Editor's View: Dissecting dessert, desert for reader

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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One of the most famous songs using desert imagery is America’s 1972 release, “A Horse with No Name.” As the lyrics go, “I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name. It felt good to be out of the rain. In the desert, you can remember your name. …” Why do I have that song stuck in my head? Well, I received a call from a reader who believes I used the wrong word in a headline in our June 8 edition. “I’m a longtime proofreader and on the story on Phillip Garrido, the headline says (he got his) ‘just deserts.’ I believe that should be ‘desserts,’” she said on my voicemail. She didn’t leave her name or her number for me to call her back but I hope she did some research and found that, in fact, the headline is correct. We’re not saying Garrido is getting “just desserts,” because then he’d be eating pie or cake or, well, you get the idea. According to the dictionary, “just deserts” means, “A deserved punishment or reward, as in ‘He got his just deserts when Mary jilted him.’ This idiom employs desert in the sense of ‘what one deserves,’ a usage dating from the 1300s but obsolete except in this expression.” Desserts help kids in need And speaking of desserts, Icing on the Cupcake is celebrating the opening of their fourth location on June 17 by donating 25 percent of all sales that day to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Charity at U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital. Try saying that three times fast, especially with a mouthful of cupcake. The artistic cupcake business has stores in Sacramento, Folsom and now two in Rocklin. Their new 7,000-square-foot west Rocklin location is designed to help the company satisfy cupcake cravings on a larger scale. The kitchen in the new store is nearly 10 times larger than the original. According to their press people, the new store will have the capacity to provide all of the cupcakes for their four retail outlets and “to support additional locations in the future.” It’s always nice to hear when a business is thriving. To learn more about them, visit Skip dessert, go for fish I hear there was a hand-clapping, foot-stomping hootenanny going on last week around Young Wo Circle in Folsom. Dean Handy tells me the neighborhood gathered for a Fish Taco Night. “We had probably 50 to 65 people here between three backyards,” he said. “Have Mercy band played and it was a good time.” Neighborhood gatherings are part of what helps keep this area’s small-town atmosphere intact. I applaud Handy and his neighbors for continuing with such a tradition. Handy has been hard at work with volunteers to help put together the Aug. 5-7 Folsom High School All-Class Reunion. No matter what year you graduated from Folsom High, you’re welcome to attend. He tells me some of the classes are putting on their own mini-reunions at various locations around town. Look for more on this in next week’s paper. What’s coming I can’t serve up a column of fish tacos, cupcakes and dry deserts without putting out something to please your palate. In the June 22 paper, look for our coverage of the El Dorado County Fair, a gathering of regional Rotary clubs in Sacramento, a look at the local Segway polo team and we’ll put feet to dirt to dig up some of the local runners to root for in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. Telegraph Managing Editor Don Chaddock can be reached at