I have always had a fondness for penguins. I love how they are all awkward and clumsy on land but total ballerinas in the water. Whenever I go to the zoo I literally have to plan at least 45 minutes to hang out at the penguin enclosure (you usually need that amount of time just to elbow your way up to the front past all the little kids).
There is also the interesting story of “The Penguin” from my high school days. When I was in high school, my group of friends and I were completely ignored by the opposite sex. That was fine with us because that mean we could spend most of our time checking them out (in other words, low level stalking). Each of us had at least a couple guys that we were crushing on, but there was always one that stood out above the rest. We had nicknames for all of them so that we could talk about them when other people were around. Allison and I even had little magnets in our locker with their nicknames on it so we could leave messages to each other about who was looking especially fine that day.
Some of the nicknames that I can remember are The Gorilla, The Fish, Pretty Boy, and Underwater Sex (he was a swimmer). My guy was The Penguin. He got that nickname because I love penguins and he also kind of walked like one (we discovered this after following him around the Chicago aquarium all day during a band trip). So for every birthday and special occasion that came up, my friends always gave me penguin stuff. That’s how I came to have a million penguin beanie babies and a giant road sign that says “penguin crossing.”
So, long story short, I have always had a soft spot for penguins. So when I saw this video on the internet, it melted my little heart.
I have watched it over and over again this week. Not only because it is cute, but also because it drives my cats bananas. 🙂
P.S. I watched a longer version of this video that points out the penguin is wearing a bandage on his foot. Apparently he suffers from bumblefoot. Everybody all at once now……aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwww.