Off for the weekend…

Well, this past week flew by!  Before I knew it, it was already Wing Day, and now, it’s already Friday.

I woke up early this morning (5 a.m.) to complete my long run for the week, since I imagine that this weekend’s festivities will be taking up much of my time this weekend.  I completed just over 10 miles and I will start to decrease my mileage this coming week to prepare for next weekend’s half marathon!

Now I’m off to go sit in the car for five hours on our drive down to Pennsylvania, where Pete’s older brother will be getting married.  I will be back Monday night.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

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This Past Weekend…

…the following happened:

– I completed an approximately twelve mile run.

– I bought two books at Borders, which is sadly closing.


– I finished reading Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi.

It was an incredibly inspiring book, which showed just how much she has grown and how far she’s come.  I have even more respect for her, as she is an amazing, intelligent, strong and beautiful person.

– I mentally prepared myself for the work week ahead, as it will probably be a tough one.

But the good news is, it’s going to be a four-day work week.  Friday I am leaving for Pennsylvania, where Pete’s brother is getting married on Sunday.  The weekend will be spent with Pete’s family doing a ton of fun things leading up to the big day.

Anyway, I’m off to work.  Happy Monday…Hopefully everyone had a good weekend?

What I Hate Wednesday #1

I’m starting a new [sporadic] feature on this blog.

I know some bloggers like to highlight what they eat on Wednesday.  Since my meals are less than exciting (I tend to eat the same thing everyday), I have decided to, instead, highlight a pet peeve or something I strongly dislike on Wednesdays.

This week, I would like to talk about tipping your server when you’re out to eat.

I’ve waited tables at a number of places.  When I was 17, I started out working lunches and banquets at a nearby country club.  Since then, I have worked at a less-than-great chain restaurant and a high end Italian place.

In Massachusetts, servers make $2.63 per hour.  Before taxes.  That means, if you choose not to tip, the server makes nothing.

If the server does a poor job, show them with a smaller tip.  Ten percent, maybe less.  I understand if you don’t want to tip a lot–or at all–if the server is not attentive, indifferent, and seems to not care about how you are enjoying your meal.  After all, you go out to eat not just for the food, but for the experience.

But, if the service is good, why not leave a tip?

True story: One night at less-than-great chain restaurant, I had a table of three.  They all got large alcoholic beverages.  They all got their own appetizer, their own meal, and two got their own dessert.  Their bill was close to $100.  For absolutely no reason whatsoever, they left me nothing for a tip.  They literally wrote in $0.00 on the credit card slip.

Another true story: One night at high-end Italian place, I had a table of eight.  They ordered two–that’s right, two–$98 bottles of wine.  Their bill totaled close to $400, including the almost $200 spent on wine.  They left me $25 on the $400 bill.  Even if you didn’t include the alcohol on the bill, that is less than 15% of $200.  And, I know some people don’t tip on alcohol, but that’s another thing.  Most places make the server give part of his or her tips to the bartender.  This, combined with the fact that I was decanting the bottle of wine, and filling and re-filling glasses all night, means that I should have been tipped on alcohol.  If you’re going to spend that much on wine, at least be willing to give a decent tip.

Exhibit C, if you will:  My uncle will tip 18% if the service is good, but will not tip 18% of the bill including taxes.  He will calculate 18% from the pre-tax total.  “You’re not supposed to tip on tax,” he says.  But, if you are going out to eat and you’re already tipping a certain amount on the pre-taxed bill, why not throw in another two or three bucks for a bill including tax?  This is also frustrating because my uncle is a well-off lawyer who can afford to tip more.

Most of the time, people tipped well at the high-end Italian place.  I learned to expect below ten percent tips at the chain restaurant, because it was in the ghetto of Worcester and the restaurant was sub-par.

This Wednesday, this is what I hate: when people don’t tip the server when the server has been busting his or her ass for far less than minimum wage.

What’s bothering you today?  Anything you want to rant about?

A List of Demands

I work with a lot of web developers.  Their writing skills aren’t always very strong, as they tend to spend all day writing code.  After spending weeks discussing some necessary changes around the office, one of the developers suggested I write a proposal, since he is not capable of doing so.  So, I present to you the proposal I wrote:

While the development team at [Company Name] is currently quite productive, there are several things that would be conducive to higher and more efficient success.  The following is a list of things that have been requested by various members of the development team in order to increase productivity in a positive way:

  • A zip line
    Having a zip line would allow members of the development team to quickly access their vehicles/preferred methods of transportation at the end of the day
    This would ensure that the developers would be working until the last possible minute of the work day, as spending several minutes getting down to the car would not be considered anymore
    It would also be beneficial during a zombie apocalypse (a disaster that one must always consider)
  • A hammock
    Sitting in a chair for eight hours a day is hardly comfortable, nor does it help keep one feeling creative or refreshed
    Having a hammock would allow developers to work in a comfortable environment, thus helping with productivity and overall attitude towards work
    This tool could also be used for nap time, which would give developers a chance to rest their over-stimulated minds, and come back feeling refreshed and ready to produce the best work possible
  • Movie day
    Having a movie day once a month (or week), would allow developers to escape from the harsh reality of coding and sitting in front of two computer screens everyday
    This day would be spent sitting in front of only one screen, where the movies selected would stimulate developers’ minds in different ways, allowing them to come back to work and approach their assignments and projects in different ways

    It is with great excitement that I present to you these ideas, as well as any others that may come to light in the coming weeks.  The development teams wants to be as productive and helpful as possible, and implementing some of these changes will help make [Company Name] an even more fun and exciting (and therefore, renowned) place of work.

Not too shabby, I’d say.  Wouldn’t this well-written proposal make you consider the aforementioned changes?  I think yes.  I spend a lot of time writing proposals during the day, but this one was, by far, the most enjoyable.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Welp, It’s Official

Since I’m cheap poor, there is no backing out now.  I will be running the Providence Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon on August 7th.  My first half marathon.  Crazy stuff.

I’m excited 🙂

11 miles!

Two Gu’s (Chocolate Outrage + TriBerry)
+
One stop at my Grandma’s house
+
Three glasses of water
+
One short bout of nausea
+
One hour, forty seven minutes, forty nine seconds

=

11 miles.

My longest run yet.  My first run in the double digits.  An average of fifteen seconds per mile faster than my long run last week.

Life is good.