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November 29, 2007

Sorting Day

"Hmmm," said a small voice in his ear. "Difficult. Very difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind, either. There's talent, oh my goodness, yes - and a nice thirst to prove yourself, now that's interesting ... So where shall I put you?"
- The Sorting Hat (to Harry), from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling

So here we are again.

Another year. Another Western States lottery. Another 12 hours of clicking the “refresh” button every 3 minutes waiting to find out whether I finally get to run in this dang race.

All that’s left is for the sorting hat to do its work (And yes, I realize that the sorting hat comparison contradicts my previous description of the Western States lottery as the Goblet of Fire. That’s what’s become of me in the past several days – I'm anxious, scatterbrained, and completely mixed up with my Potter analogies. Can we just get this over with, please?)

First year Hogwarts students wearing the sorting hat feel pretty much helpless as to where their fate will be cast. However, when Harry’s turn came around, he tried to subliminally influence the decision by saying “Not Slytherin!” over and over in his head. Whether or not this gambit actually influenced his placement is uncertain - but Harry made it into Gryffindor like he wanted. Which is all the reason I need to repeat the words “Not Omitted!” about 1000 times starting tomorrow morning.

A friend of mine whose name is also in the hat sent me an e-mail recently where he calculated an approximately 16% chance of entry for each of us. So I can’t exactly say I’m brimming with optimism. The only thing left to do is wait and hope - and keep refreshing that website.

Finally, to the other runners I know whose names are also in the hat: good luck to all of you on Saturday. I sincerely hope your names get selected as well - as long as they’re pulled out sometime after mine.


Bruce 11/30/07, 1:36 AM  

Good luck Donald, i've got my fingers crossed for you.

olga 11/30/07, 9:18 AM  

Stop hitting refresh button, go for a long run, then come back at noon and click once - here, at least saves some times of been driven crazy:) I do it every year. WS is great. But it's not the end of the world...yeah, OK, unfair, I've been there enough:) Good luck!

21stCenturyMom 11/30/07, 9:56 AM  

I prefer to toss conventional statistical analysis to the wind in these situations and simply think of it as 50/50. You will either get in or you won't.

I hope you do and I have to concur that checking repeatedly won't help. A run will.

Good luck!

momo 11/30/07, 10:15 AM  

good luck, donald! i so hope you get in for purely selfish reasons, i want to get all the scoop on everything first hand from you.

maybe one day i'll try it too... well, maybe not. maybe i'll just live vicariously through you. :-)

Annette 11/30/07, 4:50 PM  

The waiting is so hard! I'll be checking back to hear of your fate. :)

Juls 11/30/07, 5:53 PM  

Good luck. I hope it works out for you.

the Dread Pirate Rackham 11/30/07, 8:55 PM  

NO PRESSURE or anything, right?

craig 11/30/07, 10:10 PM  

Hope you get in Donald.

Thomas 12/1/07, 10:03 AM  

Does that mean you're in Slytherin now?

Darrell 12/1/07, 1:18 PM  

Grats dawg!
-says my 20 year old son Tyler

I agree!

(we had to go look)

Pete 12/1/07, 4:06 PM  

Dude, now you have to run it!

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