Monday, April 02, 2007

back from the dead

Hi everyone,

Let me express my profound apologies for being an extremely lazy ass. I haven't been inspired to write anything for weeks. I'm still not, but I thought I would give it a stab. So, today I offered up two rants.

Rant #1 St. Patrick's Day

Okay, I know this isn't really a timely topic anymore, but damnit, I got somthing to say. Jade and I went to the Kansas City Parade, which was lots of fun last time I went. This time....not so much. Apparently in years past there had been a lot of drunkeness (duh) and unfortunately violence. So, this year was basically St. Paddy's on lockdown. For one, you couldn't drink on the street. There was a 250 dollar fine for open containers (jesus!). This wouldn't have been so bad if there were beer tents, but there were none. You could drink in a bar, but not take it outside. Secondly, the parade felt like a police state. There were cops on foot, narc agents, cops on atvs, cops on horseback, cops in cars, and helicopters. I had a flask with me but was to scared to open it because there were 3 cops in view during the whole parade. The narc agents were the worst. They were dressed head to toe in black with jackboots. They looked like some kind of Americanized version of the SS. Most of them looked much to eager to beat the shit out of someone that looked at them funny. So, needless to say it was a bummer. The worst part was that this type of atmosphere really subdued the joy of the parade. There was nobody hooting and hollerin like years past. Everyone stood in their spots solemnly and would occaisionally clap as a float went by. The lack of alchohol took all the passion and spontenaity out of the crowd. I won't be coming back anytime soon.

Rant #2 Tipping

Okay, I'm usually a very generous tipper. I tip 20% standard at restaurants, unless the service is really shitty. Even then I still tip over 10%. When I'm at a bar I usually tip a buck every time I get a drink, more for a good healthy glass of hard liqour. Sometimes it's more than that because bars "convieniently" charge 50 to 75 cents over a dollar on every drink to make you give that extra quarter or so along with your regular tip. Last time I was at a bar I had to wait (at an empty bar mind you) while the bartender had a 5-10 mintue conversation with someone there (I was staring her down the whole time, by the way). The messed up thing is that I still tipped her so she wouldn't think I was an ass. That same night I thought about how many patrons there are per bar, plus how many drinks they may buy on average. Basically, bartenders and waitresses are making money hand over fist. That was disgusting, but what I found out later was much worse. I spoke with my secretary, who used to be a bartender. She says that they made on average 25 bucks or more an hour. She also said that they only have to report tips up to minimum wage. So, not only are they making a shitload of money without an education, they don't even have to pay their fair amount of tax on it unless they choose to (guess how many probably "choose" to report the extra guess is 0%). Also, it's not necessarily even a full time job. So, here I am busting my ass daily to make a living and I'm giving it over readily to someone who really is just popping the top on a beer bottle. On that note, I'm through with being generous. I'll still tip (damn the's expected), but it will be on a significantly smaller scale. What I'd really like to see is for everyone to stop tipping so bars/restaurants will be forced to pay their workers a fair wage rather than stuffing all that money from my 10$ burger and fries or 4 dollar beer into their greedy little pockets.

That is all.

Oh yeah, can somebody tell me how to post a video I found online? It will be the subject of my next post but I don't know how to do it.


At April 03, 2007 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why no pictures posted?


At April 04, 2007 10:44 AM, Blogger locomocos said...

if you are on youtube - under the video gives you options of posting to a blog. you probably have to become a member and create a password in order to do this - but it takes like 5 seconds. Then you upload your blog address and password for it to post automatically. The only thing is that if you want to write an entry with it, you need to do it through youtube (it will give you a comments box) because if you try and edit the post in blogger - it will delete the video and you will have to re-post it.

did that make sense? let me know if i've confused you!

At April 06, 2007 11:10 PM, Blogger S E E Quine said...

` That didn't make sense to me! I'm not a member - I just copy the video's HTML code (next to the word 'Embed'), flip my blog to the HTML mode and paste it where I want the video to appear.
` ...For some reason, though, the end tags ('embed' and 'object') have to be flipped in order for Blogger not to have a problem with it. So, where you see the 'embed' and 'object' codes, you have to move one or the other so that it says 'object' then 'embed'.
` Other than that, though, it's just cut and paste.
` I also discovered that if you do this before you try to publish the blog post and then edit the post later, if won't magically switch back - that's what I did on my current post, way below the story about the old man who fell into our yard escaping from the nursing home. (Okay, it's hard not to shut up about it because it happened mere hours ago!)

At April 07, 2007 4:38 PM, Blogger jason said...

It didn't work for me. Youtube can't seem to upload my blogger data and it just stalls at that screen.

At April 11, 2007 10:13 AM, Blogger Aaron said...

There are a few ways to do it. I'm not sure what exactly you're trying to post so I can't be specific.

At April 11, 2007 10:19 AM, Blogger Aaron said...

I'm with you on the tipping Elwess. Those folks make way more than they're worth.

At April 11, 2007 5:05 PM, Blogger jason said...

I want to post a couple of videos I found on youtube. I have an account there, go to the set up for the blog to allow video posts and then the screen freezes when it tries to get my blogger account info

At April 17, 2007 11:49 AM, Blogger S E E Quine said...

` You mean this doesn't work?

I'm not a member - I just copy the video's HTML code (next to the word 'Embed'), flip my blog to the HTML mode and paste it where I want the video to appear.

` Are these videos too special for that!??!?

At April 18, 2007 10:19 AM, Blogger jason said...

I will try your way. Give me a day or two


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