Brother fools

February 7, 2009

chapmanI met Graham Chapman in 1978 in London, Ontario.

He was at the University of Western Ontario in a one-person lecture series. There was a huge snowstorm that night which meant that only about 20 die-hard fans were in the crowd.

He treated every star-struck questioner with tremendous respect and generosity. I was impressed, to say the least.

I have always admired grace during difficult times. John Cleese demonstrates an appropriate response to loss: empathy, fraternity and action.

— The pilot sketch.

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Franchise bankers are very, very good businesspeople.

December 21, 2008

sandallifebrianAnd I have come to the conclusion that I am not a nearly as good in business. Retraining is probably in order for 2009.

I think I have simply lost the desire that comes from calling the next Mr. Victim.

This realization substantially accounts for my continual CLMs (Career limiting move) in the last 10 years and my family’s resulting subsistence living.

  • It has precious  little to do with throwing sandals at a $1.1-billion sales per year North American franchise industry.

I should have persisted in my 6 week Canadian banking career but I have to be careful who I associate with. It would have been much easier for everyone, I suppose.

Oh well…

This is a good bit about those bankers who are still very keen about their careers.


Suing franchisees will Learn what the word Farce means

September 7, 2008

Ever wonder why there are so many unhappy lawyers? The best bit is at 7:37.

“Stringing a case out”.

  • Wondered why everyone says: “Better talk to a lawyer specializing in franchise law?
  • Because you do not know if you have a good case [law services are a credence good] you can easily be convinced that there is no hope or, taken on as a client until your cash flow ends and then discarded.

The Franchise Bar controls access to the Courts and routinely sabotages perfectly good cases. This is especially true in the smaller markets such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. I have seen it dozens of times.

  • The law has been bought and paid for by Big Franchising but this is not such an unusual situation in public administration.

Franchisees who want to sue their franchisor will likely never see the inside of a Court. You should go to a civil court and find out how much of a joke it is. I love the law but dislike the practice of law very much.

  • There is no excuse for looking to the law for help: Franchisees and ex-Ees need to rely on themselves.

If the Oz Franchise Bar took over an Airline

August 28, 2008
  • Notice how being a pilot is a credence good just like being a franchise lawyer.

Not very funny at the time but black humour is a very, very effective way of coping with, at times, overwhelmingly negative emotions.

If you don’t do your interior work, you remain vulnerable and cannot properly grieve for the person you used to be.


Spring Surprise: Accurate, comprehensive, clear, high quality, transfat free, organic and bloody absurd disclosure

August 21, 2008

This 3:28 minute Monty Python skit demonstrates the problem with the fish-on-a-hook disclosure schemes.

  • Wanting more and more and more of totally irrelevant and bullshit information does not allow for good investment decision making,
  • But this cynical gamesmanship is 100% legal, notwithstanding this skit.
  • Substitute poo for lark’s vomit.

The franchise industry (Whizzo Chocolate Company) is played by Terry Gilliam. John Cleese is the superior and Graham Chapman is the poor wretch.


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