|2011 early sunshine|
This type of category or "Cat" confusion is easy to relate to for those following the American race scene. Here it is always a toss-up (or some would say a matter of tactics) to see where a racer will end up. Will he feel good and ride the Pro-1-2 field? Or perhaps he is a little under the weather and will opt for Masters 35, 1-2-3? Or is it a really down day and will he ride Masters 45 as a last resort? Of course it would be a real downer having to admit that he really belongs in the 50 or 55+ category.
Nor should one be surprised to find a "Cat 5" racer beating the "pros" in an uphill time-trial. The whole cat- system makes about as much sense as the list of forbidden substances.
That said, it occurred to me that magical thinking is not just limited to the drug enforcers. American radio and TV also have a list of forbidden words, also known as the seven dirty words, or the Filthy Words. These are the *bleep* words that cannot be spoken. The seven words list dates back to a 1972 -not safe for work- George Carlin show.
The list has since grown exponentially and there are now whole dictionaries of bleep words. The situation has become so ambiguous that we now refer to these words as the A-word, the B-word, etc. But even that is not enough. I am sure that pretty soon we will have to start referring to the A1-word, the A2-word, the A3-word and so on.
|Is summer over?|
Now is probably as good a time for optimism as any, since our long term prospects aren't nearly as rosy. The foreclosure dam is about to burst and that will keep everyone's fortunes underwater for a while to come. Amidst the confusion, the band on the Titanic keeps on playing...