Saturday, April 4, 2009

It's Raining Men


First things first. I'm pretty much the coolest person I know. Today I ate lunch with Sher, DeNae and Motherboard. Ya, that's right. And Motherboard didn't even make us call her "Motherboard". (She made us call her "Mrs. Motherboard.") It was so much fun! We yacked and yacked until we'd been sitting there almost four hours! DeNae said it was as if we'd left each other in the Pre-existence and just picked right back up where we left off. So true. It just felt like we'd all known each other our whole lives. (I know, I know. I have known DeNae my whole life, but still.) I hope they felt the bond and closeness that I felt. It was just such a good time. It makes me want to give all those people that don't understand blogging or the blogging world the finger. They just don't understand. I hear from people, "you're going to lunch with a bunch of people you don't know?" and I just want to tell them, "no. I know them. Just because I haven't met them, doesn't mean I don't know them." And "stop looking at me like that."

So then, as if I wasn't cool enough. Kristina P. came to see me at work tonight! Really? DeNae, Sher, Motherboard and Kristina P? All in one day? I'm really trying to be humble but I can't!!! Kristina and her husband tipped me very generously for which I am thankful. I have to wonder if it's because she knew I'd blog about it.

And speaking of work, this is where the "Raining Men" thing comes in. (Did you like that seg-way?) I got to work at 6:00. Had a table of four. Then a table of five. Then Kristina and Adam. By 7:30-ish I had no one. We knew it was likely to be a busy night because of the Priesthood Session of the LDS General Conference. At 7:50 two guys came in. Then two more. Then it was as if the testosterone convention just let out. Which, basically, it did. That place was PACKED. I had two tables of 6. And a table of 4. All men. I felt like I was in China. They all looked the same. A ton of men in suits and ties. I looked around and at one point I counted 5 women in the entire place. With the exception of the staff. So for the next hour I ran my butt off (I wish) and made $50. To go with the $30 I'd made before the rain storm. CHA-CHING!!!!!

It was a great night. Nice guys. Good tippers. (I found that when I worked lunch I mostly waited on men. Usually on their lunch breaks at work. Without their kids or wives (I guess they probably only had one wife). And they were the best tippers. Maybe the wife doesn't let the husband tip well. I don't know.) Can I just say how much I LOVE my job? I do! I love to wait tables! I realize it's not for everyone but it sure has been great for me.

So I have a question for ya: One of the men that came in tonight is a teacher at my kids' school. My kids haven't had him but I recognized him. He didn't know who I was, though. So his ticket came to $47 and he tipped me $14. That was way freakin' nice of him. Typically, I don't see the tip until the customer has left. This time, however, Mr. Teacher handed me his signed credit card slip right after he filled it out. So I see the very generous tip and go up to him and say, "thank you so much for that. You were very generous and I don't usually get a chance to thank people for their tips, so thank you." Well, he acted embarrassed. Looked like he wished I hadn't said anything. He was with his (grown) sons and another guy and his younger son. So my question is this: Should I not have said anything? Should I not thank people for their tips because it really isn't something that happens very often. Rarely do I get thanked by my server for the tip and likewise, do I rarely get a chance to thank my customers. Should I just take my tip and be on my way? It's really not bad manners to not thank them. A tip is kind of an unspoken thing, right?

So what do I do, people? I'm askin'.


Kristina P. said...

First, I am generally a pretty good tipper, but when I have the best server in the world, I am an even better tipper. Plus, you gave us a coupon! And I'm glad that my husband was a sinner and ditched priesthood, so we had more of a chance to talk to you.

And Motherboard has told me her name. But I'm sure she threatened to kill you if you ever told anyone. I just took out a billboard announcing it. Don't tell her.

And about the tip, I'm not sure what I would have done. I can see why you would want to thank him, but I can see him being embarrassed to. I think I might have just thanked him and wished him a good night. Tough call.

Hope to see you again soon!

Kristina P. said...

BTW, I totally forgot to mention this, but it looks like the diet has been working! You look great!

veronica said...

