A Bight of the Apple

You’ve got to love people already complaining about the new iPhones without even having them in hand as yet. If you don’t like them, don’t buy them. But don’t sit there whining that Apple hasn’t made its new product exactly as you’d like it. People with this attitude allow it to pervade their lives. They don’t like the way the seats are set up in a concert, object to the rules about food on the beach, want the airlines to …


Keep Your Pets on A Leash

A pet is something that receives particular favor, as in “teacher’s pet.” A peeve is an irritation that one feels, real or perceived. Hence, a “pet peeve” is a particularly welcome irritation, giving someone reason to complain. If you have enough of them, sort of a “herd of pet peeves,” you’ll find yourself standing all by yourself with just your “pets” to keep you company. Nobody enjoys a chronic complainer.


Iceland

The geomorphology of this country is fascinating. The earth seems to erupt without warning all around you. There are geysers and volcanoes, crashing waterfalls, geothermal wonders. Ice covers lava flows. Water percolating through the layers takes 100 years to reach the surface. It reminds me in some ways of Ireland, where there are great features of beauty separated by miles and miles of nothing—scrub and rocks of unfaltering shapes with the occasional sheep and horse (there are about 10 sheep …


Scenes from Iceland

Scenes from Iceland. Not the salmon ladder up the falls, the “bees in a box” which come and go to pollinate indoor tomato plants grown with geothermally heated water, and walking thought the rift between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America.


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/11/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I wanted to take this moment with you this morning to share my prayers and thoughts for those in Houston, Florida, and elsewhere who are and have been in harm’s way because of these tremendous storms. I ask only that you take a minute to reflect on your own blessings and consider what you may do to help those who so much need our help right now. Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But …




Prison (Dumb Ass Stupid Management)

The Liberty Hotel in Boston is a fascinating property. It’s a former prison, so their “do not disturb” signs say “solitary,” and the bars and restaurants are called “The Clink” and “Alibi” and “The Yard” and so forth. Very clever. The prison closed in 1990, and apparently that was also the end of good service. Despite constant conversations with the general manager and senior people, they couldn’t persuade the chambermaids to conduct their normal turndown service. The orange juice was …



I Didn’t Walk In Here and I’m Not Leaving

Some people want to unsubscribe from my newsletters, which is their inalienable right, and, consistent with the laws, there is a link on every one to unsubscribe at the bottom. It’s not hidden, it’s in plain site. I have very few unsubscribers, but at least half of them complain that there’s no link and they want me to do it for them. I suspect the same visceral reaction to unsubscribe because they’ve actually seen something that challenges their thinking is …