I have horrible days, horrible weeks, where I just want to punch every customer I see. I scrape and scrape to make my money. I get just to the breaking point, just to where I start applying for other jobs .... and then the clouds lighten.
I've gotten a ridiculous number of great tips the last three days. I'm honest to god not doing anything differently than ever. It's quite perplexing. I'm certainly not complaining--it's nice to be making some money, after all! But I'd really rather have steady, even averages than highs that are followed my ridiculous lows.
Of course, this means I haven't had any interesting customers, either. Everybody's been polite and kind. I did get stiffed tonight, but I'm 99.9% sure that was accidental. Overall, I've been quite content.