I’m 51! I’m 22!

A scant 90 days ago, I was building a new company. I had clients spread from Jacksonville FL to Dallas and was on the verge of the greatest season my company had ever experienced. Despite going into monstrous debt and taking a lot of chances, things were coming into focus and, dammit, everything was just about to pop bigtime.

This morning, I started my new job at Parasol’s up the street, making $9 an hour slapping together po’oby sammiches and scraping out greasy pots and wondering how the hell to reassemble everything that was shaping up so perfectly. I have gone from being middle-aged master of my fate to being a 22-year-old with a new degree in something useless like Asian Prehistoric Topography. TBK (The Beautiful Kim) has resumed her old job, selling overpriced toys to the wealthy on Magazine St.

And, yes — we now have a food stamp card.

But y’know what? It’s fun.

My business will be rebuilt and things will get back to normal because it just takes time to do this kinda thing these days in New Orleans. There are thousands of us in the same situation, going back to familiar streets in unfamiliar circumstances. Very unfamiliar circumstances.

Please be patient with your server or your bartender or your chef or the retail help in New Orleans for a while. Many of us are doing things we weren’t doing 90 days ago and haven’t done in years. And, as fun and rejuvenating as it it is, we’re also seriously weirded out sometimes by this new reality.

That said, we’re glad to be on the train.

3 Comments so far

  1. Breny (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 12:43 am

    I admire your tenacity. You set an excellent example for others to follow. People like you no doubt will rebuild New Orleans. With an attitude like yours, I have full faith you will succeed!

  2. kapaali (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 5:56 pm

    I’ve been tipping servers, waiters, hostesses, bartenders, et al, way more than usual, EVEN IF i get bad service. we need you guys to help us get back to normal.

  3. volleyballgranny (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2005 @ 7:43 am

    I find the blogs about rebuilding New Orleans very interesting. Ya’ll keep it up…I’m glad I came across this site.

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