Random Toodles #938

September 27, 2012


I think it stinks that Google does not include our non-Blogspot blogger email avatars when we comment on other blogs.

That’s just so mean.


Most email programs “ding” when you have new email. Mine dings ALL. THE. TIME. It “dings” out of the blue, whether I have new email or not. I’m still gullible enough to go looking whenever I hear the “ding.” I search and search through all the inboxes and spam folders (I have about 10 email accounts, ugh). Nothing. AGAIN.



Fall is here! Fall is here! The temps dropped into the 40s this week!! ll the kids were shuddering and saying, “It’s too cold.” Wanna guess what my reaction was?

:frolic: I FEEL GREAT!


I get bored with the dull generic Liberty Bell stamps from the post office, so once in a while I’ll get the “Love” stamps. But what always happens is that I run out of the Liberty Bell and am forced to use “Love” for all my bills. Yuk! I don’t want to use my pretty “Love” stamps for my bills!!!! :grumble: So I’ll go back and get the boring old Liberty Bell ones and use them… until they run out again and I am forced to use the “Love” ones. This cycle has been on-going for a few years now… :banghead:

You’d think I’d change, that I’d quit buying the “Love” and get something else… but whenever I get to the Post Office counter, and they stuff a hundred stamps books in front of me, I get flustered and always default to the “Love” stamps. Sheesh.


I think it’s time we retired the “99 cents” price. It started sometime in the mid-19th century. I heard that merchants would charge their items as 99 cents instead of “one dollar” because customers were more fooled attracted by the seemingly lower price.

Wikipedia says:

One source speculates it originated in a newspaper pricing competition. Melville E. Stone founded the Chicago Daily News in 1875, intending to price it at one cent to compete with the nickel papers of the day. The story claims that pennies were not common currency at the time, and so Stone colluded with advertisers to set whole dollar prices a cent lower—thus guaranteeing that customers would receive ample pennies in change…

Whatever the origin, it was dumb marketing ploy then, and it’s a dumb marketing ploy now. It’s even worse today because the penny has so little value.


I recently read that restaurant tips “should” be 20 percent of your meal. Holy cow, when did this happen? I remember the days when the expected tip was generally set about 10 percent, to rise if you got a good server. TWENTY PERCENT?! Or more?

How much do you usually tip?


I’m thinking of retiring some of my blogs. I haven’t written to a few in a long time. I work two full-time jobs now (as a homeschooling mom and as a freelance writer!) and the blogging avenues are not as lucrative as they once were. Google has a lot to do with that, as they have bashed websites that dare make any money outside of the Google AdSense system.

Anyway, I’m not sure yet. The domains are cheap and there is the possibility I may add to the sites… not sure.


Well, off I go to work. Hi ho and all that jazz. Have a good weekend, friends.


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3 Responses to “Random Toodles #938”

  1. Chuck Says:

    For tips, usually 15%. Places where I go regularly, I usually tip around 20%. I have even done more when unusually good service was delivered. A few times, I wanted to leave 2 cents to deliver a message, but never actually did that.

  2. Karen and Gerard Says:

    We tip 15% although I did hear that 20% is the going rate. Oh well.

  3. lin Says:

    We’ve skunked servers that give lousy service. I think that is the only way to give them the message that they need to improve. If we have good service, we usually leave 20%…but that is my limit.

    Google is a nightmare. They want to take over the world. That said, there are so many commenting forms out there, my avatar/icon doesn’t show up a lot of places. I guess I’m used to it.