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Daily Archives: July 5, 2009

Quick hint

Sometimes we as waiters will pre-print a ticket right around dessert time in order to have the check ready to present to the guest in case they don’t get dessert. This is a way to be efficient, but we have to be careful about getting rid of the ticket should they get dessert or coffee. Otherwise, you could be on the hook for those items ordered after you printed the check. This seems like basic common sense, but it’s easy to forget to reprint the check and get rid of the earlier check, especially if you get busy or are juggling several tables with pre-printed checks. It’s also easy to print the new check but not get rid of the old one and accidentally present the wrong check to the guest.

So, get in the habit of reprinting the check each time that you order something and get rid of the previous check. I’ve had to reprint a check as many as three times and each time, I’ll make sure that I throw away the previous check.

Also, get in the habit of checking the check to make sure that you’ve rung in all coffees, espressos or anything that you don’t get from a chit from the kitchen or the bar, i.e. anything that you or your server assistant prepares yourself.

Ahhhh, discovered the source of the link about McNair

Apparently it shows up in the “Possibly Related Posts (automatically generated)” list at the bottom of the post if you click the tag “Steve McNair” to get to my post.

I’d ask everyone to avoid clicking a link that has the word “Monkeyshines” in it.

I wonder if there’s any way to block this link from being “automatically generated”.

Weird Word Press behavior and disclaimer

This morning I posted about the death of Steve McNair. When I looked at my dashboard, I was alarmed and dismayed to find in the “Clicks” portion of my dashboard an abhorrent and racist link posted to an Aryan blog. It was listed as a link clicked by someone from this very blog.

I’m not sure how this has happened as there’s obviously no such link on this blog and I’m investigating. So far, it’s indicating that 2 people have clicked the link.

I want to go on record as saying that if there is some sort of buried link that has been hacked into this blog, I am unaware of it. The blog that it’s linked to is an Aryan blog here on Word Press. Frankly, I think the blog is disgusting, but I’m an advocate of free speech, so, it can go on spewing its garbage as far as I’m concerned. However, I resent being somehow linked to it and I hope that my readers resist clicking it if they should come across it because it will be 15 seconds of your life that you’ll never get back (that’s about all it takes to read the hateful post)

I’m scratching my head wondering how it has turned up.

If anyone has any experience with this sort of thing, especially WP bloggers, please comment. I’d like to get rid of this horrible connection to my blog.

Waiter and restaurant connections to the murder of ex-quarterback Steve McNair

McNair’s fans were stunned by the ex-Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens quarterback’s shooting death on July 4th. What makes this on-topic for me is the fact that he had been dating a 20 year old waiter from Nashville restaurant Dave and Buster’s, Sahel Kazemi, and it is becoming likely that she murdered him and then committed suicide.

McNair Killed

Kazemi had been arrested for DUI the preceding Thursday in a Cadallac Escalade registered to the both of them. McNair was in the front seat and had been allowed to go home in a taxi. He was seen Friday night at Loser’s, a casual country bar between Music Row and downtown and was seen getting home at his rented condo about 2am early Saturday morning. He and Kazemi were found dead around 1:30 that afternoon by the guy with whom he co-rented the condo. McNair had been shot multiple times including a bullet to the temple as he sat on a sofa and Kazemi was found near him on the floor with a single gunshot to the head. The gun was found near her body.

McNair had recently opened a modest diner-type restaurant in a lower-income section of Nashville, Steve McNair’s Gridiron9, and had planned to open up to five similar restaurants in the near future. He was seen there often, cooking for the guests and hanging out. The menu was designed to cater to students and neighbors of Tennessee State University, a menu that McNair characterized as “five star takeout”.


McNair also owned a ranch in his home country of southern Mississippi and he and his wife and kids had a home in the tony Green Hills area of Nashville. The home has been on sale for $2.5 mil. recently. His wife Mechelle has stayed secluded in the house. It had been erroneously reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that she was at the Mississippi ranch. It’s unclear at this point whether they were separated. The condo was probably rented primarily as a convenient location to downtown and his restaurant, which is only about 5 miles away. Apparently it was an open secret that he and Kazemi had been dating.  

The AP reports this about Kazemi:

“She was reliable 90 percent of the time,” manager Chris Truelove said of Kazemi. “She was pretty outgoing. A lot of the guests liked being around her, and she liked being around the guests.”

Co-worker Shantez Jobe, 33, she said was friends with Kazemi.

“We talked about who had more fashion sense, and who was the cutest, and who could get more boys, you know some of the stuff girls do,” Jobe said.

They also report this regarding the DUI arrest:

“An arrest affidavit from Thursday said Kazemi had bloodshot eyes and alcohol on her breath when she was pulled over, but refused a breathalyzer test, saying ‘she was not drunk, she was high.’ ”

OK, fellow waiters – guns are not your friends.


Alright, off my soapbox now.