Under Roswell on Sale!

“Can you imagine?”

“Sure, what am I imagining TW?”

Imagine that you find this guy really hot.  This guy is so cool that he has no clue he is cool.  You watch him work on things, and you admire the way he thinks.  He is kind to you but does not come on to you in any way.

Imagine you work with this guy for months on end, and you don’t think he is noticing you but, he has no ring and never talks about anyone in his life.

Ok, he is single, why?  The guy is built, smart and dedicated to his work.  You see him working on a pet project that his company allows him to do, and you ask him, ‘what is that for?’

The guy turns to look at you as if for the first time.  His eyes relax, and he smiles as he begins to talk with you about his hobby of technical rock climbing.

‘That explains why he is built the way he is but ‘rock climbing?’’

You can tell from his relaxed way of talking about it that if you want to get into his life, you need to try and understand what makes him tick.

You make a note to research rock climbing so you can engage him with more than a passing interest.  That night you talk to your friend, who was your roommate in college.  She tells you that there is a place not far from her that teaches rock climbing.

Now imagine you are kind of afraid of heights and yet pull it together and learn how to not only master your fears but, you can get to where you are not scared of dying.

With these new-found skills and understanding of the hobby, you began to engage Elliot, Omicron’s ‘fair-haired boy’ regarding a project he is working on.  He tells you that it is a device that destabilizes the atomic bonds of the rocks in a narrowly focused beam, making it super easy to place a hold.

Your job, however, is to report back to the owners of Omicron what he is working on.  They, of course, see this ‘toy’ as a weapon of immeasurable value.  Copying his notes and designs they are sent off to a facility deep within area 51.  Elliot is very much against building weapons, and that is why they hired Susan.

Back in 1947, this alien craft supposedly crashed in Roswell.  What they didn’t know it was not one but three.  Two scout ships crashed just, and one, a much larger intergalactic spacecraft returned into the time-space continuum of the earth, forcing millions of metric tons of rocks to eject from the ground, looking like some kind of geological anomaly.    The place is, of course, the ranch where Elliot’s parents were both living when the crash occurred.  It is also where they mysteriously, disappeared.

Onboard this craft under the rocks is a sentient computer, much like HAL in Space odyssey.  Unlike Hal, this computer can tune into the human brainwaves from quite a distance.  That computer takes an unhealthy interest in human sexuality and develops a few quirks along the way.  (All characters must have a flaw, right?)

Susan convinced Elliot to let her accompany him on his vacation.  She is giddy as she thanked her one day and called her ‘honey.’  ‘He does notice me,’ she thought.

While Susan is in hopes to snag the heart of Elliot, Elliot is in hopes of finding the mystery of where his parents disappeared to, hence the entire interests in rock climbing.  Whey they disappeared, that was not one shred of anything left of them.  Footsteps that just ended or a mysterious note left in the sand.

On this trip to the back of his ranch, while rock climbing, Elliot would dislodge some rocks that fall into a crevasse, and when they land, they make a mysterious ‘clunk.’

Ok, this is you.  Whether you are Elliot or Susan, what happens next is an adventure into another world.  What will you find, and what will you do?

The military has a listening post not too far away, and that all plays into this adventure, which starts out ‘Under Roswell.’

 

This novel is on Sale both on Smashwords and Amazon.   Down from $9.99 to $5.99 for the e-version.

This novel is 681 pages.  The print version is what it is because of the printing cost.  Many of you prefer that, and I thank you.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/670705

 

 

Mars..Are we from there?

It would be fun to write a blog on the men are from mars and women are from Venus book. Different topic…

It is no secret that I am a science fiction writer.  If you did not know that, you are not reading things too carefully.  I was looking at this old picture of mars.

Mars-NASA

Here you can see what they are calling the Grand Canyon on Mars.

