Friday, May 29, 2009

Really, You Have to Get a Life

If you scroll down to my "Seven Quick Takes" post from this morning, and then keep heading down to number 6, you'll see that I had a bit of an opinion on the National Spelling Bee that was on T.V. last night.

That had already posted before I saw this post on Yahoo! News.

Look at some of the quotes from the winner, who, at 13, also happens to be an aspiring neurosurgeon.

"But I don't think anything can replace spelling," Kavya Shivashankar said. "Spelling has been such a big part of my life."

Did you catch that? Spelling? A big part of her life? Remember my advice to the spelling bee contestants? GET A LIFE!!!

And then this from her mother:
"We haven't skipped meals, we haven't lost sleep, but we've skipped a lot of social time."

I don't know, maybe it's just me, but maybe they could have skipped one of those meals to spend some time with friends. I'm just sayin'. . . .

Well, at least those spellers have a sense of humor.

"This year there was a new humorous twist: Organizers turned the sentences read by pronouncer Jacques Bailly into jokes."

I'm so relieved to learn that even though they're all aspiring to neurosurgery and that they don't have any friends, they're still a punny group anyway.


  1. You crack me up! I'm glad I came by.

  2. You guys MUST rent "Spellbound"! It's a documentary about real kids "training" for the NSB. You'll love it.

  3. Have you ever watched Akeelah & the Bee? It's a great movie also about kids competing in a spelling bee.

  4. Hey!!!!!!!!!! She's from Olathe KS. And I'm really surprised that someone with such a passion for literature and such would think that spelling is bad way to spend their free time. :) Ha!

  5. I have a passion for other things, too, Linda. Life being one of them. :)

    I've never seen either of those movies, girls. Might have to check those out.

  6. I'm with Lisa...Akeelah & the Bee is a great movie!

  7. Nothing wrong with spelling correctly! (although it is probably not a prerequisite for a career in neurosurgery). Your blog is funny, and I've forgiven you for laughing at me when my beloved childhood pet died.

  8. Jen, you only laugh because you know what a terrible speller I really am!

    On another note, I'm so glad you've forgiven me. :)