Choose Fun?


It has already been two weeks ago since I got home from a cruise. It is hard to believe that those two weeks have gone that fast. I don’t know why I am always amazed at how fast time seems to go….. because it always seems to go fast.

I was talking to my husband about some of the funny things that happened on that vacation with our group of 8 family members…all women. I was relating how when we boarded the ship we entered a lobby that was glittering with shiny brass, glass and well polished wood.

There was already a crowd of people in that space. They were all listening to a guy standing on a stage behind a bar and he was hollering one word and the crowd was hollering one word back.

I thought this guy, who later turned out to be the cruise director named Peter, was hollering “Juice!”  …. to which the crowd responded heartily, “Funk!” I turned to Cousin Barb and asked what they were saying. She responded, “It sounds like Juice …. Funk”.

I have to confess; it took till the following night (after hearing this repeatedly in various locations on the boat) that I (and my cruise mates) figured out the chant was actually “Choose….Fun!”  My sister-in-law then informed me that, those words were the motto of the Carnival Cruise line. (Nope, I am not getting reimbursed for mentioning the cruise line…though if they offered….. I would take a free cruise!)

I was just happy that I was not the only one who could not figure out, immediately, what they were hollering. There is some comfort in sharing the stupid!

This memory was brought back while watching the Olympic winter games on tv. One of the commercials was from Carnival and they were… guessed it….chanting, “Choose Fun!” ( I have a feeling my brain will forever translate that as Juice Funk.)

I love watching the winter Olympic games but I do wonder about some of the sports those athletes do. I wonder about someone belly flopping on a tiny sled and plummeting down an ice-coated slide….a slide that twists and turns. I never hear a peep from those athletes participating in the Skeleton. I know for a fact I would be screaming my fool head off on that one.

I also wonder who in the world decided it was a good idea to strap both your feet to a board and shoot down a thing called a half pipe only to shoot back up and launch yourself unbelievably high into the air. Is this courage or something else?  Having raised boys….I think it is safe to say it probably was hatched in the brain of a man child. (Sorry guys, that is just my experience.)

Another event that baffles me is the ski jump. Again…..who thinks of these things? Maybe it is just me…… but rocketing yourself off of a ledge to land on a hard ice/snow packed surface leaves me scratching my head. It ranks right up there with jumping out of a perfectly good airplane or bungee jumping.

Our area of the country does have a small claim to fame when it comes to ski jumping and the Olympics. Back in 1932 the Olympic ski jump trials were held at a place called Canton, SD. If you want to learn more click on the name Canton, SD and check out the link to that bit of history.

I am always glad when the Olympics are on and I absolutely love the winter games. I always kind of wonder if I enjoy them so much because I am in awe of what those dedicated athletes can do. I am amazed at the grace of the figure skaters. I have no idea how those slalom skiers manage to make it through all those little poles/gates and watching the bobsled athletes plummet down that ice coated slide makes me want to squinch my eyes tight shut (and I am not even on that slide).

I think it takes a special kind of person to be one of those athletes. I think you need to be more than fearless. I think you need to have a different idea of fun than I have. I think you maybe need to do more than “Choose Fun” I have a feeling you may also have to “Juice Funk”!

“We all have dreams.
But in order to make dreams come into reality,
it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self discipline, and effort.”
— Jesse Owens,
American track and field athlete and four-time gold medalist






39 thoughts on “Choose Fun?

  1. Jocelyn says:

    I don’t think we knew what they were saying either when we went on our cruise… You’re not alone ;). One of my Facebook friends posted that for every event there should be one “regular” person doing it for comparison… That would really put it in perspective!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Kind of like Eddie the Eagle a few Olympics ago? I ran the regular person idea past Lar and he started laughing and commented, “the regular person would probably be dead!”
      I also read a quote from Erma Bombeck and she said she does not participate in sports where there is an ambulance waiting at the end. LOL I am with her!!


  2. bcparkison says:

    Bless Erma’s heart she always sayest it like it is. My fav. is “It is always greenest over the septic tank’ and she is the one who came up with the definition of ” Dingledodies… those friends or acquaintances who you cannot help but be uplifted, enlightened or cheered up by-those people who put the light in your life. They are the special people who never fail to put a smile on your face, because of some series of strange habits or quirks unique only to them. ” You know …kinda like some of our blog friends..including you Miss Chicken.
    ps. that is what I have named my 3D cards..Dingledodies.

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  3. Al says:

    I’m sure you’ve read a couple of my blogs dealing with my hearing impairment. This is the kind of thing that happens to me several times every day. My wife and I have had so many good laughs when I repeat back to her what I think she said. Juice-funk ranks right up there with some of my best. Funny.

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  4. Margy says:

    We are always glued to the TV set during the winter olympics! Since we are a cold weather country, most of us do some sort of snow sport – so the Olympics let us watch the best of the best, plus stay indoors where it is warm and toasty. Go Canada Go!

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  5. Deb says:

    OMG Faye I’m literally snorting, I’m laughing so hard at the end when you say they have to do more than Choose Fun, they have to Juice Funk…lol!!! But you know you are right, isn’t it amazing what they can do? I’ve been watching the Olympics too and have been having the same thoughts.
    I remember a song I think it’s by Arrowsmith and there’s a line in the song that I always thought was “do the funky lady” turns out years later I learned what he was really saying was “dude looks like a lady” who knew when I was belting out do the funky lady, how wrong i was!! Lol. 😆

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  6. George says:

    I watch the half pipes , ski jumps and downhill skiing and you’re right, it takes a different kind of person with a high sense of daring to participate in these sports. I saw a couple take some falls that made me cringe. Don’t know they’d be yelling juice funk when that happened😊

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I suspect they were yelling something that might have been bleeped out??? I saw a couple hit that edge too and it looked painful. Our youngest son always thought that looked like fun…..was kind of glad there were no half pipes around here.

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  7. Green Global Trek says:

    That is such a funny cruise ship story. Especially that it took until the next day to discover the real words. Hahaha….. I am so sad to be missing the winter olympics as we live in Sri Lanka and have no TV, maybe we can find some of them on youtube. But it does seem that as much as movies etc get racier to keep people’s attention, the olympics gets crazier with tricks and strange sports that elevate the risk factor to keep people interested. No it is not just you!! I raised three boys and only one was fearless, the other two were and are courageous but not fearless. Nor reckless. Just one. That did scare me!!

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