gina responded to my ad in the satellite looking for an artist. she has painted adam and eve in the garden of eden on this board behind lightnin’ salvage. of course, now the new challenge is to landscape the area and add some lights.
i must admit, i’ve had some stressful days lately. many little things pile up and make me crazy. i’ll spare you most of the details and just tell you about tonight. . tonight, work was quite challenging. we were so slammed early on that we had a two hour wait for take out pies. two hours! and then we made a couple mistakes, dumb mistakes, which slowed us down considerably. at the worst part of the evening we sent out 2 orders, to table 1 and 12, that took over an hour to get there. over an hour! this is pretty bad. i can’t remember ever having food take this long. i’m looking at a ticket that says 5:56 and it’s 7:05. pathetic. of course, once we get behind, more and more customers are asking how long their food will be. so the servers come in and ask us, i have to stop making food, find the customers ticket, then look in the ovens and make a prediction. when this happens 10 times in an hour, it makes the pies take an extra 5 or 10 minutes because now we are busy trying to tell people how much longer they will wait. the term for tables asking about their pie is “pie curious.” “we’ve got a pie curious on table 1…” i feel so defeated when pies take that long to come out. there is no doubt we are doing our best and working fast, and some nights we can be slammed and it’s easy. but tonight it was hard.
i walked out of the kitchen and out in front of the building for the first time around closing. “why is there no music?” was my first thought. inside there seemed to be music playing. i checked. someone had turned off the music in the front and on the screen porch. so, all day friday we had no music for half the tables. this bummed me out. especially because i just went out to an asian restaurant last week and noticed how dead the atmosphere was because there was no music. our business will survive i guess, even if all the new customers who sat on the porch don’t know we were playing sam cookes greatest hits, or johnny cash or tom petty. music is pretty high up on my list of importance regarding ambiance. no music is like having the flourescent lights on or something. it’s wrong.
tomorrow has the potential to be even harder. we’re doing more catering than we’ve ever done in a day. i’m sure it will all work out. no, i’m not anxious about it. no, not at all. ha
i’d tell you a story but i have some other things to do before bed. good night and if you waited too long tonight, i am truly sorry.