Alan’s Best and Worst of 2013

BEST • The response of the community and the nation to the Boston Marathon bombing. • Pope Francis’s very sincere behavior eschewing panoply in favor of humility, and his ability to generate hope. • The economic rebound, despite the doom and gloomers’ attempts to dispel it, which looks as if it will continue for quite some time. • Life-enriching technology, from the newest iteration of the iPhone to safer cars, from medical advances to cleaner skies. • The revival of …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/30/13

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

December 30, 2013—Issue #223 This week’s focus point: We need to begin questioning the entire rational and structure of a college education, which too many people feel is de rigueur. The concept of brick and mortar campuses where thousands of students are housed, fed, clothed, and occasionally educated, is a configuration of the distant past. The crushing financial burden that graduates labor under to repay confiscatory tuitions drives people toward the wrong careers and retards their ability to perform and …


DASM: Sirius Needs To Get Serious

On the cars we tend to buy, satellite radio is included. My wife’s 2007 has lifetime Sirius as part of the original purchase, for example. I was driving my 2014 yesterday, with Sirius installed and activated by the dealer before I picked it up, when suddenly Sirius simply quit, and when I hit my presets, they all said “unsubscribed.” Later that day, I called Sirius customer service, and after four menus and shouting “Agent!” I was connected to a guy …



Fees Are Never Too High

Everyone reading this who is trying to be successful in professional (and personal) services has heard the buyer’s rejection: “This is more than we anticipated spending.” “This is not something we’ve budgeted for.” “This is an amount which we never spend on such projects.” All of these are lies. Here is what these and similar protests actually mean: 1. They don’t see the value. The return on investment is either too low OR they don’t believe it can be achieved. …




Newest Projects

(My thanks to famed actor Grace Serrano for teaching my how to focus for close shots. This took her .5 seconds and would have taken me three weeks.) A B-25 Mitchell and B-24 Liberator (I piloted the latter years ago, the only one in existence certified to fly) in 1/48 scale. Next up: A B-17.  


Words I’ve Never Used in Certain Combinations

• I think I’ll just run a vacuum. • Let me stop and get directions because I’m sure I’m lost. • A Victoria’s Secret show, no, I have a bowling night. • Am I driving over the speed limit? • This sushi is moving so I’d better eat that first. • Who can get me tickets to a Justin Beiber concert? • The shirt is a little wrinkled, maybe I should iron it. • Well, it would be a cocktail …