Neil & i were walking downtown, killing time till Sloanie was done her violin gig. A fluttering sign in the wind caught my attention & i said to Neil, "Hey, Fred Penner is coming to Calgary. Seriously - i think that guy came to my elementary school when i was in grade 1 or 2..."
i'm not actually sure that it was Fred Penner, but my brain seems to think it was so, i nod grinning.
"Ya. Haven't i ever told you about my Fred Penner incident?"
"Um, no. You have a Fred Penner incident?"
"Yes. He came to our school & he co-wrote a school anthem with the students... something about 'Queen Street School where the kids are cool, it's fun #1 it's Queen Street School'.... Then he gave a concert. One of the songs was Funkydiscombooblegum & it was all about the amazing properties of this gum... i don't remember how it went. Anyway, he said if anyone could stand up & say "funkydiscombooblegum" backwards, they could have a piece. Well, i thought i was so freaking clever, my hand flew into the air & he called on me. i stood up in front of the whole school.... turned around *backwards* and said (with a cocky little grin), 'funkydiscombooblegum'."
"Did he get it?"
"No. And i didn't get any funkydiscombooblegum. It was a little embarrassing, he said, 'um, no - you have to say it backwards...' & i was all, 'um, i'm *standing backwards* - get it? Saying it *backwards*??' but he had already started doing something else, so i sat down. When i told my mom she said he probably did get it, but didn't have any gum to give me so pretended he didn't."
"Mollen would totally do that."
"Yeah... i think she would. We're smart."
We might need to book some tickets to his concert...