The many faces of the barman
Good morning friends, I will soon go to the bar to do cleaning, even if it is the day of rest. The dust leaves no way out and there is nothing worse than seeing all those beautiful bottles with an opaque tone. And the nice thing is that I don't mind at all. Spending the afternoon dusting, rewashing glasses that are used less, going over the cutlery and utensils are an exceptional relaxation for me. Positioning all the goodies (also called dust collectors) given away by customers and friends well helps you relax to face a new week. And you also come up with new things to propose, to experiment. I have already said how much I love this work which, however, as you can well understand, has a side not seen by most. When a person is in charge of his premises, he must also practice doing a bit of everything such as maintenance. A sink gets clogged, the ice maker gets mad, the button on the toilet bowl doesn't work,… and all when, a little later, maybe Saturday night's work begins. You have to roll up your sleeves and try to stop somehow and make up for the malfunctions. It is difficult to find a suitable technician and if you find one, you have played for the evening's gain, with all due respect for the work of others. This work is not just the theatrical part of being behind a counter or in the room with people chatting; when these setbacks arise it is also improvisation and imagination on how to stop and solve the problem at least until Monday. The true professional is also this….
￼ hello friends and colleagues and to the next .... thoughts.
Trevirtu This is me in one of my performances !! THANKS to Pixabay for the FREE images !!
The unknown barmen
Thursday, hello friends, today I want to break a lance in favor of those barmen who have been carrying out their work for years with professionalism and dedication but who, like me, have not managed to emerge. And there are hundreds if not thousands who, when you are sitting at the counter in front of them, know how to convey to you all the love and commitment and passion they put in to satisfy your request. You can notice it from the moment you enter a place, be it chic or humble. All the furnishings, objects, the bottle shop have their own precise position, have a "meaning", and the smile of those who welcome you is sincere, it belongs to the person who has prepared all this so that you, entering his room, you feel at home even if you are a thousand kilometers from your family. It doesn't matter whether he knows how to prepare a Daiquiri or a frozen Margarita, what he will do, perhaps a coffee or a Milan-Turin, will be prepared in the best way he knows ... and he will have a special taste because he has been able to transmit the love for his work to you. . These people have never received the attention of the media, perhaps because they have never sought it or because they have not been able to "sell themselves" well (professionally). They have never found the right hook to be noticed in some magazine of the sector, they did not take care of public relations with insiders. They have always and only paid attention to their customers, to the service of hospitality to which, as a job, they have dedicated their lives. I dedicate these lines to those Barman (with a capital B) who may not know how to amaze you with the evolution of the bottles but they know how to make you feel emotions that you will find in the drink prepared for you, or in the phrase said to cheer you up or in the handshake in the time of goodbye. Yes, it is true, I am a little reluctant to new fashions, but I am not against generational changes, I am now from other times and I have learned to be a barman with teachings from other times. Young people are teaching me new forms of expression from behind the counter, it's interesting, but when I sip a Dry Martini from some colleague I like to see the linearity of the movements, the quantities cured by the drop, the mixing from the bottom up, the twist or the sliding olive, as if to remember the hands of a painter. These are the emotions that interest me, in summary, human contact even if far from the spotlight. Hello, to the next… thoughts.