Waffle House waitresses work for hard earned tips !~

Waffle House offers good food, fast. But it comes with a price - it's a stressful environment at times.

Waffle House Waitresses and Waiter jobs are stressful and fast paced.

On a typical weekend, I arrive at a local Waffle House about 10am in the morning. It is always hit or miss on how busy the location is. I quickly scan the parking lot to see how many cars are there as I pull in. I park, get inside and look for my favorite waitress. I spot her, as she drops off a load of dishes near the dishwasher, tells the staff that those are her dishes. She then washes her hands, she goes around to the silverware area and grabs napkins, silverware and prepares a booth for another party. She smiles, introduces herself, and takes their drink order.  She takes a deep breath, and is off to the races again.

Take a moment to see what a Waffle House Waitress and Waiter does to make you happy.

If you have been to a Waffle House, one day make it a point to see at what length the waitresses and waiters have to go through during your short stay. Most arrive close to 7am and their scheduled departure is near 2pm, but they are typically out the door closer to or past 3pm. Near the end of the scheduled shift they have to clean the place up and tally up their ticket books which is a tedious project in itself. But that is not all they do…..

Typically they clean off the tables for the next guest, they each are responsible for their own dishes. They have to wait in line and call their orders in to the cooks. They bring you your drinks and take your order. They have to refill the orange juice containers when needed, refill ice, scrub pre-wash and then run the dishes through a dishwasher.  They have to wash any plates that the cooks use, including the egg pans. The trash cans don’t empty themselves out, so that is one more task that is done. They have to take orders over the phone and have time to check people out and offer a smile and ask how their visit was. As the day grinds on at the Waffle House, hopefully the tips they earn are sufficient for the day.

As additional people enter and leave, the chaotic cycle happens over and over again. In some of the Waffle Houses I have eaten at, they have this down to a fine science. Other locations, it seems they have less enthusiasm as the tips aren’t the greatest and the potential thought process is that why hurry when the reward for stellar performance is not going to be there in the end.

The waitresses and waiters won’t mention a thing about how much they get paid per hour. Its against the Waffle House policy. But if you are like me, you can find out anything by typing about it in your favorite search engine.

What DO Waffle House Waitresses and Waiters make per hour? Thinking about an entry level job, and have plenty of energy, with a flexible schedule?  How pleasing is this job ? Remember, this depends on the area in which they are employed. Some locations are more generous and managed differently than others in my opinion.

My Point is….. Tip the hard working Waitresses and Waiters at Waffle House !

In MY opinion, the ladies that I know that work at different Waffle Houses as Waitresses are underpaid, over worked and not tipped well. Like I said above, take that moment to pay attention how much activity these waitresses and waiters do in order to get a few extra dollars in tips. Tips are the livelihood of their job. Show the Waffle House waitresses and waiters some love and offer them a decent tip once in a while.


Forrest Fenn’s Treasure real or fake?

In my first post about this Forrest Fenn treasure hunt, I tell everyone that it will be an exciting time to read a book or two and possibly have the time to take a trip west to the Rocky Mountains and have a look around.

I’ve only researched this about a week as I wait for the books to arrive. In the meantime, I have compiled some notes. There is rumor of Forrest Fenn saying in a round about way that the clues have been solved, but he doesn’t mention if it is by many people, a handful of people or just one.

Forrest Fenn also mentions that a few people have been within 200 feet of the chest, and more have been within 500 feet of the chest.

People are hesitant to believe him since he has a past of shady operations, even after leaving the military. I am sure the investigation set him on the right track once more. He wrote a lot of books, no? Others have written a lot of books as well, and some have made it to the NY Times best seller list. How could Forrest Fenn match that feat? With Forrest Fenn being a collector, and then having a glancing blow with a potentially deadly demise, it can make people “see the light” and want to do something right.

