What I Learned on My European Vacation

The Europeans are better than the US in: Tour buses, which have two entrances (why don’t airlines do that?), comfortable seats, a clean restroom, and are very quiet. Intelligent breakfasts. The option of hams, cheeses, fish, and so on at breakfast is a great tradition. Airport lounges. You can find an air club almost anywhere and they are clean, never crowded, and have free good and free drinks. They are business and first class lounges, and not just open to …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/16/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I‘m in Budapest at the conclusion of our Danube cruise, ensconsed in the Four Seasons confronting the river. The people here tell me their national anthem is a dirge which they hate, because it pleads with God to give them relief from endless sufferings and defeats. A woman in the spa mentioned that before a football game it’s depressing to hear, and when a Hungarian athlete wins an Olympic gold medal, they all start crying, and not from happiness! (The …



Hungary

  The Hungarians (I’m half Hungarian, as i was mentioning while sailing past Bratislava last night, a phrase I just love) have dirge-like national anthem, asking God to provide relief to people suffering from chronic defeats. They have won no great wars and have lost most battles. The statue of a king who won a great battle neglects to mention that he gave it all back when he quickly lost the next one. The national sport is water polo. These …



Twitter Etiquette Strikes Again

Someone named Erika Andersen asked why i follow no one on Twitter. I told her I use Twitter to provide value to others, but I choose other vehicles for my own learning. Well!! She was “appalled,” sarcastic, and then, of course, instead of engaging in any kind of intelligent debate, quickly unfollowed me and ran away into the gloom. I had never asked her to follow me at all, and people come and go on Twitter every day. However, this …


Vienna (Again)

Vienna has about 300 churches, and like Germany, the residents are subject to a tax to support the church under certain conditions. I think it’s one percent of income. If you don’t pay the tax in Austria, you cannot get married by a priest or have one serve at your funeral. I imagine at a certain point there may be quite a few back taxes paid. Vienna is a wonderful, cosmopolitan city of over a million, with gorgeous old structures …