An Ode To Bob-B-Q's

An Ode To Bob-B-Q's

Seriously the best food on this planet.

Bob-B-Q's, this is an open letter to you because I miss my favorite food.

Bob-B-Q's has always been there for me, whether as motivation to study, get through the school day, or commiserate after a particularly difficult test. It's also been the perfect take-out for late nights with friends or Netflix marathons. That being said, Bob-B-Q's would be the perfect for the stress and fun of college and my life would be complete if I could have somehow brought Bob's upstate wot college with me.

Bob-B-Q's has to be what I miss the most from home and I've unfortunately been told that it's a little too far to drive the three and a half hours home for just one meal. I would absolutely rent a zipcar on the spot if the craving ever got too intense though. If I could follow my heart instead of this logical argument, however, I would make the drive at least twice a week to satiate my craving for this perfect food.

Literally everything on the Bob-B-Q's menu is mouthwatering. My personal favorites include the entire menu...but if I really, really had to narrow it down, I would have to choose mac & cheese, baby back ribs, mac & cheese, chicken in a bag, mac & cheese, pulled pork, mac & cheese, well-done wings, and, did I mention, MAC & CHEESE. Seriously, the mac & cheese is heavenly. Top any of it off with a cold Stewart's root beer and fresh corn bread, and, of course, mac & cheese. But seriously, my ideal super power would be snapping my fingers and having this mac & cheese appear in front of me.

I cannot even begin to describe the perfection of the mac & cheese. The shells are cooked just right and mixed with the ideal amount of melty, tasty cheese. The warm gooey food is the ultimate food no matter your mood or cravings. It's a great summer meal but also the greatest comfort food for the colder months bc the warmth spreads so easily throughout your entire body. It's also perfect for any occasion. I've had it catered at parties but I also grab it to lay in bed and binge watch Netflix.

Now, you might be thinking, "How could a small barbecue joint in the middle of nowhere be so special." It is that special and it is that amazing. You'll just have to trust me. You will 100% enjoy anything you order off the extensive menu of delicious foods and you will definitely be satisfied. If you've never had it, it's more than worth the drive home, no matter ho far; but I'm sure you're nodding along and getting ready to call Lindsey to order your Bob's favorite.

So, sorry mom and dad, the home-cooking just can't compare. Bob-B-Q's will always be my last meal before leaving home and my first meal upon returning.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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You Should 100 Percent Not Go Out To Eat If You're NOT Going To Tip 18 Percent, Or More

My current summer job is serving at a restaurant and it is the first serving job I have ever had. Here is what I have learned so far, in terms of tipping.


Being a server can be the best job at times and the worst job at times.

Most servers only make between 3 and 3.50 hourly, we rely solely on tips.

There is nothing more disappointing than picking up the check from a table and seeing that they tipped you under 20 percent. I would say a good rule of thumb is to always tip your server 20 percent unless you have a valid reason not to. If their service was truly terrible, then tip them under, but when their service was good and the meal was good too, you have no reason not to tip 20 percent.

I've been serving about 2 weeks now and I have been undertipped or not tipped at all several times.

I'm still learning as I go, but I think I am a good server. I always greet my customers, offer input on the menu, and constantly check on them during the meal. I can confidently say that I think I am worth a 20 percent tip. When I see that someone did not tip me what they should have, it's upsetting. I always wonder what I could have done to earn a better tip but the fact is that some people are just oblivious.

Some people are not aware that you are supposed to tip 18 percent as the bare minimum.

When I don't receive a tip at all, it feels like a waste of time. I put in your orders, brought your food to you, made sure you were enjoying my meal, constantly offered my services, and you don't tip me? Not tipping your server is just plain rude.

There are always some people that tip over 20 percent so, for the most part, it evens out between these people and those who do not tip, but there is no excuse for not tipping your server.

In conclusion, don't eat out if you are not going to leave a decent tip for your server.

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