If I had a dollar for every time I got asked that question … well, I’d have a lot more dollars. LoL
Before we hit the road, and for about 15 years off and on before that, I worked at ‘the” Mystic Pizza. Yep, the one made famous by Hollywood and a very young Julia Roberts. There were several other up and coming actors in that movie too, including Vincent D’Onofrio, (Law & Order) Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Annabeth Gish (SOA) even a pre-pubescent Matt Damon. But it was always Julia people wanted to see.
Picture if you will, a packed house with lines out the door, which was always the case during tourists season. Harried parents gazing around frantically trying to spot what local beer and wines are available; while simultaneously trying to calm their little ones who are strung out on fudge, kettle corn, cotton candy or whatever sugary goodies they snagged earlier while visiting the Mystic Aquarium. Old Mystic Village and The Seaport.
Are you getting the vibe? Okay good. 🙂
So, what do you think the first thing out of the “designated orderer’s” (yes, there almost always is one) mouth is?
Yep, you guess it … “So, where’s Julia Roberts today?!?!?”
Visitors asked for her so much management put a Julia mannequin on the top shelf in the downstairs wait station so we could just point and smile. Yes, really. I used to like to say “Oh, she’s having a bad hair day so she’s outback doing dishes. Why? Did you want to say Hi?”
This almost always got a chuckle from the person asking for Julia, not to mention a look of relief from the kids in the party old enough to know their parent was being dorky. 🙂 Of course, a close 2nd question was “Can you get me some soup crackers right away!!!”. Yes, I always had a couple of packages in my apron. What can I say… I was a professional. 😉
On the day I hung up my apron for good, I thought if I never heard either of those questions again I’d be a happy camper, literally!
But guess what?
After nearly three years, 1,060 days to be exact … I miss working with the public. I miss the choreographed chaos of the dining room floor. I miss the foul-mouthed, raunchy joke telling, cooks and support staff in the back of the house. It was like watching magic when everything meshed together in perfect synchronicity.
I can’t believe I just wrote that, but it’s true. I. Miss. It. Being as nomadic as we are, finding a server or bartender job isn’t really an option. Sure, I could probably get one somewhere. But then what happens when Mr. G. gets a call to be somewhere else in less than a week? I’d feel like a schmuck for bailing.
So, what’s an extrovert who’s been masquerading as an introvert to do?
Jump on Facebook and meet and greet of course!! LoL
Sure, I’ve been on FB for a while now. But up until recently it was mostly just to lurk and stalk my kids. There are a few full-time RV groups I joined and I’ve made some great on-line friends in them. But I hadn’t really been taking advantage of the seemingly endless lists of all kinds of groups.
Book Club Groups – Blogging Groups – Writers Groups – Health & Fitness Groups … heck there are even peri-menopausal groups for
crazy cranky old broads nearly 50 and fabulous women like me! 😉
What fun! And what a great way to meet people when you’re stuck in the RV for 14 hours a day when hubby is at work. Now that we have the additional truck it won’t be so bad because I’ll be able to get out and about. But sometimes meeting people is hard … especially when you’re out of practice like I am.
So here are my questions –
1) Are we friends on FB yet? If not, you can find me >>>> here <<<< Send a request and I’ll be sure to accept. Ha! I guess that makes me a “sure thing”. (Easy Mr. G. … take a deep breath. LoL 😉 )
2) Can you recommend any great groups that you belong to?
It feels great to be getting “out and about” and socializing again. I wonder if I should be concerned that I’m calling the “Cyber-hood” out and about … nah, I’ll worry about that later. 🙂
And now I’ll leave you with my throwback Thursday pic. I know, I know, it’s a cheesy kissy-face selfie but it’s the only one I could find. The ironic thing is, it was taken 3 years ago to the day. Yes, I was tan … in December. I used to be a fake ‘n baker. :-/