Where I live (the Midwest United States) we have a tipping culture. Most servers in restaurants and bars rely on tips to make a living, their regular wages are for the most part very low.

There’s a movement to increase wages for these workers and do away with the tipping culture. I know that there are some servers who make a lot in tips and this would hurt them, but I have to think this change could only be good for the majority of workers affected.

As long as this tipping ritual is the norm I will hold fast to my current and long term approach. I always tip. Always.

There are those who will start at a particular percentage of the bill and then shave points off for service they deem less than superior. This is petty.

There are those who just don’t tip at all. I understand if there is some confusion over who is supposed to be paying or something like that, otherwise I don’t see an excuse for this.

People who work in the service sector work hard. They have to hustle, and they have to hustle for people who can be rude or ungrateful or crazy or abusive or any number of things.

People depend on tips and even more it’s a simple sign of respect, it’s easy and it’s convenient. If I can afford to eat or drink in an establishment then I can afford to tip.

“The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion”

Looked down at my watch this morning for the date. “21” it said. I wrote 21 Oct ’14 in my notebook to begin my journal entry.

31 minus 21 is 10.

Hey, it’s 10 days till Halloween!

Last week I finished an old Mack Bolan trade paperback novel, “Running Hot.” I’ve read two of the books in that series which runs into the hundreds of titles written by numerous authors. This one was written by Don Pendleton, the character’s creator.

I had a tough time getting through the little book. The brusque description, the bloody action, were over the top. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood.

I haven’t started a new full length book since then, and lo and behold it’s 10 days till Halloween.

“Dracula.” I’ll reread Stoker’s great work.

No, why reread? There’s so much freely available I haven’t read.

I just started “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. I’m familiar with the story but I’ve never read the entire work. It oughta be gothic enough for Halloween.

Are you reading anything for Halloween?