July 2, 2009

Can You Feel The Love Tonight

A little known fact about me: I’ve always wanted to be a bartender. Even before I drank or went to a bar, I wanted to be one. Who could resist the glamour? You know, the drunken cliental, smoky air, and dim lights. Normal people have more ambitious career paths. I choose the one that makes me happiest. Bartenders are masters behind the bar. They’re multitasking geniuses of retail, mixology, and social interactions.

Tuesday night I had the opportunity to stand behind a bar. Everything looked and felt so different. I’m not sure why I jumped on the opportunity. It could have been the two beers (courage!), the four sodas I drank (energy!), or the genuine desire to help. Regardless, I now jones for more of it. I found out you learn the tricks as you go. I also found out the biggest different between answering the phone and taking a drink order: If you can’t understand the person, there’s no guessing. They will know if the drink is wrong and the fix isn’t as easy as retransferring a call.

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1 comment:

  1. I say go for it. Gateway has a 4 hour class to get your bartender's license. Then you can make my Lake Michigan's on the Rocks. :)