Anime Baka

Anime - Japanese Animation
Baka - Japanese word for idiot or fool

Loosely put an Anime Baka is someone who's crazy about Anime. However interpretation's may vary. I tend to think of Anime Baka as meaning something like drooling fan boy/girl.


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Wrote this a long time ago. Too short for an article:
Perverted - Hentai in Japanese. But the word pervert means deviation from normal or accepted. So, how can all guys be perverts?

Did you ever notice that the sex scene in the movie is generally at about the same realative place as the guitar solo in a song?

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2009-12-16 Tipping
It is my general opinion that the whole custom of Tipping is garbage. Unfortunately this garbage has integrated itself with the US society to the point that removing it would be akin to removing the salt from the sea. Really tipping is virtually meaningless if it is expected or demanded as it is now. And if you don't tip the waiter, he or she is still taxed on the amount. Government Enforced Tipping. Yuck!

Every year the amount your supposed to tip goes up; why? Are the people giving more service than they did 20 years ago? Perhaps "times are tougher", just like they always are and always were and always will be. Ahh, but the argument goes that 10% doesn't go as far as it used to. Hogwash! Someone please send these guys back to grade school so they can see how percentages work. While we're at it, we should also send the government bureaucrats as well as 6% sales tax is the same in 1960 dollars as it is in 2009 dollars, if it's not enough, it just means that their not doing a good enough job.

I happen to think that 10% is a nice even tip amount and I tend to round that and not leave change. So if the bill was pre-tax bill was $22 then expect a $2 tip from me. Why on earth should I need to whip out a calculator to figure out someone's tip? Ten percent is easy math, even the people who don't understand percentages (and why ten percent is just as much today as it was 20 years ago) should be able to be taught to move the decimal over one place.

Now we come to Buffet tipping or to put it more succently, tipping people for not doing anything. Here's the thing, I don't tip the buss boy in a sit down restaurant. If the waiter wants to share the tip with him, then wonderful, that's their business, I don't care. So in a Buffet, if I get drink service, I tip for that, generally a buck for everyone at the table. I might tip a little more if they bring fresh plates or otherwise tend us during our stay. But if it's a simple buffet where you go get your food, drinks, etc there is no reason to tip anyone. Excuse me, I'm wrong. You should tip yourself for your service and keep that money in your own pocket.

While we're talking about tipping people for not doing anything, what about those tip jars on just about every counter in the entire US. It's practically pan handling. Pretty soon the construction companies will start building them in place. What "service" did you give me by selling me a sandwich or coffee? Nothing, you did your job, you got paid to do it, if you didn't then you'd better address that problem yourself. How is this any more service than selling me a CD, or even better yet since it's food related, how about we start tipping the cashers at Safeway for selling us food?

In reality tipping is just one more way for people to go "me, me, me". They want something for nothing. In olden times it was something to encourage people to do a good job or otherwise give extra service. Do you see that word "extra"? Can you imagine what would happen if a waiter didn't serve food to people at a restaurant? He/she would get fired. So where is the extra service? There is none. It's just an old stupid convention that's been passed through time until it has no meaning.

When we tip we feel special. It's transaction. You give your waitperson some money and you feel good. A warm fuzzy feeling inside. It's the same thing when you give some person money on the street, warm fuzzy feeling inside. Some people get more of an uppity feeling. Doesn't the very act of giving money mean that you are the better person? I have so much money I can give it away. See it for what it is and understand your own feelings. Giving is a transaction.

Now I'm sure some of you will call me stingy. I'm sure some of you will disagree with me. I'm sure most of you will understand a lot of what I've said here, but still go on tipping 15% at Home Town Buffet. Do I have a solution? No, I don't. I do suggest we go back to the simple 10% as I have outlined. I do suggest that we not tip for bad service (something even I have problems doing and hate myself for it). Also, most importantly, I suggest that you start thinking for yourself and stop simply doing things because that's how everyone else does it. Hmmm, something my mother said about my friends and a bridge, guess I'm getting old.


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