I turned off the TV and focused my attention on my son as he vented about the rigors of manual labor, (please note, he is simultaneously interning at our local NBC-TV affiliate). He took the highroad and was confident that his performance would improve. But he also implied that a teenage coworker (a server) had it out for him (by listing his shortcomings to the owner). My boy felt that way because she wanted her friend to get his job.
Andrew sighed, “When I worked at Sears, management made me feel indispensable. Now bussing tables and working at the TV station makes me feel like they can grab any jerk off the street to take my place.” Our conversation was interrupted when his phone rang. Andrew drifted upstairs to accept the call. In the mean time, I put my TV back on, to hear more about Timbuktu.
I soon learned that the show I was watching was called, “ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN.” Although the episode I was watching was over, I discovered that CNN was airing a marathon of the show.
|BORN IN 1956, ANTHONY BOURDAIN, AN EMMY AND PEABODY AWARD WINNER, IS A NATIVE NEW YORKER. HIS CREDENTIALS INCLUDE BEING CHEF, AUTHOR AND TV PERSONALITY. "PARTS UNKNOWN," IS NOW IN ITS THIRD SEASON.|
“ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN,” is billed as taste for the unexpected! This reality series has him circling the globe and bringing viewers extraordinary adventures in offbeat locations while sharing the scenery, food, culture, religion and politics, (noboby on the planet eats...or drinks...better than him).
While waiting for Andrew to finish his telephone call, I was watching Bourdain chatting it up in Russia. This likable fellow talked a lot about politics while being lavished with native culinary specialties. When Andrew came back, Bourdain's next show was in Thailand. I was jealous enough of Bourdain to pause the program so I could see it later.
Andrew continued to talk about the ups and downs about his job. He sighed, “I’ll be okay but I’m not looking forward to waking up to my alarm clock tomorrow morning.” I told him, "Be patient. When I was nineteen, I was a waiter at a Red Lobster in Florida. Orientation was two hours. The next day, during a three-hour test shift, a sponsor (another waiter) looked over my shoulder and mentored me on the finer details of the job. The day after, I was on my own.”
I’m not sure Andrew wanted to hear it but I closed by saying, “I took to be a waiter naturally. I think if there was a practical way to do it forever, I would have, (but I was still in Brookly College and was aiming much higher).
Andrew facetiously replied, “So you think being a waiter is the best job in the world?” I said, “No. And even if I did, I realize that everyone's needs ae different. Take you for example. You probably would love to be a game show host or moderate a late night talk show. But before you go full-on honey badger over following that dream...you MUST understand the reality is, guys like Drew Carey, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien honed their craft with decades of paying their dues in related jobs, (doing stand-up, writing comedy, appearing in commercials etc). I wouldn’t be surprised if they started as interns and to make ends meet had menial jobs like being a bus boy. ” I then clicked on the TV and said, “You wanna see the guy who I think has the best job in the world…meet, Anthony Bourdain.”