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New Year’s Day 2013—Drive Safely, Tip Well, Be Kind & Recall That The Work Of Freedom Is Up To Each Of Us

Today is the last day of 2012.

(Above—From left to right are bandleader Skitch Henderson, host Johnny Carson and sidekick Ed McMahon as the Tonight Show rang in 1963.)

I hope you had a good 2012 and I hope you have an even better 2013.

For today and for New Year’s Day tomorrow, all I can ask is that you drive safely and soeberly, that you tip people well who are working a holiday, and that you be kind to others for the holiday and for all the year ahead.

And don’t forget—as I often say here at Texas Liberal—that the work of freedom is up to each of us. If you want things to be better, then you have to work to help make it so.

Thanks to everybody who has the blog in 2012. Texas Liberal will be up and running in 2o13. I also have another project in the works that I hope to be able to discuss and promote soon.

This covers all my current thoughts on the year now almost over, and on the year ahead.

December 31, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tip Well For New Year’s Holiday—Treat Working People Well All The Time

If on New Year’s Day  you make use of the services of a person who normally would receive a tip, please be certain to tip that person the same time-and-a-half rate you would expect to be paid for working a holiday.

This is only fair.

Cab drivers and waiters are working people just as you are.

If you are not paid extra for working a holiday, please do not take it out on others.

The rights and status of working people in this country are tenuous enough as it is.

How we treat other working people is a measure of our own self-respect.

Please respect the labor of others just as you would hope others would respect the hours of your life that you spend at work.

Please consider that Monday, January 2 is the day that many working people will get the New Year’s holiday. Tip well on that day as well.

While , of course, tipping well and treating other working people is something we should do each day, a holiday offers an extra opportunity to acknowledge our common role as people who must work for a living.

We will be better able to advocate for each other as working people when we get more into the habit of treating each other with respect in daily circumstances.

Here is the Occupy Wall Street website.

And, also, please don’t drink and drive on New Year’s Eve.

December 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tip Time-And-A-Half On New Year’s Day As A Measure Of Fairness


It’s a simple idea—People working for you on a holiday merit the same time-and-a-half wages you would expect to be paid on a holiday.

If you eat out on New Year’s Day, or order a drink from a bartender, or take a ride in a taxi—Tip that person time-and-a-half.  That’s the going rate for work on a holiday.

The above photo is of a Chinese New Year’s celebration. Chinese New Year is on February 7 in 2008. It will be the Year of the Rat.

Tip well on that day also. Tip well on all days as a measure of respect for the work that others do and because you are also a working person.  

December 29, 2007 Posted by | Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments