‘C’ is for Can-Can

And now we move to the ‘C’ part of our program…

Cabins:  In Papua New Guinea, a “cabin” looks every bit like a cabin at a camp in the States with only a few exceptions:  the walls are made of bamboo, the roofs of some collect rain-water for drinking, and (because of the walls) noise travels from cabin to cabin without any hindrance.  This last bit caused our cabin no small amount of chastisement the first night, but we redeemed the situation the following nights by playing a card game where you get penalized for not whispering.

Cookies:  After making sure he wasn’t looking, I added a cookie to one of my student’s hamburgers (just above the lettuce, if I recall).  He dipped the whole thing into ketchup and took two full bites of it before realizing something was up.

Can-Can:  Tradition has it that every year, people come from far and wide to Camp Interface for their yearly rounds of “Can-Can” – a fun but ever-so-tiring game where people run around in circles and try to throw their opponents into a few nearby trash cans.  Needless to say, I did not win this year.

Prof. Plum:  No, it doesn’t start with a ‘C’, but it is, at the very least, alliterative.  One of my fellow teachers (the same one, in fact, who arrived on the field the very day I did, known to some as “Rigsby”) and I were chosen to be this year’s talent show MCs.  We decided to ad lib the whole thing, and it actually worked charmingly (that’s what they say, at least).  Since enough of my students affectionately call me “Professor Plum,” we decided I should adopt his personality for the night.  Here’s my outfit, complete with suspenders (my closest-of-kin would be proud) and an empty S.Pellegrino bottle used for bopping students on the head:

If there was any doubt, it was all great fun.

4 thoughts on “‘C’ is for Can-Can

  1. Boo-Al…I am LOVING reading your blogs!! I am also very proud that you are a part of something so special. You are such a blessing to your students and fellow teachers and all who know you there. But I am just as certain that they are all a blessing to you. I remember something one of my profs said when I was a Tennessee Tech (studying Elem. Ed.). He said…”As you learn, you teach and as you teach, you learn.” Your work there brings that statement to life for me. Love you ~ Aunt Cindie ~

  2. I so agree with your Aunt Cindie’s comments, Alan! And you look so cute as Prof Plum! What a fun time for everyone!

  3. “Oh, we are proud!” – Eliza Doolittle, expressing the sentiments of your closest-of-kin

  4. You deserved to be thrown in the can can; hopefully it was the tribe from the adjacent cabin seeking revenge. The cookie episode reminds me of the time we added those peanuts to Andy’s peanut butter sandwich:) Love you, Professor Plum.


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