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Why Tipping Your Server Is Important

Tipping should not be looked at as a privilege to servers.

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Before you start saying how I'm writing this because it affects me directly, although this may be some-what true, I'm writing this to hopefully change how guests treat servers on a daily basis. Over the past almost six years I have been serving tables. I was fourteen when I first started.

At fourteen, a sophomore in high school, I took this job, not because I needed it as my livelihood, but because my parents wanted me to know how to work to succeed in life. As I grew older and left for college my job became more necessary.

Despite everything I had put away and saved from the previous four and a half years of working, I still was low on money. I knew I needed a job after I got settled into school. So I started serving again.

Overall, tipping is only recommended and not required. This still baffles me. As a server my job is to literally serve you. I run myself back and forth to keep you satisfied and not angry.

As a server, I technically make $2.15 an hour; however, I have yet to see a paycheck due to tax. This is true for almost every server, and this is why tipping is so crucial.

Imagine this: you are a server and you are working a busy Saturday night. Your section is full and you are continuously running everywhere to keep your tables happy. Your section is not only full, but you are also sharing a party of twelve with another coworker.

It comes time for two of your four tables to check out, so you drop their bill making sure they know there is no rush, and that they should take their time if needed. One pays in cash, and the other is the party with nine separate checks. Eventually you cash them out and they leave. You go to your smaller table and realize that the change you gave them was all gone, and they left you $0.00 for your service. You start to think if there was anything you could have done to have given them better service, but you could not, and you should be focusing on your other tables anyway.

You got to look and see what your party left you, and to your demise you realize that half of your guest have stiffed you and the other few left under 10%. You start to worry. You know tip share takes out 3% which limits you and your coworker to only $5 each. Side note, this table had been sitting at your table for over two hours, holding up one of your few tables during a busy dinner shift. You begin to feel frustrated due to the fact they ran you like crazy and would not once look you in the eye when asking for something.

Situations such as this happen all the time, and it is never because of bad service, but because many people still don't believe tipping is important at all.

While tipping remains not at all mandatory, this remains controversial. This system makes servers completely in the control of their customers. Those who do tip regularly, say that the gratuity system is reliable for receiving great and attentive service. While this could be considered true, most argue that a server's wage should not be full of risk and unrestricted.

So, to those who refuse to tip and don't see a problem with their action I just want to ask why? Are you uneducated on the fact that the server helping you is making their living off of your tips? Is it because you can't necessarily afford to tip? Are you not tipping because it took to long for your food to come out or you weren't receiving enough attention from your server? Or are you just clueless to the fact that servers wage is $2.15 before tax and tips?

Regardless of the reason, if your server did a good job please avoid not tipping them. That way they won't have to pay 3% or more of your bill out of their own pocket. That way they can actually make a living from working hard at their job.

Remember next time to please tip your server. They are more than likely trying their best to accommodate you and your fifty modifications for your meal, or your extremely messy table, and every extra side of sauce you ever could need. Don't forget your endless supply of bread or soft drinks.

Please remember that the person serving you is a real person; give them a smile or just an acknowledgement that you know they exist as such. Please remember that the real person serving you is doing the best they can and is depending on you to ma

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things "New Girl" Fans Know to Be True

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."


Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...

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In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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