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Apr 24, 2023Liked by Monica Danielle

That was such a beautiful house in the woods!! What did you do with all your animals?

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What a beautiful piece! I love that this job, borne out of necessity, is bringing you joy in a way, and making your kids proud, as they should be. Would be ironic if you got a book deal out of all this 😉

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Apr 25, 2023Liked by Monica Danielle

Some of my most treasured friendships and memories were born from smokey dish dog dens where we tried to grab a few moments to ourselves in between taking orders, expedition, clearing, checking.... I remember I worked at this coffee house that was just a ship of straight up weirdos. This was around the time Blair Witch came out, and someone had made those stick dolls out of straws and hung them all over the dish room, LOL. We used to shoot toothpicks at each other by blowing them out of straws and one of the cooks had to go to the ER because he got his eye shot. Coming in to open for brunch on Sundays and see two cooks on cots in the kitchen because they closed the bar down the night before and said "fuck it. we'll just sleep here." We own a bar/ music venue that also serves food, as well as a theater now on that same strip where we all knew younger versions of ourselves at that coffee house, and the culture is still chock full of new, wonderful weirdos and their journeys.

Service industry people are special.

I saw a meme that was called "Climbing the Hospitality Ladder" the other day. It was as follows

Host

Server

Bar Tender

Bar Manager

Bar Tender

Realtor

and I felt personally attacked.

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Apr 26, 2023Liked by Monica Danielle

Goddamnit, you're good. Whew. Love. State College's finest, right here.

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