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maximum density

Posted in san francisco with tags on Sunday 30 November, 2008 by the Notorious O.S.C.

all this standing around at theHotel, rather than running around at theRestaurant, is causing me to gain weight.

at this rate, i’m gonna be pushing maximum density in a few weeks.

dammit.  i should go to the gym.

drinkin with theRestaurant boyz

Posted in drinking, friends, san francisco on Sunday 30 November, 2008 by the Notorious O.S.C.

sun 30 nov

it was monday night before thanksgiving. i was on my 30min break and i ran in to Sy. he had just come from Foley’s with Alistair and HisWife.  we chatted for a bit, and he told me to drop by McT, the bar he works.  later during my shift, i get a txt from Alistair, asking me how i’ve been since i left theRestaurant. blah blah blah.

i tell him i ran into Sy, and i’m gonna go to McT after i get offa work.  Alistair is already at McT, so we agree to meet there.

flash forward to McT.  me and Alistair drink till close.  and i totally don’t remember paying my check, or if i paid it at all. yowzers. (tuesday i was hung over.  went for the best burgers ever. but that’ll be a different post.)

fast-forward to thursday, thanksgiving night. my shift ended at theHotel, and i stop in at McT, to make sure that i actually paid my tab from the previous night.  Sy greets me with a CrownRoyal+soda.  “((**sigh**)) dammit, this could be a long night”, i think to myself.

he asks me if the boys (from theRestaurant) are on their way. i hadn’t talked to any of ’em, and Sy told me to txt theBrit.

about 15 minutes later, they all arrive: theBrit, DG, RobRoy, Jacko.

i don’t know what we talked about. i don’t know what we did. i know we drank a lot. i was somehow able to dodge the shots of fernet, and/or tequila that made the rounds.

and this time i paid my tab.

i heart theRestaurant boyz.

good times.

beware of dog. thx.

Posted in san francisco, work with tags , , on Saturday 29 November, 2008 by the Notorious O.S.C.

thanksgiving weekend was somewhat drama-filled at theHotel. yes, it was kinda full, but mostly with local-ish people who were visiting family, OR, entire families staying at theHotel.  It was funny to watch them congregate in the lobby, getting ready to travel to meet Aunt So-And-So in Orinda.   stress levels were set to “orange alert”, with meltdown not far behind.

along with the stress of seeing your family-you-don’t-really-like-but-you-still-have-to-spend-time-with-them-because-they’re-your-family.  tempers were very short, and complaints were frequent.

i’m glad that i don’t work the front desk.  phones were ringing constantly. “we don’t like our room”, “do you have any better rooms?”, “i need extra pillows”, “i thought this place has free wireless” (it does), “it’s cold in here”, “it’s too noisy”, “we requested a dog bed”, “we need dog bowls”, “there’s a dog barking somewhere nearby”…

which brings me to…

dogs.  our four-legged friends.  theHotelGroup is pet-friendly.  for some reason, i’d say about 30% of the guests decided to bring their dogs.  yes plural.  DOGS.  yapping, noisy, shedding, slobbering dogs. i felt like we were at a kennel.

and when many guests left their dogs unattended in the room when they went out to dinner, (which most of them did), it was mayhem.  because the dogs were in an unfamiliar environment, AND they could probably smell other dogs around, there was constant whimpering/barking/snarling/growling/yelping/howling.

i didn’t have to field most of these phone calls, but i got some of them.  irritating.

mostly, i had to suggest restaurants for foreign people who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.  these folks were probably wondering why we crazy americans make such big deal about the pilgrims stealing land from/taking over–the native american people, and then celebrating such by mass over-consumption.  “no wonder americans are overweight”, they must think to themselves.

theRestaurant in theHotel provided us with a turkey dinner.  so that was cool.  i’m never one to complain about a free meal.

haircut

Posted in san francisco with tags , on Friday 14 November, 2008 by the Notorious O.S.C.

got a hiarcut yesterday. i’m very much enjoying it.

afterwards, i went to Stelline for lunch.  excellent eye-talian food in HayesValley.

6days

Posted in work on Monday 10 November, 2008 by the Notorious O.S.C.

mon 10 nov

until i start the new job full time, and finally divorce myself from the Restaurant.
as of now, i’m training at the new place in the morning, (7am) and then going to the restaurant at night (3pm-midnight).

long shifts.  i’m exhausted for me.

((((sigh))))

i need a vacation.

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