With the significants of this day in history, it becomes very important to me (and Im sure most) to take time for thought. Crazy how much our lives have changed over the past 14 years. Even more crazy is how quickly we have shifted back to the political correct BS as to not hurt anyone "feelings". 15 years ago if Bruce Jenner wanted to wear a dress then we would have called him queer. Now people call "it" Catlin. 14 years ago our President said he was going after the SOB that attacked our country, Now YOUR president is helping them get "nuclear power". Yeah, Im sure that's all they want. Dude, they are setting on top of one of the larges deposits of oil in the world. They don't need nukes to heat their homes. But, I digress. As to keep this more moto related I have also been thinking about our history vs. where we are now and I need some answers. 1. We use to sign one release when we signed up. Now EVERYONE signs at the gate. Then the entry card has a release and then their is another release for all riders to sign. (not to mention the minor release and other releases that some tracks pile on. WHY cant we just include all the information from the 35 different release onto the one everyone signs at the gate? DUH! 2. Where did the carbon copy entry form that every track use go? It had the basic questions that all tracks needed. Now we get a full page document to fill out that asks you to write down the exact stuff that is on the AMA card. Big it back or better yet, go to the system that DMC and a few other tracks use. The computer that you swipe your card, pick your classes and pay. Again, DUH. 3. The starting gate. Really this is a 2 part issue. First, the concrete pad. A few tracks paved the gate area and it prevented ruts behind the gate and keep the area clean so the gate operated better. Sure it was a little weird starting on pavement but the benefit outweighs the negatives. Second, what happened to the "backstop" that was behind the bikes? This prevented riders from getting a rolling start and thus keeping you from blowing out the gate. Some tracks still have them but why not all? 4. Why does everyone feel complied to put graphics all over the bikes? Every bike comes with graphics and a clean surface to put numbers on. Heck KTM (and I think others) even mold the graphics in to the plastic so they don't ware off. Dudes then cover them with giant expensive stickers with various company logos just to make them look like a pro riders bike. If you are not getting PAID for this then you are a fool. You are PAYING money to advertise for a company you do not benefit from. Crazy. 5. Lastly. Drawing spoons. It was kinda fun to pull the spoon or clothes pin on the gate to see when you went up. Now it is "automatically" generated by some computer system. Well that is just boring. That is like going up to play the lottery and the clerk taking your money and just saying "You lost". Anyway, Make sure you take some time today for thought. Even better, pay it forward and do a random act of kindness for someone. I paid for the guy behind me at McDonalds drive thru this morning. Far better yet. Thank a vet or active member of the military for their service. That is real political correctness.