I want a kitchen with an island. Having a kitchen big enough to have an island is practically a dream of mine. Unfortunately, I don’t really see myself having a house at any point. Which is not to say I’m unwilling, I just can’t really imagine myself living in something that wasn’t an apartment.
Surprise 39 degrees with crazy wind. Was wearing: long sleeved t-shirt and an open raincoat. Walked to train. Stood on platform waiting for train. Walked home from train. Closed raincoat two blocks from home. Attention winter: BRING IT ON.
I keep trying to reblog your last service industry bit, but it keeps saying I'm reblogging someone else. Down the block is a cookie/sandwich shop with $2 half-sandwiches. They're wonderful people and put as much on the actual half-sandwich for me as can fit. Frequently, mom is treating long distance via card (I won't let her pay for groceries so it makes her feel good) and I have no money for tips. When I get a better job, I'm dropping a five in their tip jar without a purchase. *small dreams*
Do you give them smiles and are nice to them? (I know you do, you’re actually better at that than I am) Then in the meantime, don’t worry about it. I think that’s a great thing to plan on, but I’m sure they enjoy seeing you. The nice customers always make the best parts of the day.
I follow a webcomic artist on twitter. I really enjoy a lot of what he posts, but a while ago, he went on a really extended twitter rant on DC and Marvel that was way harsh, and I thought made him sound like a grumpy old man. It made me angry, because while there are plenty of valid points to criticize both on, he said that they produced exactly one interesting character, ever. And yesterday, he posted a fashion rant that at one point, criticized anyone over the age of 12 for wearing t-shirts. I was pretty offended, and I now have to balance some of his posts making me upset one way or another, and other posts that I very much enjoy. What on earth do I do?
Guys…guys I can’t go. It’s a direct conflict with a weekend I planned months ago. And I know people who represent three different teams who live in NYC even! Adam reps NYU, Nadine reps College Park, and I rep Stony Brook! And…and Texas Tech has a team! Guys, Adam and I were gonna wear school clothes and have a rivalry! Timing. It’s everything.
I’m feeling RRRR OPINIONS! about the service industry, which I’ve been employed in for the last 5 years, and wanted to touch on some subjects that make me crazy.
Firstly — $0 tips, specifically when left in response to bad service and/or as punishment to the…
leaving $0 isn’t always for bad service people don’t always tip its not a required thing you only tip if you got what you consider good service IT IS NOT MANDATORY! IT IS NOT FOR POLITENESS SAKE! its a reward for being good at your job and feeling like it helped your experience so don’t expect tips they are optional if you treat it as mandatory then maybe you should sit the fuck down for 5 seconds and get a grip of yourself (or at least this is how it works in the UK) if its that crappy a job then you should either quit or not have taken it in the first place really if you feel that way
Uh… you do know that this post is about US workers, and without tips, servers in the US make way below the federally required minimum wage, right?
Folks from the UK/EU/Australia/Canada etc. who’ve contacted me about my comics have expressed a little shock over this, so…
Wow, holy attitude adjustment Batman. EK, props to you for responding to this with a much more level head than I would have.
Reblogging because…because just…wow. Just wow. Colleen will be spouting steam from her ears, I know that much.
I like how they think quitting is an option. Can I have their trust fund?
I’m feeling RRRR OPINIONS! about the service industry, which I’ve been employed in for the last 5 years, and wanted to touch on some subjects that make me crazy.
Firstly — $0 tips, specifically when left in response to bad service and/or as punishment to the server. Let me be clear about this. I don’t think you shouldn’t be able to decide to leave no money on the table if you truly didn’t get any service and had a negative dining experience. I have left a $0 tip before.
The difference is that, when I was preparing to leave no tip, I spoke to the management about my experience. This is the one thing I never hear people my age do when they have a bad experience, and to hear that they left no tip to punish the server/waiter bugs me on a personal and and professional level.
