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February 16, 2007

Watch Iconoclasts

Although I've only seen two episodes, I'm an instant fan of a show called Iconoclasts on the Sundance Channel. Each episode is a documentary of two people who are well known in their field, usually in some form adjacent to the arts, but not always. Some are unlikely matchups, some are people who have had a long connection, like Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live and Paul Simon the songwriter. Often they talk about ideas and creativity. I highly recommend it! I'll be trying to catch up on all the ones they've aired so far.

February 05, 2007

Hate is a strong word...

There's a song lyric that goes, "Hate is a strong word, but I really, really, really, don't like you." I don't particularly love the song, but I do think it's a good hook. That line applies to a small number of customers in the restaurant.

Yes, I know it's a service business. Yes, I know it's my job to cook food for people, and their satisfaction is the reason the restaurant exists. Yes, I know I chose this career and can get other work.

That's not the point. My point is that in the small scope of serving someone a meal or a cup of coffee it's surprisingly easy to have someone get under your skin, and yes, to really, really, really not like them just in the limited timespan of that interaction.

Maybe it's just a bad first impression within that context ... that happens everytime they come in.