Just a Box of Rain

Posted on Thursday 19 October 2006

What can you make of your GM being a no call, no show–since Monday?

I have spent many hours worrying. Crying. I have left several heartfelt voice mails.

To no avail.

I have felt very, very angry. And betrayed.

And I have felt very, very sad.

…A box of rain will ease the pain,
And love will see you through.

But I also have to figure out what’s next for me.

As I ponder that, I know this: I have worked my ass off for this restaurant, and no sniping coworker or anyone else is going to make me feel as though I have done anything less. I have brought revenue in; I have introduced many to the restaurant’s charms, and they are now regulars.

I have been a part of the perfection, not the problem.

Maybe you’ll find direction,
Around some corner
Where it’s been waiting to meet you.

This place is special. It will succeed and soar, with or without me. Chef is just that good.

But, likely, it will go on without me.

And it’s just a box of rain,
Or a ribbon for your hair.
Such a long, long time to be gone,
and a short time to be there.

12 Comments for 'Just a Box of Rain'

    October 19, 2006 | 10:59 pm

    I feel your pain.

    October 20, 2006 | 6:45 am

    Whoa. No call no show since Monday? Um…didn’t he and his girlfriend just break up? Someone ought to check on him, like in person. Something isn’t right there.

    I get the feeling you think this will be the end of you at this new restaurant. I sure hope not. You’ve worked too hard.

    I’m sorry.

    October 20, 2006 | 7:56 am

    Krisinluck–We’ve done all the things you can do to check on someone.

    October 20, 2006 | 7:58 am

    Has *anyone* been in contact with him? I agree with krisinluck, somebody should go check on him, make sure he’s all right.

    October 20, 2006 | 10:41 am


    I don’t know why I’m compelled to comment…but this just happened on my street. A man did not show up at work for several days. Eventually coworkers called the police, who checked in the house. Sadly, the outcome wasn’t great. Maybe that makes me a bit more sensitive to an unexpected absense. If you haven’t already done so AND if you don’t have any other evidence of his whereabouts, ask the police for assistance.

    Good luck with this situation and with the job concerns too.

    October 20, 2006 | 10:46 am

    Rest Gal, I hope all is ok with your GM and your workplace. Keep us updated!

    October 20, 2006 | 11:22 am

    Rats, I hoped after the last post things were looking up for you. Hang in there and know that tons of random strangers are thinkin’ about ya and hoping you pull through with your usual grace and style.

    October 20, 2006 | 2:57 pm

    Good Luck, and I hope your GM is ok! (and he better get back to work!)

    Seth Revelle
    October 21, 2006 | 5:26 am

    I enjoy your writing.

    After no call no show for 4 days; a GM should be fired. And I see no great reason to call the police either; most of the time when people no call no show; they just don’t want to work; or drugs are involived.

    At any rate; I am still unclear (from your postings) why you are looking to leave this job The first few months of any start up operation are going to be tough, but if you just keep pushing through (sometimes) you can end up with a good gig. I was happy to read about a cnance at party planning (which you seem to be good at) and you seem to be booking a lot of gigs while doing well at other hostess tasks, so why leave now?

    October 21, 2006 | 5:17 pm

    Dear Restaurant Gal,
    I have been reading this blog for a while, sharing your highs and lows.
    Hang in there. You’ve been through so much, you can do this.

    October 21, 2006 | 11:28 pm

    i’d say to stick it out for a bit, especially if one of the reasons you’d leave is because some lame arses don’t think you deserve it.

    although maybe your true strength lies in creating a great start, and you can do it all over again…?!

    maybe on a lesser , not so personal and intense level… but like a restaurant consultant who helps fix up the messes that other create, like nanny 911 for food…


    February 27, 2007 | 12:46 am

    my pizza guy did that in December, a week before Christmas. i did cry. cos my evening pizza guy did the same thing in the same week ( no they didnt know each other).

    oh and I love the Dead, Box of Rain best ever song.

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