Reglubbing for truth and to add: 1. It’s awesome if you think your server is hot, but leaving your phone number in the “tip” blank is pretty much the douchiest move ever and in a just world would lock you out of getting laid for at least a year. And even if it weren’t a douche move? They don’t keep the receipts, genius.
2. As a waitress and host, I worked under ten different managers. Six of those ten were tremendous assholes, and the worst three were both abusive and experts at gaslighting. Not sure how common that is, but I go into most restaurants assuming the servers have to put up with all kinds of fuckery behind the scenes in addition to managing a busy section. It’s not that bad service should be given a pass, but… just please, be aware and be kind. The person who’s bringing you your food and drinks (if you’re in the US, anyway) does not get sick leave, vacation days, health insurance, or any sort of job security — and it’s likely they also have no protection from abuse, payroll fraud, or work-related injuries. Where I worked, the FLSA was a sad joke.
3. I can’t post about food service without plugging the Black Star Co-Op on north Lamar Blvd. First place in town to provide a living wage to all employees, and the food and beer are delicious to boot. I hope their business model spreads and thrives.
I have left a $0 tip before but it takes a lot, and I mean a lot, to get me to do so. I mean, blatant attitude problems, sighing and storming around, etc. and even then, I’m like “M-maybe they’re just in a bad mood?”
I’ve never waitressed and I’m told that it’s much worse than retail which I have done, though it has its own rewards.
But I just wanted to say I completely agree with the idea of approaching the manager and discussing the issue, but I have two qualms with it. One being that I personally have social anxiety issues. Once I’m engaged with someone, the problems are largely nonexistent and I can talk with someone openly and forever. But when it comes to ME approaching OTHERS I fail hard.
So the thought of seeking out and then engaging a manager in a potentially tense conversation makes me feel a tight tugging in my chest and sick in my stomach because omg talking to people I don’t know. I don’t know why it’s a big deal, it just is. So like… you’re saying this is the proper response and I’m agreeing but then I’m also going “AHHHH I’d rather give the tip please don’t make me talk to anyone!”
Another issue I have is as badly as I might have been treated, I by no means want to be the one who gets a server fired. What if they really were in a bad mood for a reason that is a good reason and I’m like… the third person to complain and their manager is not understanding? While I do feel like I can deprive someone of a tip, I don’t feel it’s in my power to deprive them of a job. I SERIOUSLY worry about that a lot when complaining to people’s managers, no matter how horribly I was treated. Because one of the first times as an adult I ever did lodge a complaint, I actually did get the woman fired and I felt pretty damn bad about it for a long time and have decided since then that their poor treatment of me and my getting to complain about them was not worth the guilt of being partially responsible for them losing their job.
But like I said. It takes a lot for me to give no tip. I take after my father and like to be a generous tipper and if I was living well beyond my means there’d be $100 tips all up on my stuff because I feel like more often than not my servers go above and beyond the call of duty.
I could probably count how many $0 I’ve done in my life on one hand.
At this point I’m just begging people not to judge me.
The other thing I have a problem with is sometimes, I actually don’t have the money for anything but the regular 10% tip no matter how fabulous my server was! That sounds so lame, I know, because it’s like “You’re eating out aren’t you?” but I rarely ever get to go to a nice sit down restaurant where I am being served so sometimes I take what meager extra money I have and do so. The guilt starts well into the first ninja refill (where the server sneaks up, ninjas away your glass, refills it and replaces it before you knew it was gone, which makes me giggle and clap my hands like a four year old at a magic show because HOW THE FUCK DO THEY DO THAT?) and extends into filling out the tip.
I have, before, written things like “thanks, you were awesome, I wish I could give you all the tips!” but I stopped because it feels like making excuses and phony. :(
I’m guessing maybe the answer here is that if I can’t handle the situation appropriately, I should just tip anyway and try to tip to the best of my ability, but it still fills me with conflict asdfghjkl
I have opinions about tipping in regards to cafes and such, but since there’s such a huge difference in what’s expected and just the job in general, I won’t go into those. It’s just not relevant.
