June 18, 2008

Of Mexican Food, Hats, and Camping

There are days when I think, ‘I got nuthin’’ and have no clue what I’ll blog. And then there are days where it just lands… in my lap. Blog fodder from Heaven.

I was in the car with my eldest taking him to bass guitar lessons. (He’s really progressing and has surpassed some of his buddies that have been taking far longer. His bass has become an extension of himself.) I said to him, “Listen, you have to wear a hat while you’re at Boy Scout camp next week. Its just going to be too much sun…”

He replied, “Can’t I just wear my visor? My hair covers my head…”

I thought for a second and said, “I’d like you to wear a hat. Think about it. Is there a baseball cap or anything you’d like?”

He sat and thought and then his face lit up and he exclaimed, “YES! There is a hat at the Quicksilver store that I thought was really funny. It said, ‘In Tacos We Trust’!”

Me: *blink*

I nearly choked.

At that point I realized I need to defer to someone a bit more skilled in the ways of society and what things mean vs. what I think they MIGHT mean.

I called Morrigan.

And the following conversation ensued, to the best of my recollection.

Bou: Hey. Its me. So my son wants me to buy him a hat that he saw at a store. It says, “In Tacos We Trust”.

Mo: *gasp!* NO. It.Does.Not.

Bou: Oh yes. So. Does it mean what I think it means or does it mean… someone really likes tacos?

Mo: You understand this right?

Bou: Yes. You mean like I know what a Tuna Taco is?

Mo: Umm. Did you just say Tuna Taco with your son in the car.

Bou: Yes. I did.

Mo: Nice. OK. Well, who makes this hat?

Bou: Quicksilver.

She peruses on line to see if she can find it.

Bou: I’m just kind of struggling with sending him to BOY SCOUT camp with a cap that says ‘In Tacos We Trust’. There just seems like something kind of… wrong about it.

Mo: But if he doesn’t know what it means, it’s innocent. It’s no biggie. Its like the time that Mom let TN buy that little nest at the gift shop at Cedar Rapids, that had a little egg inside with a big grin and a little sign proclaiming, “You’d be smiling too if you’d just been laid.” He was like... 8. He had no idea what that meant. She let him buy it.”

Bou: He will be WEARING this, NOT keeping it on his dresser.

Mo: Yeah, well, Mom and Dad let TN wear that tshirt that said, “Cover your mullet with hot tuna” and it had a big mullet sticking out of a pair of pants.

Bou: How old was he?

Mo: A teenager. Fifteen?

Bou: Exactly.

Mo: I can’t find it… There is nothing crude on the Quicksilver website, nothing like in the surf stores.

Bou: I think I should just explain it to him and let him make the decision, that it could be something different than just liking Tacos.

Mo: You could do that… maybe they’ll have a different hat at Quicksilver he may like more.

And so we hung up and I said, “This hat could mean one of two things. It either means you really like Mexican food or it means… the equivalent of a girl wearing a hat that says, ‘in sausages we trust’”.

He stared at me, started to smile and said, “OH! I get it… oh.”

Bou: You like Mexican food that much?

Ringo: I HATE Mexican food! I just thought it was really really funny!

Bou: Oh then let us think of perhaps another hat…

Good Grief.

Posted by Boudicca at June 18, 2008 08:12 PM | TrackBack

isn't it sad when kids start getting the humor we adults get?

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at June 18, 2008 08:38 PM

OH he didn't get it at all. He didn't get it until I mentioned sausages. Evidently the boys, not my boys so much as the boys at school, talk about all the gutter names for their appendages. Actually, Mr. T finds it revolting how that's all some of the boys talk about.

But Ringo didn't get it until I explained it. So there is that...

But I am also kind of hoping that I'm wrong and the hat really is about liking Mexican Food. I really really want it to be about that...

Posted by: Bou at June 18, 2008 08:47 PM

I am scared of what I face in the future. Scared, completely scared!

Posted by: oddybobo at June 18, 2008 09:10 PM

Get your heads out of the gutter ;-)

It's actually more of a joke regarding Mexicans in the states with their taco stands or mexican restaraunts.

There's a picture in the link below of a girl wearing the shirt.



Posted by: Sissy at June 18, 2008 10:47 PM

Sissy- I stand by Mo and Me. That Quicksilver print has FISH ON IT! the others may be taking a slam at the Mexicans, but given the history of surfers and the fish on that 'in tacos we trust', that to me is... not something to wear to Boy Scout camp!

