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Monday, September 02, 2013

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
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    thank you for sharing, Martin -- I started working at 9 years old. I washed dishes in a Chinese restaurant on the weekends. I had a paper route. I worked as a busboy at another Chinese restaurant. At 16, I worked as stock clerk for Super Giant. I worked as a Cashier at a Peoples Drug Store and then promoted to Assistant Manager while attending college full time. I worked as a draftsman for an architectural firm after graduating from college. I worked as a Computer Aided Design and Draftsman/Manager at another architectural firm. I worked CADD Manager and Network Administrator for another architectural firm. I worked as a Computer Specialist at a federal courthouse and then was promoted to Director of Automation & Technology. I worked as Systems Manager for another federal courthouse and then promoted to Chief Deputy Clerk of Administration and Information Technology. I am currently operating my own art business while working at a friend's government contracting firm as a Tier I Help Desk Technician. I am actively looking for a new job because it turns out that it's not a good idea to work for friends.
    1661 days ago
    hmm, interesting blog. I have waitressed very little, just for a bit when I was a teenager. For many years I was a stay at home mom then when my marriage ended I worked as a customer service rep, then I was training to be a groom for the horses at the horse races, then I worked inside as a ticket seller, I went to Mexico and taught English, right now I am again a customer service rep, oh forgot I sold insurance for cars for half a year. I am sure I have done other things, but am brain dead, just about time for bed.

    ps. cleaned rooms at hotels, front desk clerk
    1662 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/2/2013 10:25:52 PM
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