I would think this is more like the Marianas Trench on mars.

maxresdefault (1)

It takes little imagination to see that there were once great oceans covering the red planet.

mars

  • What happened?
  • Was there life on Mars?
  • Did we come from Mars?

Whether we are descendants of the red planet or not I think it would behoove us to learn where the atmosphere on Mars went and where did the water go.

As I was researching this I found that scientists are finding plastic bags and other forms of trash in the Marianas Trench.  Just possible we should go look in the trench or grand canyon on Mars for trash or other signs of a past life…or the water…

Thoughts comments and conjecture on this subject are welcome here.

The revised version of Tipping Point now 92K words is on Amazon and it is a free read on Amazon Kindle Unlimited.  Jeff Bezos is getting a divorce and his ex-bride needs money…So read my books, and help her out… 🙂

If you like my novels please consider leaving feedback.  Once a book receives over 50 (feedbacks) Amazon actually starts to assist authors like myself at that point and suggest it to other purchasers.

-TW

Come Away With Me…

Yes, it is that easy to take a trip to another galaxy and never leave your comfy reading place!

I love Norah Jones, well I love her music… I have no idea what kind of person she is but if her music is any indication of her soul, I would love to know her.

I was thinking of this as I was working on a new novel this evening.

While music resonates with my soul and who I am, my words, thoughts, and imagery are what I offer to you the reader.

As I take you on that mountaintop in Under Roswell or that fantasy in deep space or under the ocean, I invite you to come away with me.

Together we shall travel the depths of the oceans or the skies miles above them.  We can learn some secrets of the universe or what lies beneath the sea in Ghost Signal from Colorado Springs.

So come away with me through these novels that I have created.

I try not to let the news of the day affect me or my creative style, but it often does.  I see it time and time again as I witness the sheer lunacy of those in charge and the crazies out there rebelling in destructive ways.  Movies and novels are a form of escapism, so I offer you a pathway out of the trials and tribulation of life or your particular rut.  Come away with me through my words as we travel together saving a race of beings from their short-sightedness.  Might we learn something from them that we can use in our world?  Come away, and let’s find out!

I received an e-mail asking me if I really meant it when I signed my writings with “Much Love?”

“Of course I do!”

The followers here on WordPress and of course twitter and most importantly the base of readers building worldwide… They have come away with me.  What about you?

Out of thirty novels, certainly, you can find one that interests you.  Take a journey with me through Scotland in the Girl Nextdoor. This book is full of magic!

Discover that all life has meaning in the Hole in Time series.

Come away with me as we learn that love comes in many shapes and sizes.  Diamond Joe is probably my most romantic novel where part of me is in that book. I love reading it again and again as I found parts of myself, my soul within those words. I have put it back on sale through the spring for less than a cup of coffee from Starbucks.

Come away with me and listen to the seabirds calling to you too.  There is magic in their cries, can you hear it?  Come, lets listen together…

From adventure to Sci-Fi to something slightly tawdry I have tried my hand at it.  I did it to attract the many different readers out there that might want to come away with me for a bit.  Most of the comments from readers are food for my soul, and I much appreciate them and you.

As time permits, do Come Away with Me… I won’t sing you a song but, I will tell you a bedtime story, or I will entertain you on a rainy day where a comfy chair and hot tea awaits you on our journey to somewhere.

If you are so moved, please invite your readers or friends to come away with us, as we discover what lies behind that wormhole, or perhaps through that door.

Much Love -TW

Lost In Space II

Would you trust Dr. Smith?

Ok, I did it, I binged watched the season with my company. This is the most TV I have watched in twelve months. The cats in my lap made it bearable.
I still love the characters. I like how they are being developed.
The writing is still too predictable…There were no surprises for me as I knew what I would do as a writer.

  • Have you watched it?
  • Were there any surprises for you?

Breaking the laws of physics with the alien thing is a great way to invent your “flux capacitor.”
I actually try to stay within the confines of physics so the plot will be more interesting to those who are nerdy enough to understand that sort of thing.
Until season II is released I guess we can sit back and pontificate on where they will go with this story.

