simple date_select question

Hi-

Using date select for a query and when I try and print the result to
make sure I am getting the right date, I get this:
start_year2007ordermonthdayyear(2i)2start_year2007ordermonthdayyear(3i)14start_year2007ordermonthdayyear(1i)2008

View:
<%= date_select 'startdate',:start_year=>2007,:order =>
[:month,:day,:year] %></p>

Controller:
@start = params[:startdate]

Result View:
<%= @start %>

What's up?

Also, this date_select is not for a model, I would like to parse the
date to be used outside the model...

Found this for anyone else who may have the same question...
http://snippets.dzone.com/tag/date_select