Sounds like you had a great day with blogging friends! You are right about people not understanding why we "need" to blog.

About the tip: I think just sincerely thanking him (not being specific about the tip) in general is enough. He KNOWS he left a nice tip. He'll catch on.

Casey said...

Hmm, that's a tough one since it sounds like the dude intentionally handed you the credit card slip on purpose. I've gotten some pretty hefty tips in my days (aww yeah, I can work a crowd) but I never really got to thank the person unless they intentionally handed me the money so I could see the amount. And where are teachers getting that kind of cash?

tracystreehouse said...

cracking up here! i love a good blog! i was at crazyland (who btw is my very bestest buddy in the whole world--go ahead and ask her!) and decided to be nosy. thanks for sharing, i will be back. and just so you know--i am way jealous that you got to go have lunch with motherboard and i didn't. isn't she great?!

tiburon said...

I am sad. I guess my invitation was lost in the mail... :(

I would have said something too. That was a nice tip!

Michael, Dlaina & Ethan Lindsay said...

That is how it was at Outback to, we were actually pretty busy all night and I had a 15 top of women too before preisthood got out! Then yes about 10 to 8 here comes the guys and yes they were nice and good tippers and you wanna hear how much I made, I don't want to make you jealous ready ... $180
Crazy huh I had been there since 2 though, plus on table of rude people stiffed me on a 70$ ticket a** holes! And and the end of the night my tip out was 50 dollars ouch! Anyways that's why you should come work with me haha! And if someone hands me the credit card slip or say they don't need change I never look at it I just always say thank you! But it sounds like he handed it to you on purpose so you could see how much he left you??
Sorry for the novel!!

wendy said...

First things First -- You are about the coolest person ever. Well, I used to think that --until, like Tiburon, my invite got misplaced??? I usually hold a grudge for a very long time too. REALLY LONG.
Raining men eh --------that was a good night for ya.
Hubby and I are still coming, don't give up hope. I'd tip really good too if I wasn't Holding a Grudge.
I think you could thank someone for a nice tip. Wonder how long this grudge will last.

Vanessa said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I love meeting my blog friends. And when people give me crap about them I DO just give them the finger.

I wouldn't mind if my server thanked me, in fact they better bow down to me if I tipped them so well :)

Sherrie Shepherd Piano Music said...

I had such a great time at lunch yesterday! I'm glad we did it! And as long as we sat there, I know I could've easily sat there another 4 hours and not even noticed the time going by!

p.s. I never know how much to tip. I've heard people say just double the tax, but that never seems like enough.

Melissa said...

About the tip - I think you right on to thank him. He knew you knew and for you not to say anything could be interpreted as ingratitude. If I have a great server, not only do I tip them well, but if I get the chance, I TELL them how great they made my night. He was probably just caught off guard by the fact that someone actually acknowledge and expressed gratitude.

On another note, I stopped into a Macey' in Pleasant Grove a little after 6pm Saturday night and not one dude! I was eerie.....

SO said...

Sounds like an absolutely wonderful lunch. I love blogging and meeting up with people.

On the tipping I would probably have done as you did and said thank you.

Motherboard said...

I seriously could have sat there for another 4 hours! I was having a total blast!! I really was like we picked up right were we left off... from the pre-existence! :> I hope we can do it again. Like next week! (I am TOTALLY up for a road trip to DeNae's house...)

One time my husband told this server that we had had what a great job she had done, and then he gave her $80. (she was trying to get money to bring her kids here from somewhere... I can't remember where...) Yeah. I almost pee'd my pants too.


mrsbear said...

I don't know, I think a heartfelt thank-you is always a good thing. I can understand his embarrassment, because generally you don't get thanked for a nice tip, but I don't think it's a big deal. As long as you didn't hug him, or give him a big wet one right on the lips, you should be fine, right? ;)

Anonymous said...

You are so dang cute! I think that thanking him is a good thing. When are you planning on venturing South? :)