Just came off a "double" (a double shift). It was my first official shift on at my new job.
I've mentioned that we got a three-star review from one of the two major restaurant critics in town. We're across from Millenium Park, a major tourist attraction (the city spent a half billion dollars on it). We're about a two minute walk from the Palmer House, a historic and popular Chicago Hotel, and about a three minute walk from the Congress, another historic and popular Chicago Hotel. We're roughly kitty-corner from the Art Institute of Chicago. And jeez, we're right on friggin' Michigan Avenue.
The place is busy. Damned busy. A slow day there is still pretty good. It serves great food, and in general, people tip well. I made a lot of money. I made today about 2/3's of what I brought home as a teacher in a week (remember that worked a double). I'd say that says something really sad about our society's values, and how appalling it is, but for now, with two kids and school and textbooks and some car repairs and a couple of trips to see my and Kim's families to pay for, all I can say is it's great and I'm relieved and happy.
I like the people I work with. There are some people there who are unhappy with their lives and it shows-- you see that in any business-- but most are happy to be there. It fits for them. It solves a problem-- how to make a decent living while working on something that doesn't make a decent living until you invest some time and energy into it. More on the place later. I'm tired, and I'm pretty sure I'm working another double tomorrow.