WDYDAD? Joe Dominguez, Teacher + Waitress

July 12, 2006 - Get free updates of new posts here

Hi, my name is Joe Dominguez and I’m a Noaholic. This is day 2 in the what do different people do all day.

I live in Los Angeles where I am gainfully employed as a grade school teacher by day and a cocktail waitress by night. In regards to educational background: I studied music at UH Manoa and am presently about halfway through a Master’s in Education from National University with an intention of teaching high school English. In regards to nightlife: I’ve been cocktailing for about 5 years (serving not drinking) and currently work a popular sushi joint on Sunset Boulevard.

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The following is an average Friday.

7:00 am – alarm goes off. Snooze until about 7:50 at which point I realized I have to shower then jump out of bed in a panic and do so. Make a myself as much of a lunch as is possible in the five minutes I have left before needing to leave the apartment: pb sandwich, cookies, goldfish and water bottle.

8:15 leave the apartment. halfway to my car realize I left my lunch in the kitchen and turn around.

8:20leave the apartment.

8:50 stop for a grande chai latte. get to school at exactly 9 and power walk to the classroom where the kids are finishing “morning business.” greet the teacher and sit down near Isaac*, my special needs student. Throughout the day work with Isaac individually and assist him in the classroom/playground.

11:15I go to the teacher’s lounge for my lunch and sign in. opt against the pb sandwich in favor of brownies put out in the lounge, finishing two and the goldfish i brought. nap in my car for 15 minutes to recharge.

3:00 – school ends, after walking the students out and chatting with a few parents i jump in my car and try to beat traffic for the 13 mile trip back home (405’s a bitch on fridays)

3:30get home and fut around for an hour before getting ready for work again.

5:00leave for work. curse crappy weekend traffic.

6:00 park and run to the restaurant. arrive at work slightly sweaty but clock in only 2 minutes late. check shift notes and have my uniform approved by manager on duty. spend the next hour standing around because there are no patrons.

9:00 get slammed. at about 10 o’clock sneak a shot with another waitress which makes the last two hours go more smoothly.

midnight listen to the other servers bitch and brag about their night and tell my own stories. recap any b-list celebrities that were in that night and then have another shot. clean up the restaurant and wait for the last straggling diners to stop making out and leave the floor.

1:30head for home after a few more drinks/shittalking. call my roommate on the way who is also getting off work and pick up happy meals for the both of us. eat, gossip, shower.

3:30fall asleep.

and that’s a basic friday.

* yeah right, like I’m telling you his real name.

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6 responses to “WDYDAD? Joe Dominguez, Teacher + Waitress

  1. Devin Reply

    Ah, the dual shift days. I can relate. Especially ironic when you’re stuck in traffic going to work when everyone else is trying to get away from it…

  2. joe Reply

    good point. but on fridays you have to admit, it’s not just a bitch but a bitch on her 3rd day of PMS hyped up on diet coke and Sex & the City episodes.

  3. Kathryn Reply

    I’ve been trying for years to explain to a friend in grad school what i do all day. she sums it all up as ‘generic office work’. about 4 more years and she’ll hit the real world with that PhD of hers.