Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Coins on a Gravestone. Anyone Ever Heard of This?

We in hospitality hear a lot.  Some fact, some fiction.  Some happy, some sad. Yesterday a friend sent me this post he received on Facebook.  Though I think it is a nice story, I am not convinced it is true.

Have any of you ever heard of this tradition or custom? Maybe it is relevant to only certain parts of the county. Would appreciate if anyone can confirm ever hearing this?

Here is the post seen on Facebook:

I didn't know this, did you? Have you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins laying on a tombstone? There is actually a reason behind it.


While visiting some cemeteries, you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the U.S., this practice became common during the Vietnam War due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced as far back as the Roman Empire.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thoughts on Bartenders - Recommend Every Female Bartender Read

We all know bartenders come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages as well as both sexes. Some of the bartenders we encounter are phenomenal while others make us wonder just how they can keep their positions with the establishments where they work because the lousy service they provide or the poor attitude they display. 

At my age I am convinced that other than knowing how to mix a good drinks and properly tend a bar - the overriding factor in a bartender's success is their attitude. A friend sent me this note below which immediately made me think of all the fantastic female bartenders I have met throughout my life. 

So for all you wonderful female bartenders - and I am sure most of you know who you are - who do such a fantastic job each day making customers happy ... this one is dedicated to you

Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

How I Wound Up Working In The Bar and Beverage Industry

Like most kids my parents wanted me to go to college after graduating from High School and be something important.  My mother had this dream I should become a Doctor.  She said it was a noble profession where I could help people and become rich.

So one Saturday morning, on a beautiful spring day my father drove me to this big Medical University about 3 hours away from home where they wanted me to enroll.

A member of the college staff greeted us when we arrived, then he escorted me to a large lecture hall where about 300 other high school seniors who wanted to be admitted to the University were already already seated. 

When the Dean of the Medical College walked in the room you could have heard a pin drop  - everyone became quiet.  The Dean told the staff members in the lecture hall to hand out the test booklets to everyone seated in the room.  When  told we were to open the booklet.  When we finally opened the booklet there was a single piece of paper inside that had five letters printed on it:    P N E S I

Our instructions were to rearrange those five letters to spell "the one part of the human body that is really only useful when it is fully erect".

All of the students who spelt the word SPINE were admitted to the University and as far as I know they all went on to become great Doctors. 

The rest of us who came up with a different part of the human body had to choose another career.  Consequently I wound up going into the bar and beverage industry.''

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