Day Seven! Damn this is getting real!

Is eating out sneaking into your dreams?

 

Hello, fellow detainees? How are you managing your time?  No, I really want to know, is there couch time involved.  Was there also a run on the liquor store?  Did they limit beer?

Not a beer drinker, but I do like Merlot.  If you have read any of my novels, you know this about me.

Merlot and Dark Chocolate is like nirvana on steroids.

I managed a few paragraphs on one of my works in progress, but I have not done much else.  My friends and family have taken much of my free time in that they just need to socialize.  What about you?

I am spending more time on my blog, as a way to reach out to you, and of course my friends all over the globe.  I look at where you folks live, and now I like have these things added to my bucket list to travel to your home town.  I think I have followers in all the major countries.

You are the reason I spend more time on this blog than I should.  To create a novel that will go viral, I should be putting all of my juice in it.  I know other bloggers/authors who have done that.  In fact, there is one who still has a blog but has not posted since 2018.  I reached out to her on one of her articles—no reply, which is a bloody shame.

I don’t care how many books sell and how much time I have to devote to them, I will always make time for you, and you…and yes you too.

You know you are my favorite, right?  LOL

Until I heard my mother telling a sibling that they were her favorite, I thought I was special…

If you follow me, I go and peek at your blog, and on some of them, I might comment.  There are some excellent writers out there.

I look forward to reading what you put out into the world.

That brings me to tonight’s topic, where does your material come from?

I have friends who are writing the next Harry Potter…from the work of J.K Rowling, who is now worth over a billion dollars.  I wrote a novel called Cyber Subs that I researched but, was inspired to write it from reading 50 shades.  El James is worth millions.  Her books were titillating to some and naughty to most.

My material for that novel did not, however, come from any of her writing.  Not only do I have followers here, but I have twitter and Instagram peeps.  One fine young lady (no, I am not facetious) who follows me on twitter called herself a Cyber Slut.   People, I am not naïve.  I watched an Avenue Q performance on the internet saying it was made for porn, laughed and went on.

Over the years, when the internet went from a text-based interface to an actual GUI, sure enough, porn found its way on the world wide web.  What floored me was the link I followed of her’s. It took me to a site called My Free Cams.

When I first went there years ago, I was shocked, to say the least.  There were a few hundred models online each night.  The number has tripled since I wrote the novel, and oh, by the way, they are no longer the only site in town.  I will confess that I wondered why there were no nude dudes on there.  Oops, I found them one day after I told my daughter about my findings.  She and some of her friends gave me a list of places.  Holy Shit!  Yes, the expletive is warranted.    There is nothing to stop a five-year-old from going to these sites.  Mom and Dad, how are you going to deal with your children seeing this stuff when they are still in grammar school?

This is the problem with being stuck at home.  I think a lot.

The brains of humans are wired in such a way that one would have to think this early exposure to hardcore porn would dement them in some way.  The ‘me two’ movement might look like a parking violation in years to come.

Those sites have close to two thousand women modeling at any given time.  There are multiple sites.  I had to show nothing to anyone to gain full access.  That is where my fodder came from for many of my racy novels.  I have tried to create these types of books from the POV of both genders, as it is an excellent practice for writing something I could tell my parents about if they were still around.

I think schools are going to have to incorporate some kind of curriculum that addresses the porn aspect of the internet.  Yes, it needs to be in the lower grades.

Sex workers, which is a real occupation, provide safe sex and an outlet for those who are socially inept or just need to get a release.  I understand that process; I am a healthy red-blooded person.

I would love to interview a few of you so, if you are a sex worker and would like to speak with a real author, drop me a tweet or an e-mail to my website contact page at www.authortwscott dot com

We can do it all over e-mail, and just so you know, I don’t judge, and I have respect for anyone who is working trying to make ends meet.  As long as you are of legal age and understand what you are doing, it is your deal.  I just want to crawl around in your head for a bit.

Did you see what I just did?

The topic of the blog or the question I wanted to address is where do you get your material?  I speak with people everywhere I go. From the doctors’ offices to the stores, I visit with people as I am a humanist.  I am also an author, and some of you have such dynamic personalities that I enjoy getting to know you.

Tomorrow is day Seven of my sentence.. LOL, or it is a shared sentence, and the world as a whole is taking part in one of the most massive lockdowns in the history of the globe.

I see that Russia is immune to this virus.  Hey Russian friends, are you immune, or is the iron curtain coming back up?  God I hope not.  Everyone that I visit with, no matter the country, seems to have the same likes and dislikes as me.

