Senseful ramblings of an incoherent nature from a delusional schizophrenic (or my views on current events)

Friday, March 24, 2006

More recent thoughts, questions and statements

* What makes the Japanese children have such a vastly different interest in toy type than US Children? Im sure it has something to do with the nitrous that is pumped into their air by the government.

* If you tell the same lie about something for long enough, you will start believing the truth behind the lie.

* Why is it ok for religious folks to hate and hide behind the "truths" of the bible, but any other hatred, from any other source, is condemned by all, including these same bible thumping, hatred filled hypocrites? That is not to say that I condone anyone who spews hatred, in fact I feel quite the opposite - all hatred should be looked down upon. I am merely pointing out the faults of the misguided.

* Somewhere out there lives a family, or possibly a separated woman and a separated man, who play an important part in my life, but who I, myself, have never met. Im adopted. And it is strange for me to sit here and imagine that their lives continue, individually, without me. That doesnt mean that I am upset or bothered by their absence in my life, because that couldnt be further away from the truth. I dont feel such a void because my adoptive parents - my REAL parents - have raised me properly and have given me a million and one opportunities to better myself and my life. They are my true parents. But at the same time I feel that I am missing a chapter in my book of life. I am missing a sense of where I come from and who my "people" are.

I hope one day to find my gene providers (that is all they are, after all), not to replace my parents, because that will never be possible or probable. I want to find them so I can learn more about myself and so that I can finally have a family health history to give to my doctor, so I know what to expect in the future.

Open Letter to VH1

I wrote to following letter after watching "I Love Toys" on VH1 a couple weeks ago. I have noticed throughout the "I Love _______" shows that there are two people, who thankfully appear during the same clips, who have no redeeming comedic value. I put my thoughts to paper:

Dear VH1,

I am funnier than the criminally unfunny Michael Colton and John Aboud. I dont know who at VH1 thinks these two un-humorous folks have comedic talent, but that person should be fired as quickly as the talent scout who thinks MTV's Ashley Angel deserves a record deal.

Please, for everything that is holy and sacred, and for all of the starving children in Africa, replace Michael Colton and John Aboud with comedians who can actually make a poignant and funny statement that gives us, the audience, a reason to laugh.

I write this letter, not to disrespect Michael Colton or John Aboud, but to inform you of an unfortunate oversight that has occurred on your part. I write this because I care.

Sincerely,

Josh Diamond

Friday, March 03, 2006

Question Tipping!

I tip, in fact I tip very well; where ever I go, to any type of restaurant, including the trendy all the way down to the local diners. But for the life of me I cant figure out, or rather dont really understand, why?

It is expected, by society, that we tip our servers. They work hard to bring us our food after they strained to give us the listed specials - which if they are well trained they will have memorized - and take our orders in turn. But does this service deserve extra moneys on top of what we are already paying towards the restaurant? Why isnt service an included cost?

The leaving of a tip is generally a practice used mainly in the United States. Elsewhere in the world tipping is not nearly as expected as it is here? The practice began as a way to reward exemplary service, but over the years tipping has, unfortunately, become customary. To me this seems to be another process that has become Americanized: where we reward everything, including the substandard as to not "hurt" those that either cant do, or cant take criticism.

Why dont we question this act of giving additional money on top of a service that we already paid for? Instead, we sit there figuring out how much a person should get: move decimal place over one to the left; half that, add it to the whole and there's your tip for 15%, or double it for 20%.... What the hell? If anything, shouldnt I tip the chef or the kitchen staff since they are the ones who are doing the important work?

Im sure some waiter or waitress somewhere will tell me Im being insensitive because they depend on tips since they get paid below minimum wage. However I have a response to that: Go get yourself a new job where you make more than minimum wage and where you wont have to gouge the customers for their hard earned dollars. Hell, if you want to stay in the restaurant business, why not get some further training and become part of the cook staff, I hear they can make a pretty penny.

But this problem extends beyond the wait staff. The owners of restaurants cause this problem in the first place. If I was a restaurant owner I would do a thorough search for the best servers out there and pay them a more than fair salary, complete with great benefits and then insist that my restaurant does not accept tips. No more panning for hand outs necessary. The customer can eat their meal and not have to worry about leaving a monetary reward for the service received, and the server wont have to worry about not getting paid because he will be a salaried employee.

We need to start questioning the necessity of this process. We often pay a lot of money for food; service should not be an extra cost.

No matter how much I question this practice of tipping, the sad fact is that I will continue to tip and tip well. I just wish I didnt have to because I feel that I am already paying enough for the food that my service should be included.