Michael Combs is now part of the Kayak crowd. Hhe was putting in at Riverside Park in Columbia County and, of course, he knows about this big paddle palooza coming. "Yeah, I thought about it. My girlfriend's parents told me about it. We may come out here and check it out," he said.
There's going to be a lot of kayak's checking in...about 450 heading up river with a paddle...taking part in Saturday's fundraising kayak event on the Savannah River.
So, it all checks out...Riverview Landing and Park, paddle event. local festival. It's Saturday, it's all part of something called Benderdinker, but cue the record scratch sound. What the heck is a Bender Dinker?
"Bender Dinker, I don't know where it came from...interesting," said Combs.
"Ah... what's that again, Bender Dinker?" said a perplexed Richard Downes.
"Bender Dinker? I've never heard of it," said Joey Milton.
So, what does Bender Dinker mean?
"I have no idea," said Milton.
"I'm not sure what a Bender is, or a Dinker," said Steve Jones, with a laugh.
Slow down now, Bender Dinker. Whose bird-brained name idea was this?
"I think they're too embarrassed to ask me," said Kristina Williams, who is the organizer of the second annual Bender Dinker, and for the name, credit her mom.
Kristina is an athlete and competed in the American Birkebeiner, a marathon cross country ski race in Wisconsin. It seems Kristina's mom would mispronounce the name of the race and it came out. "Bender Dinker," Kristina said with a laugh.
So, if you didn't know the name, you really couldn't. So, kayakers don't beat yourselves up over not knowing.
"No, it's not their fault, we totally made it up. It's all just nonsense," said Williams.
But, does Bender Dinker make any sense?
"It's a great name, it's an awesome name...a name you won't forget it...that's for sure," says Jones.
"It sounds like a big old party if you want to know? It sounds like fun," said another guy.
It's like the song 'Who Let The Dogs Out', that's a lot of fun, too.
Bender Dinker...a rose by any other name...
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