This evening I tuned into some pre-Olympics coverage. Coverage of time trials as young Americans in Omaha, Nebraska who had been working their whole lives (or some short period of time between adolescence and now) to become world class athletes competed against their countrymen in very silly activities like seeing who can swim fastest for400 meters, but changing directions something like 8 times to do so (just imagine if we asked 400 meter runners to keep changing directions. I'd watch that.)
|I can almost sense the impending failure just from the official NBC logo.|
I also noticed the color commentators relishing the opportunity afforded them for a few weeks every quadrennium to seem something like relevant, instead of finding themselves filling time on CNBC at 3:00 on a Saturday in February. They seemed very interested in odd minutia about very specific individuals, talked about how the nation's hopes were pinned on this seventeen year old girl who is supposed to swim faster in a switchback fashion than other people, and then had very little nice to say about her once she was in the water and not breaking laws of space and time.
If I may: Planning a meeting or a conference or even a party takes an incredible amount of work. I get this. I do stuff like that often.
You work and work and work to get to the event, you struggle through it, and then its over and all you want to do is celebrate. The last thing you want to do is show up again on Monday and consider what maybe you could have done better. I also get that when only do something once in a while, say, every two to four years, its hard to remember what worked and what didn't and get better at doing what you're doing.
So I am going to help you out. You can skip the notes you misplaced after 2008. I got you.