Posted by: Bou at June 19, 2008 07:06 AM

Hi Bou! Just testing to see what's making your blog play hide-and-seek.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 19, 2008 08:08 AM


The t-shirt does seem to be what you say but the hat has fish on it! I have to say as a girl, I still would not wear that t-shirt. It's replacing God with hoo hoo, therefor like saying "worship the hoo hoo."

Posted by: Morrigan at June 19, 2008 08:18 AM

There's an age gap here- I didn't get it at all. So Moms get it but those in between are clueless. ;)

Posted by: pam at June 19, 2008 08:21 AM

Sweet Jebus, no one could make this stuff up. Priceless for certain!!!

Posted by: Kris, in New England at June 19, 2008 08:21 AM

"worship the hoo hoo". Holy crap. I think I just spit at my computer!

Pam- Honestly, I think its from growing up with surfers. It may be a coastal thing...

Posted by: Bou at June 19, 2008 12:28 PM

Well, thanks for the education! I didn't get it either. Why a fish taco? What is with the tuna references anyhow? I never have got that.

Posted by: PeggyU at June 19, 2008 01:33 PM

Peggy- Email coming your way.

Sissy- BTW, I saw that one tshirt yesterday when looking for the hat. I told Mo about it and told her I thought maybe it was a Lesbian shirt, being a girl was wearing it. She said, "NO! She is inviting men to have enjoy her hoo hoo!" I nearly fell out laughing!

My Mom is so loving this thread now... Heh. Good Grief.

Posted by: Bou at June 19, 2008 02:15 PM

Some of the things I hear from my 11-year old Scouts makes me wonder-do they really know what they're talking about? Sometimes I'm afraid to call them on it unless I absolutely have to, lest they realize just how vulgar it may be.

Pretty sad when the young kids start getting the adult humor.

Oh, and Peggy - you will probably regret asking.

Posted by: diamond dave at June 19, 2008 02:32 PM

Dave- Sometimes I think they are clueless... and sometimes I think they don't get how crude it is.

I actually truly hate the inference of it all... which is why I had to tell him so he'd not really want that hat. I can't have my son wearing something so... nasty.

But I went into a store a couple years ago that had just opened in our mall. Keep in mind I don't shop. I just wanted to see what this store sold, what type of clothes.

I walked in, and the first table I came to was full of these little tight middrift tshirts for teenage girls that had all sorts of crude messages on them... the most offensive was the whole tuna taco thing. I was absolutely aghast AND angry. The thought that some mother would let her daughter wear something so offensive was appalling to me.

I keep telling girl Moms, "I can teach my boys to respect women, but if your daughter continually does not respect herself, eventually my son won't respect her either."

And ftr, I really really did not want that hat to meant that. I REALLY REALLY wanted it to be about someone liking Mexican food. :( I'm perpetually disappointe...

Posted by: Bou at June 19, 2008 02:38 PM

Also, it's a Quicksilver hat. Fish tacos have always been huge with the surfing community out here. Wahoo's is probably the most popular chain.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at June 19, 2008 07:34 PM

Whenever I am concerned about a double entendre, I consult UrbanDictionary.com and I can always find out if there's a newer meaning I'm unaware of. That site has three definitions for taco, the first being a synonym for a vagina. :( The second is just the regular food kind of taco, and the third is a generic name for any Mexican.

Posted by: GradualDazzle at June 19, 2008 11:08 PM

"worship the hoo hoo"

Yep that pretty much sums up 18 years of marriage, so where do I get the hat?


Posted by: P'cola Titan at June 20, 2008 12:00 AM

Ohhhh! Like that sign in Jacksonville promoting a play called "The Hoo Haa Chronicles".
Wow, that hat ain't for a teenage boy.

Posted by: Mockinbird at June 20, 2008 11:13 AM

Gradual Dazzle- TN and I were talking offline... the surfers have the whole double entendre down! They are the MASTERS!

PT- LOL! Funny you should say that. I had someone else tell me they almost posted a comment saying that men have been worshipping hoo hoo's from the beginning of time. Cracked me up.

Mockinbird- Nope, he's not getting the hat. As of now... he shall remain hatless.

Posted by: Bou at June 20, 2008 03:09 PM