  • I give high marks to the special effects crew.
  • Again I love the characters.

If you have Netflix go and watch it and tell me what you think.

Much Love -TW

Lost In Space, and other fun things.

“If you cannot score with them sober what in the world makes you think that you can when you are drunk?”  

 

As many of you know, I don’t watch TV.  I have company at the moment which is the nightmare of a writer.  We cannot hold up in our lair with house guests. We must be fully engaged in the entertaining process, and that includes the domestic “stuff” that goes along with it.

What to do?  How do I maximize the use of my time while still doing the entertaining thing?

Dinner out, got that covered.  Shopping, ok I can do that.  There is nothing I need but remember what I said about looking for fodder for your characters or story.  Always maximize your time without being rude.

Take them to dinner at a place where there might be interesting clientele.  I find it entertaining to take people to places where others tend to drink a little too much.   Is it wrong to derive pleasure from those who try to score with people way out of their class once they have imbibed enough liquid courage?  I know, it is a weakness.

“If you cannot score with them sober, what in the world makes you think that you can when you are drunk?”

Gentlemen, ladies are not the only people who get better looking at closing time, buy a girl a drink or two…   I digress….

Shop where there might be people who would be fun to watch.  I love watching couples shop.  “Honey, do I look fat in this dress?”  “Woman, how do you expect him to answer you?  Do you want your husband or mate to become a proficient liar?”

“Don’t ask him stupid questions.”

“If you have to ask you are probably fat.”

Embrace your body no matter what type is and love it.  How do you expect him to love you if you don’t love you?

Now we get to the time suck part of entertaining company…what to do?

TV, ok if I must, what would we all like… I know, how about something science fiction?

I cut my teeth on science fiction.  I loved the original lost in space and the first Star Trek.  It was Stargate Universe that prompted me to try my hand at fan fiction.

After I figured out that I could do this, I went on to write Under Roswell.

NetFlix has released a new version of Lost In Space.  I love the twist.

“Writers you are too predictable and….you need to bone up on physics.”

I like the way that they incorporate the backstory into the plot.

I think if they stick with the Gilligan’s Island in space theme, it will lose my interests quickly.  Dr. Smith was way too predictable and I did not care for that as well.

I very much like the characters. Have I ever mentioned that I like strong women?  Damn, right I have about a million times.

I am not going to ruin it for those of you who might watch it.  I will not spoil it for you with the technical fopaux’s, nor will I tell you what the writers are thinking.

As a writer, I can see the path and so far it is heading on the path that I would write.  Do non-writers see the future too?

We watched the first three episodes which were about all the TV I could take.

If you are like me and a writer watch it like you are disassembling a watch.  Pause it if necessary and think about what the writers are doing.  If you are going to sit in front of the TV why not learn from it while “enjoying it?”

To me, the bloopers were in your face.

That is the difference between a high budget film and one that is not.  Still, Netflix is breaking new ground, and I applaud them for doing so.  I wish they would buy the rights to Stargate Universe and pull it out of mothballs!

“Somewhere I have several chapters if you want them…”

I like the juxtaposition of good and evil, so I will stick with it a little bit longer and see where we go.

 

I hope that you who follow me get something out of my input and critic.

The pearls I am casting out on writing tips you might also enjoy.

 

Much Love  -TW

 

Doomed!  We’re all Doomed! Or The Sky is Falling #DoomsDayClock

Does time dilation apply to the #doomsdayclock ?

Are you buying it?

70 odd years ago some scientist came up with a way to quantify when the world would end. They coined the phrase or dubbed their theory as the Doomsday clock.  As the cold war ended, we moved 17 minutes back from midnight which is the furthest away from MAD (mutually assured destruction) that the world has ever been according to these brilliant (cough) scientists.

