Archive for June 14th, 2010

Going Again? Take the Balloon Boy With You

Monday, June 14th, 2010


Abby Sunderland, the 16-year old California girl who made it 1/2 way around the world in a yacht before having to be rescued, has vowed to try it again.

What bravery! What tenacity!  What stupidity!

Fortunately French and Australian officials pulled together boats and planes and GPS tracking systems plus countless personnel and finally found the kid Thursday after a fierce storm on the Indian Ocean.  Her 40-foot ship, “Wild Eyes” had its mast snapped in the predictable turbulent weather.

Am I the only one who thinks the girl should have gone to her prom instead?  Obviously her parents supported the idea and there was talk of films, books, and big money endorsements had she gone all the way.  But why is Australia paying for the kid’s rescue?  It obviously cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and why should some aborigine in the desert – who has never seen an ocean – have to pay a dime for this buffoonery?

The kid’s 16 and OF COURSE she’ll go again but this time, let’s do it differently.  Let’s tally up the cost of the rescue and demand she pay for it before she collects any money for endorsements or first person accounts.  We can call it the hero-zero tax.

I think taking away the money and fame incentives will knock the wind right out of Abby’s little sails.  And then she can put all that energy into finding a cure for cancer – or working at McDonald’s this summer.