Bremerton - Home of the Pink Champagne Cake
city of soft-drink signs; the streets of forlorn neighborhoods
are paved with Coca-Cola caps, and after rain, they glint in the
dust like lost dimes. Posters peel away, lie mangled until storm
winds blow them along the street, like desert sage --and there
are those who think them beautiful..."
Capote was referring to New Orleans when he wrote this, but it could
have been many a town in America; many a town that has been forgotten
as people move on to shopping malls, megastores, and unremarkable
typography. To me it is about Bremerton with its deserted streets
and remnants of the past. There is a strange charm in this town
with its classic American signage -- some faded and peeling, others
adorning thriving businesses. There are those signs that I hope
will never disappear, like the cartoon crow looking down from his
neon nest, and the most endearing of all Bremerton icons: the baker
holding that pink delight and letting me know this is the home of
the pink champagne cake!
|McGavin's Bakery© 2002, Acrylic, 22" x 28"
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