Cape May Journal: July 13

It’s 7:45 on Sunday, and I’m off on my morning wanderings in Cape May. Maria sleeps later than I do, so our ritual is that I sneak out like a reverse cat burglar. I know that the nearby Congress Hall will have the Sunday Times, so that’s the first stop. Along the way, as do all early risers, I find unique morning activities. First of all, everything is wet, because it’s just been watered by automatic systems or the ocean …

Cape May Journal 2008: I Wanna Be Around….

Yesterday we left the garage at 8 am and tore south, arriving at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City at 1, a one-night way-stop on the road to Cape May, which is 35 minutes south. Our condo check-in is today, but we didn’t want to face Saturday traffic. (And, by the way, gas prices or not, Jersey shore traffic remains heavy.) I leave I95 as soon as possible and head over to the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut, a 1930s project, canopied …

We Are On iTunes

I am delighted to announce that Alan’s entire podcasts collection is now available on iTunes and will update regularly each time we upload a new podcast. Start your iTunes and search for “alan weiss” and you will see the two series: “The Way I See It” which already contains 35 podcasts and “Brave New World” which contains 5 podcasts and more to come in both categories. Click on either category and double click on the podcast you wish to listen …

Battered Consultant Syndrome

Are your buyers not returning your calls, or emails, they cancel meetings and make unreasonable demands? And do you find yourself regularly talking to low level people? Listen to Alan discuss how to stop enabling this rude behavior. And a treat at the end … Click on arrow below for podcast to start Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents © Alan Weiss 2008. All rights reserved.

Truckin’ On Down the Road

I’m talking to a lot of people in my Community who are having very good years. Some patterns have developed, which perhaps may be best practices for everyone: 1. They seek opportunity. They figure that “there must be a pony here someplace” (you have to know to rather poor joke). That is, they don’t see the world conspiring against them but simply see trends developing which should be examined for opportunity, not threat. 2. They are resilient. Instead of “What …

Odds and Ends and Antlers

How do you exploit success and how do you become resilient with failure? Listen to this podcast where Alan discusses how life is about a great long learning experience.Click on arrow below for podcast to start Click on arrow below for podcast to start Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents © Alan Weiss 2008. All rights reserved.

Gas Mileage Reimbursement

Just a reminder: You can reimburse yourself for business travel at the rate of 50.5 cents per mile from January 1 through June 30, and at 58.5 cents per mile from July 1 onward. (Driving for charitable and volunteer work is also deductible but at lower rates–see the IRS site.)

The B-24 and the Fax Machine

I’ve had to purchase a new fax machine (I’m sure this is an indication of my backwardness, since I should be Twittering my faxes or something). It’s a very versatile HP gizmo, and it can send and receive in color. The machine has 23 control buttons and, I am not making this up, 53 menu settings. I learned to pilot a B-24, a thunderous flying barn of a World War II heavy bomber, the only one in existence still flying, …

Stamp of Approval

There is a great hullabaloo in the world of philately these days about the postal service’s newer stamps, which are self-adhesive and non-soakable. That means that collectors who pursue postally used stamps for their collections can’t immerse these stamps in water (or other liquids) to remove them from envelopes. The practice is called “soaking” and it appears that some people aren’t so much stamp collectors as “soakers.” Still with me? While you reach for a shot of vodka, I will …

Happy Fourth of July

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”