20% is my low mark, usually. It’s also something of a standard, but I’ll round up in every situation, and more often than not toss an extra dollar in. When I get service that makes me smile, I go up to 25-30 (with a $2 minimum, because sometimes I go into a diner for hot chocolate, and tipping 20% of $3 is obnoxious, and a waste of my server’s time). I budget for that when deciding what to order, based on what I have, because I know that because of stupid laws, they work for way less than minimum wage.
I don’t think I’ve ever left a $0 tip, for one reason. I know that’ll get shrugged off, and I have a better thing, that’ll stick in their memory a little. I make sure they see, and I leave a coin. Not a quarter. I’ve also been told that somebody else puts an empty water glass face-down on top of it, just to jam the experience down their throats a little more.
That being said, they’d have to make me really mad to get me to do that. I don’t think I’ve even ever had to. I know what it’s like to have a bad day in a service job, even if I’m not a waiter. I know how many people they have to deal with, at once and over the course of the day, and that’s a trying experience at the best of times. If the food comes out wrong, I know that my order passes through multiple people, and any relay or brain fart can make a mistake. If it comes out cold, I don’t hold the server responsible. I do say something, because…I don’t want to eat it cold if it’s not supposed to be cold. But I make sure I make it clear to them that I know it’s not their fault. They’re gonna have to be truly obnoxious, ignore us for ages, and screw multiple things up before I consider doing that. And when I say ignore, I don’t mean just not come around. I mean I flag them down and still get nothing. I’ll get up and go find them, or catch somebody else’s eye if I have to.
I’m flat out embarrassed when somebody I’m with gets stingy on a tip. I stopped going out to dinner with somebody who would leave 10% standard, and requiring stellar service to go above that. I’d also supplement their tip. And that started getting expensive.
Service jobs suck. They also pay diddly squat. That needs to be taken into account for tips.
then reading that they vehemently believe working a minimum wage job in food preparation is beneath their dignity.
Every person I worked with in food service was smarter, savvier, and more adept than me at pretty much everything in life. Sometimes in…
I support this 100%. If anybody believes that it’s below their dignity, that’s all the more reason they should. And in terms of being wasted, and skills being too valuable, I would invite them to get over themselves.
I really believe that we’d have a lot more understanding in this country if everybody was subjected to at least six months or a year of being abused by people who don’t give a single damn about them. It won’t fix the problem entirely, but that’s also why it’ll work forever.
For all the good that Christianity promises, it has done great evil in the past. Christianity has directly or indirectly ruined countless lives; members of the Christian faith have extorted people into bankruptcy; Christians have put into place laws that damage the rights and freedoms of people to marry, live, die, or even, yes, abort as they choose. Christians (and other militant theists) of the past have run atheists out of their homes, beaten them, torn off their breasts, cut off their limbs, and murdered entire families—and in some places and at some times, they did this lawfully. Christians today will say, “Those were not true Christians; they were not being Christ-like,” and a scholar will remind them that the modern idea of what is Christian has not always existed: for a time, you were not Christ-like unless you shunned heathens and demonstrated your superiority. It was Christian then to design new sins (like homosexuality) and proclaim that the (newly) sinful would go to hell, but could be forgiven if they paid fees to the Church. It is Abrahamic ideas, ideas upheld in Christianity as a system, which make people feel ashamed of their bodies, their identities, their sexual expression, their love. It is Christianity that has the blood of innocents on its clothes; it is Christianity that will cause a young man to want to take his life because he loved another man.
Christians may be individually good, and they may be good in small, rare clusters as well, but they have a debt to pay. Modern Christians are the only ones who can begin to make up for the misdeeds of their predecessors, but they do not. Do not be surprised when you say, “Come to us, for we are the Light,” and we turn away. Do not be surprised when people live in fear of this system; do not be surprised when you say “God is love!” and we laugh.
