Forget Two Cents, I’m Giving You My Two Dollars!

I was recently made aware of a Bill in Florida in which they are trying to cut server’s pay in half.  Right now, we currently make about half of minimum wage per hour.  And over the past few years people have started tipping less and less (a phenomenon for which I still blame Oprah as she told everyone it’s fine to only tip 8% because the economy is so bad- but that’s a whole other rant).  When I first started serving 7 years ago, our hourly wage was $2.13/hour, which is what they want to lower it back down to.  What they forget to consider is that the cost of everything else has gone up at least a dollar since then.  Multiply that by a lot of things and you can see how the cost of living has gone up at least a few hundred dollars per month.  Now you might not think that that extra $2 per hour should make a huge difference, but consider this:

1) People often forget that after all the tables leave and no one is tipping us any longer, we have about another two hours worth of extra work to do, for which we are essentially not getting paid.

2) We do not get sick days.  Or personal days.  Or paid vacations.  So if we need to take a day off because we’re sick, or our kid is sick, or we just need a day away from all you people for our sanity- we don’t get paid at all.  Which could very well mean neither does out rent for that month.

3) On top of not having sick days, most servers do not have health insurance, so when we do get sick (which is often from touching all you people’s germy plates and dirty napkins that you feel the need to leave everywhere like an uncivilized pig) we have to pay an arm and leg and at least three days worth of tips for the doctor and some antibiotics.  Or worse…

4) We can’t afford to take off from work to go to the doctor, so we come to work sick, getting everyone else sick and, o that’s right, touching your food.  Remember that the next time you don’t want to tip your server- they are probably working despite a 100 degree fever, passing their illness to you because you, the government, and everyone else could not spare them a few dollars for their services.

5) This one is my favorite!  How much is your pay check every week?  $300? $500?  1000?  5000?  Have you ever worked a full week and received a pay check for $0?  And as if to spite you even more, it says, “This is not a check”, as if you might try to cash it for $0 anyways?  By the time they take out taxes, and if you’re one of the lucky ones, insurance premiums, most servers don’t even get a pay check.  In fact, I have worked overtime before and instead of receiving a bigger check, I get one saying I OWE them money!  How is that for your exhausted overworked mind to wrap around?  If they lower of wages, we will have to PAY TO WORK!!!!!  How much longer would you be going to work if instead of them paying you, you had to pay them?  If you’d still go then you must be fortunate enough to have already made your life’s savings.  Most of us, however are not.  So if you want to lower our wages, you’re going to have to lower taxes too, because I don’t know anyone in their right mind who would go to work for free.  Or worse, pay to go to work as so often happens.

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Plan for Bettering Myself

In my efforts to make myself better, and feel better (physically and emotionally) I have developed a weekly regimen for bettering myself.  Ideally, I would love to be like ladies of some means in Victorian times where all I would have to do is study arts and languages all day long.  Unfortunately, I have to actually work for a living.  However, I have included language studying as much as possible as it is the only useful skill I have developed to hopefully obtain a career.  I have also included dancing, as it is my preferred means of physical exercise.  Perhaps eventually I will be able to squeeze in piano or guitar, as I have tried on numerous occasions to learn both.  The dietary idea came form some research I did as to why I always feel congested.  I knew dairy was a huge culprit in causing congestion, but I had no idea that so was Gluten and Refined Sugar.  I do not find myself string enough to give up any of these entirely, especially not working in the restaurant that I do, so, I have decided to give up one at a time, one day a week.  Hopefully minimizing them in my system will help me feel better, especially coupled with eating healthier in general.

And without further ado, here is my plan:

Jenna’s Plan to Better Herself

Day of Week

Dietary

Exercise

Study

Other

Thursday

Dairy Free Day

Line dancing

Arabic

Friday

Work

Saturday

Dancing

Religion/Torah

Work or Theme Park/Events

Sunday

Swing

Monday

Gluten Free Day

Arabic, ASL

‘Castle’ night

Tuesday

Vegan Day

Yoga/ Swing

Arabic, French

Tutor

Wednesday

Sugar Free Day

Yoga

Arabic, Italian

Grocery Shopping

*Items in italics are not definitive and depend on work schedule/funds

You will notice that weekends are pretty lax.  This is mainly because this is when I am busiest and lack time to really eat, let a lone study anything.  And when I do have a weekend day off, I am usually spending it at a theme park or other event where I do not wish to limit my gastronomic choices.  I have also tried to include some socialization time so as not to further my depression.  Dancing involves socialization, as do theme park days (usually).  And I have scheduled a TV show night with my little brother to help with family bonding.

All of this will probably be constantly changed and edited, but I hope to keep you updated as to how well it works and perhaps you can try making one for yourself 🙂

Cake or Death?

“Cake or Death?”  Hopefully many of you have heard the joke and get the reference.  What this blog is really about though, is the fact that I feel like more and more people, mostly misled by the government and health institutions, would choose “Death” over “Cake”.  Or perhaps worse than death, a life filled with suffering from various diseases.  Give me the choice and I will most certainly choose good all fashioned fattening, sugary, empty calorie cake.

It seems to me though that many people now-a-days are so concerned with not being fat or not giving their kids sugar, that they are willing to choose way more harmful options.  Our society has taught us that if something does not have calories, it must be okay for you.  Give your kids diet cola instead of regular.  Apparently corn syrup, which is merely made from corn, is evil, but aspartame, which causes epilepsy and cancer especially in kids, is an acceptable substitute.  People praise canola oil because it’s less fattening than butter.  What they don’t tell you is it comes from a poisonous plant and has been linked in studies to diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.  So it seems like the people we trust to guide our dietary paths are basically telling us “O sorry, we’re out of cake. You can have death.”

What if, instead of worrying so much about these calories and things, let your kid have a little piece of cake now and then- then send him OUTSIDE to ride his bike or run around until the sugar runs off!  Or if they did well in school that week, maybe they can have some dessert or a soda.  It’s more about moderation!  If you’re still concerned, pick unrefined sugars or use olive oil, it’s still a little fattening but its a good type of fat!  Most importantly, people should just practice self-control.

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