Year’s End, New Beginnings

In 2010, I worked three jobs simultaneously, driving from one job and one Key to another, back-to-back with only an hour in between, to get these jobs done. I abhorred one job’s customers while I shook my head at another one’s fourth inept manager in as many weeks. The third job, however, I loved–both the management and the customers. It ranks up there as one of the best in the Keys.

In 2010, I had three days off in September and two days off in October. I am not complaining about this. I am, however, still marveling that I actually survived the grueling schedule marked by double upon double. That I face a two-week stint without a break as I transition from one Keys job to a new opportunity off the Rock, bothers me not at all. Been there and done it pretty well–like a multiple-mile run you think you can never finish, but always do, and always feeling energized by the sheer effort and fact that you did.

In 2010, I lived with and loved my great guy, I fretted a lot and worried more than is healthy about money and jobs. Always, I wondered what was next of any value for me in the Keys.

On January 1, 2011, I say farewell to this strange, beautiful, churning azure water world I have called a home of sorts for two years. On January 1, 2011, I take on a “real” job–as real as tending bar can be. “Real,” in this case, means benefits, paid days off, 401k, and all the other employment trinkets we all used to take for granted and now eagerly covet–the trinkets that used to be called golden handcuffs in a grander job on a grander scale in a work world that is no more.

On January 1, 2011, I will wish I had done the following while living in the Keys:

–Taken in the show at Theater of the Sea in Islamorada.

–Perused the Diving Museum in Islamorada.

–Visited the sea turtle hospital in Marathon.

–Eaten roasted chicken and sipped Cuban coffee at the Sunshine Market in Tavenier.

–Fished beyond the reef.

–Caught a big fish anywhere.

On January 1, 2011, I will miss the following about the Keys:

–Watching sunrise steps away from my front door.

–Watching sunset steps away from my front door.

–Knowing the most local of locals on several Keys–their drinks; their smiles; the variations in their gray ponytails; their bad moods; their snickered gossip; their masked former, incredible lives; their acceptance of me as one of them–but only and understandably, just so much.

No time is wasted time. All time is time that allows you to grow even when you are past grown. 2011 is just in time.

I wish happiness and prosperity and peace for my newly connected siblings; for my former, excellent manager who deserves so much more; and for my great guy as we hold near to our hearts the best of all we had in 2010 and look forward to 2011 together, again.

Happy New Year to all.



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10 responses to “Year’s End, New Beginnings”

  1. Bob Bishopric Avatar

    And a very Happy New Year to you, too. I hope that you keep up your journal and that your new job provides you with fruitful subject matter. (I am very curious as to what exactly is a corporate hospitality bar). Good luck to you and thanks again for all your insight and enlightenment.

  2. L Avatar

    Such lovely news *hugs* You deserve it. Does this mean that you’re moving far-far-away from Florida? Best Wishes for 2011, thank you for the wonderful stories and please keep writing!

  3. Jennifer Avatar

    There’s much to be said for leading an unconventional life… and sometimes there’s much to be said for “normal.” Sounds like you could use a bit of normal. ๐Ÿ˜‰ PLEASE give us all the details you feel comfortable sharing, because I’m right there with Bob, wondering just what constitutes a corporate hospitality bar!

  4. Restaurant Gal Avatar
    Restaurant Gal

    Bob–Thanks. I edited that sentence about “corporate” since it also confused Jennifer. I am working for a corporate entity as opposed to an independently-owned place. Hence the benefits.

    L–Thank you, and I’ll write as often as I can. Staying in SoFla.

    Jennifer–Nothing is truly “normal” in the hospitality realm, but at least the benefits are normal. ๐Ÿ™‚ See my response to Bob to clarify the corporate question.

  5. savannah Avatar

    here’s to change and to the new year, sugar! all the best to you and yours! xoxoxoxo

  6. Kim Ayres Avatar

    Wishing you all the very best for the New Year! But just before we get there, you just have time to pop over to my blog and collect a Rambling Beard Award waiting for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jenni G Avatar
    Jenni G

    Happy New Year! I hope 2011 brings you all your heart desires. I can’t wait to hear all about your new adventure.

  8. DodgerGirl Avatar

    To you too, RG!

  9. Craig Avatar

    Am glad you are moving a bit further North…Happy New Year and good luck with your new job!

  10. joeinvegas Avatar

    Hope the new stuff works out. Happy New Year!!!