The French Toast Conspiracy

I'll just gobble down this pile of fat and sugar, then get going shoveling the driveway.  (Image from every day with honey cake dot blog spot dot com
I’ll just gobble down this pile of fat and sugar, then get going shoveling the driveway. (Image from every day with honey cake dot blog spot dot com)

A lot of people shrug their shoulders and say it was just the way these things go.  They figure that despite the best computer models and professional judgement, sometimes things don’t go the way the pretty geniuses said they would.  I choose not to blindly accept the sketchy excuses of these so-called experts.  I look at the bigger picture and try to see what’s really going on.

After careful consideration of all the factors, I’ve come to a conclusion, and it’s a doozie.

Let me step back and set the stage for you.  I live in the greater Philadelphia area.  We’re far enough north to get snow, yet far enough south to squeal like a little Nancy-pants every time there’s any of it predicted.

On the west coast, you rarely see weather girls bundled up in fleece jackets, but if you get too many jet streams like this one, it might be time to stop going commando.  (Image from the nayshun dot com)
Latin TV weathergirls are seldom bundled up in fleece jackets.  Too many jet streams like this one though, and it might be time to stop going commando. (Image from the nayshun dot com)

Earlier this week, that’s exactly what happened.  One after another, those oh-so-pretty weather people gestured seductively in front of their green screens, predicting snow all over the viewing area.  Gorgeous talking-heads with names like Cecily and Sheena showed wavy bands of color-coded snow-total predictions.  As far as my little corner of paradise went, all 17 local TV weather people agreed we’d be waking up to somewhere between 2 and 4 inches of the white stuff.  In case the specter of a few inches of snow wasn’t already big news, the weather spokesmodels labelled it “heart attack snow.”  These couple of inches would be so wet and heavy, there would surely be coronaries all across the region.  Shoveling would be lethal to all but highly conditioned athletes and people with really small shovels.

I’m sure readers in the midwest and upstate New York are snickering at those paultry totals, as well they should, but 2 to 4 inches in this area is big news.  As zero hour approached, otherwise rational people descended upon grocery stores as though the end-of-days was imminent.  I gazed in disbelief from the relative safety of the liquor aisle as milk, eggs and bread were snatched up by the locust-like hordes of panicked shoppers.

No Bread, no eggs, no milk.  Nothing left in this store but some badly wilted kale, a few gossip rags and some cans of stewed tomatoes.  (Image from standeyo dot com)
No Bread, no eggs, no milk. Nothing left in this store but a bin of badly wilted kale, a few gossip rags and some cans of stewed tomatoes. (Image from standeyo dot com)

When I awoke Wednesday morning I was prepared for the worst.  I’d set the alarm an hour early, giving myself enough time to shovel and eventually clutch my chest.  I could only hope my wife would see me lying in the driveway before rigor mortis set in.  I glimpsed between the blinds to see how bad it was.  There was no evidence that a single flake had fallen.  I rubbed my eyes in disbelief and looked again.  Every weed and dog turd in my yard was just as I’d seen it the day before, without so much as a crystal of frost to show for all the hype.

Out of bed and irritated by the piss-poor forecasting, it was futile to try to go back to sleep.  I went ahead and got ready for work, arriving at my job entirely too early.  All day long, the inaccuracy of the forecasts gnawed at me.  I tried calling several of the news stations to grill the weather people for answers.  Not one of them would take my calls.  A tickle of suspicion had begun in my mind by the time I’d gotten my fifth TV station rejection.

On my way home, I happened to swing by the supermarket again.  I’d decided to surprise my wife with a special dinner in celebration of my not having died of a heart attack earlier that morning.  As I strolled towards the dairy section, my heart sank as I recalled the swarm of shoppers there just a day before.  I wracked my mind trying to figure out how I’d make my beloved wife a fritatta without using any eggs.  I turned the corner and saw the shelves of eggs and milk were miraculously replenished.  I later noticed that the bread section was similarly restocked.