Midnight is the precipice of cataclysmic destruction at the hands of E-MC2.  When all hands point north, the genii of atomic fusion will be released on the peoples of the world, which would indeed end the planet for eons to come.

Are you scared?

Man in his utter foolishness has created the ultimate weapon, and now every rogue nation on the earth feels the need to have the most enormous gun ever created! I think that they are overcompensating for the lack of a bulge in their pants.  Why just buy a Corvette if you can have an arsenal of nukes?

Here is a better question, why spend your countries meager dollars on something that you cannot use?  If you even think that these are a viable option well, just buy a Corvette! You will feel younger quickly in a Vette and it is much cheaper!

Look at this shiny object over here, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!  Oh, look the doomsday clock just moved 20 seconds closer to midnight!  Let’s talk about that!

Never mind that FBI stuff that is showing corruption at the highest levels of the government!

Chicken little of course thought that the world was ending immediately.  For the victims of the holocaust, their world did end.

With all of the genocidal events of this world, their world ended as well.  In many cases, history was re-written to cast a different face on times past than what actually happened.

Man is his own worst enemy.  Through the entirety of the “human race,” the human heart is central to the theme of doom!  Greed, Narcissism and the need to manipulate the masses are what we see on the news almost every day.

Those that go to DC poor as church mice, and soon become millionaires as a public servant should be the tale that everyone should judge by.  Where the hell is CNN on that story?  If you become rich as a public servant, you are a crook.

Politicians make decisions by polls.  Schumer caved shutting down the government because poll numbers showed that it made Democrats look bad.  Even with the #trumpshutdown hashtag running rampant by bots on Twitter, polls showed that Americans were not fooled.

Putting the needs of millions of illegal’s before the American Citizen was not polling well for poor old Schumer, so he backed down.

If the illegal people here in America had any smarts, they would leave.  What the Democrats have in mind for them is indentured servitude. Of course, with more supply, there will be less demand so citizens will also be slaves to the rich, wealthy and well connected.

California will soon have two classes of people, gods, and insects.  The middle class is leaving the state as the rulers (gods) are nuts.  So they will have the super wealthy and well connected in their ivory towers and the slaves to take care of them.

If polls were to show that all of America wanted pot legalized it would be sanctioned.  Politicians are controlled by two things, their donors (special interests groups) and poll numbers.

Mega-corporations, Unions, and other influential groups are the special interests which place their interests above yours.  Politicians are always in campaign mode. Everything that they do is predicated on how it will affect their chances at re-election.

Those bills that Congress writes are drafted by a lobbyist for special interests groups.

How is it that all of my government classes never mentioned Ave K?  Why is it that it took me getting involved with the process to learn that he who has the gold makes the rules?

Why did they not teach us about how there is one set of laws for you and I and another for the folks that make the rules or have the gold?

Why do you think we are just now learning that journalism in this country is dead?  News outlets are now propaganda outlets pushing false narratives feeding the late night comedians with talking points to further solidify their contempt for the American people?

Yes, I said American people, not Trump, not the GOP, or the DNC, they hate you and I.  They don’t respect our constitution or our system of laws, so they have no problems lying to us.  In short, they hate the people who provide the money that they need to live in their ivory towers while they look down upon the little folks.  They truly live like gods on the backs of Americans.

Some of the wealthiest counties in the country are all around DC.  How is that possible do you suppose?

This Doomsday clock is just a distraction from reality.  This corruption at the head of the FBI is taking over the narrative so they must change it.  Their lackeys at the news outlets are not having much luck swaying many people, as their credibility is toast, but they continue to push this Russia narrative hoping that those that do hate Trump will rally around them.

Hate is an easy emotion to control you with and they know it!

The latest talking point is Mueller wants to speak to Trump under oath.  Since there is no there there, they were in hopes that Trump would decline as this is now a perjury trap and anyone with a brain should know it. If Trump declines, that will be the narrative feeding the Russia collusion conspiracy tin foil hat network news.

