Blame it on Sally!

We had a little sequence in class last night that provoked a rather high fail rate. The sequence features a blind approach to a jump (meaning that the handler needs to step in and shape the approach)… and a choice of directions in which to turn the dog. This was something I first saw back in about 1992 on a USDAA course designed by Sally Sheridan and put up in Phoenix, AZ. It looked like this:

Note that the handler has a choice of directions to turn his dog at  jump #3. Any time I’m faced with a choice of directions I’ll subject the puzzle to a bit of critical analysis.

  1. What is the natural turning direction for the dog? Almost surely, coming out of the weave poles the dog will take the jump at such an oblique angle that a turn to the right is the natural turning direction.
  2. Which direction offers more/less risk? Turning to the left offers creates the risk of a back-jump on jump #3 and gives the dog another good look at the weave poles. Further, the approach to the A-frame won’t be fair and square unless the handler steps up to sweeten the approach. Turning to the right offers no options and creates a natural square and safe approach to the A-frame.
  3. Which direction offers the shorter consequential path? The shorter path is probably to the left.

Answering the which-way-do-I-turn question doesn’t complete the riddle. How do you get it done from a handling point of view?

Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

It struck me that google/bing searches on the internet make trivia questions very difficult to write, especially if the key words are in the questions. For example, I put my “four kings” question into and got several pages of the correct answer. And so now I am faced with the task of writing a trivia question that is not easy to look up by some smarty pants on the internet.

Try this one on for size:

In the movie Titanic Jack Dawson tells Rose (in the scene where he saves her from jumping)… something that can not be true. It is not so much a lie (about something he did as a boy); rather, the writer’s research on inland waterways was incomplete. What was it that Jack Dawson tells Rose that can not be true? And, why can it not be true?

First correct answer posted as a reply to this blog post wins a free copy of the February Distance Notebook.


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4 Responses to “Blame it on Sally!”

  1. Deb Says:

    Like maybe the lake didn’t exist during the story’s timeline of when he was fishing with his dad?

    Debbie -googling my heart out.

    Jack’s dialogue:
    Lake Wissota:
    created 1918, Titanic sank 1912.

    I win, darnit!!!

    • budhouston Says:

      Okay Deb you win. It’s true… the lake didn’t exist in 1912, so Jack couldn’t have been ice fishing on it when he was a boy. It wasn’t exactly google proof, to be sure.


  2. Sarah Says:

    Ah, this I happen to know. He says that he went fishing in some body of water (lake? reservoir?) that was man made, but not until later – not sure if after the Titanic sunk, or just too late for JD to have been fishing there in his youth.

    Now, off to google to see if I can find the name of the lake.

  3. Ronni Says:

    I googled “errors in Titanic” and came up with this answer: “The lake that Jack told Rose he went ice fishing on when she was threatening to jump is Lake Wissota, a man-made lake in Wisconsin near Chippewa Falls (where Jack grew up). The lake was only filled with water in 1918 when a power company built a dam on the Chippewa River, six years after the Titanic sank”. If this is correct, your question is not google-proof!

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