While checking out, I saw the manager through the open door of his office.  He was sitting with his feet up on his desk and talking happily.  His head was thrown back as he laughed and flirted with the caller.  I swore I heard him say “Oh Cecily!”.   Suddenly he became aware of my inquisitive gaze.  His face clouded as he swung his feet down and slammed the door.  The pieces were coming together as the gears and chains in my mind churned like a rusty snow blower.

The answer was just beyond my grasp.  Deep in thought, I pocketed my change and headed toward my car, almost running right into an employee pushing a cart loaded with boxes.  I apologized for the near collision and kept walking past the empty spot where the snow shovel and rock salt display had been just a day before.  In the cold air of the parking lot, I suddenly realized that the boxes on the cart weren’t just random stock.  The same smiling face mocked me from the cardboard front of each box.  Even without the doo-rag, there was no disputing that it was none other than Aunt Jemima!

I'd recognize you anywhere, you sweet vixen of maple goodness! (Image from under consideration dot com)
I’d recognize you anywhere, you sweet vixen of maple goodness! (Image from under consideration dot com)

The bread..the eggs…the milk…the syrup…I stood next to my car and it all finally made sense.  Of course!  I’d stumbled onto the French Toast Conspiracy.  In this clandestine operation, a powerful, intricate network of grocery magnates and meteorologists formed a deviously symbiotic relationship.  Unscrupulous media moguls used imaginary storms to build ratings on slow winter news days.  In so doing, they create a frenzy among the unwashed masses, who scramble to their local stores and eagerly buy the ingredients for French Toast.  The scary weather predictions are only interupted for commercials for grocery stores and SUV’s.  The grocers are thrilled to have unloaded the majority of their perishable dairy products.  The news media use their increased advertising profits and buy spiffy embroidered fleece jackets for taping remotes on the brisk fall days heading into next winter.

I had to get this story out, but how?  The mainstream news media couldn’t be trusted.  John Stossel was busy checking to see if “Made in America” really meant anything anymore.  Andy Rooney and Mike Wallace were both still dead.  I knew my only chance to get the facts out was right here, on this seemingly innocuous blog.  You readers have the truth now.  Get out there and spread the word!

Addendum:    I finally got a call back from one of those TV weather people.  She heard about my story and wants to interview me.  She’s requesting that I come alone to a remote corner of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.  I know this sounds a little shady, and I should be suspicious, but when I heard the voice of that lovely weathergirl on the phone, how could I not believe her?  I hope she doesn’t wear that embroidered fleecy thing, it really hides her stunning figure.

87 thoughts on “The French Toast Conspiracy

  1. This is really a break through! It must be nationwide since many storms have been predicted in our area. Upon waking, we find only a mere inch or two. Today, Mother Nature got the upper hand and while it’s not the foot they had originally predicted, it’s still coming in!
    Let’s go skiing! First chair or run outside in your underwear!

    1. Note to self: Despite having to deal with more snow than the Philadelphia region, there may be certain perks to living in Susie’s locale, especially if she loses the “first chair” bet.

    1. Thanks for asking! The pants fit great till I polished off that second stack of French Toast, then I had to unbutton them and untuck my shirt.

      I feel so bloated. With my body image, I could never be a weathergirl.

  2. I’m in the Philly area as well, and not to sound like a smarty pants know it all (but I will), I didn’t put a lot of faith in those forecasts. It was just too freaking warm, and the temps they were predicting to go along with the storm (above freezing) made the whole forecast bizarre, and their brains should have exploded during the newscast.

    Anyway, now I want French toast. And a frittata.

    1. You had easier than me, with only that dreamy Adam Joseph to distract you. I was bombarded with Cecily, Sheena, and a host of others. If Alicia Vittarelli told me it was gonna snow, I would’ve gone out and bought an SUV.

    1. As an old art history buff, I can tell you that her hand position is very close to what is referred to as “supplication”, which was big in renaissance paintings of Hay-seus and his disciples. The pose is often used in Latin TV to impart an air of innocent honesty. Don’t be mislead. With the increased advertising profits those weathergirls get “work done” so they can stay in the major markets a few extra years, before being downgraded to “Good Mornin’ Tulsa!”.

