Chromeo, Ponyboy, and Wales vs. Whales
Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet Andy. He just turned 11 at 11:55pm on Wednesday. Eleven years old and he’s already met his favorite band….TWICE. Chromeo. He met one of the two members when he was 8. Andy informs me that the guy he met goes by “P-Thug.” Andy let’s me know, “At first [he] thought ‘P-Thug’ was funny, because ‘Thug’ and ‘Pee’.” After the giggles subside, he tells me it really stands for “Patrick” or “Ponyman.” Now I’m confused again, but I proceed with the interview, “So you met P-Thug when you were 8, then what?” Andy replies, “Then when I was ten, hey that rhymes!” and totally interrupts himself. His mom, Beth (art teacher, crafter, artist, and all around cool mom) helps him get his thoughts back on track.
I learn that last year he had to write a report in music class. The obvious choice for Andy was Chromeo. When they went to see the band later that year they showed the two members of the band the report. They were flattered and gave Andy a “guest of the band” sticker, let him sit in the VIP section, and in Beth’s words, “dance [his] little booty off ‘til midnight.” Apparently Andy has some pretty rad dance moves. He recalls, “people were looking at me and like ‘Go Andy! Go Andy! It’s your birthday, but not really! It’s in August! But it’s today, right now!” He laughs and then immediately admits, “They didn’t really chant, but they were like, ‘yay….that guy!’” When we talk more about the guest of the band sticker, Andy says with a deadpan look on his face, “So I guess there was a third member. I gotta go catch my limo to meet my paparazzi fans!” We all laugh and then Andy asks, “Ok, can we get serious now?”
Geez. Ok. Let’s get serious. Beth recommends we talk about his plans for the future. I ask him what he wants to be when he grows up and he replies, “A Wawa hoagie maker, ‘cause I love Wawa hoagies and I love building.” He then asks me to guess what he’s been building these days. I’m totally stumped so he gives me a clue. “Wales” he says. I’m thinking “Whales,” so I say with enthusiasm, “Ooooh! I love Whales! Especially Killer Whales!” Uh. No. Turns out he’s talking about Wales. The country. Oops! I finally get out of him that he’s into building with Dr. Who Legos, hence the clue “Wales.” I admit that I’ve heard of the show, but never seen it. (so now I guess I need to add that to the list with Mako Mermaids) The Dr. Who discussion turns into an Angry Birds discussion. I get some great pointers and very detailed descriptions of each bird. During the course of the conversation I reveal, yet again, how out of touch I am. We chat about his birthday plans and funny internet videos of people playing video games. Who knew those even existed? To wrap it up I just ask, “What’s the best thing about being Andy?” He thinks for a few minutes, jokes around a bit, and then answers, “The best thing about being Andy is that I have a high pitched voice so I can copy anyone.” Beth asks, “You do good imitations? Is that what you’re saying?” Andy looks at her and replies, “You do good imitations? Is that what you’re saying?”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is Andy for ya.