Lucky People Don’t Compete, They Cooperate.
I just received this email from a fellow blogger and I felt it was worth sharing it on my blog. I responded to the email but I feel I should write about what went through my head as I read this email.
I recently found your website by simply browsing online for other good blogs. I run my own blog, and I am trying to link to other blogs I think my visitors might like to visit once they are done on my site.
Since my website is visited by 1,000′s of blog readers daily, I am positive many of my visitors would be interested in visiting your weblog once they leave mine. I figured you wouldn’t mind if I link to your site since we are not competitors, and both have similar internet viewers on our sites. Please let me know if this is OK with you? Do you think you can link back to my websitehiswebsite.com (for anonymity)? Thanks.
Sam (for anonymity once again)
Do You Compete with Your Spouse or Significant Other?
With male and female roles changing so significantly in recent years, I’m wondering how much this may have affected our egos? Do you compete with your spouse or significant other? Yes, we all likely say we wish nothing but the best for our partners, but deep inside do we feel envy sometimes? I think this is one of those semi-taboo topics that aren’t aired much, which means, of course, I’m going to wade right into it.
The Creator Versus the Competitor
Human beings are competitive animals by nature. There is no other way to explain how we made it from the valleys of Africa to the species we are today. If you are a Bible-toting person, you may describe competition in terms of us leaving the Garden of Eden and going from wearing leaves to wearing jeans. The human race is always striving to be bigger and better.
Cutthroat competition leads to Unicom gloom
China's second-largest mobile carrier China Unicom posted a 68 percent plunge in first-quarter net profit, lagging expectations, partly due to costs from adding third-generation service as intense competition continued to pressure its margins.
Economy breeding cutthroat competition
Canada’s poor investment environment is causing insurers to grow their business by encouraging BROKERS to steal business from other BROKERS, a commercial BROKER says, in response to a report by Marsh Canada about the general state of the Canadian insurance market.
CUTTHROAT COMPETITION: Nancy Kerrigan opens up for first time about Tonya Harding ‘attack ‘ 20 years on from figure skating scandal
Nancy Kerrigan has opened up for the first time about the figure skating scandal that shook the Olympic world 20 years ago, and said she was shocked to think Tonya Harding could be behind it because the pair ‘were friendly.’
In 1994, Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee at the US Figure Skating Championships by Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and a hit squad to try to keep her from skating against Harding in the Lillehammer Olympics.
Kerrigan, who recovered and went on to WIN a silver medal at the games, said she really wanted to believe Harding wasn’t involved in the bizarre plot that made worldwide headlines.
‘I truly wanted to believe that she had nothing to do with it at all,’ the 44-year-old said on Morning Joe Monday.
‘Because how could that seem possible that someone you know, I mean we were competitors, but… we were friendly. So to think that anyone you know would deliberately try to hurt you, yeah, it’s too bizarre to understand.’
Since at this point, it’s looking like I may be pregnant for more than just ten more days, I’ve decided to put together a little list of things to do while I am waiting to go into labor (or to eventually be induced, or whatever… because I am trying to maintain a go-with-the-flow attitude at this stage in the game.)
When Will I Go Into Labor? 25 Signs Baby’s Coming
The last weeks and days can really stretch, especially when you’re looking for any sign that something is beginning to happen.
Here is a list of some of the signs that may indicate labor is either about to start or will be starting in the next few days.
National On The House Pasta Day
Three years ago, we decided to express our heritage of generosity by giving away a free pasta to every guest who ordered Mom’s Lasagna, Four Cheese Ravioli or any of our Classic Pastas. This isn’t a special or a limited time promotion – we changed our menu permanently.
This month we’ll give away our six millionth Classic Pasta in just three years, and we’re so grateful to all our guests. So as a huge “thank you” from us to all of you, we’re making Monday, October 22nd National On the House Pasta Day.
On October 22nd, every guest who dines in our restaurant will receive a Classic Pasta to take home, completely on the house. And during the entire month of October, for every Classic Pasta served in one of our restaurants, we will make a meal donation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. Our goal is to donate 1 million meals during the month of October.
