The Adventures of Koufax and Buddy Beagle

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The Writing on the Wall Episode 94: Time Has Come

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Not So Sirius Radio: DASM

The satellite radio stopped abruptly in our new SUV. I took the time to call Sirius and, after the moronic automated voices trying to get rid of me, I reached a “listener care representative.” She told me, astoundingly, that my 90-day free trial was over and, no, they didn’t automatically warn me or bill me or otherwise try to keep me as a customer.

I may be spoiled since my Bentleys come with free, lifetime subscriptions, but I told her that was bizarre. However, I wanted to sign on! She told me that I’d have to call another number. I mentioned that my three other vehicles all have Sirius, and she told me that in that case she could help me herself.

Ten minutes later, we finally had a deal, though I had to wait another five minutes for the signal to hit my particular truck from somewhere deep in outer space.

If magazines ask you to renew subscriptions about six months in advance and pester you like a copperhead snake, why can’t Sirius say, “We trust you liked it, how about renewing well before the trial runs out?” Or, better yet, offer a full subscription when the vehicle is purchased.

This is failure work at the moment, wasting my time and theirs and probably netting a zero margin by the time the subscription is set up compared to the labor that goes into doing so.

It’s a beautiful day here. Consulting anyone?

© Alan Weiss 2014

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Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 6/23/14

This week’s focus point: Let me understand the World Cup. It unites people in a nationalistic xenophobia. Officials can make calls which reverse momentum, reward the devious, and penalize honest effort. Even the best players posture and pretend, trying to draw attention and favorable treatment. Some scores are accidents–rebounds, off one’s own players, or just bad bounces. You can be exiled from the community with a red card. Teamwork almost always outperforms solo effort, but at the end of the day some players always score more than others. There is obvious corruption and an international organizing body that is distrusted, abused, and not respected by most of its own members. No one is ever really sure of how much time is left at the end of the game. Now I understand the popularity. Soccer is a metaphor for life.

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Poverty of Imagination

A woman I don’t know wrote me as part of a mass email this morning asking me to promote her new book to my entire mailing list. I was to include some “offer” so that someone buying the book would receive a zillion dollars in “bonus” value from all of us patsies. The last time I took a look at this, the “bonus” was pure crap, people’s articles that couldn’t be published and audio that couldn’t be sold—a scrap heap delivered to your door.

If you can’t figure out how to promote your work, and it doesn’t have enough value to stand on its own merits, and you have to engage in this kind of amateur behavior, you are not in a position to tell anyone anything in a book, a conversation, or a rune. But this is the latest fad, going into bookstores and turning the books face-out, providing extra (worthless) stuff with it, and so on. Of course, everyone is a “best selling” author today, with an award from some outfit that just gives out awards.

This idiocy makes trodding on hot coals seem useful. I mean, at least you might be able to cook a burger.

© Alan Weiss 2014

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My Traditional Father’s Day Lobster

This year, seven pounds. And, yes, I finished everything.

 

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Hatred and Racism Over Monday Morning Memo!

I receive a lot of email thanking me for Monday Morning Memo (latest one is below) or offering other views. I try to respond to them all. The subscription list keeps growing, now past 15,000.

Yet, every so often, perhaps twice a year, the underbelly of society turns up. To give you a glimpse of how much hatred there is for others’ opinions, here’s a response received from someone who made what I felt were racist comments and who I said was free to disagree but didn’t have to let me know about it, and wasn’t listening to my response.

Of course, I’m not a psychologist, don’t live in the hinterlands (I didn’t think), but never mind the inaccuracies, just read the venom:

“I’m not listening to you? Of course not; are you crazy? As a PhD in Psychology you’re basically a magician with a degree.  I’m sure your dissertation was done on something relating to your dog. That’s a subject you seem to be intimately familiar with. That’s scary. Are you an animal lover? Maybe that’s why you live out in the hinterlands, to be closer to nature. There must be a few sheep in the area that love you, especially during maple syrup season.

 

“You should stick to talking about subjects that you are familiar with, your car, your dog, taking cruises etc.

 

“Typically sociopaths like you want to foist their worst traits on other people. I’m not buying your bull; never have and never will.  Take out the DSM 5 (if you can afford the new edition) it has has your picture next to Narcissist with a notation to also see Schmuck. You have been drinking too much of your own Kool-Aid.

 

“Frankly you are full of hot air; which is normal for a psychologist. You’ve got the zeros on the wrong side of the one.  The other 10 people who subscribe to your weekly rant have it going straight to the spam folder, which is where all your mail to me now goes.

 

“Adios you old fart.”

This was sent by a David Malek, though he tried to disguise his email signature on this, of course. Isn’t it refreshing to be sane when you read this stuff? Of course, I’m a “sociopath” so what would I know?!

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Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 6/16/14

This week’s focus point: After World War I, the Sykes-Picot Agreement divided the middle east according to British and French interests (with Russia agreeing). The geopolitical lines drawn were arbitrary and capricious, ignoring tribes and historic settlement (and even common sense). We’re living with the consequences of such imperialism today. We will probably see a very different landscape emerge, for example, with the Kurds having an independent state, and parts of existing states (Syria, Iraq, Iran) perhaps forming a new one. At one point, a hundred years ago, only two African nations (Liberia and Ethiopia) were not ruled by an external power. My quaint idea is to try to help everyone become a “have” as opposed to a “have not,” so they have too much to lose through conflict and a great deal to gain through compromise. Of course, this requires visionary leadership.

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