This morning when I went on Facebook I saw numerous reports about a Katy Perry story. Well, not really about Katy Perry. A North Dakota mom was not happy with her 18-year-old daughter. She wanted to punish her so she sold their Katy Perry tickets. Not only that, but she sold them on a Facebook trading site and described her daughter as a “spoiled brat” and she “doesn’t deserve these tickets.” She purchased the tickets for $110 and took a loss by selling the pair for $90. Just in case you were curious, the tickets now go for $125 a piece. The story kind of annoyed me. At the time over 40 sites were reporting this story. It is probably more now. The mom made a comment that she felt bullied over how she should parent her child, yet she brought attention to the whole story by describing her daughter […]

I have been overweight my whole life. I remember when I was younger I wished I got a disease so that I could lose weight. I always thought that people who did not have a weight issue did not understand the struggle of life. Life was easier if clothes fit. I was wrong. When you look at Stephanie Kennedy you will see a normal woman. She is the “hot” one on the right! Former cheerleader, mother of three and married to her college sweetheart. Has a great job and lives in a pretty nice house in North Carolina. Beautiful, popular and successful. You would think she has it all. Well, she almost has it all. In 2001, Stephanie was diagnosed with lupus. You would never be able to tell by the way she looks. She looks thin. Many days are hard for Stephanie. There are days where she does not want […]

At the restaurant I work at, we ask every guest about their experience. They are able to answer a few questions online along with giving any feedback they might have. My boss emailed me a list of comments that guests left the other night. As managers we have to explain all of the issues that we have so we can resolve them in the future. I got home at 3:30am that night. That is two hours later than I usually get home from closing this restaurant. We got busy because of a graduation and the first day of  “no tax day” in Florida. The kitchen was overwhelmed but they tried to keep up. I have been in the business long enough to know when people do not put forth effort. They all did. Well, almost everyone tried. The dishwasher got frustrated and walked out. He left about a million dirty […]

I remember what it was like to have a day off. I would write down things I would do that day. I would sleep, play video games, or really anything I wanted to do. As a parent I realized that you never get a day off. Even if you go on a vacation it is still not a vacation. You get moments to yourself. Most of the times they are when the kids are sleeping and the dog does not bark and wake everyone up. I realized a couple of years ago that going to the bathroom was my parental paradise. I remember the day it started happening.I was at home with my family. My daughter was not born yet. My son was acting like a normal three-year-old. He was happy one minute and crying the next.He wanted a snack that he really did not want in the bowl that […]

As a parent I realized that you never get a day off. Even if you go on a vacation it is still not a vacation. You get moments to yourself. Most of the times they are when the kids are sleeping and the dog does not bark and wake everyone up. I realized a couple of years ago that going to the bathroom was my parental paradise. I remember the day it started happening.I was at home with my family. My daughter was not born yet. My son was acting like a normal three-year-old. He was happy one minute and crying the next.He wanted a snack that he really did not want in the bowl that he wanted but did not want. My wife was “very nicely” asking me to do things around the house. I mean so nicely asking me to take out the trash and clean the floors. […]

Dear Kevin Sheeran (CEO Of Norwegian Cruise Line), I read about the Colucci family. They said that your company was unable to help out when they needed you to. They purchased a dream cruise aboard one of your cruise ships. They paid $4000 and were scheduled to ship out on June 1st. Then Nicolas Colucci, their five-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer on May 19th of this year. He had surgery a few days later and is still undergoing chemotherapy. The Colucci family had to cancel their dream vacation. Because it was within 14 days of the sail date, your company could not refund the money. You all said there was nothing you could do. In fact, you suggested that the family should have purchased insurance. I cannot imagine many families come up with a “cancer” excuse. I do not think that is something your customer service department hears often. […]