Anyone in the mood for a WoodyBoater Word Association Test? A few weeks ago when Matt and his wife were travelling through West Jefferson, Ohio they discovered a restaurant that served up some fresh, home made pie that Matt described as “Mind Blowing.”

After reading the story and the comments about how much everyone liked home made pie, it got me to thinking about how peoples tastes for pie and boats are so different. Is there a connection between flavors of pie and flavors of boats? An architect once said to me, “Texx – Everyone has a different idea of what looks and tastes good, and what appeals to their senses, like with food, some people like Italian food and some people like Chinese food.” In WoodyBoater language, some people like Utilities and some people like Runabouts, Chris-Crafts vs Century’s, etc.

Those five senses are Hearing, Taste, Touch, Smell and Sight. Wooden boats appeal to at least four of those five senses and maybe even taste when the varnish is fresh and thick in the air. And we all know how fresh, home made pie effects our senses.

According to the results of a study in the Nations Restaurant News (Sept. 12, 2005) the Top 10 Pie Flavors in American Restautants are 1. Apple, 2. Chocolate or French Silk, 3. Coconut or Coconut Cream, 4. Pecan, 5. Berry (all types), 6. Key Lime, 7. Lemon, 8. Pumpkin, 9. Cherry, 10. Banana or Banana Cream. They also noted that there are 500 different pie flavors!

So I decided to try one of those Word Association Tests where someone says a word (in this case a flavor of pie) and you have to say the first thing that comes to mind – in this case what antique boat the word makes you think of, based on how that particular boat simulates your senses. OK – Here we go, starting from the top flavor….

1. Apple

2. Chocolate or French Silk

These both popped into my mind at the same time, not sure why…

3. Coconut or Coconut Cream

4. Pecan – Three choices…

5. Berry (all types) – Blueberry…

Wild Blueberry…

Huckleberry…

Blackberry (Old School Blackberry)…

6. Key Lime – Give me a Double!

7. Lemon

8. Pumpkin – Two Versions… Filling

and a traditional crust…

9. Cherry – One from Tahoe and One from Clayton…

10. Banana or Banana Cream – One of each…

Also – Shepherds Pie…

Cinnamon Pie…

Do they make Pie in Italy? Of course they do, it’s called “Torta della Nonna”
a Classic Tuscan Dessert…

Famous for their Ho-Made Pies, the Thunderbird Restaurant is in Mount Carmel, Utah just outside the the northern entrance to Zion National Park.

Pies, Pies, Pies – A popular print from 1961 by Wayne Thiebaud
(Courtesy of the Crocker Art Museum)

OK – There’s some guys wearing white coats knocking on the front door, not sure what they want but I hope they brought some pie…

Texx

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6 Responses to “A WoodyBoater Word Association Test”
  1. WoodyBoater

    I just went out and licked my boat.. And you know what it tasted like? Varnish! Thanks Texx..

  2. Anonymous

    I tried out your theory Texx. Got myself a large piece of old school blueberry pie and got started on it. Overall I think you are onto something here. What I would observe is that the base can be a little oily and that 5200 sure is chewy. You can taste the alcohol especially on the port side and I found the chrome handy for picking the mohogany splinters out of my teeth. Now I'd better go off and empty the bilge. Oh boy.

    Phil.

  3. Anonymous

    Texx…I wonder what the most popular flavor will be at the Warner Auction in October?

  4. Texx

    Based on the broad range and selection of collectable boats on the auction list, the Warner Auction appears to have something for everyone's taste (and budget).

    We are certainly looking forward to the event, or should I say "Spectacle" in October…

  5. 46Custom

    I will not doubt be one of the Humble in attendance.
    A few years back Todd Warner gave me a tour of his collection. Or as he said to me at the time: "I'm not sure if it’s a collection or a selection". He was trying to sell me a boat for sure but he also wasn't in any particular hurry to push one out the door on me. No hard sell was made. I could understand why he wasn’t in a hurry to sell. He loved having these boats. He knows everything about them in great detail. Just going to the warehouses; that’s right there is more than one, had a spiritual feeling. Well maybe not spiritual but very cool to be sure. With all of these boats I wondered but never asked how many ever make it to see water. Minnesota’s boating season is only a few months a year. He has so many water functional boats that each one could only get a day or two in the water per year if lucky. I’m not even counting the project boats that need restoration. Whether they are used or not they are kept in a perfect environment with high ceilings and gravel flooring.
    This is going to be fun.