So, I’ve been following this whole Tiger Woods debacle and, despite all of the increasingly sordid details that have emerged, I’ve remained unfazed. Until today,that is, when I read something truly shocking about the guy and, if true, will forever tarnish him in my eyes. According to one of the gals he dated, Tiger NEVER TIPPED! Sure, allegedly cheating on your wife with scores of young women demonstrates highly debatable judgment, but regularly stiffing a hardworking wait staff points to a far more heinous, deep-rooted character flaw. Sure, the suggestions of philandering are embarrassing, but THIS! THIS is damning. Come on, Tiger. The people serving you make minimum wage and depend on those gratuities (and, in most cases, are taxed on them regardless of whether they receive them or not). Why be such a cheapskate when, obviously, you can afford NOT to be.
And that little revelation led me to this fascinating article: “34 Notoriously Bad Celebrity Tippers”: http://www.glamorati.com/celebrity/2008/34-notoriously-bad-celebrity-tippers/. Very interesting. And, in many instances, not all that surprising. I mean, who can say they were shocked to discover that “There are lots of instances of Sean Penn stiffing waitstaff” or that Britney Spears once “tipped a valet by dropping change on the ground and telling him “there’s your tip”.” But Rupert Everett? Michael Moore? Tobey Maguire?! Shameful. Truly shameful.
Awww crap. It’s snowing today. And me without my winter tires. The drive in to work tomorrow should be all sorts of fun.
Now, come on, what gives? Since returning to Vancouver, I’ve eaten at two Japanese restaurants, not because I was craving Japanese food but because I wanted to practice my Japanese – only the waitresses insist on speaking to me in broken English. Iradatashii!
At the request of blog regular Susan the Tartan Turtle, I give you some pics of the pooches..
Cat writes: “As an experienced world traveller, how do you deal with the jet lag?”
Answer: The key is to force yourself to adapt. Melatonin also helps. I would take some every night and it would put me right out (but, unfortunately, didn’t keep me out). In the past, adjusting to the time shift in Tokyo isn’t too bad. You end up going to sleep late (10:00 ish) and waking up early. Returning home is usually the problem. On this trip, I’ve had trouble on both ends – sleeping fitfully throughout.
Thornyrose writes: “As far as Stargate talk, I was wondering about your thoughts on the last aired episode, given it is the midseason cliffhanger. Any enlightening tidbits about the episode’s production?”
Answer: Enlightening tidbits? Hmmm. Not sure. I remember we all discussed the story in the writing room and Alan was assigned the task of writing the script. He turned in a solid first draft, then Paul did his pass, then Brad did his polish. By the time all was said and done, it was a very tight script.
Mel writes: “Unfortunately the +7 time shift numbers did not save Atlantis.”
Answer: Realistically, however, Atlantis was in the fifth year of its run and pulling in a lower average, especially among key demos.
Dasndanger writes: “Whose teapot collection?”
Answer: Not mine.
Teal’c_P.I. writes: “First of all, both myself and my Aloe Vera-drinking friend are curious as to exactly how many pairs of cuff links you have. If you have a moment in between your writing, could you quickly count them for us, please?”
Answer: Roughly thirty pairs. Most of my shirts are french-cuffed.
Teal’c_P.I. also writes: “So if you can, could you please just tell me: why was Atlantis cancelled? Was it a unanimous decision or a question of ratings?”
Answer: Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for you. When we received news of the cancellation, we were surprised to say the least. Granted, one could argue that the ratings for the show had slipped since its second season, but there was no denying the numbers had actually improved in season five. From a creative standpoint, we still had stories to tell and the writers’ room was confident we would be back. But what did we know.
AV Eddy writes: “So I saw the latest video of asparagus juice. Not good bud. Almost half the drinkers from the high are gone…”
Answer: You made me laugh.
Sis writes: “I have almost completed my Christmas shopping for you; I have bought Mom’s presents for you and Lili’s presents for you.”
Answer: What am I getting you guys?
Beaudacious writes: “I tryed putting the wesite I got the info from but I guess the blog has url’s blocked or something.”
Answer: Nope, your post went directly to spam – as do most comments containing links. But fear not. In addition to reading and approving all comments, I always make it a point to check the spam folder as well. So, your original post has been saved. Thanks for the info. Food for thought. Sounds like my best bet is to marry a Japanese national first.
Marsha_R writes: “Blog reader membership dues? Oops. Can I pay mine in corn tamales?”
Answer: Yes, you may!
TBA writes: “- Are there any new writers on board for season 2?
– Any changes in the tone/style/storytelling/main cast?
– I’m still hoping that the Trust or Kinsey pops up again… Any chances on that happening?”
Answer: Yes to the new writers and no to the Trust or Kinsey. As for tone/style/storytelling/main cast – there are plenty of developments in the back half of the season that will carry over into season two.
Susan the Tartan Turtle writes: “Can we get some doggy pictures to cheer us up? Or to cheer me up!”
Answer: Those were for you.
dodoalda writes: ”
1) Could you please confirm or deny that the ship they found in Justice is made by the same race like the one in Air III?
2) Any new world about SGU soundtrack?”
Answer: 1) I can neither confirm nor deny. But, now that you mention is, they ARE very similar in design. Hmmmmm. 2) Sorry. I haven’t heard any word.
Garion55 writes: “Ummm what? Air Part 3 …9-oct-09…2.447 million viewers. Justice … 4-dec-09… 1.34 million viewers.”
Answer: Um read the whole of my response. While the overnights may have dropped, time-shifted viewership has, to date, increased significantly, making up for the initial drop.
Garion55 also writes: “talk about ‘justice’. compare that to the the highest ratings any of the shows have gotten.”
Answer: Can’t. We haven’t received the +7 numbers yet.
Chevron7 writes: “So when is your short story published? Did I tell you I’m now published as well? I co-wrote a journal article and received it in the mail the other week – way cool!”
Answer: Congrats! “Downfall” will be published as part of the Lou Anders edited With Great Power superhero anthology…sometime in 2010? Hey, Lou, what’s the lastest?