"YOLO." And other Bad Idea Bears Advice

Written by: Deanza Banuelos

"What?!" The shocked voices exclaimed in union. "No Irish coffee?! Thats no fuuunnnnn!". Politely I declined the offer of a liquor boost in my usual black interview coffee. It was hard to stay firm in this decision looking at the drooping faces of two adorable Bad Idea Bears. Surely these fuzzy creatures only intended for me to loosen up a bit, and even though I declined day drinking at 10am I was sure that these two bears had my best interest at heart. Thankfully they both perked up with my invitation to share some of their famous ideas. The Blue Bad Idea Bear exclaimed with a gleam in his eye, "Ideas!! Oh we have lots of those!"

At that moment, an old acquaintance of mine (who will remain anonymous- but the first letter of the name starts with a B and ends with an ecky) happened to walk into the shop. It was not a friendly encounter to say the least. As we watched the acquaintance walk away, pink bear chimed in "Oh no! You just got iced by your ex-best friend. Saaaadddd! You have to drink before the interview!” I hesitated for a moment- I didn't want my emotional state to effect an important interview. I decided I could use a little relaxant to focus of the work. Pink Bad Idea Bear kindly handed me the first glass Long Island iced tea and we all cheered to "YOLO!!" beginning the official interview. 

For reasons I cannot disclose, the rest of the interview was, uh, fuzzy. Regrettably I did not take sufficient notes of the interview, but the Bad Idea Bears kindly offered a few of their best nuggets of wisdom to share for the article. I hope you will find the ideas almost as refreshing as a Long Island Iced Tea.


“You can’t get pregnant on your period!”

“What the heck, you should swipe right on that guy whose profile picture is a golden retriever.”

“The first pass at the buffet should just be what looks good to you; you can go back to the salad bar after this bread pudding, ice cream, popcorn shrimp, barbeque ribs, chalupa, egg roll, fries, and cake pop.”

“If you don’t tell your sister the truth about how she looked in her wedding dress, who will?”

“What have you got to lose, buy a timeshare!”

“Have you read “The Secret”? It will solve all your problems!”

“Let’s all drop acid in Times Square!”

“A Nigerian prince wants to meet you and just needs airfare and a money order! This is definitely true love! The beginning of a fairytale romance!”

“Let’s watch Gremlins 2!”


Be sure to catch 'Avenue Q' playing March 30 - April 27, 2019!


Avenue Q

Book by Jeff Whitty

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez

Directed by Sydney Parks Smith

March 30 - April 27, 2019

"Hilarious, insightful entertainment - an exuberant blast of fresh air!” Theater Review

Winner of the 2004 Tony Award “Triple Crown” (Best Score, Best Book, Best Musical) Avenue Q is part flesh, part puppet, and packed with heart. This laugh-out-loud musical tells the story of a bright-eyed college grad who goes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account.  Moving to the only place he can afford - all the way out on Avenue Q - he meets an odd assortment of offbeat friends who struggle to find jobs, dates, and an ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor, biting satire, and a delightfully catchy score, Avenue Q is likely the most irreverent musical you’ll ever see. Mature audiences only due to language and sexual humor.

Adults love AVENUE Q, but they seem a little, er, fuzzy on whether it's appropriate for kids. We'll try to clear that up. AVENUE Q is great for teenagers because it's about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because AVENUE Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It's hard to say what exact age is right to see AVENUE Q - parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But we promise you this - if you DO bring your teenagers to AVENUE Q, they'll think you're really cool.

Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre, 417 West Magnolia Street

ArtLab Fort Collins-  239 Linden St