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Let’s talk about tipping. Tipping has become ridiculous. Call me old fashioned but a waiter/ waitress should be tipped for the services he/she gives. 

Me and Nick have always been good tippers regardless of the food. We tip the server because we know that they are often paid a minimal wage and rely on the tips they make. They walk back and forth taking orders, bring out the food and make sure your glass doesn’t go dry. They work for those tips. 

What about these places were you order at the counter? I will usually throw my change in the tip jar and more if the cashier goes out of her way to make my visit a good one. 

But my complaint is that now when ever I walk up to the counter and pay using my card, I can not complete my order until I leave a tip. Why and who gets the tip? 

At the beach we visited a restaurant where a robot brought our food out. When we got our bill, the tip was already applied. It was just two of us, not a whole party. However, it was less tip than we would normally give but this is all we gave on this day. 

This past weekend, my daughter and I sat down for breakfast. There was bar code on the table. You scanned that, made your oder and paid. All by using our smart phones. Five minutes later, a server brought our food out. We had to get up to get our own water refills at the designated water cooler. We never saw our waiter again. I received a text a short while later letting me know that my payment would not complete until I paid a tip. So I did and my tab was closed. 

Every counter has a tip jar. 

Food trucks are way overpriced and even charge to use your debit card. The expect a tip? What exactly do they do to earn a tip? 

Do you agree? Or am I just being ugly? I do not mind tipping but when its forced, It takes all the generosity out of it.

Whats your thoughts?

Arrow Tattoo

 If you follow my blog you might remember me mentioning my New Year goals. 

One of them was to get a new tattoo. Well that is exactly what I did. I now have five tattoos. My newest one is the most visible one as it is on the side of my forearm. All of my others are only visible if I choose to show them to you. And no, they are not in private places. I do have a little modesty. 

I went to a local tattoo parlor with good reviews. Most of the artist are women and I felt comfortable and we had some good conversations about gardening, herbal medicines and recipes. The tattooing was almost painless for me. Plucking my eye brows causes more pain. 

The choice for this tattoo was an Arrow.

People will ask me why did I decide on an arrow and what does it mean?

The initial meaning for my arrow tattoo is “Warrior”

I fight everyday with an uncureable vestibular disease. It’s a daily battle but I’m learning to live with it and take all the good days as blessings. It will not kill me, it will just keep fighting me. But I am a warrior.

An arrow will only go forward. This is a reminder to keep moving forward and don’t look back. 

The feather on the arrow is a little gesture of my Cherokee heritage.

Will this be my last tattoo? Maybe, maybe not. I can always add to the arrow. I can add color, more feathers, script, etc.

Ok the arrow is actually my 4th tattoo. While I was there I had her add one more for giggles. You may need to put your glasses on for this one.