There are regular shifts… then, there are my shifts. I’m The Closer – the Mariano Rivera of my profession. I’ve always been The Closer. I’ve often hoped I wouldn’t always be, but that’s not how it works out.
I’ve just about always worked with a large group of bartenders at sizeable bars. There is a pretty big bar schedule to juggle. Managers have to do their best to find equity between: girls, guys, full-timers, part-timers, drama queens, the quiet guy, actors, day gig holders, BFFs who happen to work there, senior barkeeps, newbies, speedy bartenders, shitty bartenders, and a host of other variables. As you can imagine, it’s not easy. I’ve had to do it in years past and I don’t envy them one bit.