Food for Thought: Remembering summer restaurant jobs
This segment originally aired June 21, 2017.
"My kid finally got a real, paying job," Nancy Leson announced. Young Nate's now a B.C. barista. Which led us to reminisce about our first food service jobs. Nancy's was at the Chalfonte, a venerable Cape May, N.J. hotel.
My first food service job nearly earned me a deep-fried head.
I was 15 or 16 working my first "official" job at McDonald's. I was shaking fries and began to lose consciousness. Maybe it was the heat, or I was dehydrated, I really don't know. I was told afterward that if another worker had not grabbed my collar at the last moment I would have pitched face first into the deep fryer. I still shudder over that one.
In this week's installment I tell of subsequent food service adventures during and after work as an IHOP busboy in the company of "older" waitresses in their 20s. I also admit my teenage cluelessness about what really went on at an address I frequently delivered liquor to. Nance fondly remembers her days at the Chalfont.
Naturally, the closing music in this segment about summer jobs comes courtesy of the Silhouettes.
"I have been a waitress and I was a damn fine waitress too, let me tell you.." – Jessica Lange