Thursday 19 Jul 2018 | 19:37 | SYDNEY
Thursday 19 Jul 2018 | 19:37 | SYDNEY

A Washingtonian fetish


Fergus Hanson


25 October 2011 08:50

You could be fooled for thinking it is a sign of the times. Are the American declinists actually right? A breadline in Georgetown? Every week since I've been in DC I've passed by the line, which without fail is snaking its way around the block. It's not a breadline though, or queue for food stamps, but a line for cupcakes!

Washingtonians appear to have a pretty acute fetish for the things and an uncharacteristic patience for waiting in line for them. Within a few blocks in Georgetown you can find Georgetown Cupcake (pictured and now with its own reality TV show, so maybe the declinists are right after all), Baked and Wired, Sprinkles Cupcakes and BonaFide Cupcakes.

This shot is only a Friday line, so not quite as epic as Saturday or Sunday, which would defy being captured in a single frame. Readers will note it was taken from the middle of the road, probably voiding my insurance and showing the lengths Interpreter reporters will go to to deliver to our readers.

The lady at the front of the line happily told me she had only been waiting twenty minutes.