* Tubing on the Ichetucknee
The FIT Weekly
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the English Language Institute
Volume 110, Issue 2
September 18, 2009
Tubing on the Ichetucknee
Take part in a unique Gainesville
summertime tradition!! Float down the
beautiful, crystal clear water of the
Ichetucknee River while you relax in an
inner tube. Enjoy the Florida sunshine,
the cool water and the company of your
When: Saturday, September 19th. Meet at
NRN Garage 10:30am. Each car will
decide its own return time, probably
around 3:00pm. Sign up on the activities
board by 4pm, Thursday, September 171h.
If it is raining on Saturday, call 273-4385 to
see if the trip has been cancelled.
Cost: The entrance fee is $5.00 for each
car. Also bring about $5 to rent an inner
What to Bring: Bring lunch, your bathing
suit, and sunscreen.
Have a great day, everyone!
r Immunizations-Don't forget; we
must have proof of your
immunizations for you to be allowed
to attend classes. The deadline this
semester is Friday, September 18th. We
often have quite a few students who
are very surprised to be pulled out of
classes at this particular time for this
particular reason. Don't be one of
r Student Mailbox-Don't forget to
check the student mailbox in the main
office from time to time. There is
mail for some returning students
Next weekend, we will be holding our first
Volunteer Day of the Fall Semester.
Details will be on the Activities Board and
in next week's Weekly.
The following are ELI birthdays from
September 20: Raeeun Kim
None this week!
Happy Birthday to one and all!
The following is a list of ELI Countries
represented by our students, listed by the
country or area you put down when you
Q: I wonder aboutAmerican tip culture. Who
should I t? How much? In my country, we
Interesting you should ask; usually, we
don't have any questions yet, and I run a
tip column instead of a manners column.
So, I'm going to give you my standard
Well, most often, you tip for services
received. The origin of the word "tip" is
something that is not 1(II",, certain, but
the most common story is that it comes
from the acronym To Insure Prompt
Service. There are many situations where
tipping is expected, but there are some that
you might think require tipping that don't.
The following is a pretty good indicator--
though not a totally exhaustive list--of
when and where and how much you
Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors: 15 to
I ".. of the total bill
Hotels: Bellhops, $1 per bag; $5 minimum
total; Concierge, $5 to $10 for special
services; Maids, for long stays, $1 per
person per night, at the end of stay; Room
Service, 15% of total-sometimes this
amount or even more is already added in
Parking: Valet parking at a hotel or
restaurant, $2. Note that many people
now tip both dropping off and picking up.
Pizza Delivery: $1 per pizza
Restaurants: 15 to 2 .. of the total bill;
more if the service was particularly
memorable or if you have many special
requests which are promptly and cheerfully
honored. Tipping in restaurants is
particularly important here in the US;
servers in restaurants have a minimum
wage of only '2 1 an hour-less than
41," .. of the national minimum wage.
Taxis: $1 minimum, 15% on fares over $8.
Drivers in large cities expect 21 ..
Additionally, in some places, there will be
people who help you outside with your
purchases (as in the grocery store). With a
particularly helpful person or a particularly
large order, you may offer a tip of a dollar
or two--but if you see a sign inside the
store (once again, as in many grocery
stores), that employees are not allowed to
accept tips, don't offer. Another note to
remember about tipping is that when you
are part of a large party in a restaurant and
you are splitting the bill, make sure that
you calculate and include the tip in the
amount you contribute to the total amount
paid; this is a common error which often
shortchanges the service person. Some
restaurants nowadays automatically include
a 15% gratuity in the bill for large groups.
Q: Why do Americans ike beer so much?
A: It seems that way, doesn't it? You're in
a college town, and college students tend
to drink more beer than a lot of the
population at large. It's a fairly inexpensive
way to consume alcohol. The US, though,
isn't even in the top 10 when it comes to
per capital beer consumption-we rank
only 13th. The top 12, in order are: the
Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany,
Australia, Austria, the UK, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Slovakia,
No grammar questions yet this week! Be
sure to send me some.
One has to get on with life and I haven't
done badly. People won't have time for
you if you are always angry or complaining.
J UNIVERSITY of
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744