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In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking…

In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking…

• Why does the ice cream store give me a dog sundae with ice cream in a cup and a dog biscuit on top, and also a spoon?

• Why do stores and banks keep telling me that the most annoying and time-consuming actions are “for my protection and best interests”? Wouldn’t that, by definition, be my decision, not theirs?

• Somehow I don’t believe that the pedestrians, stopped at a “don’t walk” sign despite the fact you can see there is no traffic coming for 12 blocks, are the early adapters and innovators in the world.

• Airlines are no longer in the air transportation business (at least in the U.S.). They are in the “revenue at any cost and at every turn” business, and I’m not flying domestic carriers internationally if I can possibly help it. And I’m a full-fare, first class passenger.

• You don’t step out of a luxury car and give the parking valet a buck tip if you have any class at all and the car is really yours.

• The people in the first class airport lounges who carry plates piled high with free food and drink alcohol continually are, dollars to donuts, there on a free pass or by accident. People who belong there act as if it’s nothing special.

• When you pay people to talk about calamity, they talk about calamity. That’s why every “meteorologist” sees a snow shower as a blizzard, and every investment “analyst” sees a market blip as a major correction.

• The gowns, jewelry, tuxedoes, and shoes at awards ceremonies such as The Golden Globes may be pretty classy, but not necessarily the people wearing them.

• The most entertaining thing about Facebook so far is the movie made about it.

• Passion attempts to influence people, zealotry tries to convert them. I’m all for the former, but I flee from the latter.

• The other evening, at a new restaurant in town, I asked the server what the pasta side was on my plate. He looked at it and said, “It’s either linguini or fettuccini, I’m not sure.” Think the place will last long?

• Every time I thumb through a catalog I wonder why I’m not looking up the item on the Internet. Then I realize: Catalogs create need by suggesting items you weren’t thinking about. The Internet is better at fulfilling the need once it’s identified.

• I was looking for an item today on the Internet, and found a dozen sources. But I chose Amazon because I knew I could order it with “one-click” in two seconds, and not have to laboriously enter my personal information and credit card. And it was least expensive there, though I would have paid more for the benefit.

• The more revivals you see on Broadway and in Hollywood (back comes “How to Succeed in Business,” and “Cage Aux Folles”), the less creativity and talent is extant.

• Do we really require a commercial with only five minutes left in the television show? How perverse do you have to be to succeed in advertising?

© Alan Weiss 2011. 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: 3

  • Daniel Rose

    January 20, 2011

    The most entertaining thing about Facebook so far is the movie made about it.
    I’ve not seen the movie, but based on the trailer I’d suspected it was just as terrible as the website!

  • January 20, 2011

    Thank you, Alan, for a fresh portion of self-admiring thoughts. I subscribe to your feeds because I need to associate my mysanthropy with someone, obviously more successful than myself. I do not own a Rolls Royce (or whatever those expensive cars you display on your userpics). That makes us unsimilar. What we do have, however, in common – and is extremely rewarding for me: I can watch you getting similarly older and fed up. You also have a disadvantageous advantage – Enlgish is your native tongue.


  • Alan Weiss

    January 21, 2011

    There must be a language issue here, all right. I doubt these comments are “self-admiring,” and I am most certainly not misanthropic. Those are Bentleys. Age has nothing to do with it, I’ve been frustrated with these behaviors for most of my life. But thanks for writing. I think.

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