Monday, March 22, 2010
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.
Radio talk show host of "The Hospitality Industry News Network" and author of "You Only Live Once" about his early years traveling around and working on ships and foreign countries Steven blogs about his thoughts on the restaurant industry as he sees it today.
Check out his web site at www.stevennicolle.com for more information.