Archive for July, 2006

The Podium in Pictures

Restaurant Gal and Restaurant Gal Daughter proudly present THE PODIUM IN PICTURES Masterfully depicted as only Restaurant Gal Daughter’s Barbie collection can tell the tale. Disclaimer: Restaurant Gal Daughter’s Barbie collection may not necessarily or accurately reflect the full range of ages, races, and hair styles of the host staff or of the restaurant’s customers. […]

Another Record!

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Okay, I know this may be of little interest to many beyond Restaurant Gal Daughter (where are you when I need you at work???), but we broke ALL the records for lunch rushes today–800-plus. I don’t even want to do the math about how many people I talked to per minute between 11 and 2:30. […]

You’re All the Same to Me

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“Why is she sending all the black people to this area of the restaurant?” asked one of two women I had just sent to be seated from our other host podium. My counterpart–a black male who is usually a man of many words and sage sayings–was rendered speechless. “Excuse me?” he asked the two women. […]

You Make Me Crazy

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Dear mental health professionals who practice in my city: What were you thinking? Are you all sharing a vacation house at the beach this week and forgot to counsel your patients to take their meds while you are away? Yeah, bad idea. Here’s how I dealt with that oversight on your part and all who […]

Summer in the City

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As the outdoor temperature sizzled and climbed on Friday, they came in droves through my front door. Every local office worker baking in a suit, every out-of-town tourist sweating in sneakers, and everyone else having a bad hair day in the humidity figured my restaurant was the place to be. I am pretty sure we […]

I’ll Trade You One Ten-Top

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One of my managers likens the job I do to working Rubik’s Cube: “Some people can do it, some can’t. If you can’t do the Cube, you probably won’t do well at figuring out the flow of a fast-paced restaurant like this.” Yes, well…. I HATE trying to make sense of Rubik’s Cube. I hate […]

They’re Back!

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“Where are the mints?” I stared hard at the stumpy little man asking for–demanding, actually–a breath freshener. People ask for mints all the time. And, an equal amount of times, I take a rather out-of-character, sadistic delight in telling people, “Sorry, no mints.” I grin an evil grin as I say it. Usually, no one […]

Never Judge a Job by the First Day Back After Vacation

I am exhausted. The dogs also known as my feet are barking incessantly. My head is pounding. And it was slow–even for a Monday. There is a place in hell for the first day back to work after a vacation. This is the day you wonder why you ever took the job. This is the […]

Back to Earth

Is there such a thing as too much Vegas? In a word, yes. In a couple of words, yes; but it’s so crazy, you gotta love it. Highlights of the week: My best-sister friend feeling flush enough to book a hotel room we never used at Caesar’s, just so we could access the incredible pool […]

Mama Needs a New Pair of Shoes

The Gal admits it–she needs a vacation. Happily, I take a break around this time every year to meet a girlfriend I’ve known forever. We call each other best sister-friends, because we go back so far (pre getting our driver’s licenses) and have shared some spectacular experiences. Working together in restaurants has definitely cemented our […]