Sorry if this has taken a bit. I'm having a hard time typing with the rib injuries, and have barely kept up with my e-mail. Getting better every day, though! Had a great weekend with the OHIO folks, doing the best they can to master a very difficult sport in time for our Brevet trial in July. Which brings me to another question for our dedicated readers.....
Do you value the title?
In another conversation, I was told that a local trainer "threw an impromptu trial" and that this person obtained their Brevet and first leg of their French Ring I at that trial. Now, over at CCDSA, we are adding another night, bringing more decoys, and basically kicking our ass to get this right... and just down the road, you can obtain your brevet at training when ever the training director decides....Not to mention the rules about holding trials (must be made public, etc, which are in place just to prevent this sort of thing..)But, in the end... does it matter to YOU? does it matter that one obtains the title in the fashion that the country of origin does, or just as fast as you can, screw how you did it? Or, do you value obtaining the highest level, without working through the lower levels?
I think this is a matter of being old fashioned, vrs. todays' ideas of buying what we want, as soon as we want, and not working for it... or is there something I'm missing? Should we be working our asses off, or is this just being stupid? I remember my father complaining that no body knows how to drive a stick anymore, but is there any reason to know how to drive that way? Is there any reason to invite a powerful French Judge, and the best decoy known, to our trial, or should we just have our books initialed by our training director, and work toward our backyard French Ring III, because it doesn't matter how we get it, it just matters that we got it....
You all know where I stand on this... what about YOU?????