This is my first attempt, first real attempt at blogging. I have always wanted to write about something that was fun to me. One of those fun things is my being a barista. Being a barista is not a career choice but a fun choice.
My becoming a barista, came about through a bet. A friend made a bet with me, that I couldn’t go out and apply for a job within a week and get hired. I took that bet. This friend suggested that I also apply at the new “coffee establishment” that was soon opening up and not too far from my home. Well, I applied, got interviewed and later, hired. It was just a bet, no wager involved. At this time, I was not even looking for a job. I considered myself an Entrepreneur. I was also volunteering at the local art museum as an Art Docent. I wasn’t sure if I had the time for a part-time job. Well, I found the time and gave it a go. I have been a barista for over three years now. So now I consider myself an Entrepreneur/Barista, among other things.
The idea for this blog came about when I was reminded of the book I attempted to write a few years ago. The book was about my experiences as a waitress during the time I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. After I worked at a “straight” job during the day, I would later go and work at a restaurant. I was always working two jobs.
The title I have chosen for my book was and still is: “Check Please! subtitled : Hey! Are You Our Waitress?” If and when the book became a movie, I had Goldie Hawn in mind to play me. She embodied my personality during that time and she had a cute “tush” as I did. Now that was 20 year ago. You see, I wore a lot of short cocktail uniforms and costume like uniforms during those days and you had to fit a certain image. I did then! Here it is 20 yrs. later and I’m still thinking about finishing that book. My filing cabinet is filled with notes and stories. I worked in some real nice restaurants. I worked as a food and cocktail waitress at Saluto’s Restaurant (Italian), and a “wench” at Gullivers Restaurant, Charley Brown’s, Velvet Turtle, Hungry Hunter; all near the San Francisco’s Airport. I also worked at a restaurant called, Taste, as a bartender and waitress, Pasquinelli’s Farm House, Perfect Recipe, Billboard Cafe, Buns and also hired for the opening and then kept on at the the Hard Rock Cafe in San Francisco. Boy, there’s a lot of stories to share. Maybe enough for two books.
The other idea for this blog came about while working as a barista at a well known coffee establishment. The variety of customers I get to wait on everyday brings such an enjoyment to my days. I’m too a customer and I notice there is a difference in perspective when it comes to ordering and getting those coffee drinks. This blog is from a barista’s perspective, “the other side of the counter.”
There is never a mention of where I am a barista, but you can probably guess. Sometimes I wonder, if I should do this blog anonymously. Well, too late now. I have told too many people about this blog to worry about anonymity now. I did promise myself that my blog will be just another form of entertainment. If and when I do go back into doing stand-up comedy, I might lift some material from my blog. Now that’s a big “IF.”
I hope you find my blog interesting enough to revisit it often. Find out what it is like being your barista.
I was told often, that if I want to write, I should write everyday. I am. Soooo….any mistakes you should come across while reading this, is no longer my concern. (At least for now) You may make your own corrections. If and when I have the time, I will go back and read over the blog and make the needed corrections. Worrying about grammar and punctuations mistakes has already delayed my writing/book. Be assured, I am working on improving my writing skills. Thank you for visiting. Come Back. Leave a comment.