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Jan 13th 2011 5:14PMFor those who want to know what to tip in the US, there's a great new book called "Keep The Change" that tells you not only how to tip on the common things (taxi, hotel, restaurants), but also how to tip on those "other" things that people from abroad might engage in while visiting the US—strictly!—on business (i.e. Vegas card dealers, strippers, etc.). And, hey, don't pretend that you don't do that stuff! A fun read too!
There was nothing in the book about International tips, though, considering our tipping culture, I think if you exercise your own American tipping sense, the whole world will love you! Non-American travellers would benefit much more from learning about how to tip in the US!
Nov 2nd 2010 9:17AMNext to be removed, her breast implants!!
Nov 1st 2010 5:08PMYears ago, things came to a head with my sister. I was older and she was my gopher. We had great time together. Then she went away to college and came into her own. I didn't see her very much during that time, even though she was only 30 minutes away, and we became distant. One day while she was still in college, she and I went on a trip and I treated her like the peon she had always been, but it went wrong. By the third day she was in horrible tears. I didn't realize how she had matured past what she had been. I tried to apologize. The next year we took another trip and this time I bent over backwards to make her happy and show her I had changed. Ha! She was a raging harpy and bitched about everything I did. I accepted it as payback, but told her to cool it after 3 days. She mellowed a bit. A year or two later there was a big fallout in our family and I made it a point to talk to each of my family members and have a heartfelt conversation about how we treated each other, but mostly how I treated them. It was an emotionally raw and humbling experience, but I vowed to my sister that I would not call her the endearing (yet demeaning) nickname(s) I had used since she was a kid. I apologized for every rotten thing I had ever done, including being the jerk I was on the first trip. I asked her for her forgiveness. The both of us in tears, we hugged for what seemed like hours. The chill came off of her. I kept my promise to not take her for granted and treat her with respect. She extended her hand in friendship. Can I tell you that my relationship with her is BETTER now than we ever had as kids? It is strong now because it is equal. We enjoy each other's company and hang out all the time. Occasionally we get into spats and yell at one another, but there's no fear of anything breaking between us. Though we have different temperaments, we both make the effort to meet each other half way. She has helped me through some of the toughest times in my life and I though hers. I couldn't pick a better friend. It took a large dose of humble pie to achieve what she and I did, but we had to in order to wipe the slate clean. And there, we rediscovered the deep connection that had always been there and that when all is said and done, we really enjoy each other's company. Respecting each other's right to be their own person is fundamental to reestablish sibling bonds. Perhaps Alex and Nicholas will meet each other half way someday.
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