“A horse mask?” I said.
I thought about that.
“Was it an unpleasant horse mask?” I asked.
“Unpleasant? I dunno.”
“Unpleasant?” said a colleague from another office. “Did you ask if it was unpleasant?”
* * *Today, Rebel Girl informed me that some among us are considering recommending to the IVC mascot replacement workgroup (IVCMRW) that the college adopt the “horse head” to replace the laser.
“Yeah,” I said. “Horse head.”
“The fighting horse heads!” exclaimed the Reb.
|One end of a spectrum: Mr. Ed|
* * *Back in the mid-60s, when it came time to choose a school mascot, students at the newly-opened UC Irvine encountered some corporate condescension in the form of suggestions for the school mascot—accompanied by professionally rendered illustrations. In response, students ignored the Irvine Co’s suggestions and deliberately chose the worst mascot they could think of—an attempt to outdo UC Santa Barbara, I think, whose students had just chosen the “Banana Slugs.”
And so they chose the “Anteaters.” That really pissed off the Irvine Borg and the other borgs in Borg Land. The students were pleased.
|A horse is a horse, of course, of course|
And guess what? A few years ago, we quietly sold our laser (yes, we actually had one). So, now, not only do we have a profoundly lame mascot, but we don’t even have an excuse for choosing it. We are the Lasers in the way that Fountain Valley is a valley with fountains. We are the Lasers in the way that Garden Grove is dominated by gardens and groves.
We no longer have a laser. But we do have horse heads.