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Back Home from Canada and the USA

Post by andysfootball » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:47 am

Settling back in at home now after three weeks in North America.

Had a good time and surprisingly to me met some great yanks especially on the cruise as they were just your average hometown one's from all over the States and Canada as well. Was only a handful of Aussies and Brits on the Cruise. Treat like a movie star with the accent and I actually won "Voice of the Ocean". Basically half of the couple of thousand of people were saying hello to me and Mary before the end of the cruise. Won a 7 night cruise for one around the Caribbean but have to take it before March. Trying to get Carnival to change it to something closer to home.

Food around the States not really the best and doesn't go far beyond Ribs, Wings, Taco's and Hamburgers.

Some great places though and the accommodation in Vegas was outstanding.

Few highlights. Ice Hockey game in Vancouver, Sports Bars in Vancouver, Pyke Place markets in Seattle, San Francisco as a whole, the vibe in Vegas and the accommodation, Elton John live in Vegas, Santa Monica close to LA, Halloween Nights at Universal Studios and the cruise.

Good service only if you tipped.

A lot more expensive than when we went 8 or 9 years ago.

Overall though a great holiday
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Re: Back Home from Canada and the USA

Post by niagraa » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:18 am

welcome back mate, glad you and your family had a good experience :)

didn't visit the hybrid texaflorian did ya ?

you could have smacked him about a bit to try and stiffen up those flappy gums of his.

and the foods not good eh ?

see my recipe for butter chicken, next time ya tour, take some chicken, onion, curry, tomato soup and cream with ya :)

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Post by gnads » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:30 pm

Good service only if you tip.

That's what's wrong with the place..... a job doesn't pay well enough for people to survive.

You shouldn't have to pay for good dervice.... in hospitality it should be mandatory - that's what makes a place popular so the benefits flow to all.

Glad you enjoyed your trip anyway.
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Post by sherri » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:22 pm

This thread reminds me of Blue. I remember him commenting once to andy that andy had the luck of the devil. The midas touch.
I see his run continues!! :D
Congrats on winning a free cruise!

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Post by max Headroom » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:44 am

check out the mustang factory at Flat Rock, Michigan, fantastic factory, spent most of a day there.
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Post by Rosie » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:13 am

Sounds like a great holiday to me even though I have no intention or inclination to go to America. Glad to hear you are home safely
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Post by Beachbum » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:16 am

andysfootball wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:47 am
Settling back in at home now after three weeks in North America.


Food around the States not really the best and doesn't go far beyond Ribs, Wings, Taco's and Hamburgers.

The above foods are standard fare in sports bars and if that's all you found to eat, you didn't look very hard for a decent restaurant.

You can get excellent food from all over the world in most places that a cruise ship would dock.

I realize that on a cruise, you aren't able to spread your wings too far while at port, but a sweeping "Food around the States not really the best" is a bit of a stretch.

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Re: Back Home from Canada and the USA

Post by Beachbum » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:26 am

andysfootball wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:47 am
Settling back in at home now after three weeks in North America.


Good service only if you tipped.

Surely the tipping process works the other way.

You don't tip until you are leaving, so the wait staff would have no idea if you intended to tip or not.

The only way they have a chance of a decent tip is by giving good service first and hoping it would result in a tip.

Mind you, if they had been in the service industry for any length of time, they would probably know what a bunch of cheapskates the Ozzies generally are and serve accordingly.

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Post by freon » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:49 am

I was playing in the New York New York casino and was being fed copious amounts of drinks by a lovely waitress. I was tipping her well for her good service in the end she told me I was tipping too much. I didn't realize the beer was free while you played the machines anyway she thanked me and looked after me for the rest of the night
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Re: Back Home from Canada and the USA

Post by Daddy O » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:22 pm

Beachbum wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:26 am
andysfootball wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:47 am
Settling back in at home now after three weeks in North America.


Good service only if you tipped.

Surely the tipping process works the other way.

You don't tip until you are leaving, so the wait staff would have no idea if you intended to tip or not.

The only way they have a chance of a decent tip is by giving good service first and hoping it would result in a tip.

Mind you, if they had been in the service industry for any length of time, they would probably know what a bunch of cheapskates the Ozzies generally are and serve accordingly.
Spot on Beachy....good service equals good tips. Bad service......just the opposite.

I guess Andy is a PPT (p*ss Poor Tipper). I can't imagine what the service is like in Australia.

I took my wife out a few nights ago to celebrate her birthday. The meal and drinks were about $120, the service was great and I tipped him an extra $100. The next time I come back, I'm sure he will remember me. You get what you pay for Andy.....good service or bad.......the decision is yours....just ask you wife to increase your allowance Andy.......maybe you'll get better service?

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Re: Back Home from Canada and the USA

Post by andysfootball » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:46 pm

daddy she is unlikely to increase my allowance

as I already get $20,000 cash a month

the service in Australia is just as good as America if not slightly better

You "can't imagine what the service is like in Australia" because you have never been here.

Maybe there's something in those FBI files that can advise you.

However when I'm in NZ in January, South Pacific Islands in March and July and the UK and China over Christmas and the New Year I may take your tipping advice onboard.

