Alcatraz Rules

As in food distribution, as in life....

Regla (RAY-glah) Rule

Growing up we often heard about the Alcatraz Rules right before dinner.

Take all you want. Eat all you take.

It’s good advice for gluttonous adolescents. Adults too.

We didn’t follow the Alcatraz Rules very closely and my mom’s grub was considerably better (I would assume) than that prepared on The Rock.

But the line has merit extending beyond the dining room table.

And beyond food rationing at chow time.

The Alcatraz Rules apply to all of us.

“Say whatever you want. Do whatever you say you’re going to do.

As Ben Harper once wrote…. So hard to do, so easy to say.




Bradley Hartmann is founder and el presidente at Red Angle (, a Spanish language training firm focused on the construction industry. He likes The Rock, Ben Harper and chow. Read Hartmann’s recent article on Shrinking the Communication Gap here:–Shrinking-the-Communication-Gap/10FCP21128

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