Thanks for all your fantastic comments about tipping. It’s nice to hear I’m not the only one who is frazzled by the concept, and also that my attempts at tipping are well within acceptable (or at least, common) range. Yay! Seems we are all tipping around 15% on food (before or after the tax remains a passionately debated issue), 10% on other services, and leaving a few dollars daily for the hotel maid. Food deliveries get a couple of dollars, hotel bellhops get a few more, the FedEx guy is out on his ear.
One thing though: I’m surprised at how many of you said you never tip on take-out. I don’t tip at counter-type places like say, Chinese take-out places or the Domino’s or the McDonalds, or even the take-out counter at Swiss Chalet. But when we get take-out from The Works or Lone Star, I do usually leave a small (10% -ish) tip. It’s usually a wait-person who took my order over the phone and make it a point to package it up, plus, don’t the servers share their tips with the cooks? I don’t know, am I crazy and throwing away money?
On to new domestic crises. The other day I was casually wondering if I should maybe be changing the sheets more often around here. I won’t tell you how often I was changing them, but when I googled the issue, the internet responded loudly with a “HEAVENS TO MURGATROYD, YES, change them more often.” It’s a good thing Google doesn’t have a feature whereby Public Health is called based on your search results. Although really, that can’t be very far away, can it?
I’m rather afraid to google how often I should be washing the towels.
Anyway, now that I’m all on the Healthy And Clean Sheet Washing Plan, I’m wondering, is it gauche to wash the sheets, then put them right back on the bed without a proper resting period of being folded in the closet? Will the other sheets get jealous? Will the one set that gets used and used over again get worn out?
Will the kids figure I just never change the sheets? Will they call Public Health, or have Google do it for them?
I am Concerned.