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December 29, 2004

Dinner at Tiffany's?

Tuesday 28th December
Actually got some work done for a change – started work on my portfolio, and its going well, though I may well go over the word limit for a change. In the evening I went over to Isabel's for a dinner party – she's really gone to a lot of trouble – cooked us a propper three course meal and everything! It was really good, the food was excellent, and the conversation stimulating. Very Happy Played Cluedo, and stayed over.

Wednesday 29th December
Went to work this morning, though I really didn't want to be there (again) and was practically asleep on my feet. I think I've done something stupid to my foot as well, which means it's even worse on my feet than usual. I didn't get a break again today. It's really quite bad, because I don't actually know what I'm legally entitled to, so I think I may be being done over here. If I'm on a trainee wage (£3.50 p/h) then I'm definitely due more breaks. If I'm on standard minimum wage (£4 something p/h) then I think I'm allowed 1/2h break after 6h work. Which is bugger all use to me, as I only work a 6 hour shift, from 11–5, so I still don't get any lunch.
Anyone out there doing Law or something who can inform me of my rights?

Anyway, have been tired and hungry almost all day, whatever my legal position on the matter. Work should not be this hard.


My New Favourite Song

My Dad's introduced me to what is fast becoming my favourite song of the minute, mainly because I can relate to every single line (except for the one "her brother's a quaker…etc") I may see if I can slip it onto the CD player on my ast day at work…
I think I'm going to have to give you the lyrics here…

Tip That Waitress
Loudon Wainwright III

She's been on her feet nearly half the damn night
Bringing you beverage and your late night bite
She remains cheerful when you're nasty and tight
Makes change for a fifty in dim candlelight.
Ignoring your groping hoping you might
Come across with a tip and sympathize with her plight.
Tip that waitress.

Shes getting her masters supporting her mom
Amidst the confusion she remains cool and calm
She knows exits in case of a fire or bomb
She knows all the words to the 23rd psalm
She handles her tray with panache and aplomb
Her brothers a Quaker, her dad was in Naa-aaa-aaa-aam
Tip that waitress.

Bridge 1
Tip that waitress,
She's been waiting on you.
Skip the small change,
Slap down a dollar or two.

Her arches are aching, her lower backs shot
Her varicose vein hurts like hell when its hot
Her uniform's too tight, tasteful its not
She knows the specials and they are not a lot.
The cook is on Qualudes the bus boy deals pot
If she had a real job she'd quit on the spot
So tip that waitress.

This plea for gratuity's gone on way too long,
Theres a time and a place where them things belong
The stage ain't a soap box, this is only a song,
To dwell on the matter much more would be wrong.
And people get by, she'll get along
But I think she gets off when I come on
Stro—ooo-ooo- ong
So tip that waitress.

Bridge 2
Tip that waitress,
She's been waiting on you.
Skip the small change,
Slap down a fiver or two.

She's been on her feet nearly half the damn night
Bringing you beverage and your late night bite
She remains cheerful when you're nasty and tight
Makes change for a fifty in dim candlelight.
Ignoring your groping hoping you might
Come across with a tip and sympathize with her plight.
Tip that waitress.


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