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Sunday, March 18, 2007

weekend

Well I hope everyone had a fun or at least productive weekend this St. Patricks day. If you want to see some pictures from the Parade in the town where St. Patrick is believed to have been layed to rest hop over to Gareths place.

Since you all made it clear (by not commenting) that you are not interested in my blog going political - no worries I leave that to the pros most days anyway - we are back to me bitching about crappy tippers, idiot waitresses and oh yeah right what it means to be a real friend - at least in my book.

Friday night started out slow. It was icky outside and we figured there won't be much business at all. I did end up making about $60 which was good but I was also reminded that is does not pay to be gready. So I learned a long time ago not to want specific sections or tables because if I do I get burned. Lets say there is a 12 top coming - if I say I want to take them I end up getting scrued if I just happend to get them assigned to my section I do okay. Its the same with all tables so I don't push - normally. Well the last few weeks I haven't had many shifts and I think I didn't even make $100 in the last three weeks since the nights I did work were dead.
Anyhow sometime throughout the evening I glanced at the reservation sheet and noticed one of the long time customers that I have known for years from the other restaurant was coming in. They are very nice and good tippers so I asked Ronnie if I could have them if a table of mine left. So I focused on getting that table out and get the regulars settled and their orders taken. Well the section I had was spit up in two areas of the room and in the process I totally forgot a table that I had said hi too but never took their order (drink or food) because they weren't ready yet. With that I got really behind and Brenda my scotish friend ended up having to cash out two of my other tables. But it was all well in the end and noone complained (to my knowledge). We also hired a couple new girls. One worked that night but I don't think she'll last. Nevermind that the stories she tells don't make much sense ... I don't know I just can't put my finger on it.

Grumpy was working in the bar so I only saw him for 3 seconds when I got home and he was leaving. Well until he woke me up at 3am with my phone in his hand. Since I am not a morning person (meaning I hate being woked up) my first questions was like what the hell who is it? Grumpy said it was Paul handed me the phone and left. Mhhh curious Paul doesn't normally call me and sure as hell not in the middle of the night. So my first question naturally was what wrong? Thankfully nothing really he just needed to talk to a friend he knew wouldn't bull shit him. So an hour and some later I got to go back to sleep after he made me promise to check in on him the next day. So when I got in touch with him Saturday he said he was sorry for calling me. I told him that is what friends are for - they are there for you to call at 3am when you feel the walls closing in.

Saturday night it was back to the restaurant. It looked like another slow night with it being a irish holiday and us being Italian and all. One of the girls left right of the bet but not until after telling us and Ronnie that the new girl from the night before lied on her application (I knew it!!!!). I got my favorite section so I was happy. I had a couple tables reserved and since I only HAD to make $40 I was happy. Why only $40 --- well because I am happy if I am at least making $100 per week. Anyhow it looked like it was staying slow so the guy that was working the screen room section which hadn't been set went ahead and left too. That left me, Vinnie, Robert a waiter that had been for awhile but not the strongest and another new chick. Well pace picked up and I ended up with my section and the screen room. I didn't screw up and everyone was happy but sadly most people seemed to have forgotten that when you order wine, appetizers, some dinners as appetizers and entrees your bill will be high. I had one table who's check was $143 and he gave me $160 and generously told me to keep the change. WTF?!?!?!? But all in all it was a good night money wise since I made $100 in credit card tips (that is my paycheck next week) and about $30 in cash which allows me to go grocery shopping tomorrow. The new chick is another one that wont be around for long. She actually told Ronnie to get out of the kitchen!!!! that and she is a moron. I am stuck with both new ones tues/thursday so I am going to be annoyed for sure.

I had rescheduled the AP meeting for this Sunday because except for 2 people noone could make it to the iceskating meeting. This is one of my favorite meetings since I love Ice skatings I even brought my skates from Germany last time I was home. Well 3 people showed up and them late!!!! So I ended up just going home and doing my homework.

I just went to take some boots to Grumpy because he has been at 7/11 since 6am (its 7pm now!). They had to fire some people and others never showed up so he had agreed to stay until 4pm (vs his scheduled 2pm) . He called me saying noone is showing up until 10pm and he would have to stay till at least 8pm. He had called the manager and official (he has been the unoffical since he started) assistant manager and neither bothered to even call back!!!! I encouraged him to call the field rep I mean not even calling back is rediculous. Anyhow I took Mac with me to visit him. She decided half way to the store that she wanted to drive and almost pushed us into the ditch. Sassy will come up next time. Alrighty time to do some more homework and then watch my newest show - Blood Ties.

16 comments:

The Phosgene Kid said...

Buys weekend. I was a dishwasher for along time and have no desire to go back to that profession. I love to cook, but on my own terms...

Justmee said...

Love the picture of the kitty and puppy.. Katy girl, this is your blog.. Write about whatever you want, regardless who does or doesn't comment.. The point of a blog is too let out your feelings, which you did so in that earlier post. It was a good posting. :)

Dino aka Katy said...

Phos - I was a dishwasher for a few weeks in Orlando - hated it!

Justmee - thanks. And yehhhh your back

Nicole said...

Love those photos as always. And you are such a good person to take that middle of the night phone call. Sounds like something was really wrong for him that night. Good friend.

REAL said...

You should write about what you want to.

Also, I think your dog looks like Marmaduke.

Dino aka Katy said...

Nicole - thanks I am sure I'd be a lot less "friendly" if this happened a lot but it doesn't so I take the few times it does seriously.

Real - I know I can and I do. But I hate politics which is why I never write about it anyway - yeah people have said that about Mac before.

Beth said...

Good lord, I would hate to clean up that dog's poop...it has to be HUGE.

Girl, you work hard. I am always sure to tip really good when we go out...my husband is very cheap, so I always tell him how much to leave.

Gareth said...

Do you not consider $17 to be a fair tip from an order of $143? I would be happy with it so throw it over here and then I can buy you a pooper scooper :P

And thanks for the shout-out. Now I need to go and sit on my rainbow again because all that St Paddy's Day stuff has us leps feeling really tired. It's not easy being the center of attention ;)

jin said...

I SO have the hots for the sexy vampire on that show Blood Ties. OMG! He's sexy. Good show too. And did I mention he's sexy? I'd let him suck on my neck anytime!
(Yes, I did actually read the rest of your post, but once you mentioned the sexy vampire I couldn't think of anything else to say.)

Dino aka Katy said...

Gareth - the tip should have been over $20 (20% would have been $28) so I essentially lost $11 on them. Thats a lot of money to lose especially since I don't have a pot of gold on the end of my rainbow ;)

Jin - yeah I am wiht you on the vampire. I always have a weakness for guys with long(er) hair and the mystery factor of the vampire ...

The Phosgene Kid said...

We belt our huskies in so they can't wander about the cabin freely. Hope Grumpy finally made it home...

Dino aka Katy said...

Phos - they usually lay down but I was in my little car so it was kind of uncomfortable for her and she tried to come up front

SaM-GiRL said...

Awwww, that dog is beautiful!!

Dino aka Katy said...

yeah she is a cutie and a big baby too. She loves to cuddle

angel said...

sheesh you lead a hectic life and a half katy! i hate when people don't tip properly!
and i love that picture of your pooch...

Dino aka Katy said...

Angel - yeah its kind of hectic. Luckily we don't have to many crappy tippers more often than not we get 20%