Monday, August 8

For everything else...

Tonight, a friend had a spontaneous get together in celebration of his birthday. I had a really nice relaxing time. There ended up being ten of us in all and many of us had never met before, but many that I hope to see again. Nine introverts and one extrovert and we all managed to have a good time and find interesting things to discuss, amazing.

However, as vain as it may seem, the best part was not having to tell these new faces that I wait tables for a living. People seemed genuinely in respect and be interested in my new line of work, which is something I'm really not use to. When you are out in a restaurant with people you hardly know and you tell them you work in a restaurant it always seems to turn into the most awkward of conversations.

The pleasure of escaping that awkwardness: Priceless.

10 comments:

Dr. Evil said...

Oh, I don't know. Being a pizza delivery guy made me more in connections than it did in tips.

Capybaras United said...

Thank you for the recommendation, Lora!

Bearette24 said...

I personally think working in a restaurant is cool. So if I had met you while you were still waiting tables, I probably would have asked you which desserts were the most popular and things like that.

Waterfall said...

I think working in a restaurant is cool, too. But I know exactly what you mean ... this summer, when I told people I was working at Cafe Teria, the conversation would become VERY awkward ... something I never experienced when I was working in the corporate world.

tapestrygirl said...

i am glad you are feeling wonderful!

Pearl said...

Amen to that. Job chitchat can be more trouble than its worth most of the time. Nice to not have to think about how to nimbly sidestep awkwardness.

andrea said...

your new job seems to be bringing you all kinds of nice experiences... how cool. good for you!

J Bo said...

I still like and respect you, in spite of your fancy new job! ;)

Glad to hear that it is having such a positive impact on your social life!

Kel said...

Yeah that's an interesting social phenomenon - the old "what do you do" question - is one of the most effective pigeonholing questions known to man.

When I became a magazine editor, after years of being a receptionist or office manager, I found people treated me differently. But, hey, still the same person in this skin!

Instead of asking people what they do, I like to ask, "What do you like to do for fun?" It opens up much more interesting conversations, and quite a few where people realise they don't do a whole lot for fun!

Lora said...

I find the "What do you like to do for fun?" question kinda scary, 'cause the things I do for fun, just really just sound so mundane.