Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kids Today, I Tell Ya

Abby Sunderland is a 16-year-old from California trying to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Her brother did it last year when he was 17, but was dethroned about a month later when another 17-year-old two months his junior also completed a solo circumnavigation. Abby started her journey in January.

Oh yeah? Well, when I was 16, I... I... took second place in a contest to draw a poster for school concert. Yes, I did. Beat THAT, Abby!



  1. Well I totally screwed up a dance routing at boys basketball divisionals (read - large crowd), and then ran into one of the boys locker rooms...yes, it was full. Try to top that scary task Abby!

    Think there is some sibling rivalry thing going on in that family?

  2. Ha!

    I do wonder if it's sibling rivalry, or if it's because she's trying to "win back" her family's title since her brother's title was taken away so fast.

    She says she wanted to do it even before her brother did, but her parents made her wait until she was 16.

    I can't imagine letting my daughter do something like that even if she were 30. I think I'd staple her door closed or something.

  3. I should have stapled my daughter's door shut when she was 16, but that's another story...

    When I was 16 I was in a band playing weddings, school dances and the occasional bar gig. I was considered old enough to 'work' in a bar as a musician, but I could only come in and go straight to the stage to play, then right back out of the bar at the end of the set. My "solos" didn't take months to complete, though -- much to the delight of the audience, I'm sure.

    Take that, Abby! :)

  4. When I was 16 I was failing most of my classes and VERY interested in boys! Somehow if I could do it all over again, I think I'd probably do the same thing. I'm still boy crazy even at 40.

  5. kids today and living in this current world. Their generation bears little resemblance to mine, but I'll stop there before I sound like an old fart.


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