February 5th, 2010

big hairy deal

The sky is falling

I was talking with one of our Venturers last night. She asked if we were still going to put up the signal tower this Saturday. "Sure, why not?" I said. "You know, the storm." (We were supposed to have an ice storm last night, then a major snowfall today. Everybody's talking about it.)

"Well, if the State Police tell everybody to stay home," I said, "I guess we'll think about canceling it; but otherwise, it's just snow."

Back when we lived near Cincinnati, a columnist for the Enquirer liked to point out that whenever even a few snowflakes started to fall, the whole city would go crazy. Everybody rushed to the stores to stock up on the Four Essentials of Cincy life: bread, milk, toilet paper, and beer.

Hey, it's winter. It's supposed to snow now and then. Besides, it annoys the Global Warming alarmists, and that's worth all the inconvenience, right?

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

"The secular religion of global warming has all the elements of a religious faith: original sin (we are polluting the planet), ritual (separate your waste for recycling), redemption (renounce economic growth) and the sale of indulgences (carbon offsets). We are told that we must have faith (all argument must end, as Al Gore likes to say) and must persecute heretics (global warming skeptics are like Holocaust deniers, we are told)."

-- Michael Barone
very angry

The tipping point

We went out to eat tonight at one of our favorite local restaurants. I didn't have any cash to speak of, so I pulled out the ol' plastic.

Instead of giving me a tab with a blank for a tip, the waitress asked me if I would like to add a tip. If I said yes, I had to tell her how much, so she could go prepare the slip for me to sign. Let me say, I don't like this. Not at all.

Now, I'm a pretty good tipper, but I guess there are many who aren't. I suppose they get more in tips by doing this, but I find it embarrassing. But I don't want the waitress to suffer, so I tipped in my usual manner.

My slip came back to sign, and I was shocked. Instead of merely adding my tip to the cost of the meal (including tax), my tip had been added to the cost, then sales tax assessed to the whole. In other words, they assessed sales tax on my tip. I'm not sure this is legal. I know for a fact it's not ethical.

The upshot is, when I'm using a card, I will never tip at that restaurant again.