I got a new job today!!
I was introduced (it's a long story how and through who; a couple people, in fact) to a kitchen manager of an upscale French restaurant in town that conveniently just relocated around the corner from me - literally a few steps. We were introduced yesterday but agreed to meet to sit and talk today. It was maybe a 10-15 minute conversation. It all happened very fast. We're doing a trial shift Tuesday and if that goes well I'll have my first real shift Friday night (as it happens, they're short and need the extra body). I was shown the kitchen and she thinks she'll put me on once a week for now. It's perfect because I don't want to get inundated too quickly also having the hospital job.
The owner also popped in and out of conversation and at one point asked me flat out, "Are you crazy?".... pauses, with a fairly straight face I might add.... "Only crazy people get in the business." And I answered back with direct eye contact, also a straight face (and a tinge of smile), "Yes." :)
This man has learned and worked in Michelin-rated restaurants in Toronto, Montreal, the U.S and Europe. Hell yeah I wanna learn from him.
So when I left I was pretty damn excited. I might have shed a tear or two (happy tears) and when I got home I might have belted out a song... and maybe.. just maybe.. I might have screamed an emphatic, "Thank you, Jesus!" à la Sheldon Cooper :) *THIS* starts my restaurant and food career. Finally.