Without our leaders mucking things up, I would wager we all would get along just fine.

I have Chinese friends, and nobody is blaming the Chinese people for this.  No, we are blaming the government.  They need to get brave. They need to do a root cause analysis as to how this happened, so it never happens again.

As for the rest of us, back to trying to entertain myself.

Much Love -TW

 

My Prison, Day III

How is your homeschooling going? Do teachers deserve a raise or what?

Hello my friends, how are you doing today?

I titled this piece ‘My Prison, Day III’ simply because many of us might feel like we are stuck.  The unknowns are probably the worst part of this ‘event.’  The news will drive you up the wall, and it is mostly crap.  From channel to channel, the contradictions outweigh the usefulness of the media itself.

Many of you are on Spring Break.  Stay home.

You can live your life how you choose but learn from what is going on today.  Since you are not in classes, take advantage of what is happening today and learn from it.  Some countries might very well sweep this event under the rug and blame the whole thing on some natural occurrence.

The deficits of this event are showing up in record numbers.  These need to be corrected and if you don’t pay attention to what they are they will not be fixed.  Corruption from business practices to our national security are exposed to you, right now.

A few days ago before the market tanked a senator sold over a million dollars in hotel stock without warning us the American people.  Insider trading earns you three hots and a cot at least in club cupcake.  Ask Martha Stewart how that works.

However, Pandora’s box was opened, the minions of evil are out and about, and we have to deal with what is.  Flattening the curve in this country will allow our medical people to save more lives.

Social distancing means stay at home if at all possible.  It is more than merely staying a few feet away from other folks.  Today I spent a few hours on Google Hangout with some friends just to interact, laugh, and show to ourselves that life can go on.

Many of our younger folks have been doing this for years through video games and programs that allow them to communicate with their ‘team.’  Maybe you who know how to do this should show your parents how, and oh, by the way, invite them to play your video game with you.

I mention that last bit because we are in a kind of time out.  The things that we do with impunity like happy hour, or dinner with friends or the show, the play, or yes, the opera, we cannot do.

What did we do when we were sent to our rooms?

We were supposed to reflect on why we were sent there, but, usually, we found some way to entertain ourselves if we didn’t pout.  Friends, you can pout, or you can use this time to eat a meal with your family.  Spend time in the kitchen with your spouse or children.  Talk about your fears and anxiety and listen.  You young people listen too.  Your parents might not share the fact that they are scared, but only a fool would not be worried.

I have not played a board game in tens of years; I was wondering how long it would take to get one delivered through Amazon.  I never did learn to play that military game that takes forever to set up.  My brother had it, and I never learned it.  I don’t recall the name of it, but I bet some of you do know the game I am speaking about.  Just maybe it is time to dig it out and try to engage your spouse or significant other in something that you can control.

I joke about prison, but that is what this is, a mini prison sentence.  Through no fault of our own, we are under house arrest.  Violating that could be deadly, not only to you but to those that you love.

Too many of you are now jobless and financial worry has to be high on your mind.  My day job has been shut down too, I get it.  Not only has the influx of funds been curtailed, but our 401’s and other savings have been devastated.  You are not alone.  While the politicians argue about some form of money to each American,  it will not be enough, no matter what it is.

I can control my writing.  I have over 30 novels out there on Amazon and other places.  I also have several works in progress.  I can use the time to work on them. I am a writer, so I live in my cave.  I tease that I have a lair, but in truth, it is an office about the size of a prison cell.   Now I have everything I might want at my disposal, except my ability to have that margarita with my favorite Mexican dish.  Think about how good that will be when this is over.

I was teasing my friends today, telling them how this was beginning to get real; I ate my last thin mint Girl Scout cookie!

We will get through this, and I am looking for creative ways to keep my sanity through it.  Tell me what you are doing to pass the time while we commiserate or visit.  You choose.

I choose to look at the upside in that very few people are ringing the bell, and traffic seems a whole lot less.  I waved at my neighbors today, who I hardly ever see.

Much Love -TW

Time Out Day II

When the local eating place you go to from time to time becomes a craving, you know you are in trouble.

I am sure if I bothered to look, I would find at least a half dozen blogs with that title.

How are you doing?  Have you searched for your copy of the Shining yet?  Does the phrase REDRUM pass through your mind?  Maybe you see Dead People?  LOL Take heart; we are all in this together.