Since we only stayed two nights, we planned for extra-great meals each evening: one at Sushi Samba (an old favorite) and one at STK. We had an awesome table with a view of the whole restaurant at Sushi Samba, some comped drinks, and endless plates of fresh rolls.
Canadians are kinda popular in Ireland these days, what with all the job opportunities, and apparently baseball caps, as sported here by our friendly bartender, who comped our drinks as a result (although maybe it was just our sparking personalities?). Three cheers for the Jays!
Boston Bruins Say Most of $156K Bar Tab at Foxwoods Club was Comped
The Boston Bruins had a memorable Stanley Cup victory celebration at Club Shrine in Foxwoods two weekends ago. Their epic celebration included players drinking out of the Cup, drinking from a $100,000 bottle of champagne, and dancing around half naked. The club’s owner posted the team’s bar tab on his twitter account and their bill was over $156,000. Naturally everyone was blown away by the tab, but I said on twitter that I was 99% certain the Bruins hardly paid anything of the tab. The players later confirmed that was the case.
“The champagne was a gift from somebody, so that’s out the window before it even starts, it was a very generous gift and it wasn’t necessary but it was very nice of them and then obviously the people at Shrine, Ed Kane and Randy, they helped us a lot with the bill, too, and Foxwoods really took care of us, setting up the rooms and all that stuff, too,” Shawn Thornton explained on The Sports Hub last week.
How much to tip on a comped bill?
A little while ago, Salon food writer Francis Lam tweeted "Say you're at a restaurant, and they comp your check. How much do you tip?"
This is an interesting question.
When I lived and worked in New York City, someone I knew, who worked at a very high endrestaurant in Tribeca, served an opulent meal to Hillary Clinton. Because she was, you know, Hillary Clinton, the restaurant comped her entire meal. She thanked them graciously, and (I should say here allegedly - I wasn't there to see it) walked out without leaving a dime.
This act alone has made the idea of voting for her difficult for me ever since.
My feeling, as a former server, is that if you are comped because you are Hillary Clinton, or, say, Francis Lam, you should leave a tip that's about 30% or more of the original bill. Industry folks often comp each other, and when that happens, a 40% or higher tip is common.
But what if you're comped because something went wrong? And what if the bill is lowered because of a discount of some sort?
High Rolling Nature
High rollers truly are an elite breed of gamers. Categorised as such due to their fondness of placing exclusively high stake bets in just about any given wagering circumstance, they have become an intrinsic part of an industry which in many ways relies on their frequent and active participation.
Rewarded for their tendencies by casinos aiming to attract them towards their games tables in the form of various ‘comps’- high rollers, as you may expect, lead a particularly lavish lifestyle.
As you may expect, high rollers most frequently compete directly against one another (and of course the house) via specially formulated high-stakes games. Similarly, different casinos have conflicting opinions on what exactly (or perhaps more accurately- how much money) marks a distinction between a regular ‘civilian’ player and a high rolling VIP.
For example, in the west’s most notorious gambling destination, Las Vegas, high rolling players are those able to keep up with table limits of up to $300,000. Though this may sound huge, there are houses elsewhere that strive to take bet limits for players of this kind that one step further, such as in the emerging gaming city of Macau, China- where ceiling limits per game have been known to clock in around the half million dollar mark!
Beginner's luck or card shark? Paris Hilton wins big at the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational charity event in Commerce, Calif., on Saturday. When the dealer pushed the winnings in her direction, the heiress responded, "I won?" The event also brought out Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Don Cheadle and Hilton's little sister, Nicky.
Block Facebook? Why not go the whole nine yards?
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants censorship of the Internet. Just about a week after former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad called for the Malaysian Government to censor the Internet, Communication and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek declared that Putrajaya would look into the possibility of blocking Facebook in Malaysia.
Dr Mahathir’s call for censorship came about after Facebook blocked direct linking on its network to one of his blog posts.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Shabery said that there were 2,000 reports of abuse on the social media network, according to an article by national news agency Bernama published in The Malaysian Insider.