  3. Yeah it’s been snowing buckets over here in southern California. We’re really struggling…. I can only hope french toast will save us. If it doesn’t, at least I have an excuse when my girlfriend asks about my massive weight gain.

    1. If the girlfriend gives you too much grief, trade her in for a weathergirl. Then, if there are any fleece jackets coming your way, remember who gave you this great advice in the first place. I take an XXL and prefer earth tones.

  4. I stopped checking the weather years ago because it stressed me out too much. Sure, every once and again I find myself wondering why the traffic is so light and then get caught in some giant storm… but most of the time I’m able to avoid the constant onslaught of apocalyptic predictions.

    1. I watch the weather, but once those gorgeous women start talking, I only hear Barry White-style music and the beating of my heart. My wife will then tell me later what the weathergirls actually predicted.

    2. On a side note, now that you’ve got a young’un, you’ll need to watch the weather to make sure she’s dressed right. You won’t want to be “that parent” who sends their kid to pre-school in a cute short-set the day of the blizzard.

  5. There must be another conspiracy you’re missing! The “sweet vixen of maple goodness” may be using mind-altering chemicals to control Western the world’s population! Here is the list of “ingredients” in Sirop de Tante Jemima, as sold in Canada (we use the stuff to mix in with the rat poison to kill the buggers off quicker – they love to chew on snowshoe laces!): Glucose, glucose-fructose, water, cellulose gum, natural and artificial flavour, salt, caramel colour, sodium benzoate, sodium hexametaphosphate, sorbic acid, sulphites.

    Hmmmm … is it Made in China? … China Toast Syndrome …? Hmmmmm…..

    1. Maybe it’s really not so good for you, but how can you pass up anything with ingredients including the words “Colour” and “Flavour”. It sounds so damn sophisticated, I’d eat that crap right out of the bottle!

      1. Sorry – should have translated from Canadian English into American English read “Colour” as “color” and “Flavour” as “flavor.” My apologies! …….. Unless it’s part of the World Conspiracy ……..?

  6. They do the same idiot stuff here in Texas. Storm of the century! Then nothing. So I just quit watching the weather reports. Naturally when I do this, I wake up and there’s huge drifts of the stuff and we’re in the middle of a blizzard. And I’m totally unprepared because I didn’t go empty the grocery shelves like the others. My husband used to work at a grocery store, and he said they would do that every single time a bad weather report came through – so I think you’re on it. It’s a conspiracy. Plus, news is on 24/7 and they literally have nothing to talk about anymore.

  7. I wouldn’t trust that weathergirl. There’s only about 50% chance that she’ll actually show up as she promised.
    I didn’t watch the forecast, but we had enough snow to build a snow castle in our backyard. Though we had to strip-mine all the snow from the entire backyard and even steal some from our neighbors.

      1. Hmm, I think either could work over here. Although we’ve only fairly recently started calling it French Toast, it used to just be called Eggy Bread over here! A lot of people still call it that, but I prefer to call it French Toast because I’m more fancy like that.

  8. Where I come from, we don’t get that excited about 2-4 inches. Not only that, but we don’t mind if it snows. (rimshot)
    Great junior detective work!

  9. Great story, however, you’re probably not too far off the truth. 😉 Sent by Susie and enjoyed the story.

  10. Reblogged this on 1pointperspective and commented:

    I know it’s the sign of a lazy blogger to re-post something they wrote a long time ago – so sue me! Since the weather forecasters seemed to over-estimate our snow totals by a foot or more, this seemed like a good time resurrect this nugget.

  11. Darling,
    Still right…as in being correct…even after all you’ve been through: the flood, the accident, the plague, the pestilence, pillaging and plagiarism problem, and…that other thing…
    And…yes all that French toast is beginning to make you a bit cheeky you know where…
    Carry on.

  12. It’s all so (once again) clear to me now (by which I mean it was clear to me 2 years ago.) Thank you so much for exposing this evil conspiracy. But can I still eat French toast?

    1. For the record, our “storm of the century over the past two days dropped about 2 inches of snow instead of the predicted 24 inches. Not a loaf of bread or a jug of milk to be seen in the local markets. I rest my case.

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