I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Just when you think you have your travel
itinerary all charted out, something comes up and throws another event in.
Fortunately, our trip to Houston was pretty casual, and we waited until we got
here to figure out how to spend our days. Good thing, because we discovered
that there was a huge Gingerbread House competition going on not far from our
hotel on Saturday.
Good so far . . .
Now this is no ordinary GingerbreadHouse competition; it is put on by AIA
Houston, an Architecture Association in Houston, so these houses should be well
We walked down in the morning and got to
see the beginning of the process. Everyone was checking their designs, and
teams were cutting out pieces of Gingerbread and getting materials ready. Even
at this early stage we could see that there were two distinct camps, those that
made really fancy traditional Gingerbread houses and those that used
gingerbread to make something really cool. There was Star Wars, Frozen, Disney
Princes Castle, Shrek, Houston City Hall, The Titanic, and many others.
You could easily see that some of these
teams were dead serious, with uniforms, team hats, or matching T-Shirts. The
rules seem pretty simple; there is a set limit to the size of the base,
gingerbread is provided, but teams could provide their own, all material must
be edible, and nothing can be pre-assembled or pre-cut. After wandering around
watching the beginning stages of the construction, we decided to explore
elsewhere and return to see the finished houses near judging.
Cool, but not much Gingerbread
After a trip to an outdoor skating rink
(Yup, skating in Houston at 22°), retrieval of a lost hat (mine, not Regis’)
and a wine shopping trip, we returned to the competition. The world globe was
sitting on the base rather than elevated on candy cane legs, and the Titanic had
completely collapsed, but most teams were just putting the finishing touches on
Grand Hotel Budapest
My favorite was the Grand Hotel Budapest,
because it was really a traditional Gingerbread house of extreme proportions,
but the 1950 woody wagon with the Airstream trailer was an emotional favorite
even though there was not a piece of gingerbread to be seen.
We did not get to see who actually won, but
check out the websitewhen it is updated with the 2014 winners.