Thought for the day: "A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist." Louis Nizer
Bare with me as I list the jobs I have had over the years--in many ways it was an advantage as I met many people I wouldn't have met otherwise LOL!!
In my early and mid teens I worked at a beach snack shop in Lake Hiawatha in New Jersey and as an usher at the Lyric Theatre on 42nd Street in NYC (that's a whole blog in itself!!!) and had a job in charge of sending movie rentals to theatres for Loew's and finished my teenage work years 'working' for the Marine Corps. At 2 different times I worked for my father, a children's clothing manufacturer, called Millbrook 'learning the business'.
In 1956 I became a waiter in Miami Beach working at Picciolo's (2 different times over the years), a bellhop at a hotel, a pizza maker for a small Italian restaurant, a bartender at The Pixie--back in NYC I worked at the following restaurants: Miller's on Wall Street, AdLib, Ham & Eggs on 52nd Street, Brass Rail, The Gas Pavillion at the World's Fair, Brassiere, (and 2 I have forgotten!!)--then I became a lecturer for Weight Watcher's International--after that I became Director Of Operations of Weight Watcher's of Greater Memphis, Eastern Tennessee, West Arkansas and Chattanooga--that was followed by my opening my own weight reduction organization called Our Weigh--after 11 years I returned to restaurants working in Ft. Lauderdale at: Dan Dowd's, Sizzler's (THE worst job ever!), Wag's (3 different times), Denny's, The Crabhouse, Incredible Edibles, Holiday Inn on State Road 84, The Holiday Inn on State Road 7, Picciolo's ( a different one than in Miami Beach) ending mywaiter'scareer at Big Louie's (one of the best jobs ever!) when I retired.
I am sure I have missed a few places but all in all I worked about 36 different jobs over a period of 51 years--some jobs lasted a few days, here and there a year or two with the longest jobs being at Weight Watcher's ( 8 years) and Our Weigh 5 years--I quit some, was fired from a few while others there is a question of whether I was fired or quit! LOL
Was it I couldn't keep a job? Got bored quickly with a job? Was always looking for something new? Or just circumstances? Whatever the case one of the disadvantages of so many years as a waiter I didn't know from IRAs, building up my social security account, let alone acquiring stock, having sick days, paid vacations, etc. (The one exception was working for Wag's where there were all kinds of benefits.)
The advanages were many: meeting people from all over the world, making a wide range of friends, seeing and experiencing things I never would have otherwise.
I do know (from experience when I was young working for my dad) I would never have lasted at a 9-5, Monday-Friday job for 51 years--of course my retirement years may have been financially better (but I doubt that with the way I ALWAYS spent money before I made it) but then I did so many things, for instance traveling all over the world, that most people wait until they retire to do and never do because they are too old or too sick or too broke.
Over the years I have written, and had published, 8 books and 1 play--the latter a diseaster--had many magazine articles published plus worked, edited, wrote company news papers including the Gateway Gazette but never in my wildest dreams would I ever call any of that work!
I really loved being a waiter and would probably do it all over again the way I did it!!! Would/will you say the same???
“A man who goes into a restaurant and blatantly disrespects the servers shows a strong discontent with his own being. Deep down he knows that restaurant service is the closest thing he will ever experience to being served like a king.”
― Criss Jami
“I want to be an actor. I’ve already started taking steps. Yesterday I applied to be a waiter.”
― Jarod Kintz
“His face held a certain impassivity; you see it in all waiters and valets. They might want to jam a knife through your left eye socket, but you'd never know it from their expression. ”
― Ann Aguirre , Blue Diablo