Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hey Duso, Come On Out!

Okay. When I was in kindergarten, I touched my teacher's vagina. JK! That would have been weird. But one weird thing that I actually did experience in kindergarten was a strange little dolphin named Duso. He was a hand puppet that was brought to "life" by our guidance counselor, Mrs. Prince. Once every few weeks Mrs. Prince would come in to class, gather us around, and then pull this blue piece of fabric out of her magic bag. This was Duso, and he would lecture us about being a good person. I have told this story to countless piers of mine in the past few years, and none of them have any idea what I'm talking about. Allow me to enlighten...

DUSO stands for "Developing and Understanding of Self and Others". That's right. He was a tolerance dolphin. Click here to learn more.

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This odd-looking fellow has placed his fist inside of Duso. It's OK though, because Duso accepts him and his perversions. In fact, Duso kind of likes it.

I recall having to sing a song to Duso encouraging him to come out and play with us. None of us knew the words. It was awkward. I also remember Duso singing a song called "Maybe You Laughed", about encounters with the less fortunate. Maybe I laughed? I definitely fuckin' laughed. Here are the lyrics:

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Some hasty research reveals that this tune was penned by a woman named Janeen Brady, and that she's a Mormon who has songs included in the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints Songbook. Thank you, Lenox public schools, for giving me a great secular education!

7 comments:

Jake said...

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Nathan said...

Try Becket Consolidated on for size...
I believe we had "Duso and Friends"!
Most of m memories of it are locked solidly behind some mental wall...

raspo86 said...

Wow! I totally remember seeing Duso at my school as well! My guidance teacher would bring it out and everyone would be like 'WTF!?!?' - it was hillarious! I still remember Duso and I miss MY Duso. Duso come on back out!!!

raspo86 said...

Wow! I totally remember seeing Duso at my school as well! My guidance teacher would bring it out and everyone would be like 'WTF!?!?' - it was hillarious! I still remember Duso and I miss MY Duso. Duso come on back out!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I was afraid Duso was a figment of my 1976 imagination!! Lisa S

Anonymous said...

Yay! So I'm not crazy! I couldn't remember what kind of animal Duso was but I definitely did remember him! My friends thought I was crazy when i would mention him... 

Anthony Burroughs said...

I was passing the time earlier by reliving my childhood (4am and unable to sleep, go figure) and watching videos of the old computer games, "The Oregon Trail" and "The Amazon Trail" when Duso magically, and totally unexpectedly, popped into my head. I can remember like it was just yesterday... my friends and our entire class sitting on the floor while my teacher holds a dolphin puppet and sings aloud, "Hey Duso, come on out!" It's cool to see other people that remember this. I was curious as to whether or not "Duso" was something only practiced at our school, a regional and/or state type of deal or what...

Let's see... this was back in the 90's, while I was in elementary school, so I want to say somewhere between 1995-1997 and I live in Northwestern Indiana.