Rouletta, We’re Not in SoFla Anymore!

I escaped. I got out. I traded palm trees and ocean views for snow-capped mountains and wide-open vistas.

Goodbye palmetto bugs; hello prairie dogs.

So long honking horns; hello drivers so polite no one moves at a 4-way stop sign.

Ta ta trying to stay one step ahead of the liars and schemers and drunks and morons; hello are you really this nice and laid back?

Bye bye triple-digit AC bills in February; hello keeping the heat at 62 because it feels great to be chilly.

See ya later (for now) flip flops; hello to various types of fleece-lined boots and clogs I am so glad I kept after ditching the rest of my winter wear years ago.

Goodbye to brides and all the rest of wedding planning madness; hello to being self-employed under contract to a small company in another corner of the food business.

Can’t say I’ll miss you horrible former owner who got drunk and crashed one of my private events and punished me financially and still owe me money after I had to throw out your sorry ass, along with those of your equally drunk and disgusting pals, at the host’s sobbing demand; hello to some of the nicest folks I have ever worked for.

I will miss you fun outdoor serving job I took for a couple of months before I moved, because you appreciated hard work and honesty; hello to looking for part-time serving work to supplement the contract income.

Goodbye loneliness; hello to my next-door Rocky Mountain neighbor, my beautiful daughter.

Thank you great guy for being willing to travel across country to stay with this gal.

Hello beloved readers.

I’m back.






23 responses to “Rouletta, We’re Not in SoFla Anymore!”

  1. Bob Avatar

    So good to hear again from you. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in a new place and how you are going to survive surrounded by all that niceness.

  2. jessica Avatar

    Eeeeeeep are you in Colorado? If so welcome!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ if not yay you for the new change! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. savannah Avatar

    sweet pea! glad you’re back, but sorry we didn’t get to buy each other a round or 2 down here in dixie! looking forward to reading you again! xoxoxo

  4. Sarah H Avatar

    Welcome back and congrats on the new job near your daughter! Double win.

  5. Restaurant Gal Avatar
    Restaurant Gal

    Thanks everyone! Yep, loving Colorado.

  6. jessica Avatar

    CO is the best and I’m a former Southerner!

  7. Restaurant Gal Avatar
    Restaurant Gal

    Jessica–I hear ya. Still adjusting to the wild weather swings!

  8. Jessica Avatar

    yeah my allergies are going nuts. we had slushy snow here in Boulder Saturday but a sunny warmish Sunday. I’m hoping that next weekend is insanely gorgeous so I can have a sunny outside happy birthday happy hour to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Brave Astronaut Avatar
    Brave Astronaut

    So glad to have you back! Life is not the same without the Gal!

  10. Kim Ayres Avatar

    Welcome back – looking forward to new tales ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Restaurant Gal Avatar
    Restaurant Gal

    Jessica. I thought it was just me with allergies I didn’t know I had. And happy birthday neighbor!

    Brave Astronaut and Kim–thank you both. It’s great to be back online. Next post is likely about a cross country voyage ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Dave Avatar

    Very glad to have you back… The drunken owner crashing a private event sounds like quite a story. Someday I hope you can write about it in detail. Welcome back!

  13. Restaurant Gal Avatar
    Restaurant Gal

    Dave, thanks. And that’s a story that’s too crazy but I’ll try to write it. It was certainly a defining moment, as in “Gotta get the hell out of this viper pit!”

  14. Susie Avatar

    Ahhhhh!! I’m so glad for you! Congrats, congrats, CONGRATS!!! And for the record, I was racing through the post to see if great guy was with you. Astoundingly glad he is. All the best to you on your new family-centered adventure in a beautiful part of the country!

  15. Ex-Restaurant Manager Avatar

    Looks like another “escapee” from southern Florida has joined the living. Here in the panhandle, I’ve talked to many who fled the insanity. Now, Florida will just be the place to visit when you’re tired of shoveling the white stuff. Just don’t go past the “Big Bend”. Congrats to you, my friend!

  16. Art Avatar

    RG, good to see you back! Looking forward to the stories.

  17. RG Avatar

    Thanks Ex RM and Art, although I am still adjusting to snow in April!

  18. mur Avatar

    A breath of fresh air to see you here again. I never gave up. Delighted to know you’ve got new stomping grounds. Looking forward to the stories.

  19. Chris Avatar

    Happy to be reading you. That no one moving at a 4-way stop is also the case here in the PNW. Bugs the c@rp out of us, 8 years removed from California.

  20. Jenni Avatar

    I like reading your words again! Xo

  21. MyamuhNative Avatar

    I too escaped my homeland of So Fla and am still adjusting to the “real world” where people are actually civilized.
    Found you way back when and loved every post not just because I am a former bartender.
    Please keep writing -you have the best stories ever!

  22. Vacation

    Restaurant Gal