Undoubtedly they have conversations taped of then-candidate Trump and they want to ask him them.  Did you ever say this or that?  If he says anything other than what is on the tape (illegally obtained) they get him on perjury.

This would then lead to impeachment which would make the left so happy they would be delirious. Even if the economy suddenly tanked, they would have a troublemaker out of the mix.  Then they could blame the GOP and everyone that voted for Trump.

Breaking News!  CNN and MSNBC we see through your bullshit!  We don’t care!

This is about deflection and distraction away from the evidence of corruption at the head of the FBI.  They are in fact playing a dangerous game of chess with the American people being the only ones to lose.  This is a no-win scenario for the American citizen!

No matter how this plays out we lose!

When the American taxpayer sees the increase in their paycheck what will the propaganda look like then?  When American’s 401K’s are much healthier how will they dump on that?

I heard one reporter giving all the credit to him who shall remain nameless.  The Overlord of DC who is still trashing his successor in very un-presidential fashion.

Henny Penny or the chicken little media trying to control the narrative, to plow the road for Democrats in the mid-terms will most assuredly keep up the tempo of their attacks.

I am not a sycophant for either side of this coin.  I am outside the forest looking in, and I can see the trees.  The question is, can you?

Those that only watch the propaganda networks become useful idiots for the gods.  These are the gods who want a good supply of insects (worker bees,) so they don’t have to pay them much to do their bidding.  These are the gods that make a new version of slaves out of the very people trying to flee from a government who already takes advantage of them.  They are indeed victims, and our gods don’t care.

If they import more insects, it does not only become about the economics of supply and demand, but these insects traditionally vote Democratic!  History is repeating itself!  Blacks will no longer be the useful idiots or relevant to the gods as they have found their replacements.

These replacements will also take from that limited supply of government assistance for their families leaving fewer resources for those that they replaced.  Oops.

Jorje Ramos and his ilk will feed the lies to them keeping them subdued and hospitable while doing slave labor for the gods.

Is this dark enough?  Sadly this is a well-traveled path in history, and we are at it again, this time coopting Mexicans and anyone else that comes through our southern border.

Hello Mexico, fix your damned country! Take your country back from those that have stolen it from you. Wait you cant?  Why not?  Oh, they took your guns away….

Do you folks in the UK see any parallels here?  How about Austrailia, how are you doing down there?

No, we will not surrender our guns here in this country.

Read and understand history or you will not see it coming when it happens again.  This can be the only explanation for the reason that so many Americans voted for a Socialist thinking that was a good thing!

My current project is coming along nicely.  Novel #27 of my library of books will be one of my best novels yet! 

My next novel is called Gods and Insects, and I am in hopes to release it late spring!

The story writes itself!

Having an outside nonpartisan view of the world and a really great understanding of history, I see the parallels and can extrapolate the tired old tropes of the rich and powerful vs. you and I and every other schlub just trying to get by in life.

For the record, I do not see us as schlubs or insects or any other pejorative term you might think of.  In fact, I think we are the generation who will rise up and stop the gods from fulfilling their dark, sinister attempts at enslaving an entirely new generation of immigrants and Americans.

  • We must resist PC speak.
  • We must resist removal of and deletion of our history.
  • We must fight for all of our amendments and the Constitution.

When the world seems upside down, you must have a knowledge of history so you can stop the cycle of madness!   We have been systematically dumbed down by the system, and it is time tell Chicken Little to finish crossing the road and stop spreading lies. We are on to you!

Take a look at some of my novels on Amazon or Smashwords.