Have fun at Bubba Gumps though personally I think $220 is a bit rich for a few prawns.
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Post by andysfootball » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:52 pm

Sherri I got that free cruise changed to a $1000 onboard credit as simply couldn't fit a Caribbean or Mexico cruise in before March.

Will be able to use it on the Sea Princess departing Brisbane on 4 January for a cruise around NZ for 14 days.
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Re: Back Home from Canada and the USA

Post by gnads » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:03 pm

Beachbum wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:26 am
andysfootball wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:47 am
Settling back in at home now after three weeks in North America.


Good service only if you tipped.

Surely the tipping process works the other way.

You don't tip until you are leaving, so the wait staff would have no idea if you intended to tip or not.

The only way they have a chance of a decent tip is by giving good service first and hoping it would result in a tip.

Mind you, if they had been in the service industry for any length of time, they would probably know what a bunch of cheapskates the Ozzies generally are and serve accordingly.
Beachy Ozzies aren't cheapskates and tourists aren't bottomless pits of cash. I expect value for my dollar.

You shouldnt have to tip for good service, it should be mandatory, it should be expected.

Paying to get it is a real rub against the grain.

But that's the system. It's a pity that people aren't paid a decent wage instead of relying on tips to make ends meet.
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Re: Back Home from Canada and the USA

Post by gnads » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 pm

Daddy O wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:22 pm
Beachbum wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:26 am
andysfootball wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:47 am
Settling back in at home now after three weeks in North America.


Good service only if you tipped.

Surely the tipping process works the other way.

You don't tip until you are leaving, so the wait staff would have no idea if you intended to tip or not.

The only way they have a chance of a decent tip is by giving good service first and hoping it would result in a tip.

Mind you, if they had been in the service industry for any length of time, they would probably know what a bunch of cheapskates the Ozzies generally are and serve accordingly.
Spot on Beachy....good service equals good tips. Bad service......just the opposite.

I guess Andy is a PPT (p*ss Poor Tipper). I can't imagine what the service is like in Australia.

I took my wife out a few nights ago to celebrate her birthday. The meal and drinks were about $120, the service was great and I tipped him an extra $100. The next time I come back, I'm sure he will remember me. You get what you pay for Andy.....good service or bad.......the decision is yours....just ask you wife to increase your allowance Andy.......maybe you'll get better service?
A $100 tip? My what a show pony you are... but I knew that. Paying nearly double what the bill was is just silly.

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Post by sherri » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:54 pm

andysfootball wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:52 pm
Sherri I got that free cruise changed to a $1000 onboard credit as simply couldn't fit a Caribbean or Mexico cruise in before March.

Will be able to use it on the Sea Princess departing Brisbane on 4 January for a cruise around NZ for 14 days.
That sounds like a sensible choice to me. Absolutely great! A cruise for one person would be a bit lonely. I'm glad they let you change it to onboard credit for another cruise.
I think you'll love the NZ cruise. I'm not sure if you have done it before or not, I know you've been most places, but if you haven't stopped at Napier on a cruise & if Sea princess stops there, quickly make your way into town on the provided bus and exactly where they drop you off, there will be a range of people with stalls set up, offering tours. There's a motor bike tour that takes 3 people (it's not your normal motor bike size, has a wide seat at back etc & on about 5 wheels from memory).
You can't pre book it, you have to book a time on the actual day, but it's a great little trip around Napier & Mary would love it. He sells out quickly but easy enough if you do the pre booking as soon as you get dropped in town, if you're interested that is.

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Post by andysfootball » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:27 pm

thanks for the info sherri

yes we are going to napier and i'll take your advice regarding the motor tour

but you'd better be right about the wide back seat

we got a tricycle thing recently in san fransisco from pier 39 to Chinatown and I had to jump out and push from behind!

been to NZ four or five times for the rugby but never on a cruise
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Post by sherri » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:45 pm

I think with the motorcycle, the cyclist was riding up front but the carriage part had room for one person at the front & a wider seat for 2 at the back.
I was disappointed at the end of our cruise there as we missed the Sounds but the weather deteriorated and big ships couldn't get in. That was a miserable day to be honest, with whole mountains of plates jumping up & shattering everywhere in the buffet, our fridge & all its contents rolling around the cabin & I missed dinner. That was with us going around the long way to be 400km away from the worst of the storm.

But apart from that, it was quite a nice trip. I like NZ.

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Post by max Headroom » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:54 am

sherri wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:45 pm
I think with the motorcycle, the cyclist was riding up front but the carriage part had room for one person at the front & a wider seat for 2 at the back.
I was disappointed at the end of our cruise there as we missed the Sounds but the weather deteriorated and big ships couldn't get in. That was a miserable day to be honest, with whole mountains of plates jumping up & shattering everywhere in the buffet, our fridge & all its contents rolling around the cabin & I missed dinner. That was with us going around the long way to be 400km away from the worst of the storm.

But apart from that, it was quite a nice trip. I like NZ.



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Re: Back Home from Canada and the USA

Post by niagraa » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:45 am

gnads wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 pm

A $100 tip? My what a show pony you are... but I knew that. Paying nearly double what the bill was is just silly.

Yeah yeah I know....... it's because you can.
I bet he's just bullshitting anyway.

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