White Caps

I’m watching the ocean this morning, and there’s a huge wind whipping everything. One indication is that there are white caps far out in the water, and another is that the flag is flapping mightily, as if trying to get my attention. Are you creating white caps and flag-waving? Do people know you’re coming? Do people even know you’re there? © Alan Weiss 2016


The Platitudinous

Which of the following are actual quotes from famous authors, statesmen, or philosophers? (Answer far at the bottom.) To love one’s country demands the love of diversity. The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. Animals can be ruthless, but no one considers them to be criminals. Repent no more, you’re excusing the deed. The sea can’t be a woman, it is not sufficiently ruthless. We breathe the same air but do not exhale …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/15/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I was in a four-seater once flying from DC to someplace in Delaware, which must have seemed like a good idea at the time. I was in the co-pilot’s seat, and the pilot was navigating with aplomb the taxiways in Reagan Airport amidst what seemed like behemoths, and with what I interpreted as absolute garble on the headphones (which I was wearing). Eventually, we took off, a mosquito amidst eagles. Once airbrne, at about 10,000 feet, the pilot took his …



Nantucket Notes

Notes from Nantucket: There are fewer rabbits this year. There used be dozens scampering around the lawn all day, now I only see one or two. There is an osprey that has taken up residence, often sitting 30 feet up on top of the flagpole. I’m assuming a causal relationship with the rabbit disappearance. A deer ran alongside my car, on the bike path, for about a hundred yards, and I clocked him at 40 MPH before he leaped a …



Sacrifice

I’m watching two once-in-a-lifetime events last night, Simone Biles win by two points, which is more than all the combined margins of victory since 1980 in the gymnastics all-around; and Michael Phelps, at 31, become the greatest swimming champion of all time, sometimes barely able to climb out of the pool. These people, and their talented colleagues, sacrificed sleep, social events, school traditions, foods, and assorted other never-to-be-reclaimed activities to become the best of the best and to gain their …



All Aboard! (Dumb Ass Stupid Management)

The stereotypical plaint is that government doesn’t treat small business well. While that’s occasionally true, the larger problem is that small business owners often don’t know their gluteus maximus from their synovial hinge joint. Recently, I wrote to four builders of model trains (electric trains). My intent is to take my large collection out of storage and have professionals build a new layout in a property I buy or lease for the purpose. I built my first two, but it’s …