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 …




Business Basics

Some things to bear in mind: • The next time you hear a human resources person ask for a result rather than a deliverable, check your blood alcohol level. • The average article posted on LinkedIn is titled something like this: “Six Reasons Why You Can’t Follow the Normal Six Reasons to Run Meetings.” • Culture consists of those beliefs which govern behavior. Culture will not change if the beliefs do not change. (Ergo, “lip service.”) • No ethical person …


Bavaria

We’ve been cruising and wandering through Bavaria, and Bavaria is to Germany what Texas is to the U.S. Ask a local where they’re from and it’s Bavaria, not Germany. They conveniently ignore some federal laws here (there are 16 German states in the Republic) and proudly so. They live for beer. They look down on the Austrians just up the river. Everything seems to be made with pork or veal, or is a pretzel, and most food comes with sauerkraut. …