Tuesday, September 6, 2011

If You're Not First, You're Last

In my last post ("Why Do We Race?"), I mentioned that most of us (all of us?) are not going to come in first place when we race. We won't win. That reminded me of my favorite movie, Talladega Nights: Ballad of Ricky Bobby. It's a great movie...think it won an Oscar...for BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME! And there is a famous line from that movie..."If you ain't first, you're last."  Kinda fits with my theme from last time of "you are not a winner."  It's funnier from the movie (in both clips the tagline comes at the end):

So, if you ain't first, you're last!  But being last ain't so bad...as long as you enjoyed the journey. Get out there, go fast, have fun, and enjoy. You won't be first...but last place is OK. Some even give it a fancy acronym...DFL (dead f*!#ing last). Consider yourself a semi-professional racer. Who knows. Train right, piss excellence, and you may become a big hairy American winner.

PS: Later in the movie, the father and son talk about this motto---and the father says it's nonsense...of course there are other places than first and last...you can be second, third, fourth...

WATCH THE MOVIE. Hilarious. Who doesn't like Will Ferrell?  He's funny and he's run a marathon.

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