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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just Let Me Slip On a Banana Peel and I'll Tell You About It

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Banana Shpeel. All opinions are 100% mine.


When I was growing up, my mother used a bunch of strange expressions that made me laugh, but I never knew exactly where they came from... maybe old time radio before there was television? Vaudeville? Here's an example... when I needed her to drive me somewhere in the morning before she was dressed, she'd say, "Just let me slip on a banana peel and we'll be on our way." Now that I have two little girls of my own, I find myself using my own strange expressions, not to mention occasionally adopting one or two of Grandmom's... last week when we had dinner with Grandmom, she told/sang us some old jump roping games and chants that she and her friends did when they were in grade school. Next time we're over her house for a visit, London and Maddie will have to get to the bottom of a few of the quaint expressions we use around our house.

Speaking of crazy humor, vaudeville and slipping on a Banana Shpeel, Cirque de Soleil has a new adventure... Banana Shpeel is a roller-coaster mix of styles that blends comedy with tap, hip hop, eccentric dance and slapstick, pulled together by a hilarious narrative that sounds a bit like Grandmom and ignites a succession of wacky adventures. The Banana Shpeel story takes us into the strange world of Emmett, a romantic and innocent actor who has come to audition for a cruel and cranky producer with the unlikely name of Shmelky. Meanwhile, there's the love story of Emmett and the beautiful Katie. and meets a bunch of absurd characters, including the strange Banana Man. But who is this mysterious Banana Man and how can Emmett escape the clutches of Shmelky and his henchmen?

I haven't been to a Cirque du Soleil show in many years, though I've seen a few clips on television... and also heard a rumor that one of the girls' instructors at Randolph Gymnastics used to perform his gymnastics on the backs of horses for Cirque de Soleil. It's not hard to picture Jordan as the mysterious Banana Man! I'm going to look into taking London and Maddie to Banana Shpeel as their first ever Cirque de Soleil experience.

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