One of the great things about living in Orange County is that you never know what strange things you may stumble upon as you travel around its cozy confines.
Last night, at 915pm, I approached the famous Block of Orange, and saw a sight straight out of a Chabad Telethon.
You know the scenes I'm talking about: Normally sober, serious, and respectable, adults, many of them older than I am, dancing joyously to a catchy tune.
Well, um, what I witnessed was like that.... but without the long beards, funny hats, and great music, plus I was more than twice the age of just about everyone present. ;-D
As I approached one of America's iconic dining establishments I saw what seemed like, at least, 100 young people singing, clapping, and dancing, in, and around, the drive-thru entrance.
And eating donuts... lots, and lots of donuts!
They all appeared to be caucasian ( It WAS dark, howeer, and I didn't attempt a head count, so that's just a guess, too. ), and that just made me more curious to learn what had set them off.
There they were, flushed with the pleasure of their dancing, and singing, but what were they singing, was there a meaning to their strange dance, and what planet did they come from, anyway?
After asking a few questions of several people who were not caught up in the frenzy, I finally got some answers.
As I watched, the spectacle unfolded before me:
A bunch of the crowd did a dance involving people moving forward, and back, in the circle they were in, as everyone else clapped, and hollered.
Then, as everyone sang 2 sentences, they turn their backs to the person next to them, or behind them in the crowd, and shake their behinds however much they can before turning around again to the center of the circle, all the while laughing, and singing, and getting generally all excited.
Whenever a car would approach the crowd would part and, to loud cheers, let the devotees of Krispy Kreme approach their shrine to worship.
I pieced together the chant:
"Wag, wag, wag my Pony! This is how we do it!!"
If you don't know what the "Pony" is, you are on your own because I can't help you. ;-D
I originally thought someone had put something in the Donuts, but learned there was probably a more interesting explanation.
Further questioning revealed that the young people were incoming Freshmen/Freshwomen ( Freshpersons? Hee, hee! ) at the Christian Vanguard University, of Costa Mesa, right here in Orange County.
Ahhh, now, I thought, THAT explains it!
You see, this week is Welcome Week for the start of the new school year:
We're excited to welcome all of our FABULO(US) new students to the VANGUARD CAMP(US) community at Welcome Week 2007!
In August, you'll get to see what "The (US) Campaign" is all about and what God is up to at V(US)C. We are honored that you have chosen to be a part of (US) during this MOMENTO(US) time in your life!
Okaayyyy, apparently part of what God is up to is introducing impressionable young people, unaccustomed to certain delecacies they are not familiar with where they come from, to said cuisine at one of the local Houses of Worhip, and letting nature, um, take its course. ;-D
Such an activity is apparently "guaranteed to assist you in your ADJ(US)TMENT to college life making your transition into the V(US)C community successful."
A perusal of the Events Schedule revealed all.
The day began with a communal breakfast, and 4 hours in Church.
Then came a communal lunch, a 3 hour event of some sort, followed by pizza, washed down with another 2 hours in Church afterward.
The highlight of the day was the evening nightcap at Krispy Kreme that had begun at around 845pm, and lasted until 11pm.
Check out the Schedule for yourself, it's all there.
Yes, they danced the whole time there, from what I later learned, when I passed by after an evening at the movies, at 1130pm.
Little did they know that a local Blogger ( Yours Truly! ) would happen upon the whole jouyous scene, and snap a couple of pictures for a story. ;-D
I watched for 20 minutes before heading off to the watch a movie.
People, like me, coming to the mall, or leaving, came by to observe the spectacle, and I got a chuckle out of 2 young black guys who shook their heads in disbelief at what they were witnessing.
1 offered the other $5 if he would join in, and his friend laughed, shook his head, and looked at him as if he was nuts. ;-D
Krispy Kreme no doubt made a killing. ;-D
People who watch certain TV Shows, expecting to get a glimpse into the REAL OC, need to get their behinds off the couch, and get out more.
I love this place! ;-D
NOTE: Elon Gold will host the 27th annual Chabad "To Life!" Telethon on Sunday, September 9, 2007 from 4-10 p.m. PDT.
You KNOW you want to watch at least a few minutes of the fun, don't lie! ;-D