As many of you know I am a summer camp junkie. I loved it. Camp was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Some of you understand and others think that I am a loser. Doesn’t make much of a difference to me what you think, I am too busy worrying about holding a birthday party.
During the Summer of my twenty-second year walking this planet I ventured off to a new camp that was located in a different country. To clarify, it wasn’t a new camp, but it was new to me.
I was part of a small group of three that left the land that we knew for the splendor known as Ontario. It was in Canada that we decided we would spend time. It was in Canada where we were completely unknown that we decided have a summer of fun, frolic and some debauchery. And it was in Canada that we decided we would try and start a new trend.
The idea was that we would go to camp and try to convince all of the people there that if they wanted to be on the cutting edge they would use an expression we created. In our minds it was simple. They’d want to be cool, they’d want to be hip and they would look to us to help them.
Yes, I know that it was arrogant to think that a few guys from LA would convince a bunch of Canadian yokels into thinking that we were cool, but it made sense to us. How could they not believe us. They didn’t have real money, the bills looked like they belonged in a Monopoly game and they had coins with goofy names like Looneys. And don’t get me started on those funny accents and expressions. I was familiar with Bob and Doug Mackenzie. What else did we need to know about Canada.
If you are not familiar, here is a short clip:
Back to the story. We quickly decided that the easiest thing to do was to come up with a word or expression and try to convince the folks at camp that they should use it.
That was the word.
Combrodonate. It sounds ridiculous, but looking back we didn’t think so. We thought that it had that special something that would endear it to people and most of all we thought that we could sell it.
Well, we convinced a bunch of people and for a short time it appeared that it might work. But just when it seemed most promising it started to fizzle out. I can’t say that I know exactly why because the truth is that for a short time it hung on and we gained some mindshare and momentum.
Looking back I suspect that there were a couple of reasons why it didn’t catch. It didn’t have enough pizzazz to support what is really kind of a dumb word and the boys and I were too busy chasing the women to focus on it.
I’ll let you combrodonate upon that and for now I’ll wish you a pleasant evening. See you in the AM.