As a filmmaker who is not able to fully support herself from just filmmaking, I work at two other jobs. I’m a reader for a production company and also a server at a bistro, where I work a few lunch shifts a week. But on occasion, I will work a dinner shift to help either my boss or another server and this past weekend, I did just that. One of the things I like about serving is that it offers a wonderful opportunity to people watch and observe human behavior. And that night, I noticed some things, perhaps more so than normal because I wasn’t used to the atmosphere, and I began making a mental list. I later thought, hell, I’ll share these in my blog. So…
Observations from a night at a restaurant:
1. I am not alone in talking with hands. A LOT of people do this.
2. Yes, stereotypes exist but cannot be applied across the board and it’s a wonderful thing to see them be proven wrong.
3. Wine is the drink of choice over dinner for many, red more than white.
4. Hungry people can be scary.
5. Food brings people together.
6. I’m incredibly fortunate to work at such a great restaurant, that actually has great owners who genuinely care about their employees and guests. With all the serving jobs I’ve had in my life, and I’ve had MANY, I can easily say that this one by far takes the prize as THE BEST.
7. It’s never good when one tries to be funny and they’re the only one laughing. Please do your server a favor and don’t put on a show for them. If you’re naturally funny, it will come out without trying so hard.
8. It’s lovely to see people truly enjoying each others company. It’s depressing to see people forcing it.
9. There’s an awesome energy after the last customer leaves for the night and the staff can let their hair down.