I’m reading (correction: listening to) Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch-22′ and really enjoying it. I read it so many years ago and have forgotten so much — and listening to it vs reading it really provides a different experience.
While listening the other day, I wandered off in my mind to something I ’overheard in wine country’ while attending a Holiday party a few years back. The party was at Mustard’s Grill in Yountville — a quintessential ‘wine country’ dining experience. The group was a regional sales force & their significant others. My wife & I were pleasantly engaged in dialogue with the various attendees, trying to meet new friends and learn new things. One young women we spoke to told us she was in school to be a film maker. And in order to make ends meet while attending school she was bartending at a restaurant at night. She told us that she felt that it was really tough being a woman trying to break into film making. In fact, she said,
“Being a woman trying to be a film maker is a real Catch 20-20.”
Now who could argue with that? My wife & I immediately averted our eyes and quickly bit our lips. But the instant we were alone and caught each other’s eyes, we busted up. And to this day, anytime we talk about a situation that is a ‘Catch-22′, we call it a Catch 20-20. In fact, we use it so much, we often screw it up and say the wrong thing.
So the next time you find yourself in a completely circular logic situation, remember that it is always wise to have a clear vision of what to do.