Friday, March 20, 2015

Bad Service in Restaurants

As a former restaurant worker, I always tip at least 20 percent. I've even been accused of over-tipping. I've found if you regularly dine at the same place, this is a good idea because they'll be happy to see you.

Servers remember those who didn't tip well. They respond accordingly. They especially remember customers who tipped poorly and were pains-in-the-butt.

But what happens when you have really, really bad service? Should you tip then?

I'm not talking about bad food. I'm talking about an experience that is bad due to the behavior of a server. Say you're seated and the entire wait staff ignores you for an extraordinary amount of time.

Or what if your glass remains empty for the entirety of your meal?

Or your entire party receives their meals and there you sit, waiting for your food while they eat.

Or you wait for an eternity for your check...and it's your lunch hour...or you're trying to get to a seven o'clock movie. Or your server was really really really rude.

Do you still tip 20 percent? Less? Nothing at all? Or should you leave a good tip and complain to the manager? This dog has another idea...

How do you handle bad service in a restaurant?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In the 70s, You Looked Better When We Saw You Twice

When I saw this goofy picture of Will Ferrell, it sparked a memory:

If you're a child of the 70s/80s, you know exactly what I'm talking about. In fact, you probably had at last one of these pictures taken of yourself. If not, you saw them hanging on your relatives' walls.

It turns out, I'm not the only one feeling nostalgic. There's even a Double Exposure Portrait Appreciation Society on Facebook.

I had to learn a little more about this crazy trend, which seemed to emerge in the mid to late 70s and fizzle out sometime around the early 80s. It was created by then-popular portrait chain Olan Mills. At some time, every set of parents dragged their children to Olan Mills for the latest "technology" in photography--the double exposure. It was either that or suffer the requisite family photo in front of a backdrop depicting some corny nature scene.

If you didn't get the nature scene, you were posed in front of a fake bookcase.

70s kids, are you feelin' me yet? Yeah, it was pretty bad, even in the 80s, when Olan Mills graduated to the marble-ish backdrop.

But nothing compares to double exposure. Except maybe Glamour Shots with their mostly failed attempts at making average people look like models.

Did your parents ever force you to get a really cheesy picture made? My mom found one of me:

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Hydration Generation

How much of the day do you spend away from a beverage?


If you leave the house, do you have one of these?

Or these?

Or (heaven forbid) these?

In recent years, it seems we feel this need to constantly have a beverage on hand. As this occurred to me, I remembered spending all morning in classes in high school and college without drinking a thing.

You'd have a soda with lunch, then head to class all afternoon without water or Coke or even a juice box. When you got home (or back to your dorm), you didn't run for the refrigerator like you'd been crawling across the desert, desperately seeking a drop of water all afternoon.

Bottled water was around when I was a kid, but we didn't seem to be as freakish about drinking tap water. We drank out of water fountains...


Heck, we'd even drink from the garden hose if it saved us a trip back inside the house.

Why do we always feel the need to have a drink with us? Is it to look cool like Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds?

(No wonder she's so skinny...she's on a liquid diet!)

Do you think our bottles, cans, and cups are our security blankets? Can you leave the house without a beverage?