Wednesday, May 28, 2008

On Imbibing

Halfway through the drinking decalogue, we see this:

5. Thou Shalt Learn to Appreciate All Forms of Beer - If Natty Light, Keystone and Coors are your idea of what beer is and is meant to be, you’re living your drinking-life like that of a child in sub-Saharan Africa. Bring that inner impoverished child into the “civilized” world and open your dry crusty wind-chapped eyes to the world of ambers, stouts, saisons, hefeweissens and the multitude of heavenly hops-angels just waiting to surround you and give you a glimpse of the Promised Land. While you’re still getting over your silly stigma that Guinness is a “heavy” beer and cringing at the thought of a slice of lemon in your Hoegaarden, the rest of us will be happily melting our brains away into oblivion. With the superhot hops-angels, of course.

I also like this one:

9. The Way You Treat Bartenders and Waitstaff Says More About You Than You Know ...Snapping, clapping, yelling, whistling or just general rudeness to someone waiting on you are a sure sign to anyone in your company that if they spend enough time around you, you’ll eventually treat them with the same selfish nonchalance and disdain that you treat those who are paid to be nice to you. And for crying out loud, TIP WELL.

Tip well, indeed.

Maybe it's because both of my brothers worked as bartenders at one time in their lives, but I'm of the opinion that tipping anything less than a dollar a drink is unacceptable.

I would take it one step further regarding how you ought to treat someone waiting on you:

Failing to say "Thank you" when your server brings you something (a drink, your food, a utensil, extra napkins, the bill, etc.) is boorish in and of itself. There are few actions that annoy me more than when someone says nothing when he is brought something by his server.

Servers are not soulless automatons whose raison d'ĂȘtre is to Take Orders And Bring People Things.

They're people, and they deserve to be treated as such.

[HT: The Blue Boar via The Daily Eudemon]

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