My creativity is blown all to hell and gone, as I like many of you; are waiting for the other shoe to drop.  We had lovely weather today, so I sat in the back yard and watched the birds for a bit.

Typically there is lots of jet traffic as I have two major airports, well two and a half significant airports around me.

Even the road noise is much quieter than average.

A woman was held up at gunpoint not far from here where the ass wipe took her groceries and her wallet.

When I took my concealed carry course, there were more women than men taking the class.  Not only was there a run on toilette paper and Hand sanitizer, but on guns and bullets.

In times like this, I think if I were on the jury, she would be let off without even a warning if she put him down like the sorry rat he is.

Some services help people in need; you don’t have to rob innocent people.

With more and more folks working from home, their pets will be happy.

There are roaming gangs of men dressed in white scrubs of sorts, going door to door to say they are there to test.  They will rob you.  The government intercepted dozens of fake corona test kits the other day.  Wow, some people know no lows.

I did have this idea that I want to run past you. If you are like me, people are always knocking on the door trying to sell something.  What if you created a sign that said under quarantine and put it on your door?  Do you suppose they would ignore that one like they ignore the no soliciting sign?

I figured out why they ignore the no soliciting sign by the way.  They don’t know what it means.  You need the sign to be more direct and to the point.

“No, I am not buying your shit! Go away!”

During this viral stuff, the door knocking has gone way down.  Even the JW’s have not been around.  I was getting so bored I was kind of waiting to see if they would pop by.

I watched a little bit of American Idol.  I admit it; I have a soft spot for the sanitation worker.  I love the underdog and man that guy is a noble soul.  I wish the best for him.  I hope some dentist contacts him and gives him a free implant.  The dude can sing, and he is rather sweet in an infectious kind of way.

I noticed that there is a lot of talent this year.  Did you see that man that did not know who Lionel Richey was?  WTF?  You would think that the guy might have done just a little research.

We are all in this together.  I don’t care what country you are in, what your religious beliefs are or race or anything else.  You, my friends, are like me, in time out.

So, until we can cavort in the gardens, run through the meadows and eat with each other, I raise my proverbial stein of beer and solute you.  This is Day II, and we have a long road ahead of us.  Stay well, keep in touch, and do tell me what you are doing to stay sane.

If an AXE comes through my door I don’t give a shit who it is. They are going to die!  LOL

Much love –TW

 

 

They Tell Two Friends, or is it Three? Patient Zero

Patient 0 How did this mess Start?

Using the tools at their disposal, Facebook has blocked and, in some cases, suspended the accounts of people who post things about the virus gripping the world.

I would suppose they don’t have the workforce to separate fact from fiction so better just to stop it all, keeping disinformation campaigns from spreading much like the virus itself.

Why; look at the store shelves.

Humans, like it or not, are not that far removed from our four-legged friends, and we can be manipulated to ‘stampede.’ Emotions and yes, fear is one of those emotions, and is a hell of a motivator!

Think not?

In the London bombing of a music concert, it was not the explosion so much as the trampling of others that did much of the damage.  That is why it is illegal to yell ‘FIRE’ in an auditorium.  People will react en masse as part of the fight or flight instinct.  Buying skid loads of toilette paper and hand sanitizer is just one example of how we can be herded.

This is a time for calm, rational thought and clear-headed approaches to daily life.  This is a time to rise above your ‘programming’ and think.

I would like to explain to you why it is essential to self-isolate yourselves.

I titled this piece ‘they tell two friends’ because you all have seen the commercial for a shampoo that by now is somewhat dated, but still an accurate metaphor for this virus.

Since we know that you can have the virus and not be aware of it makes this virus particularly dangerous.  Contracting it, you can go days before you are mindful that something is amiss.  By the time you decide to see your doctor or begin to suspect something is not right; how many have you infected?

Yes, you can be asymptomatic and still very contagious.

In medical parlance, it is referred to in this manner.

Scientists believe that each infected person will give or spread the contagion to three (3) people.  It is called R(0) or R naught.  That number is different for each disease in that it is the contagion efficacy or spreadability factor.

Covid 19 has a value of 3.  Other diseases have different values.

If you are number one, follow the steps.

  1. 1
  2. 3
  3. 9
  4. 27
  5. 81
  6. 243
  7. 729
  8. 2,187
  9. 6,561
  10. 19,683
  11. 59,046
  12. 177,147
  13. 531,441
  14. 1,594,323
  15. 4,782,969
  16. 14,348,907

As you can see, in just 15 short steps we are now at over 14 million people from just one carrier.