I would like to add that most Christians, or followers of Christ, tend to act nothing like what the man himself was supposed to be like. The Christian Right as a political entity especially confuses me to no end. One of the first things Jesus Christ was supposed to be about was forgiveness, and leaving judgements to the almighty. And let’s not even get into wealth redistribution.
This is the problem I always have. Picking names. I have two characters right now in need of names. I still haven’t picked one for Claire and Rachel’s upcoming daughter, and now I have another character (female, of course) before I have a name for her. I’ve been doing basic character development for her all day in my head, but a name still eludes me. She’s Korean by heritage, but third generation American. I want to pick Rachel and Claire’s daughter’s name on my own, but I’ll take suggestions for the other one. Any ideas?
1: Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Half and half? My closet has two folding doors, one is always closed because there’s stuff leaning on it, and the other one is always at least partly open because it doesn’t close all the way anymore.
2: Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
I used to, but there was a long period of me not going to hotels a whole lot, and then I had long hair and discovered how much of a difference it can be to use a good one versus whatever the hell they feel like giving you.
3: Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Out. All the way the hell out. I flop around all over the place, and the blanket comes right with me. The fitted sheet stays put, mind you, but…I don’t use any other sheets. I did tuck my topsheet/blanket (depending on room temperature) in in college, but I had a twin extra long then, and now I have a full, and…yeah, that just ain’t happening.
5: Do you like to use post-it notes?
Ohman, I love post-its. Especially at work. They make great fun ambush notes. I leave sillies all over the place. I used to use them at home too, but I haven’t had to once we got a clipboard with a magnet on it that sticks to our fridge. Also texting plans.
8: Do you have freckles?
A few, scattered here and there. I wouldn’t be called freckly, and I don’t turn more so in the summer. The only color change there is red when I get burnt walking down the street.
13: What about pooped in the woods?
I don’t think I’ve ever had to go badly enough when facilities were unavailable. I haven’t really hardcore roughed it.
21: Whats your least favorite movie?
Dinosaur, that Disney CGI movie that came out years ago. It was the first movie I ever came out of unhappy in the theaters, and I found out afterwards that if I had said something, we would’ve all walked out.
34: Favorite kind of sandwich?
It depends. For reliability, my favorite is turkey with mayo and tomato on a roll (lettuce unnecessary, but not a deal-breaker if it shows up anyway). For comfort food, grilled cheese by a mile. For a meal out, I’ve recently discovered a very strong fondness for cuban sandwiches. YUM.
55: Favorite type of fruit pie?
Apple. I haven’t actually met one that I don’t like, but I’m not huge on sweets, and I usually need a reason to go for it. And no fruit pie gives me a better reason than apple. And that’s only because pumpkin isn’t a fruit. Pumpkin pie is always a reason.
89: Which are better black or green olives?
I like olives in things. You’ll never catch me eating olives just straight up. That being said, the best thing I’ve ever had olives in was the house salad dressing at a steakhouse in Florida that’s so good, my mouth is watering right now thinking about it. It had green olives in it, and I think some sardines too. Despite that, it was AMAZING.
So, my roomie was carrying her laptop to her room last night, accidentally caught the cord on her door knob and dropped it, cracking the LCD screen. She can’t afford to replace it but needs the laptop for work and because she’s a writer who can’t practice her craft without a computer.
I looked up a replacement LCD screen but couldn’t find anything cheaper than $140 (and the site didn’t really look legit…) which is more than either of us can shell out on a whim.
In order to raise money to help her out, because she’s super sad and I can’t handle her being so upset, I decided to do cheap commissions to see if I could raise at least part of the cost!
If we only get part of the cost, that’s fine!
If we get more than the cost, the excess will be donated to a charity of my choosing, most likely something to do with human rights or to fund Native Tribe campaigns.