  • The Saga of the Starduster is rife with entertainment and still is my number one best seller. The book takes you to new worlds and lets you live among a race of nudists.
  • Ghost Signal of Colorado Springs is moving up the charts. This is my latest creation.  When aliens from two different planets discover earth, the crosshairs become targeted on us as the fight for who owns the planet
  • Under Roswell is still holding its own in international sales. Discovering a viable intergalactic craft under the ground in Roswell NM Elliot and his girlfriend become its new caretaker.  Time Travel and galaxy saving antics will keep you entertained for some time.
  • Diamond Joe is getting some great comments, and I appreciate it! This book will surprise you! If you like horses and romance and courage and you are not squeamish about two women finding one another, this is a great story! I promise to tug at your heart!
  • The Girl Nextdoor has been moving up the charts too! I think that this is one of my favorite tales of rags to riches story and love. Sally finds that love comes in all shapes and sizes while discovering that her love of music has its own rewards.
  • Cyber Subs is a slightly naughty erotic novel about webcams and models and remote Doms, This book is looked at over 3000 times every day on just one server that I get stats on. Would you like to read a story about the underbelly of the internet?  Does love and romance of two ladies do anything for you?  What if you were asked to remove your clothing on webcam for god knows how many people watching and tipping you.  This novel pushed the limits of reality which is shocking when you see that it really does happen right now as I type this description.

I have many other novels out there, but these are just a few.  Thanks for the follows, re-tweets and of course you who follow my blog here.  I love keeping up with each of you and am looking forward to many more of you joining us as we discover the literary world together.

Much love People!  -TW

 

Should We Be Eating Out Right Now?

Is eating out hazardous to your health?

Those of you who follow me know that I am somewhat of a foodie.  Just because I am not overweight does not mean that I don’t enjoy the food.  In fact, I love the flavors, texture and so much more about eating than just performing some function.

Eating is critical to life but, why not enjoy it?

Today I was running around and stopped by the Galleria.  I like to shop in case you did not catch that from my many posts.  While I may or may not purchase anything, I want to get out among people, talk to them and live that life that I love so much.

Before leaving the Galleria, I stopped at the Mexican food place down by the skating rink.  Watching the young ladies work together with trainers to learn to skate for a few moments reminded me of my young self-spending time on frozen ponds up north where they can do such things.

Enjoying the company of a friend our conversations were sidetracked when I noticed one of the wait staff coughing and sneezing around food.  “Oh crap, that is not good.”

A young man brought our food, but still, I was watching her.  This young woman wiped her running nose with her hand and went back to getting chips out of the machine for another guest.

I won’t belabor the point anymore on this person’s poor hygiene.  There is another more pressing point to this blog that I want to drive home.

The flu shot this year missed the mark.  It was ineffective. Flu deaths are on the rise and emergency rooms at some of the local hospitals are crowded with Flu victims.  Here is this young lady coughing, runny nose wiping her viral or bacterial laden mucus on her hands and clothing and then serving your food.

This dinner was at a Mexican Food place somewhat upscale in the Galleria in Dallas.  If I saw this as a patron who pays attention to details, I must wonder how many other places we eat at have employees with poor hygiene.

While Traveling not too long ago, I was in a place where a trip to the bathroom had me witness a server leaving the bathroom after doing their business without washing their hands.  I sent a letter to the place as an FYI with no follow-up or recognition from the place.  So I won’t go back there.

I would call on all food service places to drive the point of proper hygiene home to their employees.  The flu to a young reasonable healthy person may be just an inconvenience but that virus making its way to someone not near as healthy could be a death sentence.

I think it is also worth mentioning that here in Texas and many places in the US we have this very beautiful looking tree called a Cedar Juniper.

juniper2

Why am I talking about a tree when I am trying to weave a cautionary tale about hygiene and the flu?

Simple actually.  This tree causes   Cedar Fever.  These trees are everywhere and pollinate on such a massive scale that they affect too many to count.

Itchy watery eyes to sinus issues start out the “fever.”

juniper pollen 2

The pollen a little thing that resembles a sandbur attacks your sinus cavities and cause them to react by, producing more mucus to wash away the offending trigger.  The irritated sinus cavity swells and traps pockets of slime where bacterial now have this beautiful warm moist place to set up house.  Bacteria multiply quickly, and now you have a bacterial infection all started with a little pollen.

