Friday, September 5, 2008

Last Days of Summer

The last days of summer have arrived and gone so dining outdoors will be the thing of the past pretty soon. This restaurant on the corner of Union Square West and 16th Street is called The Coffee Shop and is a popular hang out for locals as well as tourists. It was rumored that Sandra Bullock worked here as a waitress many years ago before she became famous.

Before I became Ming the Merciless, I worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken for 6 week when I was about 17 years old. I quit the job after they made me do a double shift. Yes, I was a spoilted brat. :-)

So what is your most unglamorous job?

30 comments:

Kate said...

I really dislike cold weather because I miss the scenes just like this. Unglamorous job...flight attendant. It was during the "glamour days" but I still hated it!!

-K- said...

Delivering early morning newspapers in the middle of several Cleveland winters is the first of many unglamorous jobs on my C.V.

Olivier said...

il faut savoir profiter des derniers beaux jours de l'été...

it going enjoy the beautiful days last summer ...

Peter said...

Officially the summer goes on for another three weeks!

I had a lot of unglamorous summer jobs! Do you want a list?

Any new Sandra Bullock around?

GMG said...

Hi Ming!
Shame that summer is almost over. That's why I’ll finally get some days off this year; not much, just from Friday night (September 5th) through Monday morning (September 15th). But I don’t leave you empty hands: a beautiful beach and lots of champagne wait for you at Blogtrotter. Enjoy! ;)

PS: Imagine a 15 day summer job at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne, in exchange for a student summer camp in England... Doing whatever...

Abraham Lincoln said...

I remember once you also told me what your name is but I won't mention that. Now, a new revelation, you once worked for KFC. And, then this photo. It is nice and for some reason, maybe the colors, I admire it. Maybe for the perspective. It is neat and the one person in the whole crowd seems to be interested in what you are doing.

Alexa said...

A long time ago, I was a nurse's aide in the E.R. at the West Virginia University Hospital, in Morgantown. It was a job that featured high stress, heavy lifting, and lots of gross bodily fluids (from open wounds and every possible orifice!). Probably not too different than your gig at KFC, Ming.

ken mac said...

my first job was at KFC when I was 16! I quit when we got robbed and a gun was put to my head. No amount of free chicken makes up for cold steel!

Marianne said...

I used to make rocks in a rock factory. That's right: we baked rocks that looked like shale, for the outside of homes. My job was to paint the molds as they came down the line. It was 100 degrees in there.

USelaine said...

Yup, when I was 17 it was McDonalds. You want fries with that?

Todd HellsKitchen said...

I've never been a fan of sidewalk dining in NYC... And I look forward to not having to swerve around sidewalk tables....

marley said...

We have a very posh country hotel and restaurant on the outskirts of town and I used to do trhe nwashing up on the weekends when I was about 14. I never saw anything of the place apart from the small washing up room!

Saretta said...

Wow...a little piece of Italy in New York! Lavazza is good coffee!

Perhaps my worst job was cleaning tent cabins in Yosemite National Park...people do wierd thing in their cabins and then leave it for you to clean up!

Or maybe it was data entry...so boring!

Jilly said...

So nice to see people enjoying these final days of summer. Interesting that S Bullock worked there.

Now you were brave to work at KFC. I'd not have lasted one week, I'm sure.

I'd need a novel to tell you how many unglamorous jobs I've had...how about the current one - picking up dog poop!

Loved your beautiful vodka bottles the other day, Ming.

babooshka said...

Waitress and chambermaid, during college. Don't want to tell you what or I found in the hotels rooms. Spilt shifts 7 days a week. Lng tome ago.

Something french about this shot,and I love France.

Kitty said...

great bar, though on the pricey side.
There's a lounge in the basement that is so great and nearly always empty.

Shammickite said...

You are right, summer days for dining al fresco are on the decline. Working at KFC? Ugh! Can't stand that stuff! I had a few summer jobs... chambermaid, waitress, strawberry picking for my dad.... none of them were really awful.

Virginia said...

I am fortunate that I never had any unsavory jobs, but the one I disliked the most was as a secretary at an accounting firm. Right brained people don't need to do that line of work. BTW Ming, get yourself over to my blog. There's one piece of tarte left and I'm saving it just for you!

• Eliane • said...

"Before I became Ming the Merciless..." that made me laugh out loud. :)

Chris said...

I do so enjoy eating/drinking outside. It's almost impossible here because of the heat/humidity.

For a couple of years while in high school, I worked at a french fry stand in an amusement park. For a LOOONNNGGGG time, I could not stand french fries.

Knoxville Girl said...

But...but...I thought you were always Ming the Merciless...another illusion shattered.
This photo is so appealing - I'd love to be on that patio.
One of my worst jobs was a ride operator in the kiddie section of an amusement park. 12 hour days, rain or shine, and screaming kids. OTOH, I was in the distinguished group of the first female ride operators they hired (it was the 70s, women still had less options in many areas)
And I understand what Chris means - my then-boyfriend worked at the fry shack and always smelled like rancid grease at the end of the shift.
Those were the days (not!)

Burd Zel Krai said...

telesalesman.
UUUUURGHH... i actually survived for over a year, but the staff turnover was ridiculous in that place.
and so many sensitive people! the employees, not the customers.
i think first job and unglamorous job generally go hand in hand...

Digits said...

Worst job? Daycare provider- I liked the kids but the parents were terrible.

L.Shaw said...

My first job in the city was at a Wall Street firm, Reynolds and Company. I was 16 at the time and was hired as a file clerk for the summer. I was on my feet ALL DAY, as were all the other girls. We did nothing but file all day.

I remember that the girls all took off their shoes because it was unbearable standing all day in heels (these were the days b4 flip flops).... and the stinky feet smelled made the office smell like a cheese factory. TOTALLY GROSS!!!

L.Shaw said...

btw.... Coffee Shop isn't the cleanest spot in the city... just passing along this information to you.

Jun said...

i haven't had "the most unglamorous job", but i will soon-- as an intern running around in scrubs next yr :P

Dusty Lens said...

When I was 17, I worked one full year at Burger king. I still can not eat their food.

thwany said...

too many to name...

jen laceda said...

so...can you tell me KFC's secret blend of herbs and spices? lol!

the most un-glamourous job i have, believe it or not, is the one i have today as a Mother! always dirty diapers, topsy-turvy home, the 24/7 shift that never ends...!!! work (my desk job) seems like a vacation compared to that!

Gecko said...

Are you kidding? I live on a farm, every day is an 'unglamorous job' LOL!!!!!!!