This is my best HS friend, a random girl I don’t remember, myself and “Frenchie” a French Canadian we met while my family vacationed at the beach in Ontario. I’m on the left. I bought that bikini to wear at the tender age of 16 and when my father saw…

Back in ‘98-’99 I had an asst mgr job at a garment district restaurant. It was called “Giggles” and had a TGIF vibe. Anyway super busy with office workers for lunch. Dinner was dead except for Thur and Fri nights the mgr developed a salsa/merengue party that seriously attracted a…

I’m not in the least bit sorry that at 17 I had an abortion, I do not regret it, it was the best decision I ever made. To be perfectly honest I haven’t always made the right decisions so that’s not a high bar. …

THE ELOPEMENT.

In 1994 I eloped. Ok, you think you’ve heard this before. Wedding on the run? Nah, this is something else entirely. I “eloped” from a locked mental ward. I like to brag about it. I was an escaped mental patient. Not many people can say that. I still…

The Black Hiring Freeze

There is a reason you rarely see black waiters and bartenders in restaurants and bars. It is the result of systemic racism in the restaurant business, even in NYC. Here is one tale:

I was a waitress and floor manager for La Vela on Amsterdam in…

Rita Sloames

35+ years in the service industry. Old, cranky and dissatisfied.

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