Check out these amazing photos by Terry Border.
From The Salt, NPR’s food blog, the case for and against bottled water.
This has been a pet peeve of mine for years. Bottled water serves a purpose, but it has become ubiquitous and is very wasteful. It has also made it difficult to find water fountains in many places. After all, why make water available for free when you can sell it? And why is it sometimes more expensive than an equivalent sized bottle of soda or iced tea?? If you want to always have water with you, buy a refillable bottle and fill it from the tap. It is much cheaper, could be healthier and is much less harmful to the environment.
The IBWA says it wants to provide consumers with the choice to buy or not to buy. Then why not let the retailers of the water decide if they want to sell the product? The last line of the blog is very telling. But then again there are many products that we don’t need.
Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
I’ve served drinks at dive bars, upscale bars, weddings and banquets. It doesn’t really matter if the patrons are ordering dollar drafts, $12 cocktails or “freebies” from an open bar: some are friendly and fun, some are blandly nice or indifferent and some are just real jerks.
Most patrons aren’t aware that the minimum hourly wage for people who earn tips, in Pennsylvania anyway, is a measly $2.83. That’s right! Servers and bartenders receive less than $3 an hour from their employers! According to state law, if a server or bartender doesn’t receive the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour between pay and tips, the employer is expected to make up the difference but most don’t. Hourly pay for weddings and banquets tends to be higher since these functions often include an open bar, where patrons aren’t expected to tip.
Bartending is a fun job, but it really isn’t as easy as it might seem. I spend long hours on my feet remembering food and drink orders, mixing multiple drinks and getting that food and those drinks to the right people. I clear tables and clean the bar. And I do it all with a pleasant, polite smile. In addition, I’m responsible for determining if any of the patrons is visibly intoxicated and needs to be “cut off.” I don’t enjoy doing this, but it’s the law, not to mention both common sense and good business sense. When I serve you, I want you to return. That’s not likely if you end up with a DUI arrest and jail term—and it’s pretty much impossible if you end up dead.
If I’m providing good service, it’s customary to tip 15 to 20 percent of the total check amount before any discounts or coupons. The business owner provides discounts and coupons to entice you to patronize his or her establishment. My level of service doesn’t change because you’re paying less for your drink or meal. If you’re not running a tab and paying for each round of drinks, a dollar or so a drink is customary. It’s OK to leave coins as part of the tip—it all spends the same way. And when in doubt, round up! ;)
Patrons are free to tip whatever amount they like; if you’re not happy with the service you’ve received, you can always reflect it in your tip. But it’s a good idea to say something to the manager so that your server can get feedback. Personally, I like getting feedback and take criticism constructively. If I’m not doing something the way you expect or like, let me know so I can make your visit more enjoyable. If you’re happy with the service you’ve received, no one will ever complain about receiving more than a 20 percent tip. In fact, you’ll likely receive amazing service during future visits.
1. Never apologize for being an artist.
2. Look for the magic.
3. Your life is a canvas.
4. Don’t fake being unique, you already are.
5. Try not to let having to earn a living get in the way of your creative work.
6. The role of the artist is to see what others do not.
7. Don’t just be a mirror of society, transform it.
8. Keep your head in the clouds but your feet firmly on earth.
9. The work is what matters.
10. Art might not always make you cool or popular.
11. Delight in a trusting creative partnership.
12. Believe in the “blue star” of your destiny.
13. You might struggle to find your medium.
14. But you will find signs that point you on the right path.
15. You will experience low periods.
16. You will question yourself.
17. You will get blocked.
18. Be suspicious of early success.
19. Don’t pause to take spoils.
20. Don’t look back.
21. If you miss a beat, create another.
22. The truly talented don’t need to show off.
23. Never sell out.
24. Life is not simple.
25. Practice, practice, practice til you hit your stride.
One of the finest architectural photographers in America, Robert W. Tebbs produced the first photographic survey of Louisiana’s plantations in 1926. These images are now housed at the Louisiana State Museum: Presbytere and are on display through September 2012.
above: Woodlawn Plantation, 1929. Terrebone Parish and Belle Chasse Plantation, 1929. Plaquemines Parish.
From the office of Charles and Ray Eames, 1968. Husband and wife. They worked in design, art, film and furniture. They also designed their own modern home. If you haven’t seen Powers of Ten, take 10 minutes and watch. It is remarkably relevant for the Google age.
A Racing Stripe Messenger with laptop protection.
Great bag at a great price
Pros: Roomy , High Quality, Durable , Attractive
Cons: Not enough compartments
Best Uses: Commuting, Computer, Office, School
Describe Yourself: Career, Practical
Was this a gift?: No
Great bag!! Only two complaints about lacking features. First it would be great to have a separate compartment or divider for papers and files in addition to the laptop compartment. Second, It could use a longer strap for big guys like me. I am 6”1” and about 275lbs and the strap at full length just works for me.