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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Food Service Lifer ( Part Deux)

Deering Bay Yacht and Counrty Club Christmas 1995
Marks Place 1989
The Lifer   2011
After years of liberally giving my opinion (with out any one ever actually asking for it) , It did seem strange that people enjoyed reading “Food Service Lifer” and wanted to hear from me  !  Ok  lets take a look at "The Food Service Lifer "!!  “.. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. J      I can spot one a mile away , pasty white skin , over weight , multiple burn’s and cut’s on the hands , yellow fingers from chain smoking,  wrinkly out of fashion clothes with dog hair, eyes blood shot from pounding Coronas before during and after work, 1:30 pm in the afternoon hair still wet from the quick shower for a restaurant shift starting at 2pm, you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to spot the flour  on his shoes..Classic Food service lifer ! Working 6 days a week partying till sun up after every shift . Usually off on a Monday, time to do the laundry and go shopping , banking and Doctor apt.. pound cold ones ..The lifer is different from most , They hate to hear TGIF on the Radio driving to work because their weekend consists of working long shifts , while everyone else enjoys the weekend . They work Holidays , weekend’s . nights , 6 days a week ,can never make a soccer game or family event . The only ones who really loves the food service lifer are dogs ! Yes, when you come home smelling like food with meat juice and scraps on your shoes and conch chowder spilled on your pants leg you can expect love and attention from your Chihuahuas !                       An average “ day in the life “ begins as the lifer wakes up at the “crack of noon” with cotton mouth and headache from last nights drinking , heads for the frig for some juice or an eye opener, then into the shower . Getting dressed is easy, same thing every day ! Chef coat and hounds tooth baggy work pants. A quick check of your wallet revieles   the night before you were robbed !! What could have possibly happened to ½ your pay check ?? Only then do you remember some one suggesting “lets hit a strip club” .. The drive to work is long and hot ,the 12 year old car you drive has a broken A/C and a $900 repair is inconceivable . Arriving at work you see your second family ( although you spend more time with them than you do your own) what a bunch of assholes , lazy, malingering , hard headed know it all pricks ,but last night you would have taken a bullet for .You get paid everyother week and the boss is an asshole. The shift goes like every other , you doing the majority of the work while everyone else hits on the new Hostess . And then predictably at closing just as you turn off the grill and dump the bearnaise sauce  the Idiot Manager seats a four top!! OMFG Colombians !  They will keep you here  all freaking night .. At least the Manager knows he has to get 2 rounds of Red Stripe , Coronas and Heinekens back to the kitchen before you cut out his liver and eat it with Fava beans.    .Then some one asks “ hey where we going tonight ? “.. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. J

1 comment:

  1. Truly Palo you are a Lifer! None of these wanna-bees have a clue what it is to enter this prestigous line of work. Throw away the checkered pants and knives for your sakes'.