Have something to say before you send an email (or Why Free Sucks)

I got an email today from a national organization that I am a member of. The email basically said “We’re working on something that’s going to affect you. We’ll let you know more when we’re ready.” (The actual sentence was “We look forward to sharing more information about this exciting project in the near future and the ways you may be able to join in the fun!”)

They weren’t asking me to do anything. There was no tangible information being conveyed.

There was really no reason to send the email. If there was an electronic equivalent of postage, so there would have been a cost associated with this – it wouldn’t have been sent.

Everybody likes free (or at least they think they do). There is a cost to things, even if the price is free. (I wish Thomas Sowell could be required reading for everyone. Here’s a short version of his thoughts on prices. If you like that – read his book Basic Economics.) Free things are abused because the cost isn’t paid by the person using it.

City Museum, St. Louis

When my family was planning a trip to St. Louis, I was lucky to run into an old college buddy of mine who had lived there for a few years. He and his family said “You’ve got to go to City Museum!”

When planning the trip, I had seen City Museum mentioned, but didn’t really think much about it. As it turns out, everyone in the family thought that City Museum is one of the coolest places we’ve ever been.

City Museum

The best way I know how to describe it is – imagine if the Little Rascals went to Walt Disney World, came home and said “we can build our own using some spare parts from the junk yard”, and did.

For more information, go to http://www.citymuseum.org. If you’re anywhere near St. Louis, you need to check it out.