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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/17/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: I wander down a narrow path abutted by dune grass from the house here in Nantucket to the sea, a solitary man. The beach is quiet in the mornings, the receding tide behaving itself, offering azure that meets cerulean about ten miles out at the horizon. Down the beach I see houses, perhaps 300 yards apart, barbicans and battlements defending the heights from the pounding waves. Gulls float over sandpipers running along the shore snatching up …



In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking….

Are you telling me that we can create particle accelerators to find elements that exist for a nanosecond, but we can’t create a sealed product that can be easily opened with just a pull on a tab? It takes a peregrine falcon to open a package of blueberries. Did the people who produced True Detective’s first season have talent removal surgery prior to producing the second season, which is ludicrously bad, with more unintentional zombies than the Walking Dead? If …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/10/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: My personal feeling is that people deserve respect. I don’t meet someone with a belief that they are “broken” and need to be fixed, and I don’t write my books with the idea that my readers need remedial help. The antipodal position is that of the bully, who berates people. Psychologically, bullies are highly insecure and have inferiority complexes. Their bullying behavior is an attempt to compensate for their perceived inferior status by physically and/or emotionally …


Hold the Crowd Back for the Person We Don’t Want You to See

I was walking into The White Elephant here in Nantucket to meet my wife for brunch after parking my car a quarter mile away. As I approached the main entry, a Massachusetts State Police SUV pulls in, followed by a high-end Mercedes sedan, followed by another, private SUV. A civilian woman hops out of the police vehicle, and stands with arms folded in front of the rear passenger’s door of the Mercedes. A guy gets out and hops into the …


Dumb Ass Stupid Management: CVS, Who’s Minding the Store?

In East Greenwich, RI, where I live, the CVS store on Main Street has had one of its drive-through pharmacy lanes out of action for about three months. The lines at the store register snake into the aisles until the cashier wakes up and calls for help. When I ask why she didn’t do it earlier, her surly reply was, “I just did.” I’m constantly told “There you go” and “No problem” instead of “Thank you,” as if spending money …


Wind

I’m in the study of our house in Nantucket, the breakers 30 yards away. It’s 6:30 am on a cloudy, blustery morning. The flag, down near the water and waving from a 40-foot pole, is taking a beating. The hammock on the deck is roiling like a restless sleeper having a frightening nightmare. Even the waves are losing their crests to the unforgiving winds. Meanwhile, a rabbit sits a few feet away on the lawn studying the breakfast options surrounding …


Why the Canadian Postal Service Would Make A Fourth World Country Embarrassed

Dumb Ass Stupid Management A friend in Canada did a nice favor for me with a referral, and knowing he likes cigars, I asked my local tobacconist to send a good box of Davidoff’s. The price was $525. They checked with customs, and were told it was permissible in the US mail. My friend told me that the Canadian postal system added a duty of $457.71, excise tax of $805.82, GST/HST (?) of $232.51, and handling costs of $9.95, to bring …