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Friday, November 16, 2012

Loss of the Twinkie to Affect Aviation?


If you haven’t heard by now, there’s bad news on the horizon for one of Lee Bottom Flying Field’s most famous events, Sinful Sundays.  Despite the events popularity, a key component of the fun just became endangered.  Therefore, whether you're in the "Yeah I've been" or the "I've always wanted to go" category, keep reading to see how the Hostess shutdown could affect aviation.

Surely you’ve seen the photos of people enjoying their milkshakes and sundaes at Lee Bottom as planes of all types came and went in the background.  In recent years, Sinful Sundays became so popular, all but one exceeded 100 planes.  Having been to my share of pancake breakfasts and other monthly aviation oriented events, I can tell you that this is an amazing turnout.  Heck, some pilots now fly a 400 mile round trip in order to attend and they do so every four weeks.  In other words, once you’ve been to a Sinful Sunday, you keep coming back.  If you haven’t been to one, you’re probably asking yourself what the heck is so special about them.  Listen closely; promise not to tell anyone, and I’ll tell you. 
No no no, I mean scoot your chair a little closer.  Ok, here’s the deal (leaning in and carefully looking each way to make sure nobody else will hear me).  Go ahead; you have to lean in also.  This is a big deal so you have to treat it like one.  Here it is, the reason (looking over my shoulder just in case), the reason Sinful Sundays keeps people coming back is….(dramatic pause)…T w i n k i es.   “TWINKIES?  TWINKIES IS THE SECRET TO SINFUL SUNDAYS?”, you exclaim.  Well, it was a secret until you blurted it out.  Thanks, I thought we had a deal.

Ok, so I guess now that the secret is out we might as well talk about it.  It’s true; Twinkies are the secret ingredient that keeps people coming back to Sinful Sundays.  Admittedly the long, soft, green runway, beautiful scenery, wonderful people, and random collection of all types of flying machines enhance the flavor of the Twinkie infused treats.  Nobody can deny that.  Yet, we’re sure it has to be the Twinkies that makes pilots return.
Some places have BBQ, others soup, and a few even have crawfish, but Lee Bottom invented the Twinkie sundae and the events that play on it, Sinful Sundays.  Now though, the home of the Sinful Sundays is threatened with a crisis.  In case you haven’t heard, the Twinkie assembly line has been shut down. 
Of course if it were anything else, the management at Lee Bottom would just move on, BUT THIS IS THE STRAWBERRY TWINKIE SUNDAY MAAANNNN.  When the news came down the pipe late yesterday evening, we immediately instructed our assets on the ground around the globe to look for hidden stockpiles, for the first time ever we have employed drones to help aviation by seeking out Twinkie-runners in the mountains of Pakistan, and our Navy was sent a coded ULF message to make contact with, and seize, any barges on the river that may be transporting the final shipments of Twinkies to Ft. Knox.  If any of these operations pan out, it will be great news for Sinful Sundays.  Just in case though, we have already contacted a corporate spy, code named “Google”, that has secured for us what he claims to be the corporate recipe.  If all else fails, this should allow us to continue the tradition.
Meanwhile, keep Sinful Sundays in your prayers, tie a bottle of marshmallow cream to a tree in your yard, and wave the Lee Bottom flag until our Twinkies come home.

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