he begins to think that the things he thinks are important and that he should try to explain them because gee golly heck he’s a writer isn’t he and Mark Twain did it and why shouldn’t everyone get to be a witty columnist and still write novels everyone reads and talks about and have a following like Joss Whedon and
then he snaps out of it and reminds himself all the words he hasn’t written still have to be good. Really, really, really good.
Every night The Cake Boss initiates his secret Cake-Comm, in the Cake-Vault deep below the catacombs beneath Carlo’s Bakery.
"Cake President? It’s me, Buddy."
"What is it this time, Buddy?"
"Look, I got a real problem! Just this week the water went brown, Mauro didn’t bring enough sugar, and a bride came in and squirted colors all over one of my cakes! And also Danny didn’t take the poundcake out the freezer so I had to wait two-ta-tree hours to wait for it to Thor out."
"Listen, Buddy. When I made you Cake Boss of Carlo’s Bakery so you could infiltrate the mouths of America, did you complain?"
"No, but I was gonna be cake boss anyway. Mia familia runs Carlo’s."
"When I told you to make a Submarine cake for my special Navy ceremony, did you complain?
"Did you complain? Or did you make the cake?"
"I made the cake."
"So why this time is it so hard to make the cake?"
"The taxes on fondant and modeling chocolate are too high. I can barely keep my business afloat, what wit brides and Stretch breaking all the cakes, and Frankie’s too big to even move around in my little kitchen."
"You want a cake bailout?"
"No, I need money."
"All I can do is make you a specialty cake of you putting your feet up in a bathtub full of gum paste money."
"Really? I can have that?"
And every night the Cake Boss tiptoes back up the stairs, climbs back under the covers where his warm wife is, and cries icing tears.
Adam, what does the word "leadership" mean to you?
I’m glad you asked, Anon!
What is a good leader? Self-reliant. Knows what needs to be done and does it without being told. Looks forward to possible things (s)he might be asked to do, and does those too. Assists every other in situations where his/her expertise supercedes theirs on the spot and without complaint. Does not dump off easy jobs or frivolously ask for help simply because (s)he has the authority to do so. Leads by example, not by voice. Never agrees or disagrees with an idea simply because of who thought it. Is never fake.