I am the 51%

0It’s been an extraordinary long period of time since I’ve posted. I am at home making a stir fry. There is nothing extraordinary about that except for the fact that is the first time I have not eaten out in a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant in 8 days. Furthermore it is only the third time in the first 17 days of 2013 that I have not eaten in a LEYE restaurant and I was out of town for two of those days. It’s an amazing stat but to those of us who work for the best company in Chicago to work for it’s very understandable. You see my company gives every employee in the chain regardless of seniority the benefit of dining out in all of the company restaurants with one guest at 51% off the total check in the months of January, February and March. In most cases it can be cheaper than buying groceries. It is a truly generous and amazing benefit.

0-1You wanna know the really weird part? Since I am a 10 year seniority employee I actually get 51% off year round at all restaurants with one guest, yet I still take part more often in the first three months of the year because it’s been so exciting to be able to do so for so many years. My card is nearly worn out from overuse but I keep pulling it out and enjoying the benefits. So in this world where it’s so hard to figure out whether you are part of the 99%, or part of the 47%, I can definitively state that I am truly blessed and honored to be a part of the 51%. A vast collection of managers, and dishwashers, and bussers, and servers, and Maitre D’s, and cleaners and so many other people who are oh so lucky to work for a guy and and a bunch of other folks who know that the thing that makes a restaurant tick are the people at every level who are happy to come to work because they feel appreciated. I have one of the most privileged jobs in the company, but for these first three months of the year the guy that started yesterday has the same benefit I do. That makes it far more likely he or she will get to that same 10 year status faster than you can even believe. I remember my first day like it was yesterday. It’s been a great ride.

So on this my first entirely not extraordinary topic of 2013, I say that I am so happy to be a part of the 51% and truly blessed to have enjoyed sushi at Hub, BBQ at Bub, Short ribs at Scoozi, tons of great fare at Paris Club, steaks and salad at Wildfire in multiple locations, meals at my home base Joe’s and the best damn risotto in the world at RPM. All in the first 17 days of what will be a truly special year and all at a price cheaper than I could have bought the ingredients for.

Delighted to be back in the Blog-o-sphere. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll let loose on Rahm about the condition of Dearborn Street. I have a few thoughts!

Happy 2013,

Jim and his Whimz…


About Jim Herbert

I've been wanting to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I'm hitting my stride. I'm also a budding speech writer. I've recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Check out our website at www.emergingintojoy.com for more details about the amazing things that are happening in my life. A book or two are nearing completion. With another Paris trip on tap for Easter of 2015 I can only imagine that there are Infinite Possibilities on the horizon!!!
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