Wednesday, July 09, 2008

According to MSN, the worst jobs (not the most dangerous) in the U.S. are:
Hosts and hostesses at restaurants, lounges and coffee shops, 87%
Counter attendants at cafeterias, food concessions and coffee shops, 87%
Ushers, lobby attendants and ticket takers, 85.4%
Fabric and apparel patternmakers, 82.2%
Lifeguards and other protective-service workers, 81.6%
Waiters and waitresses, 80.4%
Tour and travel guides, 79.4%
Models, demonstrators and product promoters, 79.2%
Dishwashers, 78.8%
Motion-picture projectionists, 78.1%
I’ve been in the restaurant field for most of my working career. It can be very stressful. I remember attending a Christmas holiday dinner at a very trendy Newport Beach restaurant with Annie several years ago. A couple at our table mentioned that Annie and I seemed to be getting special attention from the wait staff. The answer was simple. The people at this dinner (I only knew the dinner hostess – the rest of the folks I knew had declined the invitation) treated the wait staff like furniture. Annie (who was a waitress also) made eye contact, talked to them like they were people, and thanked them for their service. Simple courtesy … what a concept.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

They're coming back ...

Mulder and Scully ... too cool