Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/29/18

We’re in Nassau taking a much-needed vacation away from all accountabilities. I’m unabashedly hiding. There are “islands” in the various pools at the resort, with plants and palm trees on them.

I’m reminded of a vacation we took somewhere in Mexico where there were a dozen or more iguanas on every island, which were surrounded completely by water. I’d occasionally swim up to one, which would regard me with those independently moving eyes, sort of like the air conditioning vents overhead on older planes. But most were in the palm trees, dozing on branches and absorbing warmth.

“Is there enough food to feed them all on the islands?” I asked the pool attendant. “Oh, no,” he said, “they’re fed in the late afternoon over there” and he pointed to a spot about a hundred yards away on the lawn.

“How do you get them there?” I asked. “We don’t, they know when to go.” “You mean,” I stuttered, “they crawl in and swim across the pool while people are in it??!!” “No,” he said, “most of them just drop off the branches.”

And so, incredibly, an eight-pound lizard (I looked this up) dropped like some kind of meteorite about 15 feet amidst the (mostly) unaware guests. I stayed to watch this and I can only compare it to carpet bombing by the Air Force.

Black swans. Tree-dropping iguanas.

The unexpected happens. Perhaps we might be in for a society without polarization, without senseless violence, without hating those with whom we disagree. It would take an Annus Mirabilis. And we’d have to be as smart as birds and reptiles.


Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. —Ronald Reagan

Alan’s Riff

I’m inviting you to join me monthly in 2019 for Alan’s Riff, a semi-improvisational hour with me during which I’ll discuss combinations of the following:

• Current political and social trends and events

• The economy and financial options

• Business trends, interpretation, and predictions

• The current headlines

• The arts and entertainment

• Ideas and provocations that challenge you intellectually

I’ll take any questions in advance and also during the calls via computer. Every call will be 60-90 minutes and recorded for your ongoing use.

My intent here is to enable you to:

• Become a well-rounded, informed, object of interest

• Understand how to view and dissect issues

• Develop as an engaging conversationalist

• Ask questions that you can’t ask elsewhere

• Improve your sense of self by being better “educated”

• Take better advantage of opportunities around you

• Improve your critical thinking skills

• Stand out in a crowd

Fee: $1,200

Prior to Nov. 15: $950.





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.