August 13th, 2008

planet

old photos

i decided, while looking at old family albums, that being the oldest kid is tough.

there are way more baby pictures of you. this is sorta cool, but pretty much totally embarrassing also. baby pictures can be revealing sometimes, know what I mean?

years later, when a sibling comes along, you're the one sitting awkwardly looking like you're about to drop the baby. from then on you are not the cute one. you're okay... sometimes you can one-up the little one by not wearing hand-me-downs, standing in front, or being at the forefront of some new activity like dance lessons or a piano recital. but that's about it.

it gets really bad when you're around 11 or 12. you have a 7 year old little sister who's still photo-worthy, and you're the angry adolescent who's embarrassed by your family. when she's 12 and you're 15, they've realized this and stopped taking pictures, so her awkward phases go undocumented.

add this to the other complexes about older kids being stubborn, controlling, competitive, and we've got a tough life. we've got to be smarter and cooler in the end just to deal with it all, right?
planet

Michael Phelps blah blah blah

this will sound really cynical, but really people, if the same guy can wins 13 olympic medals in his sport, do you think that maybe the sport doesn't need quite so many events going on?

If you play basketball you have to go to the olympics, play basketball, and maybe get a medal. There's not another chance to win another medal the next day by holding your arms a different way or playing backwards. You've proven that you can play basketball. go you.

there are 34 SWIMMING EVENTS. not including diving or water polo or anything like that, nope, just going across the pool.

yeah, my own sport, track and field, has 47. but they're very different. you're not going to read about one guy winning the marathon, shot put, 110m hurdles and triple jump. our awesome Carl Lewis won lots of medals but he also went to the olympics four times. you pick up a couple here and there.

personally, I think that the fact that there are so many women who win both the 100m dash and the 100m women's hurdles is evidence that they need to raise the hurdles. this could be a whole other entry for me, but men's hurdles go up between high school and college, and are actually a challenge. the women's hurdles stay ladylike, I guess, so we don't hurt ourselves? but it's a sham, total sprint race and every real track fan knows it. different events should be just that... different. If you work hard at one, you shouldn't be able to automatically translate all that over to the next thing.

anyway wtf, I don't think Michael Phelps is all that cool. I said it. eh.