Saturday December 29 2012


Waking up at 11:05 a.m.

Strawberry Toaster Pastries. Orange Juice.

All day shift at China Wok.

It’s a dreary rainy day.

Grilled Cheese Bagel with Edamame Hummus and Tomato. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Honey Green Tea.

My attempt at charming the customers at their doorstep to reap a good tip sometimes works but for the hard-asses is futile. No matter what degree of pleasant small talk there is, the non-tipper stiffs you every time. I could smile like a grateful and happy little boy, compliment their stupid shirt, or even admire their yapping dog, but who am I kidding? Once an ignant, always an ignant.

It’s the weekend before New Years and this restaurant is abnormally busy. It’s a Chinese food frenzy as the pick-up orders pile up and the delivery orders over-run my passenger seat floorboard. I get stuck behind the counter tending to walk-ins, answering the phones left and right, and organizing tickets. At one point I just announce out loud, but not so loud, “I can’t do everything at once!” 

Leslie pops in for a visit but also with a purpose. She’s supposed to mend a kneehole in one of my pairs of pants. She rides around with me on a run during the most hectic part of the night.

Leslie: “You work hard and you care about the service(s) you provide...both of which are admirable, as well as exceptional attributes of character.”

Finally clocking out of this dreadful yet fruitful workday.

Fried Shrimp with Broccoli, Onions, Carrots, and Rice in Garlic Sauce.

Watching Dredd (2012).

Fortune cookies say, “I think and that is all that I am.” and “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

Composing myself.

Sleep 4 a.m.

[i] Kinetic Photograph.

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