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January 30, 2015


I think we worked at the same place! So many memories, the regulars who came in every night and ordered bloody marys, the early bird diners who read the newspaper over a plate of red snapper, the folks who lived on their boats and brought goldfish crackers to eat with their Tom Collins. There were times I changed uniforms in my car between shfts. My first apartment was gladly "furnished" with cast off cocktail forks, bent knives, chipped plates and stained coffee mugs. The "lifers" were always completely kind to me: the head waitress who used to be a reporter, the lunch waiter who raised twin daughters on his tips, the brutal broil cook missing a finger, who used to be in prison, the manager who graduated from an Ivy League school and earned less than his floor staff, even on a bad night.

Some overlap, Millicent... only there were definitely *no* head waitresses where I worked -- only men.

Oh the stories we all have about working in restaurants! I like how you describe it as the perfect place to view a variety of human behaviors. Any customer based job is exactly that, and much more!

Yes, Tony. And somehow food seems to bring out the best and worst in us. Thanks for reading.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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