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In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking:

• The Lord of the Dance-type performances show impressive skills, but once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it, and you’ve seen it after about 20 minutes.

• Terrorists will never defeat America, but Jersey Shore, like necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria), could rot us from within.

• If there is a better white wine than Batard Montrechet, I have not yet come across it.

• There is always a bigger boat (TIAABB). Seek to achieve the goals that make sense for you, not “beat your neighbor.”

• People who don’t like dogs and make a point of telling you that fact are the saddest people I’ve yet encountered.

• When I get spam that’s written in Mandarin or Cyrillic I wonder who the sharpster is who’s selling such worthless lists.

• When I was young, the most respected professions to enter were teaching, medicine, and law, and the major industries were rubber, steel, automotive, and textile. The only constant is change.

• If I’m introduced to you and you’re drinking a martini, I’m immediately giving you the benefit of the doubt.

• Industrial relations gave way to personnel which is today human resources. Which shows that a platypus is a platypus no matter what business card you assign to it. (No offense is intended to platypuses.)

• Christina Aguilera is one heck of a talent.

• I can remember all of my grammar school teachers, but not my high school, undergraduate, or graduate teachers.

• I sit watching my new 3-D television with my battery-powered glasses and I can’t begin to imagine what kind of entertainment my granddaughters will have at my age!

• Bagpipes, harmonicas, and accordions must have their musical niche, but I can’t figure out what it is.

• “I am not being defensive” has to be a statement that requires no comment.

• If you must use profanity in public places oblivious to those around you (or, perhaps, despite them), you are functionally inarticulate.

• If you believe you are a victim, then you’ve made yourself one.

• We saw Terry Fator, the ventriloquist who won America’s Got Talent and a $45 million Vegas contract, a couple of months ago. After 20 minutes I was bored, and after 30 minutes HE looked bored. Unfortunately, the show was 90 minutes.

• I never remember a server’s name in a restaurant when it is so seriously announced for my benefit at the outset (“Hi, I’m….) but I always remember outstanding service when I pay the gratuity and after I leave.

• Less than half the women I meet have flattering haircuts.

• If you simply assume you’re in a conversation, your writing, public speaking, and sales presentations will improve 100%.

© Alan Weiss 2010. All rights reserved.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 7

  • Gary McMahon

    August 19, 2010

    Interesting list of thoughts.
    As a blues tragic, I can’t let the harmonica comment go without a response. Listen to some of the blues greats; Sonny Boy Terry, Junior Wells, Little Walter, etc, and you can find their niche.

    I’m off to council some of the local Platapus populations.


  • Bob Poole

    August 19, 2010

    I remember my first Batard Montrechet like it was yesterday and it was almost 20 years ago. A friend ordered it for four of us for dinner. It was the most delicious white wine I had ever tasted or imagined existed. I bought a second bottle for us. I don’t remember what I had to eat or if it was any good but I’ll never forget the wine. Thanks for being the memory catalyst!

  • Gretchen

    August 19, 2010

    Awesome! That last point was just the thing I needed this morning as I try to re-work some of my writing that was sounding way too robotic.

  • Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg

    August 19, 2010


    really great thoughts! The last one resonates particularly well… Thank you!


    (I would be glad to see more posts like this one- They are always simply fantastic!)


  • Jay Werth

    August 20, 2010

    Another resonating “Jersey Shore” thought.

    Snooki from “Jersey Shore” was in court after being arrested for public drunkenness. She was also charged with public annoyance.

    Public Annoyance? If that’s a crime, everyone on that show should get the death penalty.

    – Jimmy Kimmel
    Nice post, Mr. Weiss.

  • Alan Weiss

    August 20, 2010

    She admits to having read two books in her life. Her parents seem to think they’ve raised a star.

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