Saturday February 2 2013


Waking up around 11 a.m.

Instant Blueberry Oatmeal. Coffee with Honey and Milk.

All day shift at China Wok.

During the first hour I busy myself with bagging the fried noodles. Listening to the typical afternoon disputes between my bosses, Cecily and Ling, both of their voices raised. They will argue forever over such trivial things. Even though it’s all in Chinese and I can’t translate I can tell it’s trivial because every now and then I hear food items mentioned. I can’t imagine them resolving these kinds of arguments. I watch as they heat up the woks and prepare an order. They cook with haste and angst. Nothing is made with love here at China Wok but rather with a fiery bang. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though. And I doubt the customer would ever know.

I brought along the last of these Sweet & Spicy Pecans and clobber them all. I’m addicted and can’t wait to make more.

Five Guys French Fries with Ketchup. Honey Green Tea.

Delivering an order in Chantilly. A little boy and his father happen to be coming down the steps in sync with me. The little boys greets me, “Hi, The Chinese Man!”

Me: “Hey!”

The father smiles and corrects him, “I don’t think his name is The Chinese Man.”

The orders pick up substantially. It’s the first of the month and a lot of people just got paid and want takeout. I’m driving non-stop all evening. At the restaurant picking up the phones, scribbling orders, planning routes, etc – everything with a sense of urgency.

Mixed Fruit in Strawberry Yogurt.

After 11 and a half hours I’m finally off work and back home.

I chat with Darren and we share our thoughts on the China Wok drama of the day.

He adds at the end of our conversation, “Oh yeah and I ate an entire Red Baron pizza when I got off.”

Vegetable Lo Mein. Shrimp Egg Roll. Lemon Water.

Watching The Boys of Baraka (2005).

Frequently I take moments to observe my gut. As a whole I’m a skinny guy but if I don’t watch out this little gut will grow.

Hazelnut Cream Filled Wafers.

Sleep 4 a.m.

[i] The Chinese Man. Tamara de Lempicka.

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