Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/14/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Here’s a little something I’ve learned: I can always make another dollar, but I can’t make another minute. But even when there isn’t another cent, there is another day. I meet too many people who are angry all the time. If you’re nasty to customers at 7 am, what does that bode for the rest of the day?! There are people who expect every grievance to be acknowledged by everyone else and acted upon until they are happy (which they …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/07/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

At some point we all come to realize that we’ve been trying to change something about our habits or behaviors for a long time and haven’t done it. It may have to do with exercise, relationships, learning, fears, guilt, diet, or any number of issues. We’re aware of it, we know it’s important, and we have to constantly remind ourselves to deal with it. Over the years it can become a taphonomic pursuit. I’m not about to tell you that …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/31/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In the arts, it’s the quality of the experience that’s important. A symphony may last for only 15 minutes, a play for three hours. We may view a Picasso or Rembrandt for only a few minutes. We don’t evaluate by length (“For $400, I’d expect at least a six-hour performance”) or by duration of effort (“I wouldn’t pay $50,000 for this painting unless the artist spent at least four months creating it”). Nor do we look for some cosmic point …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/24/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m back from the Jersey Shore—huge, clean beaches, great breakers, and family amusements up and down the boardwalk. It is as diverse a crowd as you can imagine. Twenty years ago we thought it was diverse because of all the Canadians! Today, there are people speaking dozens of languages who are a variety of colors and backgrounds. The commonality: Every parent and grandparent, whether in shorts and tee-shirts, saris, or dashikis, lovingly put their kids aboard the rides and took …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/17/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The TV series Game of Thrones began a new and penultimate season last night. (I’m not revealing anything here, no worries, a sort of reverse trigger warning.) It’s now “off the (George R.R. Martin) book” so the plots are strictly the result of the current writers’ imaginations. My entire family finds it great fun. (My daughter and her husband brought an Apple TV down here to the Jersey Shore so that we could catch the opening episode.) We all love …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/10/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m on a Delta flight from Boston to Atlanta a few years ago, and the first class service is even better than usual. And, I notice the guy across the aisle is getting even better service than I am! And there are three flight attendants in first class, with 12 seats. So I ask one of them, “Is that a Delta executive?” It turns out he’s the CEO. Then I’m told he’s spending the week on the planes taking various …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/03/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Tomorrow is one of the two great secular holidays in the US, Independence Day, or perhaps the first, true Brexit. I’m not sure that too many people downing hot dogs, jumping in the water, or setting off fireworks understand just how brave an act the Revolution was, or of the dangers the Founding Fathers had created for themselves (they all would have been hanged if we had lost). And I want to scrupulously avoid contests about the oldest Democracies, with …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/26/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Film critic Pauline Kael, 40 years ago, actually said this: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.” That is extraordinarily provincial. Yet it seems to me that today many people expect things to happen simply because “it’s their time.” No matter what your political persuasion, I think the Democrats lost …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/19/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I saw a woman in the lane next to me texting as she drove at about 45 MPH. I was behind her at first and watched her driving on the shoulder and at erratic speeds. I didn’t want to be behind her and, as I passed, I saw what she was doing. I’m sure she felt she was so adept that she could multi-task like that. I don’t object to her being personally foolhardy, but I do object to the …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/12/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

“Trigger warning!” I’m about to voice an opinion, so someone is going to get upset! It’s a sad state of affairs when we have to be warned when we’re exposed to great literature or political opinions. When we’re insulated from life, we’re insulated from living. I’m a strong believer in social justice. People’s health, education, legal representation, enjoyment of aesthetics, and safety shouldn’t be dictated by how much wealth they’ve amassed. However, I also don’t believe that someone is entitled …