Saturday, January 14, 2012

"Na Na Na Na Na Na..."

You never know what might trigger the idea for a blog post in the bizarre world known as "Carl's Mind."  :)  Friday morning Marilyn was driving me to an appointment (so I would only have to take the bus one way.  My wife- I think I'll keep her!) and the local classic rock station began playing the old Journey song "Lovin, Touchin and Squeezin."  I suddenly had a flashback to a moment on a youth trip in the late 1980's.  The group from Springfield Friends Meeting was at the Betsy B at North Myrtle Beach late one night, and several of us were sitting around listening to music when that song came on.  And we began to ask this question: How many "na-na-na-na-nas" are there at the end of that song?  So Kelly Allen, Jennifer Wood, Wendy Mattocks and I sat there and counted. Every last one of them. Forever it seemed.  And in the end, we knew.  We actually knew how many times Steve Perry and friends uttered the phrase "na."  There was an actual number. It was a moment of intense silliness and great accomplishment all at the same time.  It was a great youth group moment, the kind that could never have been artificially created.  It was real.  And it was shared with some people I really cared about.  THAT was a great night...

I realized yesterday as I heard the song again that I have forgotten that number.  I no longer have that incredible piece of trivia at my disposal.  I am in touch with so many of my former youth, but Wendy and Jennifer are not among them.  So that means it is up to Kelly to recall the results of that night so many years ago.  Either that, or it is time for a new group of friends to sit and count the "nas."  But I do need to know.  Because great matter how mundane, no mater how silly, no matter how random....should always be remembered.  They are one of a kind.  Have a blessed Saturday!

Because of Jesus,


  1. Anonymous1/14/2012

    I know the answer- it is a number represented by x that is greater than 1 and less than 1,000,000. or you can use the equation 1<x<1,000,000
    Glad I could help you out :D

    1. Thanks Lisa. That helps. I think... LOL

  2. 154 na na's....makes me smile every time I hear it. Love you!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Kelly! Another great mystery of life solved. NOw if we could only figure out why Tyrone is such a liar... Love you too!


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