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AND I know this will doubtless draw another ad-hominem response from him upon me, defending his transparentm non-starting opinion of our IM-perfect judging system.
Quixcotten's only purpose in repetitiously commenting on something of which he has no personal knowledge, his same old same old on judging as it is, being an avowed non-starter, amounts only to a desire to hear himself spout off; stir up the honey bucket to instigate responses from others and feed his (insert adverb ending in "ing" here) ego. Just my contribution, but he should be a man and refrain from sewing confusion with his ill-informed opinions-absent-solutions. That's self-discipline. Sure, it's his right, but people usually learn, having lived as long as he has, when they have contributions to make, and when they're just making asses of themselves.
Last edited by Sargehere; 04-06-2012 at 03:47 PM.
Uncle Carl is the man.
But he must overcome not only harley-centrism, but the broad and entrenched trophy mentality at the core of the problems.
And I appreciate your concern for my right to voice my opinion!
(However, I do not fear that it will be abridged as brazenly as it was upon the other "American" vintage motorcycle forum,.. the one included in your signature.)
The program's problems already cited in this thread are complicated.
But they can all be addressed in a simple matter of a redefined agenda.
I have already posted how this can be approached. In this thread.
PS: And my windy adversary fills my sails!
To be harangued for opposing a system based upon hearsay based upon hearsay is a gadfly's delight.
Dumpster Diver's Motto: Seek,... and Ye Shall Find!
Chief Judge Carl Olsen arranged and organized a Japanese Judging & learning seminar at the gorgeous new venue in Florida last month for the National AMCA Meet there. Carl is also an authority on Henderson, besides HDs. No one man can know it all, but Carl is doing his best to get more & more judges the knowledge that they desire, despite what brand of machine it may be.
Another point I have noticed, especially over the last 4 or 5 years or so; Most Judging entrants are not at all trophy triggered, but more into it to learn. Back when speculators were in the game is when we saw some trophy hunters. Most of them have been weeded out now, and we are left with the genuine enthusiasts.
I have found that THE best way to learn about a certain mark, or model, is to join in on the Judging field. But it takes dedication, concentration, time, and a willingness to volunteer, and perhaps catch some flak from "know-it-all" cry babies, who are usually more intent with being in combat most of their lives. Meanwhile, the Judging moves on, and more machines are preserved, while more entrants are satisfied. Call it lipstick on a pig if you wish, but the AMCA Judging survey conducted by Bill Wood is a very good indicator of the facts.
If you're scared, don't Judge.
Well put! Thanks, Fred. A little dose of updated reality rarely hurts, but rather helps to bury old wives' tales/ urban legends/ plain old mis-information. Thanx!
Forgive me if English is not your native language, like many of our members overseas.
But if you read my post word for word, it is the system that I accuse of harley-centrism, not Uncle Carl, whom I have clearly endorsed.
As an Indian fellow, I should think harley-centrism within the AMCA should be more apparent to you.
Tell your boot-licking "me too" poster that I could not ask for a better foil.
However the AMCA Judging Program needs positive, productive input, not more nails in its coffin, particularly those from within!
Last edited by T. Cotten; 04-07-2012 at 07:26 PM.
Dumpster Diver's Motto: Seek,... and Ye Shall Find!
But I also respect their arguments. I like Tom's policy wonkishness because it's relative to the club, and Sarge is a heckuva bare-bones communicator. Now, if everybody in the AMCA was like Sarge, or if all the judges were like Sarge, we'd be screwed! Or imagine Tom and a bunch of junior Tommies running things, oh man! Thing is, we're diversified, and that's a positive, and we need everybody, so why should we discriminately refuse to serve some?
As this is a judging thread, I have limited credentials to opinionate on strictly judging matters. But this is also, quite apparently, a POLICY field, as RF often reveals. To say that policy issues are important would be the year's understatement, so we should be careful in our criticism or intimidation of contrary opinions, especially on a harmless forum. I don't think any of us mean to be subversive towards the club as a whole.
Back to judging, Carl, buddy! I hope to join up, for several reasons, including support (there you go, another rookie liability!). But the policy hitch is the schedule, which outweighs the rest. If I can out-muscle my job demands, ..
Tom's a first class curmudgeon, with his opinions buried in how the club was in the 1960s, but he makes the best damned carb floats on the planet for our old bikes. There's one in every one of the Linkerts in my garage. He knows and I knows not to take any of this too seriously, so nobody need get worried. Tom's the self-titled Horsefly of the Dumpster; he can take it, and so can I. For your, our audience's edification!
Last edited by Sargehere; 04-08-2012 at 06:08 AM.
I think creation of a database to document winner circle bikes,especially the unrestored examples would be good thing.The technical challenges would seem to be not the great,if the leadership got behind the idea,and other members felt the same.