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Monday, March 22, 2010

It Has Been Totally Awesome!

It has been a week since my last post. The next day I was going to post something but with the kids out for Spring break I decided to delay it a day. Then the next day came and I didn't post anything and the whole week just continued like that.

For the past year and a half I have been writing about anything and everything I could think of about the restaurant industry. I have even regurgitated old things and put a different slant on them just to post something. As the week wore on with me not posting anything a strange thing occured. I got more accomplished. I was more relaxed. I started to read a book I put aside a while back.

We bought the tickets for Iceland where we will be going the end of June to mid-July to spend time with my wife's family. I finished my third assignment for my home study course. On my day off headed to Toronto to visit my brother Blair and where he worked and took the kids on their first subway ride on what was a beautiful balmy day. Got our passport photos done.

My wife and I have been working steady. Today and tomorrow are my first two days off in a row since before Valentine's day. A couple of more months till the end of May I plan on working just as hard. I think I am the only one getting five shifts a week right now which is great and if the bartending course gets enough people to sign up beginning on April 12th that would be an added bonus.

Honestly if people read blogs to get the scoop on some silly request by a guest this is not a blog to read. I just work through it and keep every thought I can possibly come across positive. We are getting it done. Goals are being reached and I am in a happy place.

The battle is won between your ears. Len Lobby from the Las Vegas Weekly sent me a link to an article that talked about waiting on tables and other positions that rely on tips. Check it out by clicking the title. The one I like is about the 60 year old waiter who basically says that bad tips come with the good tips and really he just accepts there will be bad ones. Probably why he is still a waiter. He knows it is just a numbers game. That is all it is.

As long as you can work in a place that is busy enough so you can have enough people to serve to overcome the bad tipper you will always make some money. It is just the law of averages.

As for the blog I will not post as much. Unless I get ideas from you or have questions you would like to have my opinion on I will keep it to perhaps a couple a week. In the past I have posted stuff just to post something and usually it has been about some silly guest. To be truthful except for that idiot couple I have posted about a couple of times not much gets to me. By the time I walk out the door and driven home for half an hour my night is forgotten. When it comes to writing about serving , clearing tables , or other stuff concerning waitering and bartending there are others that are doing that already and doing a good job at it.

For those of you who I am grateful for following me right up till now the part I have really enjoyed is talking about jobs I have had and my travels. This business I have enjoyed immensely and still do. I couldn't think of doing anything else except to write about it someday in a book.

It has been totally awesome!

So when I do post now it will be on something that you want to hear about or that I think may be of some significance going on in my thoughts. I will try to make it as fresh as possible.

By the way if any of you out there want to keep in touch more often via the email drop me a line. I know I have made some friends out there in the blog world. We are all the same in this world just doing the same thing trying to make it happen.



AZWaitress said...

Life has forced me to take a blogging break too. Don't feel bad.

SkippyMom said...

Sniff, sniff - I do understand but I would be remiss if I didn't say I am going to miss you and your wonderful writing.

You were one of the very first people I put on my blog roll when I re-started my blog. So yeah I am a little sad now.

I have always enjoyed the variety on your blog - the quizzes, the overseas work, the family and of course the waitering.

Best wishes to you and yours. I will keep an eye out for you :D

purplegirl said...

It'll be strange not seeing your updates, but I understand the need to do other things. Hope we'll still see you every once in a while!

♥ Caz said...

It will be sad to reading your various stories.

But you have been fun to follow. :)
Will be waiting for those one of updates from you.

Enjoy your life away from the blogging world.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Thanks everyone.

Bekki Lynn said...

I've enjoyed it as well, though I just recently got brave enough to leave comments.

Sometimes in this business nothing helps but those who know it first hand.

This past weekend was our annual major community fundraiser for our ambulance service, so business was way down. Out of the few tables I had, one left without a tip. It happens, no big deal, as you said, other tables will make up for it.

A few hours later, the man returned and apologized. He shoved money in hand. Two days later, I ran into him at the post office and he stopped to talk to me and was very nice.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Bekki Lynn....thanks for the comment and yes sometimes good things happen for sure.

Cat said...

i enjoy your blog so blog when you may, and mostly enjoy when ever you can

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Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Cat...thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed the blog. Not sure if I will post again soon though.

megaphon said...

Hey Waiter E,

it has been great fun reading your blog! Still, let's LIVE our lives!! i totally understand. Go ahead and write your book!

So, until maybe-not-so-soon-ish:
All the best!!!

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Megaphon...thanks for reading and your comments.

Sarah Vino said...

sounds great Steve! Enjoy every day whatever you do.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Sarah Vino...I plan on it thanks! You have an interesting blog as well.

Manuel said...

see you about my man....you'll be back, all the good ones come back

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Manuel...thanks for that. You never know. Maybe I just need a break.