Monday, February 27, 2012

Things Overheard (Or Just Regular Heard) at Olive Garden

I started working at Olive Garden a couple weeks ago. Mostly I bus tables, but I also occasionally make salads and wash dishes (supposedly I will start baking breadsticks too). The job is okay and my coworkers, aside from two, are very kind and understanding. I bussed tables a few years ago at Village Inn, but here I have to carry a tray with the dirty dished on it...with only one hand...balancing... It is difficult! I do not like that part of the job. Plus I am still recovering from my broken hand. That makes it even more challenging.

Anyway, these are some of the things I have heard while working there.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Shooting: February 11, 2011


For most of the last year I worked as part of Americorps VISTA in El Paso. I was assigned to the Boys & Girls Club in the Montana Vista area. And I had a great experience generally, but one day stands out as a particularly tough one. On February 11, 2011, I witnessed a 19-year-old attack a sheriffs deputy, take his gun and commit suicide.

I arrived to work and greeted my co-worker outside. Normally she would be inside getting everything ready for the kids to start, so this was abnormal. She explained that because one of our members was competing in the West Texas Youth of the Year competition, we were going to close in order to take her to an event in a few hours. I stood out there and helped my co-worker tell kids we would not be opened.