Friday, August 22, 2008

The New 20

Thirty years ago, Kendall made his grand debut in this world. The last of 8 children, born a full 11 years after his next-oldest sibling, and the first in his family to wear disposable diapers, Kendall escorted his parents into a brave new world of modernity. Kendall would be the one to introduce them to MTV, Atari, Nintendo, and graphing calculators, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, mixed tapes, high-top Nikes, CDs, and the Internet (still an ongoing process).

Proof that 30 is the new 20 (or maybe 14?): Kendall still wears the Nike high-tops of his youth to mow the lawn. He has the original Nintendo and occasionally asks me if I want to join him in a friendly Mike Tyson Punchout tournament. Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, and the Fresh Prince still grace his iPod playlists--for their historical value, of course. And the Internet is still Kendall's sandbox--at least twice a week I hear a giddy voice call from the study, "Carolina, come check this out!" (Some of the better finds over the years: Yelp, Google Maps, Wayback Machine, Twitter, LastFM. Some of my least favorites: CougarBoard, CougarBoard, CougarBoard.)

Of course, some change is inevitable. Obviously, Kendall no longer wears disposable diapers (he finds that organic cotton causes less irritation), and the stone-washed tapered jeans of yesteryear are gone, gone, gone, thank goodness.  I'm also pleased to report that he feels very differently about George W. Bush than he did in his early 20s (hallelujah).

There's no one else with whom I'd rather listen to ridiculous 80s music or debate on foreign policy.  Happy birthday, Kendall.*  You're still crazy after all these years:

* I have, quite graciously, I think, omitted pictures from the mid-teens (happy birthday, darling), and I hope anyone would do the same for me.


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kendall!

    So, you are a CougarBoard addict? So is my Mark. Since you are both on there all the time, you must know him intimately: BYULAWGUY.

    Silly boys......

  2. Andrea VAn Ausdal8:07 PM

    Wow 30! Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you had an unbelievably wonderful day. You should be very happy that you didn´t have to spend it locked up in a house with no air conditioning and listing to three screaming boys in Venezuela. We will all have to get together and celebrate when we get back.

  3. Ale Labrum8:13 PM

    You are 30 now?! You are soooo old! hahahaha! Just kidding. Happy Birthday. You look so hot in that last photo! I think you forgot to roll up your pants on one side, but you still look hot!

  4. Happy Birthday to you! (sing in an english accent) Oh, did you notice the "Adult Diaper Kendall" underneath the Who links to my website? Hee hee...

  5. Landon8:37 PM

    Happy birthday, have fun in your own hotel all by yourself. LOLOLOLOL!!

  6. Debbie8:41 PM

    Hey, Kendall! Feliz Cumpleanos! Sorry you're away. I made you your favorite chocolate fudge cake. You weren't here, though, so I guess we'll have to eat it without you. Well, we'll have to make you another when you get back. Is chocolate fudge really your favorite? Have a great birthday anyway!
    Love, Debbie

  7. I love this little tribute. The photos are hilarious. Stay strong in whatever is left of your political conservatism, though, Kendall!!! One bad Republican does not an incorrect political philosophy make! :)

  8. Happy Birthday Kendall! It looks like you haven't changed a bit over the years. Hope you had a great day...can't wait to plan a get-together with you guys.--Nate