not going to state the obvious and tell you how weird it is
that we are in December already. Let me just tell you that
I am fully prepared for the winter months in that I already
switched my wardrobes over to my winter-wear. In fact, I actually
did this in October. Remember when we had snow the last week
in October this year? Well, I hadnt fully committed
to wearing winter clothing yet, but it was that week when
I decided that my summer/fall wardrobe had come to a screeching
halt. It was that week when I had my aide take all my shorts
and sleeveless tank tops upstairs, and my turtlenecks and
sweaters downstairs. Twas a sad day. But it had to come
eventually, and as I always say, I love every season for its
I especially do not like is not having daylight savings time
any longer. It just feels so odd when it gets dark so early!
I mean, its great that it is lighter in the morning,
but it feels totally weird when it gets dark by late afternoon.
As Herman and I were changing all the clocks back that ill-fated
late October evening I was reminded of all my years working
as a bartender. Whereas normally, last call was at 2 a.m.,
when the clocks were turned back, it meant an additional hour
of work. Many times I tried to talk my way out of staying
that extra hour, but I rarely got out of it. Either the bar
manager or owner would insist on my staying, or some customer
at the bar was wise to my intention and would make a big stink
about how he or she had the "right" to stay for
another hour. I would try to pull rank and cut them off saying
it was truly time to leave, and sometimes that would work
but usually I was made to stay.
would never forget that particular customer who insisted I
stay. I would always give that person a hard time thereafter.
My true payback would come when daylight savings time began
once again in the spring. Id wait until 1 a.m., then
would give last call. When people began to complain, I would
remind them that the clocks were to be set forward at 2 a.m.,
that would make it 3 in the morning and that wouldnt
be legal. And remember when daylight savings time ended, and
I stayed later that night? Well, I couldnt possibly
see doing that again, "so drink your drinks and say good
night because this really is the end and I have management
and owners backing me up. Any problems? Because if you have
any, I encourage you to speak to my boss, as I already have."
bartending memories still make me giggle. Theres nothing
like giving it back to surly, drunken bar customers. Now dont
get me wrong, bartending is a great profession. Sometimes,
serving the public, especially the drinking public, can be
challenging at best. It being December already and the Holiday
partying coming upon us, drink safely, everyone and dont
drive. Summer will be upon us in only six months!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"