In my first post about Forrest Fenn’s treasure, I mentioned the Treasure hunt of the Golden Horse. It was managed by a third party which in the end, the third party never revealed its location. In my opinion, this is the way Forrest Fenn should have handled this event as well. There are too many “friends” that are close or have become friends to Forrest Fenn to make this a search without an accidental leak. I am not saying he can’t have friends, but why would a true friend  go on a hunt and try to find this treasure? It’s human nature. Remember, Forrest Fenn is a writer, he likes to express himself, and I honestly think that some one close to him may know more than is revealed. It would not be hard to liquidate the coins and gold within the chest, and swap/trade items to a collector who can verify the authenticity of the objects, but wishes to remain undiscovered.

On most videos, Forrest Fenn gets a higher pulse and somewhat excited when approached with a question that was asked for the first time, or if he didn’t remember it at the moment. He’s older, peoples’ minds can slip up when they are older so I can’t blame him for avoiding some of the questions.

I think the Forrest Fenn treasure is legit. I think he wants to be remembered for a legacy, rather than a conspiracy. That means once he is gone, people will remember him for the treasure hunt, and then for the books associated with the treasure hunt. He likes the publicity, he eats it up.  I have also noted that is is very difficult for him to hold back adding in more clues or even a mild pile of hints. Some hints have been revealed, but not as many as there should be. In my opinion, there should have been one mild clue released close to the anniversary when the treasure hunt started.

I think people are right on about Yellowstone being the place where Forrest Fenn potentially hid the treasure, Where else within the Rocky Mountains did FF have such wonderful memories ?

The poem is indeed cryptic. Supposedly there is a tight circle that have solved the first two clues. That is as far as it has gone approaching the 9th year. I don’t want to offer my two cents where it could be until I have read the books, read the poem over and over and over.  Sure it will be a challenge, but I think it worth the challenge.

My only concern about all of this is the way Forrest Fenn said in an interview that what would happen if his treasure was discovered thousands of years for now. If he had a choice he’d like to have his story told in full, and the entire chest placed within a museum. Let’s hope that the clues to the treasure are not that complex.

Forrest Fenn is a man who has seems to like to ride the edge. He’s not a man of constant conformity and will change course on a whim or if challenged to do so. That is a trait that far few people have in their lives. In this current day and age we seem more in tune with electronics and its distractions rather than the earth on which we live. In my opinion we are taking thing for granted and eventually it will be the human races’ demise. I think Forrest Fenn’s last hope was he could hit the NY Times best seller list, and make people get outside, in solitude, away from the electronic buzz, to become one with nature, even for a short while.

I don’t know what Forrest Fenn total worth is, but throwing a bunch of trinkets in a treasure box and then announcing it seemed like a good deal. He probably does not have a lot invested in what he placed in the box, short of the items that are closer to his heart – the non-monetary things that he threw in the box.

If anything, I will sit, read and ponder over the books and the potential path to the treasure. People seem to be greedy and there are only a few online sites that offer any sort of information. But, even the best sites appear to be STUMPED. Some one may be closer to a solution, but greed and not being able to trust another keeps this from being solved. Forrest Fenn is a smart man, he knew this would happen.

I can see him smiling as he contemplates how long the human race will tickle his book pages in search for his treasure after he is gone. I’ll eventually take that scheduled trip west as planned, and if the location an be solidified, even better.

Next travels – Sacremento, California then a Shine down Concert !

I am emotionally and physically recovering from the Valencia, Spain trip. When I returned, I had a few emails from friends I used to chat with in the Pogo.com game rooms. It has been a LONG time. I was distracted for almost 3.5 years and I will attempt to catch these people up on what I have been doing with my life since we last chatted.

Since I am on a roll with traveling, I just might be heading to California some time this year. I am not one for extreme heat, so it may well be in the fall. My goal will be to visit the Sacremento , California area. It will probably be for 8 days or so. I’ll have to firm up plans and look at room rates, places to see and a car rental.

If I am lucky, I’ll even spend some time with a few of these friends.

The other thing I want to do is attend a concert that is coming this way. Its the band Shine Down along with God Smack. Long ago, I seen God Smack when they toured with Metallica. That was a great show. I hope this one will be just as good.  My aim is to pick a local concert in the Virginia area and attend that, unless they are available when I go out to Sacremento, California. That would be a great combo there. I might even pay for all the tickets for us to go see the concert. That would be epic.

Stand by for an update to this story as it evolves.