John Baxter Is A Switch Hitter

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Yesterday I went to see a play about gay softball. Going into the play, I thought it was going to be the typical ‘it’s okay to be gay message about some gay guy finding his love for softball, and how he’ll be accepted’, so of course I was skeptical. The play took my expectations, threw it up in the air, and completely shattered it with a softball bat powered by twin jet engines. In other words, the play was amazing.

John Baxter Is a Switch Hitter is playing at Intiman Theatre. From August 18 – September 27 (only one day left, so hurry!) http://www.intiman.org/john-baxter-is-a-switch-hitter/

The Humor

One of my favorite parts about this play was the humor. It’s not just like some jokes here and there, it’s much more. Some they hide (one of which was placing 69 on the back of each jersey) and some they outright say; I won’t spoil anymore, but they definitely make you laugh, at least, until the second part.

The acting

The acting was superb, and it made the characters feel like real people. Now, the acting in the first part was great, but it was after the intermission when it really started to shine. I won’t spoil any of the plot, but after the intermission, the play took a very emotional turn, and then you really started to see how good the actors were. My mom almost cried.

The set

The set is where the director’s skill really shines. They decided to take a gamble with the set. Instead of doing a lot of props and flashy special effects, they decided to do a bare minimal amount. They used two sets of bleachers in almost every scene. For the props, they did the bare minimum, so you had to use your imagination. And they decided to do something really creative. In almost every scene, they used these two bleachers to represent something, whether it was an office, a house, or just bleachers at a softball game.

The message

Finally, the important part. The message. What I thought it was going to be was an ‘it’s okay to be gay’ type of uplifting story, and as I said in my intro, that got blown away by a rocket-propelled softball bat (or rpsb for short). There are several great messages, take my word, and I’ll only state a few broad ones, as I don’t want to spoil anything. Some great ones were: Emotions – How anger can cloud your judgment. Discrimination – is it okay to discriminate against others because you were discriminated against? Identity – Is it right to be forced to self declare as ‘gay’ or ‘non-gay’ to play on the team? Sports Ethics – What are the ethics of sports, and was it right to do whatever it takes to win? No one’s opinion was wrong, they all had good reasons. These are just a few of some of the amazing messages this story gives.

The conclusion

I honestly believe this was an amazing play, the dialogue was great, the acting was amazing, and I couldn’t poke any stupid plot holes! My whole family, including my ten year old brother, had a lively discussion that lasted over an hour, about the play. I would recommend this to everyone, but it does have some swearing and sex jokes, so just be warned before taking young kids. Other than that, it was a great play, and I loved it! 

My Sweet lil Cakes

Today we went to the Dragon Fest and Food Walk in International district. We went around trying all these different food from different stands. While we were walking, we came across My Sweet Lil Cakes, where they make unique baked goods on a stick. Their website is at http://www.mysweetlilcakes.com/ 

 

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They have various flavors on their menu, but what they were selling the time I went were: Blueberry Lemon Ricotta w/Honey Lemon Syrup, Red Velvet Buttermilk w/Dark Cherries & Sweet Cream Cheese, and Free Range Chicken & Waffle w/Maple Butter. They also had black tea lemonade, but we didn’t buy it. They also have other flavors, but these were what they were making. We decided to try all of them, so I shall describe each of them. 

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 The Waffle, which was the first one we recieved, was very instresting. Normally, sweet  and savory don’t go together (the chicken and maple syrup) but this was an exeption. The Chicken is quite salty, but the sweetness from the maple syrup helps balance it out. To make sure it isn’t too compounded and layered, the flatness from the waffle helps blend and balance it, helping bridge the sweet and salty together into one, tasty waffle on a stick.       IMG_20140713_120240-001

Later we got the blueberry and red velvet. The batter on both didn’t turn out the way it was expected (it was the first batch of the day) and were burnt a bit, but delicious none the less. The blueberry and red velvet were sweet, so they should be eaten as dessert. 

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I’ll start with the blueberry (the one on the left in the picture above). The lemon honey is sourced locally and is homemade, so you won’t be seeing it in stores. The honey is very sweet, but that’s okay because the blueberry is a sweet cake. The amount of honey they give you is just right, enough to cover the cake, but not too much to make it too overwelming. The blueberries also help balance the flavor, giving it a tartness. Although mine was burnt, it was still very tasty and I recomend this to anybody who likes their dessert sour, or just want to try something new. 

 The red velvet (the one on the right in the picture above) was my personal favorite; it has cherries in the middle and cream cheese on the top. The red velvet isn’t too strong, but enough to add another layer of flavor. The cherries adds sourness, a bit more than the blueberries. When you bite into it, you can taste  the cream cheese, which helps in the sweet department. This cake is less connected than the blueberrys, and has more oboius layers, but the way the cake is made, it’s okay. This cake is more for people who like to experiance multiple noticable flavors in their mouth at a time, and who like some creamyness.

   IMG_20140713_120101-001 All in all, I think My Sweet Lil Cakes is the perfect place for anybody who wants to try something new, and unique. The cakes aren’t just cakes with a stick through it, it has it’s own quirks to set it aside from other baked goods. The waiting is good, although since we came when the first batch was still being made, so we had to wait for about 10 minutes. But  they have some seating, and the people are really nice. 

 I rate this a 9/10, a must go to for anybody who wants a tasty treat.