pig. What the hell happened to the first place pig? Nobody goes around bragging about being second!”

Madden was quizzing his buddies from Monterey’s Café Fina who catered the barbecue. Café Fina proprietor Dominic Mercurio reported to coach Madden they used more than 1,500 pounds of meat for the event. Burp!

Food reporter Narsai David immediately made the Gilroy connection with his love of the Garlic Festival. “I haven’t missed a festival in years!” Hopefully we can crash the party again next year. I think I’ll be hungry by then.

Driving with a full stomach and Camie Brown in her 1957 fully restored Volkswagen bug is not a good idea. It’s like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! I hope you all have friends you can laugh with as hard as I usually laugh when I’m with Camie.

Looking around inside the Flintstone-sized car, I find it hard to believe Camie’s childhood was spent on vacation with her parents, a sibling, a dog and luggage inside the German Barbie car.

Camie explained the going was not always so easy. On the really steep hills the family would unload and her dad would open the doors to try to catch the wind to move it uphill. Ach, mein Gott!

Luckily, we were headed downhill on Hecker Pass to Goldsmith’s Seeds’ garden for the Las Madres New Members Lunch. Mamas, mamas-to-be and cute little South County newbies covered the lawn of the beautiful gardens. Hosting the 2005 Las Madres group was done by the committee of 2004 members which included lunch, lots of pampering prizes and encouragement for the new moms. Bettina Kraft kept the raffle lively with Melissa Hirth winning a mountain of Tupperware.

The best prize of the afternoon was the opportunity to meet so many wonderful moms and interesting and talented individuals.

All violinists must have homing devices on them as I found an immediate bond with Erin Cross. As it turns out she is a vocalist, composer/arranger, and violinist!

I don’t usually make much of people’s titles but one that impresses me to no end is our local Baroness Lynne de Chambrie. From the Princess Diana wedding on, I have continually fantasized about being part of a royal lineage. I keep kissing him but all he says is “croak.” I caught up with Lynne as we both drooled over the cake made by 2005 member Carleen Littig of Hollister. A three story beauty! Now I’m really full.

Ciao for now.

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