Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tagalongs and Samoas

The main reason I wanted to join the Girl Scouts was because it seemed like my friends were always leaving school early to go to camp.

But also, the cookies.

I didn't mind selling cookies - I mean, how many Girl Scouts actually sold cookies anyway? Our successes rested mainly on how many boxes sold at our parents' respective businesses. (My dad's firm always did better than The Lady's colleagues... teachers).

I was a little confused, though, after reading a punny article about cookie downsizing. What happened to the real names of the cookies? Apparently, many have since fallen to the wayside in an explosion of political correctness: tagalongs (now "Peanut Butter Patties), samoas (now Caramel deLites). and thin mints (oh wait, that's not offensive. I don't... think) will always live in my memory.

But mainly, this:



Over ten years later, and I still know every word. And not just the song lyrics.

("This is a very, very deep ravine.)

5 comments:

Waayers said...

I grew up with the "alternate" names (Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel DeLites, etc.). I think it might be a regional thing. My sister, who is now a co-troop leader, says that different bakeries use different names. But why they're different, I have no idea.

Em said...

How many times did we sleep over and watch that movie? Really, I think we need to do it again! I still bust out lines...

lem said...

I'm confused; what is not pc about tagalongs? If you're thinking you can be smart and answer "they're people in SE Asia; we shouldn't name a cookie after them!" Well, you'd be mistaken. They're Tagalog. So again, I ask, what is wrong with tagalongs?

JLR said...

Yep, there are two official girl scout cookie bakeries, and they use two different names. So whichever bakery the local council buys theirs from is what names you wind up with.

I think I know more than I should about Girl Scout cookies.

Heather said...

waayers - Maybe Californians are just lame...

em - I think that it's time for a reprise. I have it on VHS :)

lem - I know, I know. I got into this conversation with my coworkers and they think that I am an idiot.

jlr - You are extremely aware of cookies. But then, I know way too much about dinosaurs, so...