From Russell to the rescue

Friendship is a two-way street. You lean on your friends in your time of need, and they should be able to lean on you when they need someone to lean on.

I found that out today when I got to Buffalo Wild Wings in Kansas City.

It hasn’t been a good day for one of my dearest friends, Lisa Toebben. She had a couple of dust-ups with co-workers after they took away tables from her, and thus shorted her tips,, and also had to deal with a large group who did not tip her very well, leaving her only $15 on a $300 bill. Five percent? Give me a break. There was no reason on earth that tip should not have been less than $50. it should have been $60 if 20 percent is the benchmark, but i probably would have been over $80. She had to work very hard to take care of a lot of people and that’s the way they treated her. Pathetic.

I thought about not going to Buffalo Wild Wings today. i could have easily slept in, but i packed the car, and just before 11, I was on my way following a short stop at the office to download pictures Frank Mercer took last night at Russell High School sports scrimmages.

i could have easily gone straight to the Courtyard Briarcliff and crashed, because Lisa warned me there was a UFC event on tonight. in fact, I posted on Facebook asking if anyone had “Foots fatigue”. if someone would have said yes, i would have stayed away.

Nobody answered my query, so after checking in and bringing by bags to my room, i hopped in the car and drove onto US 169 and then I-29. i first stopped at the Hy-Vee on Northwest 64th Street to buy some more Abita beer. I bought Lisa a six-pack of Amber, and I got Amber and Turbodog for Brittany Mathenia-Tucker. Brittany isn’t working tonight, but hopefully she’ll be on duty Sunday or Monday.

I changed into one of the Hawaiian shirts I ordered from Dillard’s when I pulled into the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot. The shirts normally retail for $89.50, but i got them on clearance for $26.95. Not bad.

Lisa’s eyes lit up when she saw me. She loved the shirt, told me she and her boyfriend jeff really loved the beer, and she was so happy to see me. She told me about her bad day and i really felt for her. i promised her I would stay until she got off the clock, which means I’ll be here until 1 a.m., since she has to close tonight.

Liz is back today. She loves the shirt. She wanted me to get one in the first place.

I can’t believe I actually considered not coming today. i’m glad i did, because Lisa would have had a long, long day without me.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on August 30, 2014, in Personal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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