Why does it have this number?

This mutation of the coronavirus has an RNA strand that we have not seen before.  There are no defense mechanisms against it, other than your immune system.

In ‘nature’s’ world those creatures with compromised immune systems and by that it could simply be age, contract viruses like this, and die off.  Darwin knew a thing or two, whether you like it or not.

By the aged population dying off, they either assured enough food for the rest or became food for others.  In the world of nature, everything is recycled.  In animal pacts, the old or diseased were shunned by the herd.

Through medical advances, the average life expectancy of ‘mankind’ has gone from the mid 30’s to about twice that. That is all fine and dandy until we are faced with something that we don’t have a medical ‘fix’ for.

Doing your part to lower that R number is imperative to give our health professionals time to treat the infected and to develop methods for managing them.  Drowning in your phlegm is not a pretty way to go.  Early reports were that young people without underlying health conditions were pretty much immune.  Not so fast, we are seeing younger people in their thirties in critical condition.  Nobody is safe.

Italy is currently faced with the reality of only assisting those that have a good chance of pulling through while leaving those that won’t to drown in mucus.  I am certain Italy was not the first and will not be the last to make these gut-wrenching decisions.   If you have ever fished and watched a fish gasping for breath on the bank of the river, imagine that fish as a human.  Not a pretty sight.

Do your part.  Wash your hands, stay away from crowds, and resist the false narratives by the media who are using this as a political cudgel. They are shameless, pathetic weasels using fear to manipulate the mob.  Someone is pulling their strings. Someone with deep pockets is using this as a mechanism to effect change for some grand plan.

This is a time for calm, kindness, and grace.  Do what you can for those that cannot, and use common sense when you are out and about.  We are not animals.  We care for our own, and that means our parents or grandparents.

We will get through this and be the better for it.  The lessons we are learning today are eye-openers as to why we should not develop biological weapons.  Viruses know no boundaries when it comes to who they infect.  Race or other identity politically charged assaults don’t exist.  They are equal opportunity messengers of death and destruction, much like the atomic bomb.   The main difference is with biological weapons; it only takes one improperly placed safety device or one failure of a positive air pressure suit to release the genii.  The virus infects a worker, he or she leaves for the day, and you have patient ZERO.

With tens of thousands traversing the globe daily, the carriers are there.  The microscopic life forms that we carry with us (pathogens) are not detained at the borders.  They have no passports and like this virus can go undetected until it has multiplied by the tens of millions.

I shudder to think where Ebola really came from or H1N1 or even HIV.  I am a writer of science fiction, so I do think outside the box.  We have no idea what goes on in little laboratories in countries where money cuts through the red tape.  People are corrupt and stupid when it comes to weapons.  In my novel Under Roswell, I talk about it in detail, of course, in a fictional environment.

This is an excellent time to read, reflect, and stay safe.  If not lost in some novel, you might try picking up the Bible.  There are 66 books there that many, including myself, find comfort in.  Pray for wisdom for humanity.  We can do some pretty fantastic things, or we can destroy the world with the push of a button, or have some tired worker forget some safety protocol.

Much Love -TW

 

Hello from my dungeon…Bhwaaa!

Did you write this weekend?

Have your works in progress stalled on the battlefield of life?  What do you do when your characters ‘sleep?’

The absolute crap on the news obfuscates my creative side.  For the first time in years, I parked it on the couch and watched the TV.  People look at me strangely when I say I don’t really watch TV.  Some of their observations are valid.  I know nothing of Game of Thrones.  I hear that it ended terribly, but that is hearsay.

Does it sound snobby when I say, “I don’t watch TV?” I don’t mean for it to.

I do read quite a bit. The reasons are apparent.  I started a book the other day that the author’s style is engaging.  He writes in fragments that I am positive would cause the spell and grammar checkers to vomit.

I had considered that style before and rejected it.  What I liked about it was you very quickly discovered you were turning pages at a rapid cadence. Pacing is essential, and so is varying sentence length.  Our brains look for patterns, whether you know it or not.  What are your thoughts?  I want to hear from you.

On a totally different topic, if you have read any of my stuff, you know that I not only support the folks that are of the ‘free the nipple’ crowd but, I side with the AANR.  I know it is very liberal, but it is just the way I am built.  Bettie Page, although slightly nuts, was an inspiration to me.  I agree with her on so many levels, hence my book, Land of my People.

