Friday, August 25, 2006

Bartending Extraordinaire

This may sound funny, but the first "real" job I had as a teenager was at a coffee shop. I had a paper route before that... but that's a whole other story. Simeon actually worked next door to the coffee shop. He wooed them over, put in a good word and got me in. It was one of the most fun jobs I've ever had. There was nothing quite like knowing the regulars, what was going on in their lives, and having their "special" drinks ready for them before they could even pay/order. It was a great atmosphere and you'd hear new stories and see funny stuff every day.

I of course moved on to other better jobs later on. What was funny about this situation, was that the job was always open for me and there was always a temptation to go back. Once I decided that it probably wasn't in my best interest as a TBM to work there, however, as I would be very hypocritical.

The other job I thought we be extremely fun and exciting was bartending. The amount of money I could make in tips always seemed awesome too. I always had a desire to go work as a bartender. I just couldn't act on it. At times it would have been a great help having a second job a couple nights a week. The bills would have been paid, I would have had extra money in my pocket, and I would have had a good time doing it.

The great thing now is that I can finally go and do it! I've been looking around and hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll have found a place where I can "bar back" or receive training. I've read up on the subject and it seems that the crowd is split down the middle as far as what the best way to proceed is in becoming a bartender. Half say going to a bartending school is best and the other half says on the job training blows it away.

If any one out there in outer blogness has any knowledge on the subject or advice that could help me out, I would be most appreciative. Obviously, you don't have to be from outer blogness to offer advice. Any help will be appreciated!

Above all else, this new job will help me become an even bigger, better, and Wilder ASS!

Ishmael the Wild Ass (soon to be) Bartender

7 Comments:

Blogger Sideon said...

Bartending can be a fun job, even a great job. The money/tips can be excellent. If there's a good team, everyone benefits. There are drawbacks, obviously: the work schedule, closing, cleanup, and the obvious - dealing with drunk or beligerant people.

I didn't go to bartending school. I helped a friend's catering business who did weddings in Napa. Beer and wine, baby. No mixed drinks. I loved the socializing. The tips were awesome. Maybe it was a specific type of crowd, but people were so pleasant and nice that it was almost unbelievable. None of them were Mormon weddings, so that may explain the courtesy and social graces.

Good luck!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Have fun... :-)

11:09 AM  
Blogger Arizona Expositor said...

Well the Marriott's sell porn and booze, so I don't know why most TBM's get all worked up over working at a coffee shop or in a bar. I think a TBM would be a great bartender, because they would stay sober and keep the place in order.

My uncle after he retired in his late 40's went to bartending school, he liked it and they helped him find a job. But as with any job you learn the most on the job. Good luck...

1:25 PM  
Blogger Just one of many said...

For drink recipes look up drinknation.com!!!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Simeon's Peep Stone said...

I'm Rick James BITCH! Get me some more Vodka fuck face!

11:30 AM  
Blogger La said...

Time for a new post, fuck face. Oh, we can't ALL call you that? Ok sorry. But really, time for a new post. Fuck face. :)

4:38 PM  
Blogger Arizona Expositor said...

Did Simeon's lightning bolt get you?

1:31 PM  

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