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Monday Mornin Sore

November 2, 2009

 

An interesting weekend

After working my 1st shift Thursday on the door, realizing I wore the wrong footwear and also noticing I haven’t been on my feet 7 hours straight in a while, sleep was what I was craving. Unfortunately I had forgotten one cannot simply go home to sleep right after work, one must unwind. So I finally made it to unconsciousness after 330AM. Did I sleep in? Nope, the internal clock went off and I was up before 9. I did wake up feeling pretty good surprisingly.

Having so little sleep the night previous, my intent was to chill at home. No such luck. Friday night, CAPS hockey wasn’t on in my neck of the woods ( CSN DC vs MD ) so Roomie and I had to hit MSLR. A good thing came from our attendance, I picked up a Barback shift for the following night. ( Halloween ) Not only would I be earning money during a fairly busy night ( hoping for $200 ) but I’d be saving the $50 I’d normally spending on Guinness. So for another day I’d break out the kilt, get the hustle up and go back behind the bar for the first time in 10.5 years.

If it wasn’t for the fact that I plan on Bartending by Christmas and I need to get comfortable back there again, Halloween would have been a HUGE waste of time. Well the ladies all ‘hookered up’ wasn’t bad either. I had thought the night was busier than it was. I ran my ass off all night and walked away with $65. I’m guessing being new to this I would have been buried if it was busy. Kinda depressing really. That and the crowd mix didn’t bode well for real tips. The Canadians were in attendance it seems. Canadians as a term does not necessarily mean a geographically, it was a term I had a part in creating down in the Carolinas in 98. Canadians means any stereotypical group who doesn’t tip well historically either by lack of education or just being cheap. Trust me when I say the entire tipping universe is a scam and a big one being run by the restaurant industry. But it is a universe in which we operate. If I see you trying to opt out, you will die of thirst at my bar. Folks 15% is standard, if your servers/bartenders are good 20% is expected. If they suck 10% or less is fine.

Luckily we didn’t stay open the extra hour for daylight savings. Although I might have broken $70…

I woke Sunday in a great deal of discomfort. My legs were Jell-o, shoulders ached, and my back was giving me major objections to my being upright. Advil, food and heading to the gym for the hot tub to see about relief was on the schedule. Considering how I woke today, it seems to have worked.

No working until Thursday unless I somehow pickup a shift. Trivia is Wednesday and if I’m off on Thursday, I’ll head down to DC for the next round of Town Halls.

An interesting weekend

After working my 1st shift Thursday on the door, realizing I wore the wrong footwear and also noticing I haven’t been on my feet 7 hours straight in a while, sleep was what I was craving. Unfortunately I had forgotten one cannot simply go home to sleep right after work, one must unwind. So I finally made it to unconsciousness after 330AM. Did I sleep in? Nope, the internal clock went off and I was up before 9. I did wake up feeling pretty good surprisingly.

Having so little sleep the night previous, my intent was to chill at home. No such luck. Friday night, CAPS hockey wasn’t on in my neck of the woods ( CSN DC vs MD ) so Roomie and I had to hit MSLR. A good thing came from our attendance, I picked up a Barback shift for the following night. ( Halloween ) Not only would I be earning money during a fairly busy night ( hoping for $200 ) but I’d be saving the $50 I’d normally spending on Guinness. So for another day I’d break out the kilt, get the hustle up and go back behind the bar for the first time in 10.5 years.

If it wasn’t for the fact that I plan on Bartending by Christmas and I need to get comfortable back there again, Halloween would have been a HUGE waste of time. Well the ladies all ‘hookered up’ wasn’t bad either. I had thought the night was busier than it was. I ran my ass off all night and walked away with $65. I’m guessing being new to this I would have been buried if it was busy. Kinda depressing really. That and the crowd mix didn’t bode well for real tips. The Canadians were in attendance it seems. Canadians as a term does not necessarily mean a geographically, it was a term I had a part in creating down in the Carolinas in 98. Canadians means any stereotypical group who doesn’t tip well historically either by lack of education or just being cheap. Trust me when I say the entire tipping universe is a scam and a big one being run by the restaurant industry. But it is a universe in which we operate. If I see you trying to opt out, you will die of thirst at my bar. Folks 15% is standard, if your servers/bartenders are good 20% is expected. If they suck 10% or less is fine.

Luckily we didn’t stay open the extra hour for daylight savings. Although I might have broken $70…

I woke Sunday in a great deal of discomfort. My legs were Jell-o, shoulders ached, and my back was giving me major objections to my being upright. Advil, food and heading to the gym for the hot tub to see about relief was on the schedule. Considering how I woke today, it seems to have worked.

No working until Thursday unless I somehow pickup a shift. Trivia is Wednesday and if I’m off on Thursday, I’ll head down to DC for the next round of Town Halls.

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Begin the Begin

October 30, 2009

 Day 1 of a new life revisited

Started working @”my 2nd living room” ( MSLR from here on ), not exactly as planned. I thought if I was to ever go back to the industry, it would be as a bartender again, not as a bouncer, expo and barback with the hope of taking a bar spot until summer. The 1st shift last night was pretty damned boring and it was worse than I expected. I guess no matter how I was looking forward to working there, it will remain a step back in my eyes. Add to that the difference in age between myself and all of them, I don’t know if I’ll ever fit in. It’s not me who cares about the age difference

10 years in the corporate world where I did well, and was popular with those who I taught and later assisted, has done me little good as I was unemployed most of this year. End of March I get home from a long trip to be called into the manager’s office to answer charges I faked receipts. Truth was that I recreated one I misplaced, they spotted it and I was let go for ‘ethical’ reasons. Crap? Yes. Did I give him reasons the month previous and this was an easy out for him? Also yes. From what I heard leading up to that faithful day, had he not gotten rid of me and impressed the rest of the food chain, his days were numbered. When speaking of my old boss, let’s just say he has delusions of adequacy.

I do have some part time work in teaching the “Fear Factory’s” classes, but not enough yet. I do have the step dad to thank for other possible work, but I also believe he has my skill set much higher than reality.

I’m disappointed with MSLR in that I’m not on the current schedule anywhere. The excuse I heard was well we didn’t have you in the computer. Had I known I would have done it myself, lord knows I’ve taught enough folks how to perform that particular duty. I’ve worked 4 day ( 5 now ) since the end of May, the 401K is gone, savings is gone. And they forgot I was available to work because they neglected to put me in the computer. It’s that attention to detail, or lack thereof, that I see as one of the top 3 reasons employees get pissed off. Especially in this industry.

I just saw where the Health Care bill is 1900 pages and will cost $1 trillion. What’s another trillion on top of $100 trillion? Frikin morons. Bottom line, we cannot afford what’s already planned, forget anything new. Flip this House!

The roomies are now married. Never did I expect that to go well. With all the chaos I knew of beforehand, not to mention more of which that I didn’t, the ceremony and reception was a miracle.

Mrs Roomie having no $ common sense nor patience, the ceremony having a Twilight theme, 2 of the bridesmaids being nightmares, a disaster of a bachelor party, ½ of the invites not going out, no return postage, the date getting moved up a year by pushy Jewish mother tactics, my being able to assist as much as I wanted; the list goes on. I’m telling you, a miracle.

So this being my 1st post, I’m undecided as how I’m to write this blog, or how long it will go.

In any event, it’s a work in progress