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“What’s on the shopping list?” I asked my wife as I got ready to head out the door.
“Milk, eggs, bananas, and coffee beans.”
“Coffee beans, cha-cha-cha.”
It came out of my mouth with no thought whatsoever. It just fell out. My wife of over 30 years stared at me.
“Where did that come from?”
I had no idea.
Over the next few days, the phrase kept popping back into my head. It had to have come from somewhere!
I finally thought to Google it. At my age, it still isn’t my default, and what do you know, I wasn’t the only one with that search. The consensus is that it came from an old Western Airlines commercial – one of several where they had an animated parrot who rode on the tail of an airplane, cocktail in hand, spouting the tagline “Western Airlines, the only way to fly.”
If that’s true, “Coffee beans, cha-cha-cha” had been percolating in my subconscious for over 40 years. The mind is truly an amazing, scary thing.
It made me wonder, though, what things hidden in other people’s brains have made a sudden appearance, sometimes years later without really thinking? What was the occasion? Was the audience as gracious as mine? Enquiring minds want to know.Published in