With Spring right around the corner and daylight savings time starting on the 8th, here in Texas anyway, I am in hopes of spending some time catching up on getting some vitamin D going, or just possibly giving my dermatologist something to do.

In the news, there was a lady who was topless in her own house.

Again I don’t see breasts as lewd.  Anyway, her step kids saw her, and I guess it went to court.  FFS!

I don’t know who brought the case or who the judge was, but I would have tossed it out.  Had she been totally nude and doing inappropriate things ok, you crossed a boundary.  Topless in your own home…I don’t get it.  If that judge spent any time at Hippy Hollow in Austin, I dare say he would need a new pacemaker.

I suppose the fact that I am an artist has a lot to do with it. I see the beauty in the human form.  Yes, all body types. Not just the twenty-year-olds.

Are you ever tempted to right wrongs in your writings?

I spent the better part of the day getting my ‘books’ different kinds of books ready for the CPA.  It is all sorts of fun remembering the year through numbers. Yes, they tell a story too.

Last but least, has talk of the newest doomsday virus got you worried?

The markets are sure to respond to it.  Never mind the brain-eating amoeba, flesh-eating bacteria, or the ever gruesome Ebola, now we have a virus that looks like something out of science fiction.

I hope you had a super weekend and for those of you looking at Monday, Happy Monday! I still have an hour of the weekend left… -TW

 

Is someone watching and listening to you inside your home?

Does that camera on your PC see more than you think it does?

 

 

Have you masturbated in front of your computer?

Were you being watched?

 

Ever since spying on citizens has come into vogue with recent news reports, did we ever think in an Orwellian way? Probably not.

When laptop computers were given to school kids soon enough we learned that some folks in the IT department had programmed their machine with a bot which would allow them to spy on schoolkids in their bedroom.

Having been a digital forensic expert since the 1980s, the creativity of which scammers work just amazes me.

 

Going through my e-mail today I find this e-mail.

 

It came from ir billing at gangstagraffics.com

 

The subject was this: Yоur соmрuter hаs а gооd саmerа, I hаve yоur рhоtоs.

 

Hi

Dо nоt mind оn my illitеrасy, I am frоm China.

 

I uрlоаded thе mаliсiоus рrоgram on your systеm.
Sinсе thаt mоment I рilfеrеd аll privy bаckgrоund frоm yоur system. Аdditiоnаlly I hаvе sоme morе соmрrоmising еvidеnсе. The mоst intеrеsting еvidеnсе thаt I stоlе- its a videоtаре with yоur mаsturbаtiоn. I аdjustеd virus оn а роrn wеb sitе аnd аftеr yоu lоаdеd it. Whеn yоu dесidеd with thе video аnd tарped оn a рlаy buttоn, my dеlеtеrious sоft аt оnсе sеt uр оn yоur systеm. Аfter adjusting, yоur саmеrа shооt thе vidеotаpе with yоu sеlf-аbusing, in аddition it sаvеd рreсisеly the роrn vidеo you mаsturbаtеd оn. In nеxt fеw dаys my mаlwаre сollеctеd аll yоur sосial and wоrk сontаcts.

 

If yоu wаnt tо deletе the rеcоrds- раy me 350 eurо in BTС(cryрtосurrency).
I prоvide you my Btс numbеr – 1Cot7RaTfFQyeJ2yj5bxUsSX2zBf131Umo
Yоu have 24 hours aftеr reаding. Whеn I get transfer I will destrоy thе videotaре evermore.
Othеr wаy I will send thе tape to all your cоllеаgues and friends.

If you had or ever have done something like what he is describing your blood might run cold as you read his or her message.

You might even be trying to figure out how much 350 Euro is in relation with your money.

The scams are many and this is one of a thousand.  I try and highlight the interesting ones from time to time as I appreciate the effort that they put into them.

Thier mistake is sending them to me.

 

What this toad does not realize is, I could very possibly walk up to him or her in a crowd with a little effort and ambition on my part.   If I can do it, the Feds can most certainly do it.  This e-mail did not come from China.  It actually originated from Washington State. Would you like to know the cable network and the IP address that it came from?

This is extortion and the FBI should be all over this.  Why aren’t they?

I wonder how many will fall for this type of coercion from kids in their mother’s basement.

The wild wild west is in your living room, and your computer hosts it.

 

Make sure you use common sense practice with your computer and have good anti-virus software running.

 

My novels are selling well and if you are one of the purchasers of them thanks so much!

 

Much Love -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