It was mid-June, and we were awash in the seasonal gloom when a box arrived at the editorial offices of the Coastline Pilot. Inside the box, nestled in brown and gold packing material, was an 18-karat gold wiener.
It also happened to be the week that former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) was being pilloried for sexting messages and photos of his, ahem, wiener, to a number of women all over the country.
FOR THE RECORD:
[An earlier version of this story misspelled Rep. Anthony Weiner's name.]
"Congratulations, Cindy!" a certificate sealed in an envelope declared. "You are a chosen recipient of Wienerschnitzel's 50th anniversary 18K Gold Wiener Tenna Topper.
"This genuine, limited edition, gold-plated wienie is a special gift to lettuce share how much we relish your participation in our year-long 50th anniversary celebration.
"We don't mean to sound cheesy, but we get positively giddy when we imagine our loyal fans cruising top-down during the hot, dog days of summer, with our golden wienies flying in the wind."