The Service Industry Lifer
With so many restaurants come so many restaurant workers, and boy oh boy do we have those in spades here in NOLA. From line cooks to chefs, hostesses to GMs, bus boys to black-tie servers, and bouncers to molecular mixologists, if you live in the Crescent City, you *will* at some point date one of them. Their lives are generally a constant mix of hard work and hard drinking, and they forgot what a weekend was years ago. Chances are, you’re dating them because you work in the service industry, too (like everywhere else, it gets incestuous here). They’re great for a fling, but things get more challenging in the long term. Like restaurant jobs, if you happen to find a truly great one, make sure to hang on to them.
No two ways about it, this person loves to drink and be merry. Bloody Marys or screwdrivers start the day, next comes the requisite three-martini lunch right into happy hour, wine or beer with dinner, and then nightcaps at their favorite local spot near home (within walking distance, because what, do you expect them to drive home?). You like karaoke? This one’s got karaoke trophies. In other cities, they would be called a “high-functioning” drinker and ring a few alarm bells for their boozy ways, but in New Orleans, people hardly even notice, even when they’re well into their cups (they rarely overdo it like an amateur). It’s best not to try keeping up with them if you don’t have the ironclad liver for it, but you’ll be free to imbibe at your own pace, and they’re always quick with a song, a dirty joke, or a hilarious (and likely totally fictional) anecdote. Teetotalers might as well be martians, as far as this person is concerned. Mostly lovable, if occasionally insufferable, with a tendency for having a wandering eye. But they’re a hell of a lot of fun, even if dating them often comes at the expense of a perpetual hangover.