With one shift left to work in Dining Hall, I think it’s a good time to stop and take a look back. Although I, personally, have no desire to work in a cafeteria-like setting as a life time profession, one thing is for certain…I sure will have a lot of respect for the cafeteria ladies at my college next year! These past three months have stretched my patience to the point where I thought I could not go any further, and taking on a role of leadership has helped me mature much faster than I thought was possible. Sweeping, mopping and cleaning tables at home will seem like no big deal now that I’ve gotten used to doing this three times a day in a floor space much bigger than home and with several more tables…Mom, this doesn’t mean I want to do it, it just means it’s not as big of a deal ; )
- On top of the toasters, we place big signs that say, “DO NOT TOAST SPECIAL BREAD.” Of course, there are always those people who don’t bother reading it and stick the special bread in anyways. This leads to a smoke-like effect which leads to panic. Thank goodness for a guy named Trevor who always managed to come to the rescue before the fire alarm went off.
- During dinner one evening, I ran upstairs to get something from the galley and saw Lydia (a girl on my team) walking towards me with a basket of bread. Trying to squeeze through two carts in her way, she accidentally hit the fire alarm! Having no idea what to do, we both ran to a gray box on the wall and began pressing random buttons to turn it off. The alarm was SO loud that everyone getting dinner could hear it. So after Trevor came to our rescue, again, I walked back downstairs and into the dining hall, and had to explain to the people in line what happened.
- My parents sent me a bag of Double Bubble for Halloween. One afternoon, Bonny Jean and I were not looking forward to going back to work, so we decided to make it kinda fun by both stuffing 5 pieces of Double Bubble into our mouths. We were laughing at each other the whole time we were setting up for the meal because it was basically impossible to talk without drooling all over ourselves…oh the things you find to entertain yourself.
- A tray of sardines gets put out almost every meal. I personally am not a big fan of it…along with the majority of Americans on board. When we were cleaning up after a meal, I lifted up the tray of sardines to put onto the trolley, but accidentally tipped it a little. The sardines were fine, but I got a good bit of sardine juice poured straight into my shoe…Gross.
- There are three trash bins that need to be emptied after every meal. The garbage bags can be very heavy or rather light depending on what was served for the meal. One night, my Korean teammate, Ram, was dragging the trash bags on the ground because they were too heavy to pick up. After walking from one side of the dining room to the other, he looked back to see a trail of garbage juice streaked across the floor. It was a good thing we hadn’t mopped yet! I did something like that too…one of my bags had a whole in it, but I didn’t know until I began walking up the stairs and felt that the bottom of my pants & shoes were getting a bit wet. Once again…garbage juice.
- Remember Sam the prankster? Well, one day I was up in the galley getting something to bring down, and Sam was standing there with a trash bin. Before I knew what was happening, I had an empty trash bin over me that smelled like garlic. And it was hard to get out of because the bin was so big that it covered my arms so that I couldn’t move.