02 October 2010
All that said, the biggest decision I make everyday involves ketchup - or catsup if you so prefer. Yes, a condiment. This post is not a joke. Every morning, when setting up the restaurant, one of the things I'll do is check every single bottle of ketchup in the restaurant. You see at a certain point ketchup obviously needs to be replaced. Not a big deal. But sometimes a ketchup bottle is at that point where it could be replaced or could not be replaced. There I am attempting to weigh this ketchup bottle in my hand while weighing the options of replacement in my mind. There is clearly ketchup in the bottle still. But it is it enough ketchup? What if some ketchup loving freak sits down and doesn't have enough ketchup? What if the next person only uses a little and this bottle has enough? Is this enough ketchup to wait? Is this too much ketchup to waste?
I suppose at this point you're wondering why I don't "marry" the ketchups. This is restaurant speak for adding the remnants of one thing to the remnants of another. We do this with our hot sauces for example. But we have the sort of devil ketchup bottles that the lids refuse to part with. I mean the lids clearly come off, but I don't have the time nor the energy to wrestle with several dozen ketchup bottles every morning. Feel free to call me lazy; I prefer efficient.
So here I am weighing that bottle still and wondering what I should do with it. Four times out of five I just decide to throw the bottle away and start over. I get paid jack after all. And have to pay for my meals. And have to pay for all my uniforms. Now watch me waste a few ounces of ketchup. Guess its my way of sticking to the man. I sure showed you!
And it all started with a ketchup bottle.