Saturday, June 18, 2005

Introductory Post

Hello. This is my first attempt at a blog, so I'll start you off with some background as an appetizer...

I am a 25 year-old male. I graduated from Princeton University in 2003. While at Princeton, I played football, joined an eating club (think co-ed frat), and attempted to drink my weight in beer every month.

I started waiting tables after my junior year of college. Now, four years later, I work a desk job during the week. On the weekend, rather than blow my hard-earned money, I wait tables.

Serving helps me keep life in perspective. I have found that you can judge a person's character by how they treat a server. I'm not just talking about the tips (which are nice, don't get me wrong), but about a person's demeanor. Some folks translate "server" as "servant." These are some of the people that you will read about in this blog.

You will also read about some of the people I have worked with over the years. Servers are a different breed. They are colorful, vibrant, often amazing and, at times, strange folks.

The names have been changed, but the people are real.

I have worked at two restaurants. One is a casual (read "bunch of random flea market crap on the walls") restaurant. The other is a higher-end bar. Both are in the suburbs.

I found Waiter Rant a couple of months ago, and I got hooked. The Waiter is a masterful writer, and I don't pretend to be his equal. However, I think that I have a gift for storytelling, and hopefully I can provide any readers with a dollup of enjoyment, a dash of enlightenment, and a sprinkle of entertainment. I'd appreciate any comments- good, bad, or ugly. If you want to throw your own story into a comment, feel free. I love a good story.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to....


scoob717 said...

very funny. laughed out loud a couple of times. fondly recalled the time i introduced myself as his server and he thought i was introducing my right breast and asked me the others name. and your recall of marie is downright scary.

Anonymous said...

I have now read all the posts on your very excellent site, which I landed on from The Waiter.

I once tended bar at a heinous place in the Chicago burbs called "The Snuggery". I think it no longer exists, thankfully, but it did provide several life lessons for me.

I love your site and hope you continue to provide the great stories.

by the way, I hate Valerie and the teacher who gets schnockered with her baby....

former weekend bartender

miscast said...

great blog mate, very entertaining. you should move to australia so you get paid without having to rely on tips though!

JavaElemental said...

Very good stories! I found you through Waiter Rant. I've been in the restaurant business for almost ten years, now, and I think I've waited on all your customers, too. ;) Sadly, I think I've waited on most of Waiter's, too, even though I work in a greasy diner, and he works in a NYC Bistro. They must be slumming at my place.

Fernan Balsalubre said...

I really am loving your waiter rants. Thanks for posting

lesterb said...

Been there all the way!

Awesome blog. Can't wait to read it all.