Singles, Restaurants & Dear Abby

01.18.13 | Sonny Delfyette |

Singles>>Survey Says

Single People Aren't Interested In Mixing Work, Dating

The majority of single people like to keep a distance between work and their personal life.  Seven out of ten respondents in a new It's Just Lunch poll would prefer to go out with someone who's in an entirely different field from them.  Having dissimilar occupations probably also makes it easier for the 47-percent who'd rather discuss other things while on a date, and avoid shop talk.  Just four-percent admit that they "love talking about business during dates and find it interesting."  But singles realize that work commitments might occasionally crop up.  Overall, 32-percent would be "okay" if the person they were dating sometimes had to go away on business trips.  Women seem to be a little more accepting of it than men.  Nearly a quarter of the men but just 13-percent of the women say they'd rather not date someone who had to travel for work.  But while many people are accepting of their companion's work obligations, very few prioritize the job over a date.  Just two-percent admit they "often cancel on dates for work related issues," while 41-percent say they "always make time for dates."  And nearly half also want to be with someone who has a similar attitude.  Forty-six-percent say they aren't "a workaholic," and they don't want to date one.

Majority Of Americans Support Better Pay, Working Conditions For Restaurant Workers

Most Americans feel that restaurant workers deserve more than just a good tip.  According to a new survey for the National Consumers League, the majority of Americans support better pay and working conditions for the people who serve them at restaurants.  Ninety-two-percent of respondents said that it is either important or very important for servers and cooks to be given sick days in order to maintain a sanitary and germ-free environment.  Fifty-seven-percent also said the sick days should be paid.  As far as wages, 78-percent said it was important to them that the workers in the restaurants they frequent are paid fairly.  Eighty-seven-percent said they believe the federal tipped minimum wage should be raised.  And 82-percent said it's important that their waiter or waitress get the full tip that's left, not just a portion.

>>Just The Facts

On Wednesday, "Dear Abby" founder Pauline Phillips died at the age of 94.  Here are some more facts about "Dear Abby."

FACT:  Pauline Phillips launched "Dear Abby" in the "San Francisco Chronicle" in January 1956, after she called the paper's editor claiming she could do a better job than what was being published.  When the editor gave her some letters to test her skills she submitted her replies later that same day, and was hired on the spot.
FACT:  Pauline Phillips created her own pen name, Abigail Van Buren, after the Old Testament prophetess Abigail and U.S. President Martin Van Buren.
FACT:  Pauline Phillips' daughter, Jeanne Phillips now writes the "Dear Abby" column.
FACT:  "Dear Abby" is carried in approximately 14-hundred newspapers around the world, and is read daily by more than 110-million people.


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