Articles in Columns

  1. Served: The Poorest Servers Texas

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    Caption: Servers are doing better in cities where the blue bar (hourly wage) is taller than the red bar (rent). Unfortunately, Austin has the highest rent and the lowest median server wage of the comparable Southern cities we checked.

    Something annoying happened to me this month. It’s inescapable, especially ...

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  2. Sex Without Walls: Part II

    ARCH - Downtown Austin

    Caption: ARCH, Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, housed over 10,000 men and women in 2010-2011. This itchy man (front & center) is merely one of them.

    While the lives of the homeless mirror in many ways those of citizens with more stable systems of shelter—after all, they have ...

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  3. Sex Without Walls

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    “You’d better not write any of my shit down,” the man said, his voice passing through wet gravel vocal chords into words that emanated from a stinking cave of a mouth. “I’m a very literary man,” he said.

    His missing lower incisors and crooked premolars were jagged, yellow ...

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  4. Sexscapes: Vivisecting my sexual-self

    I was asked to write this column because my editor knows I watch a lot of porn. Please note, however, that my hardcopy porn collection is neither a measure of my hoarding tendencies, nor a Y2K-reminiscent preparatory measure for whenever the government finally passes a bill that kills my freedom ...

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  5. Served: March MADness?

    March in Austin is a damn good time to be in the service industry. Pretty much every hotel, food trailer, restaurant, and bar is hiring extra people to accommodate the 30,000 or so (rich) people that show up for SXSW. Even if you haven't worked as a waitress ...

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  6. Served: Tips. Do we love gambling?

    I've noticed in the past couple of years that the subject of tipping can be rather touchy. Most people feel very strongly about it. Most think that they are “good” tippers. Some think that tipping is for chumps. I've had some friends tell me that they “don't ...

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  7. A Criminal Christmas

    I’ve heard that, for the cops, the holidays are the busiest time of the year. And for a cop, a busy holiday season actually means extreme chaos on the streets of Austin and in its stores. Instead of giving you the same report of “shoplifters being held at Walmart ...

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  8. Served: Do good employers exist in Texas?

    It was a lazy Sunday. I was working at a small dive-bar (Jerry’s Bar and Grill) in Brighton, CO and there were maybe two customers in the entire place. I had been broken into the service industry at a multitude of Mexican restaurants (contrary to any stereotypes, Mexicans work ...

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  9. Served: 2.13 Per Hour Isn't Enough

    Ever since I moved here, I’ve noticed a very distinct (and new to me) attitude from nearly every employer. It never ceases to shock me, no matter how many times it is blatantly expressed. This attitude embodies everything that is wrong with the food-service industry here in Texas. Yet ...

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  10. Served: A food service industry column

    After dedicating nearly a decade of my life to the foodservice industry, I think it’s safe to say, it fucking blows. The restaurant food chain of labor is brutal, and is mentally, emotionally, and physically taxing. I have successfully wasted my youth running around trying to make unappreciative customers ...

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  11. The Criminal: Listening in on the cops

    **April 30th, 9:30-11pm – Pleasant Valley & 5th** Undercover police found a Hispanic male near HEB, who agreed to hook them up. The guy took the cop’s cash and got on his cell phone. He then walked through the neighborhoods off East Cesar Chavez. A small unit of undercover vehicles ...

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