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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Secret Identity Has Been Revealed

It's not easy wearing my secret identity mask to work every night, but I must. In order to maintain my Bitchy Waiter personae and not alert my co-workers to what I spend my free time on, I do it. True, my customers often question why I am wearing a black latex mask as I take their order and it;s fucking hot, but I cannot risk that someone uncovers my secret identity. At my "new" job where I have been for almost five months, I have not told a soul that there may or may not be stories about them posted on the Internet. I certainly don't need a retelling of The Restaurant That Shall Not Be Named and then I am forced to write an apology to the co-workers who read what I wrote about them. Awkward. But even Batman has a confidante. Sometimes I feel the urge to tell someone. And a few days ago, the urge got the best of me and I came out to someone at the new job.

I like this girl. She's smart, funny, efficient and most of all she has absolutely no problem making fun of customers with me as we stand in the dish room and check our cell phones while eating bread and butter. I had told her a couple of old war stories from my days in the trenches at Houlihan's when she discovered my Kryptonite. "Oh my God, you're so funny. You should totally write a book about waiting tables." Little did she know, she had just uttered the words that will unlock my secret identity to anyone. "Flattery gets you everywhere" is the understatement of the decade when it comes to me and my needy self. I pondered the possibilities of telling her about the blog. Could I trust her to keep the secret? Would she read it and then think I was some Bilbo Baggins asshole who supposedly gets people fired and cares not for the feelings of others? Maybe. I thought hard about it for a couple of weeks and finally decided that this young girl could be trusted.

One night at work, I called Ashley into the sidestand. No one was around. The owner/manager was doing paperwork, the other server was melting in the heat because said owner/manager never wants to turn on the air conditioning and the cooks were behind the line trying to out curse each other. "Ashley, I have something to tell you." We were behind the gauzy curtain that is meant to conceal the coffee maker in the sidestand but really all it does is serve as something for me to wipe my hands on when I refill the ketchup bottles. "Ashley, can you keep a secret?"

"Sure, I can. Why? What do you know?" I looked into her young, eager and innocent eyes and questioned spoiling her youth with my sordid tales of bitchery.

"My dear child. Before I go on, I need to know that I can trust you. What I am about to tell you can change your life forever. Can you assure me that what I am about to divulge will stay within this gauzy ketchup-crusted curtain?"

"Okay, sure. What?"

I took her left hand into mine. With my right hand, I pulled out my wine key and exposed the sharp pointy end and prepared to poke her index finger to draw some blood. I lit three candles and howled at the moon which retreated behind a dark storm cloud. A cold wind from the patio burst through the french doors and whipped our hair into unruly messes. (Truth be told, mine already looked like hell.) Mice scurried and cats fled. My plan was to then draw some of my own blood and share it with her to ensure her trust but then I decided that was too fucking nasty so we shared a piece of bread instead.

"So here's the deal. I write a blog called The Bitchy Waiter and I think you would like it but you can't tell anyone here about it because I don't want to get fired." I heaved out a sigh that made her question what the big deal was. I now had a partner in crime. When we work together, if she sees something that makes good blog fodder, she alerts me to it. When I post something new, she always lets me know that she read it. She knows my secret. She is the Alfred to my Batman, except she is not an old British man with gray hair who is my butler. She's just a cute a girl from Queens who knows my alter ego. And I like it that way. Hopefully she remains trustworthy and I won't have to drop her into a vat of boiling soybean oil after being dangled by a thin rope.


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12 comments:

ChiTown Girl said...

I hope she doesn't betray you, Bitchy. I would hate to see you go to jail for murder. ;-)

The Belligerent Barista said...

You're lucky. I haven't been able to tell anyone at my job about my work blog, though most of them know about my regular one where I'm not anonymous. It's not that I don't trust anyone, but I just want the freedom to say whatever I want without any repercussions.

That's really cool though that you now have a partner-in-crime. Hopefully she remains on your side & doesn't become a liability.

KB said...

Yeah for Alfred! And, by the way, BW...I've been recently re-watching reruns of Sex and the City and I cannot wait for your blogs to be made into an HBO series!

Mary A. said...

We're trusting you Ashley. Don't let us down.

Miranda said...

I wish you luck. No one wants a repeat of the restaurant that shall not be named. However, it was good reading...
Miranda<3

tagtag said...

thanks

Adam Hawthorne said...

I'd imagine that the only thing more fun than having a secret identity is telling someone. I'm building up to that, I have a suspicion that the longer I can hold out the sweeter it will be.

In the mean time I'll continue letting my husband think that the hours I'm on the computer is still being spent playing Farmville.
I hope he doesn't ask me what Farmville is though, I have no idea and I keep forgetting to look it up and see what it actually is.

Adam Hawthorne said...

Oh, and she may need a fabulous confidante/sidekick name... ...tipsy or something cute.

California Girl said...

You are the man, I mean, the Alfred, I mean, the Bitchy Waiter. She is lucky to know you.

Anonymous said...

Y'all treatin' this man like he's a God. He's just a man. Damn. Get off his dick

fmcgmccllc said...

To this day, even out of the business (automotive) I do not reveal my identity as there are too many asswipes wanting to fuck you up. Until Big Daddy gets out of the business I will trust no one. When it gets clear I will tell every piece of nasty shit I know. Although by then no one will care.

jnana said...

Oh no, she better keep her lips zipped!