One of the many advantages to having a cool neighbor who bakes and has a summer vacation is that you can ask her for baking soda on a Friday afternoon and get it.
That is precisely what I did. Around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, I popped in to say hi and ask for a critical ingredient for the Mici production.
"I'm making something that needs baking soda, and I can't find any in my kitchen. Do you have any lying around?"
"Why yes I do. Let me get it."
With one day to go, party prep was on track. Until...