I’m no longer working at Café Machiavelli. I’ve handed in my apron. I’ve taken my last order. Stick a fork in me, I’m done.
I realized it was time to go several weeks ago. For me, waiting tables had become like trying to jam a square peg into a round hole. I needed to free up time and energy to pursue other projects. Besides, the restaurant industry’s been good to me and I wanted to leave on a high note. And, even though it’s unlikely, I didn’t want Café Machiavelli to suffer any ill effects when my identity is revealed. The owner and chef were stand up guys who treated me right. They have my thanks and respect.
Have I quit waiting tables forever? Probably. I don’t think too many restaurant owners will be eager to hire me after the book comes out! But never say never. Someone recently told me that quitting the restaurant business is like quitting smoking. You may think you’ve quit forever – but there’s always the possibility you’ll suffer a relapse. Maybe I could help pharmaceutical companies develop a patch that transmits a daily dose of aggravation, sexual harassment, unfair labor practices, excitement, boredom, high pressure, late night snacking, customer entitlement, nicotine, greasy staff meals, alcohol, sleeping late, and tooth decay though the skin. Slap that sucker on your arm and it’ll be like you never left!
I am not, however, quitting blogging. I will always post stories online as long as there are people who want to read them. Waiter Rant will evolve. Into what I have no idea – but I’m keeping all my options open. I hope you come along for the ride.
The next few weeks are going to be a very busy and exciting time for me. One chapter of my life is ending and a new one is beginning. I want to thank all the people who’ve been with me on this journey – my family and friends; loved ones near and dear, my agent, editor, and publishers, my comrades in the restaurant agency, and, of course, all the wonderful readers who’ve patronized this blog for over four years! (That’s an eternity in internet time!) Without you, this book would never have become a reality.
That’s all for now. I’ll be back soon. Have a nice weekend and remember – tip 20%!