Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/18/2022
We arrived home yesterday from our annual vacation to the Jersey Shore, our old stomping grounds. The round trip was 642 miles, 90 percent of which is on the interstates.
In Italy, where most highways are two lanes in each direction, drivers are diligent in staying to the right except to pass. Otherwise, there would be huge traffic jams. In the US, with four lanes in each direction, drivers ignore that common courtesy because: 1) they are ignorant of the law; 2) they are oblivious to traffic around them; 3) they are insecure to the point that they create pseudo-machismo (I don’t move for anyone). I find this behavior transgressive.
The result: Needless traffic jams and dangerous passing on the right.
There is a lot of thoughtlessness that, if eliminated, would enhance everyone’s lives. I’d put spammers on this list, since our inboxes are filled with their dumb offers no matter how strong our firewalls. Then I’d add bloviators, who make a speech before they ask a question, and who deliver a sermon before they answer one. It seems as if this is mandatory training for both politicians and reporters.
I detest trying to find a human at the cable company, the phone company, a medical office, and so forth. The outright lie that you have to listen to the entire menu “because our options have changed” simply makes me want to shout at the recording. Similarly, the nonsense about “recording for quality purposes” doesn’t seem to be borne out by any improvement in the quality.
We did have a great vacation, because we were left to our own devices: You move in, bring your stuff to the beach and back, find a place to eat. There were gulls everywhere, of course, thousands. But when a (hired) guy strolled on the boardwalk with a hooded falcon, suddenly there wasn’t one single gull within eyesight, they all seemed to have an appointment in Michigan.
Maybe I need a falcon riding on the roof of my car….
We humans can get used to anything. It really is remarkable. The problem is that we often use this glorious ability of ours to stay stuck in mediocrity. Oh, the years we waste adapting to lousy marriages, soul-sucking jobs, being friends with people who are rude to waitresses. —Jen Sincero
I’m not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or rude, that’s a buzz kill. There’s got to be a better code of conduct, some basic etiquette. —Mos Def