Meet Kathy Bergen, kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, smiley face collector, wife of Jack, mother of Emily and Justin, and (most importantly for today's purpose) a (gasp!) Pepsi drinker.
When Coke machines appeared in the school hallway yesterday in preparation for the upcoming basketball season (Go, Irvington Indians!!), a few parents (okay, it was me and another parent, but I'm the goofy one) overheard Mrs. Bergen jokingly say she was all prepared to do a Pepsi commercial because she likes Pepsi. Oops, better rephrase that-- she wasn't joking about liking Pepsi! Did you see her Pepsi stash in the refrigerator?
Flash forward to lunchtime today, as yours truly, the Queen and Empress of Procrastination, was wiggling her paint brush (see Deb, I listened to ya!) and trying to think up new ideas for some of these Christmas crafts. My brain kept veering back to the Pepsi versus Coke thing. Wow, that's one of those debates that always gets people spouting their opinions. It's almost as good as the over versus under toilet paper dilemma when it comes to getting responses. Hmm, wouldn't it be cool to turn this into some sort of fundraiser for the school (and trust me, I am one of those parents who detests selling things, no matter how tasty or pretty or practical said things are supposed to be)?
Once again, the evil forces of procrastination forced me to stop painting holly leaves, grab the camera, swipe a couple of the hubby's cold Pepsi's from the fridge, and head over to the school, where I hoped to bribe Kindergarten Kathy into letting me record her Pepsi commercial. What happened next may not be history, but what the heck, it's going to be kind of fun to figure out what to do with this. As you can see from the interview in the video, Mrs. Bergen is game for the challenge and is composing her very own Pepsi jingle/slogan/commercial/whathaveyou even as you read this (well, maybe not as you are reading this, since the kindergarteners were due to return from lunch and recess a few minutes after this interview was recorded, but you get the idea).
So far, my thought is to have some sort of penny per vote contest and see whether Pepsi or Coke is the winner. . .when Irvington Grade School would actually be the winner, since the pennies would go to the school. Not sure about all the ins and outs of doing something like this, so if you have any experiences, urban myths, ideas, or connections with Pepsi or Coke bigwigs, do tell (leave a comment, 'kay?)!
For now, let's get a poll going. Which do you prefer Pepsi or Coke? Personally, Diet Coke runs in my veins, but I'd be willing to drink a Pepsi (gack! what a vile thought to me!) if Pepsi or Diet Pepsi wins the poll. . .