I walked out of the doors of Los Hermanos on Friday night for the last time (as an employee anyway).
It has been a wild ride. I put my blood, sweat, and tears into that place for two years and three months and now I'm finally done.
I miss the people already (even though I saw most of them yesterday), but I don't miss the closing jobs and the politics and my frustration bringing out the worst in me.
Here are some pictures of the good times at Los and with Los people over the years...
Me, Maddy, and Bobby
July 4, 2008
Me and Susan
Dinner at TGIFriday's on Ben C.'s Last Night
Liz and Me at the Festival of Colors
Rock Band Party
Jenn, Makay, and Me sporting LOTR shirts
When people ask me why I quit, I just tell them it's because I felt like it was time to move on. Some of them don't believe me, but it's the truth. I literally woke up one morning after over two years of working there and had the distinct impression that I should quit. I was nervous that after I put in my two weeks, it would hit me that I did the wrong thing and then it would be too late to take it back. But, after I told Rachel (a manager) I was quitting, I felt great! It was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders, which is interesting because the pros and cons of working there pretty much balance each other out. It was nice having the extra money and hanging out with people that work there, but it was stressful sometimes in almost inexplicable ways and I never had a weekend to myself. So now that I quit, I get bored at work a lot more often and am a little bit shorter on cash than I would have been had I stayed, but I have every night to do whatever the heck I want and I can go on trips if I want to without asking for time off months in advance.
Bottom line, I honestly think that working at Los Hermanos has had a huge impact on my life because it's been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me, despite what I might have acted like. It taught me a lot about patience and I got to make a lot of friends I wouldn't have made otherwise. Also, I think everyone should be a server at some point in their life, just to understand what it's like. It's so hard to describe. It's both the easiest and the hardest job in the world at the same time. You just have to experience it. It teaches you a lot about yourself and can be very humbling. But I am glad to be done... for now... hopefully forever.
Now that I'm only down to one job, maybe I'll finally live out my childhood dream and become a bus driver.
Also, I will miss Elise and Kyle A LOT!!! Believe me now?