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Book of Jobs Part 3

LET'S DO BRUNCH

After quitting the Lao place, I worked on a writing project creating descriptions for every bike trail in the state of Wisconsin. It was temporary only lasting about a month after which I still had a collection of low-paying writing gigs and my installs at the museum about three times a year. I felt a little vulnerable financially. While perusing Craig’s List one day, I spied an ad for a brunch cook at a vegetarian restaurant a few blocks away from my apartment in the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood on the city’s east side. I sent an email to the address listed in the ad detailing my restaurant experience and was hired sight unseen. I worked as a brunch cook mainly, but also as a sub for when other cooks didn’t feel like showing up. Of course, knowing that there was someone to cover for them increased the frequency of these occurrences.

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Coincidentally, the restaurant occupied the former space of a dive bar my band had played in roughly ten years earlier. It was called Mr. Blue’s Anchor Inn then. It was also nearly 20 years to the month that I started at the veggie Chicago Diner (see above) and it was staffed by a similar batch of twenty-somethings, many of whom were working through hangovers. And just like old days the work was hard and the pay low. After six months, when the cook I replaced wanted his old shift back, I gave it up gladly.Chris Auman

Next: Freelance = Freedom?


Originally published in RW#24, 2016

 

 

 

 

JOB LIST

Introduction
Weekly Allowance
The Paper Route
Orange Blossom Special
Drug Dealing
Stringer
The Lifeguard
Lawnmower Boy
Food Service is Your Future
Dishwasher
Law Clerk
On the Line
Phonathon
The Three Penny
Life on the Mississippi
North Side Pimp
Suffering for Art
The Ugly Bar
Fazzio's
Slingin' Veggie Hash
In a Pickle
Inside the Box
Beat Kitchen
That's Classified
Suck Co.
Lollapaloozer
Unemployment
Thai Lagoon
New Jacked City
Going Greek
Apocalypse Lao
Install Crew
Let's Do Brunch
Freelance = Freedom?
The Controller

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