Thus far, I am the best bartender I have ever met. But I have always been merely a big fish in a small pond.
I came to L.A. and I met a guy who was the most amazing bartender I have ever seen, but he was still on my level. But he had so much confidence about himself...it really changed my mind about what sort of bartender I really was, or maybe even could be. That was at Petros in Manhattan Beach. (That was where I had a transaction with Zooey Deschanel who picked up a couple salads togo. Also I carried a couple plates out for the L.A. Lakers on a busy night. It wasn't my table, but I mentioned it on here and some jerkoff quizzed me on it and I failed his examination.)
But then I got fired from that job. Personality conflict, I guess. I'll never really know the reason.
So I looked elsewhere and I took a crappy job. I had to.
A handful of hours ago I was invited to a second interview at an amazing place in Santa Monica and I completely bombed the interview. I have had an ear infection from too much surfing and I couldn't even hear myself talk. I also used profanity twice in the interview. It was a bummer because I rode 15 miles on a beach cruiser and worked out at the 24 hour fitness a mere block away so that I could use their facilities with no shame, and then I had to ride that same 15 miles back. On a beach cruiser.
I really can't stress enough about this place and about the owner and his passion for drink making. It's really on another level. The things I have seen on his menu are unlike anything I have ever seen. And the discussion I had with him was unlike any I have ever had before. He is really on another level.
As I was lamenting my stupidity and general boneheadedness back at the hostel with an employee and a fellow **** who has been staying there for as long as I have (7 weeks at 40 dollars a night,) my phone rang. I was offered the job. 4 nights a week. Wednesday through Friday.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have tended bar in Irish pubs and Salsa clubs, Holiday Inns and Hibachi Steakhouses, Burlesque clubs and Peruvian restaurants and everything in between. I have never met a bartender that I felt could show me something or a drink menu that I thought was worth a damn. Not until now.
I've never really given a good goddamn, but I will soon become a "complete" bartender. I also should make a ****load. This **** is going to teach me a lot. And that stays with me.
Edited by Megasoup, 08 August 2017 - 12:08 AM.