My Trip to Jordan: Falsetto

At Petra, in the glaring early afternoon sun, we were booking it from the base of the 700 steps to the monastery back to the treasury. Amid the sea of dusty, perky German and Australian tourists and American girls stupidly wearing sundresses and flipflops (it's a 4km hike through sand, guys, come on), there was this knot of a dozen American-accented fresh-faced young men in tucked-in collared shirts and nicely combed hair, breezily wandering with a somewhat aristocratic cameraderie. Not uniformly dressed enough to be Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses, not old enough to be Rotarians, not ass-slappy enough to be a frat.

I turned to Mr. B and Mo: "Twenty bucks says they're an a capella group from an Ivy League school."

So Mr. B went up to one who was straggling behind the others: blond curls, a pink polo shirt, boat shoes.

"Who are you guys?" Mr. B asked.
"We're an a capella group," the guy said.
"Where from?"

It's a good school but it's no Ivy. No points, thanks for playing, try again.

Update: An extraordinarly astute reader points out that they were almost certainly the Virginia Gentlemen.


Michael said...

That was my cover when I worked for the Company, too.

Nichols-Belo said...

Ah but Helen. UVa is a "public Ivy" along with UC Berkley and Michigan.

Also UVa has many many acapella groups (http://www.collegiate-acappella.com/CA-DirectoryS-Z.html) some of which are downright fantastic and several of which were featured in Rapkin's runaway hit, Pitch Perfect. And as a 7 year veteran of Mr. Jefferson's university, I can tell you that 90% of the undergraduate boys wear pink, seersucker, and Jcrew critter-embossed items. So yeah, it really could have been any of them.

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