Cedar Fever season runs parallel with Flu Season.  Coincidence?

My point to this is the flu, and simple allergies might be an easy miss diagnosis.  Once an infection sets up house, your body reacts.  Raising your temperature to fight the antagonist has the patient now feeling quite miserable along with a plugged up head, sore throat and so on.  A person with a weakened immune system might be adversely affected enough by secondary pneumonia.

If these things are so nasty why in the world are they planted along major highways, in every yard and just everywhere?

juniper1

On cold winter nights, you might look up at the moon and see a halo around it.  That halo could be and often is caused by the massive amounts of this very pollen in the atmosphere!

astro bob pollen moon

If you become ill this season before you go diagnosing yourself check with your doctor.  Yes, they are busy this time of year as this pollen is particularly nasty.  If you reach down and it feels like your head is about to explode you probably have Cedar Fever but take care, there is hope.

Visit your doctor about things you can do to mitigate the effects of this pollen, so you don’t have to suffer year after year.

If you are like me and don’t like the idea of wait staff not taking care to observe proper hygiene, I will share with you a few simple tricks that I do when I go to a restaurant.

Before I share that however let me just say that eating out to me is not about feeding this machine to have the energy to write pithy blogs or tales of immoral sexuality on some alien world.  To me eating out is an event!  Indeed everything that I do including talking to you in this blog is an event!  I treasure my time here on earth, and I value how I use it.

These blogs are one of my ways of giving back to a world that I have been on for some time.  Yes, they are also about marketing my brand.  AuthorTWScott is a brand that I treasure.  With 26 books published and Number 27 already at 7000 plus words into it, I depend on you my readers to tell your friends and family about this excellent writer you know… LOL  Ok how about above average?

Step one, get seated and take your time to look over the menu.  While you are looking over the menu take notice of the cleanliness of the tables, floors, and windows if you are near them.  While you are observing that, actually look at the surface of the menu itself.  Is it clean?  Were you aware that the cover of the menu is one of the most bacterial laden things you can touch in a restaurant?

Excellent eating establishments will have the buss people carry around a bottle of spray disinfectant that they will use after each table is cleared on both the table and the seats.

Look at the wait staff and just noticed their appearance.  Are they sloppy dressed, do they appear to have just climbed out of bed and thrown clothes on?  Yeah, don’t get those for wait staff.  If they don’t care about their appearance, they probably don’t care about washing their hands either.

Now you go and wash your hands which is your last place to check and see if you want to eat there or not.  Is the bathroom tidy? Is it cleaned and well maintained or is it a stinky mess?  If their bathrooms are a mess then you should not eat there as that same kind of attention to the bathroom will most certainly be employed in the kitchen.

This is why I have favorite places that I go so I don’t have to go through this every time I eat out.  One other trick if you like a place, and intend to go back, get to know the manager.  Make friendly conversation with him or her and get to know their name.  In future return trips, you might ask your server two things.  What is their name and then ask if (Joe or Bob or Jane the manager) is working today?

This does two things, it puts your server on notice that you know who they are and that you know the manager.  This is not a threatening thing, this is a friendly conversation between you and them.  I clearly want to point out that I tip well and I expect friendly courteous service.  TIPs actually stand for (To Insure Prompt Service).

I want and expect excellent service, but I reward it too.  I get to know their name, and I use it.  People like to hear their name, and they are no less a person than you are.  They are choosing to do that line of work, and I want them to be the best at it that they can be.  This starts with me by treating them as I would want to be treated.  That includes a decent tip.

One life tip that I would also proffer that I actually learned from a waitress many years ago is this: If you cannot smile at your job, find another job.  Life is too short to be miserable at what you do.

Much Love! -TW