Thursday, September 13, 2018

My Secret

It has come to my attention that there are a number of people who want to know how I can afford to travel as much as I do.

This kind of makes me laugh, but doesn’t really come as a surprise to me. Now, to be honest, no-one has asked me this directly, but some of my friends have told me that they have been asked how I can afford to travel so much. 

Apparently my friends give answers such as, “Well, she doesn’t smoke or drink or gamble…” All of which are true. And all of which leave a nice chunk of change in my pocket. So I suppose that might be the reason I can afford to travel.

To me the real question, however, is who really cares? When I was growing up I never heard anyone talk about things like how others could afford this or that. It just wasn’t a topic of conversation in my family. When I reached adulthood and got a job in the real world and started hearing comments like, “How can she afford a new car every year?” and “Where does he get the money to go fishing all the time?” and other such questions, I was baffled. Really? Who cares? I certainly didn’t. It really perplexed me that others devoted a fair amount of time to this topic of conversation. 

And it hasn’t stopped. I was wed at 19 and 36 years later people are obviously still obsessed with the same thing. 

So, okay, I’ll tell you my secret. Here’s how I get the money for all the travel I do. 

I have this great job as a waitress. And I have some pretty awesome customers. Some of them I have even managed to con into tipping me an extravagant amount. For example, the other night this couple was out to celebrate a birthday. Just the two of them, having a romantic evening out. They had a lovely meal and their bill was $26 and some odd cents. When I took the bill to them, I suggested that they could just put $200 on the tip line of the credit card slip, to make things simple, and sign it, and be on their merry way. At first they balked a bit, thinking that was a pretty hefty tip, but I said, “Well, the bill is $26. Ten percent of 26 is 260, so I think a $200 tip is a good deal for you!” 

Of course, they could see the logic in that right away and agreed to it. Not only that, they decided to do a full 10%, which, nowadays, is the bare minimum for tipping, they said, and so left me $260. 

Now, a $260 tip goes a long ways in buying airline tickets on Allegiant Airlines. When I fly to St. Pete Beach in Florida to see my daughter, I am usually able to get round trip tickets out of Sioux Falls for about $120. If you do the math, you’ll figure out that one tip covers two flights, with money to spare. Excellent! 

And that was just one table of two people. Imagine what my take is on a busy night.

At this rate I should be able to retire soon and continue with my travels. In the meantime, I intend to be way too busy enjoying life to worry about how others get enough money to do the things they enjoy.


  1. That is a hefty tip. I guess I am a cheap skate when it comes to leaving a tip. I might do 15% at most. By the way, you must be using a new math technique? LOL

  2. Ah, Verna, I didn't really get that big tip! I was just foolin. And 15% is a very reasonable amount, so you are NOT a cheapskate! Haha! I WISH I could talk my customers into doing math my way. Wouldn't that be awesome?