Bear sunglasses purchased

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Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Meet Claudia Cole, a standard 14-year-old girl:

She likes Canada’s Next Top Model and High School Musical and Matt Damon and thinks “Nickelback is the bomb” …

Claudia and her siblings are on their way to the mall for back-to-school shopping. First on Claudia’s list is American Eagle. It, along with Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch, is one of the cool labels … The jeans have girl names like Kayla and Alexia, and Claudia rushes to the change room to try on five pairs …

[Claudia’s mother] takes them to Build-a-Bear, which sells custom-made teddies. Claudia instantly reverts to a child. She gushes about the bear she has at home, while looking at the tiny bear oufits on the racks. She spots a pair of sunglasses and says, “I want these for my bear, mom. Pleeeease mom? They’re five bucks” …

Claudia Cole recently racked up a $580 cellphone bill … She’s had a cell since she was nine. Claudia is part of a generation that doesn’t know life without cellphones …

“I can’t live without my computer,” she admits. It sits in a nook in her bedroom. She’s on the computer about four hours a day. Once, it was disabled for three weeks because of a virus. To hear her tell it, she barely survived.

So what is this gal scared of, besides computer outages?

At the top of her list of fears is global warming.

UPDATE. Bears need sunglasses, of course. To go with their polarkinis.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/16/2007 at 06:27 AM