However, in order to get more commissions, I have to get the word out, so until November 1st, everyone who reblogs this post will be eligible to win a free, full color commission. You will have your choice between two people/characters drawn from the waist up or one person/character drawn from head to toe!
You may reblog up to 3 times and a winner will be randomly selected on November 2nd!
Likes and follows are nice but do not enter you into the contest!
Quicksketch - $5 + $2 per extra character
Inked Lineart - $8 + $4 per extra character
Inked with flat colors - $10 + $5 per extra character
Full color with shading $16 + $8 per extra character
Flat Color Chibis $10 + $5 per extra character
Friendship is Magic Style Pony Art $12 + $6 for anypony extra
Must have a PayPal account or be able to send a money order!
All commissions are paid in advance!
I reserve the right to reject any commission based on how it fits my tastes or the fact I may just be poop at drawing what you’re asking. If you’d like nudes, sexual content or the like, drop me an ask and we’ll talk about it, but it may cost more! I’m super happy to draw OCs, even ones that have never been drawn before as long as you aren’t super picky about how it turns out and send me a detailed description. All such asks will be answered privately so make sure not to go anon!
Thanks for all your help!
Reblog #2! Trying not to spam everybody with this too together.
1. What is your dream career, and what path do you plan to take to get there?
2. Who do you aspire most to be like? 3. What do you like in a best friend? 4. Do you currently have any squishes (people you really want to be best friends with)? 5. What is your ideal platonic relationship? 6. Best late night IM conversation story. 7. List one person you’d like to wear the sweater of, one person you’d like to bake cookies with, and one person you’d like to drive around and get lost with. (can be celebrities or fictional characters, has to be three different people and not all the same person) 8. Describe your current best friend(s). 9. What is a strange, little-known fact about you? 10. What is a career you wanted to have when you were younger, and still kind of want to have now? 11. If you could have tea and pleasant conversation with one person, who would it be? 12. If you had a time machine, what era would you go to? 13. What celebrity or historical figure would you love to have as your best friend and why? 14. What fictional character would you love to have as your best friend and why? 15. If you could have one wish, what would it be? (cannot be related to romance or sex) 16. If you were trapped on a deserted island and could only take one item, what would it be? 17. If you could pick one career other than the one you are pursuing/plan to pursue, what would it be? 18. What is your best memory you have with a friend? 19. Do you have any peculiar interests that most people don’t know about? 20. What were your favourite childhood toys? Do you still have them? 21. Favourite baked good? 22. If your best friend were here right now, what would you do with them? (cannot list best friend as your romantic/sexual partner) 23. Who would you love to play video games with? 24. If you could visit any country, which one would it be? 25. Are there any friends you miss having around? 26. If you were trapped in a room with the person who asked this for 24 hours, what would you do? The answer cannot be romantic or sexual. 27. If you could learn any language instantly, what would it be? 28. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 29. Favourite song lyric? 30. Favourite album? 31. Which time of day would you say is best for you work-wise? 32. Favourite city that you’ve visited? 33. Favourite city that you haven’t visited? 34. If you could donate $10,000 to charity, what charity would you pick? 35. What is one book you wish you could get all your friends to read? 36. What is one movie you wish you could get all your friends to watch? 37. What do you think people assume about you from first glance? 38. If you could play any musical instrument, what would it be? 39. What is your favourite item of clothing? 40. Who was your first follower on tumblr? Do they still follow you? 41. If you could create one thing, what would it be? 42. Favourite superhero? 43. If you were to write an autobiography, what would you title it? 44. If you were to have a band, what would you call it? 45. What is your favourite card/board game? 46. What was the first IM service you used? Who was the first person you talked to on it? 47. If you could give a friendly hug to any one person, who would it be? Cannot be your romantic/sexual partner if you have one. 48. Have you ever won any sort of contests? What kind? 49. Who was the last person you hugged? Cannot be your romantic/sexual partner if you have one. 50. If you could be skilled in any one activity, what would it be? Cannot be romantic or sexual.