Christmas last week, now New Years, then the Auto Show and the Superbowl. Plenty
of events and things to do. People from around the world in town for holiday parties.
Some of them big tippers, some not. The ten percent tip is a thing of the past.
Tip the guy at the airport a couple of dollars. The cap driver wants at least a
five and trust me your favorite waitress would like FIFTY percent tip.
I know it drives some people crazy to read that, as they pull out their calculators
to figure out to the penny that, 10, 15 or 20 percent of that $5.99 dinner special.
Today's servers are still happy to get what every you give, but trust me 50 percent
on a big bill and even 100 percent on a smaller one.
You and the family go out on the town for that big holiday dinner $100 tab the waitress
has been running for that extra butter, more coffee, she is not dreaming of a 10
or a 20 dollar bill. Don't even thing about 20 percent tip for the counter gal serving
$1.20 coffee she will almost laughs at anything less the a dollar.
Here is a tip for folks with kids heading to collage next fall. RE/MAX of Southeastern
Michigan's "American Dream" scholarship program will award $500 to 20 high school
seniors. The program requires entrants to write an essay on what the American Dream
means to them and the role that higher education plays in helping to achieve that
dream. The deadline is February 1. For more information, contact Cindy Brozo at
248 440-0404, ext 206, or go to
I have written several times over the last few weeks about singer Arlen Viecelli.
Arlen now in his 50s spent his teens as a Livonia rock star with the Salem Witchcraft
band. He spent his holidays promoting his "Holy Knight" CD. Which got radio play
on several stations. The CD has become one of the biggest selling local releases.
In fact we might be able to say it was number one Christmas CD in Livonia! Now I
hear Mr. Viecelli has quietly been donating profits from this CD to chalderns charities.
Last week Ben Wallace, Joe Dumars, Bill Davidson, Tommy Hearns, Bob Seger and some
20,000 people at the Palace of Auburn Hill got to hear Arlen sing the
at the Detroit Pistons basketball game. You can see photos and can keep in touch
with Arlen via his web site www.arlenrocks.com
For the last seven years my band played New Year's Eve at the metro airport Best
Western Hotel. Last week they sold to a new owner who dumped the party.
So now at
last minute I have to try to get the word out, to find are long time friends, to
invite them to a FREE NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT at the Bear Den Bar and Grill, 7101
North Dixie Highway, Newport, Mi. Which is just north of Monroe. It is open to the
public, no cover, no reservations needed. We still play every Tuesday at the Wayne
Road Pub and now every Thursday at Bakers Pub 7847 Telegraph.
reach Ben E. Jet call (313) 730-1627 via e mail firstname.lastname@example.org and see the web sites www.bennyandthejets.com and www.reverendguitars.com.