Bartending is almost as good as going to the state fair or Wal-Mart, especially in west-end Duluth. It’s entertainment, an ego boost and exhausting all at the same time.
Yesterday started with me screwing up the popcorn, there was a miscommunication in the way it needed to be done. I was informed there was a ‘new’ way to do it which consisted of two glasses of oil. Well, two glasses of oil is enough to deep fry a Cornish hen and a couple of corn dogs, but okay. It became painfully obvious this wasn’t going to work so I was going to dump some of the oil out. Why wouldn’t I do that in a plastic glass? What a jackpot! Sometimes I wonder how I get through life. After a couple burns and a roll of paper towel I removed enough oil to get the job done. Come to find out, there was no ‘new’ way, it was the same old way I’ve always done it. I should have asked for clarification.
I brought two books with me today with intentions of getting them finished, well, that didn’t work out either, stayed just busy enough to be irritating. I didn’t feel it was appropriate to tell everyone to leave so I could read, I think that would have affected my tips.
We open at 10, which means most of my patrons have had a good 3 or more hours of drinking in, considering they go to Wisconsin to start drinking at 6. Yes, that’s 6 AM I’m talking about. They start in Wisconsin, move to next door about 8 and then move to me at 10.
Today the motorcycle club was having a party so they were all leaving from the bar, which is good because it kept me on my toes until about 12:30. After that a couple old guys, some regulars and two hilarious ladies kept me company until my shift ended.
The two ladies completely made my day, they were drinking PBR taps, eating pizza and writing dirty limericks. So funny. While I was chatting with them one of my old guys left but said he was going to be back, I look over at his glass and there was a bottle of lotion next to it. Lotion? Really? He had been there for quite some time, no lotion prior to this. Where did that bottle materialize from? The three of us found it hilarious and made up a few stories as to why it was there. Let’s just say none of the stories were good.
The other bit of good news is that I only had to cut one person off, which is odd, usually there’s a few of these. I didn’t have a choice, he couldn’t keep his eyes open and I could no longer understand what I can only assume was English coming out of his mouth. The speech was hindered by beer and a severe lack of teeth.