Yesterday, my roommate explained to me why I have killed so many irons and ironing boards. Apparently you are supposed to spray your shirts with starch and then wait a few minutes before ironing them. I estimate that I have ironed at least 5 times a week for most of the last decade. I never knew I was doing it wrong. That does explain why my ironing board has the texture of a 13 year old’s sheets though.
At least one of you just shot coffee through your nose on that last line.
Sometimes you think you have life figured out only to find out that everyone else knows something that you don’t. This post is one of those things. It seems that even though I have been blogging about serving for almost a year now I was missing the funniest blog about serving on the internet. You might be too. If you have been reading this blog for a while, don’t tell me. You didn’t tell me about it and quite frankly I am not sure we can still be friends.
Sock Puppet Army is the funniest restaurant blog on the internet. The site combines comics with blogging in a fresh and entertaining way. Both are composed by Nick Hamilton, a former server and amateur illustrator. He created a cast of characters while in school that became the basis of the comic strip known as Sock Puppet Army. The comic begins with the protagonist graduating college and finding it difficult to land a job. One night while drinking at a restaurant he decides that it may be the job for him. Through the first 74 installments, we meet some of his co-workers and follow him through his training shifts.
What I find so appealing about this series it that it takes a very fresh perspective on the restaurant business. It is not bashing the guests or the servers, although both groups get theirs when the time is right. Nick finds a way to not just recycle the same tired server jokes (yes Waiting, I am looking at you). So many of his posts made me laugh because I had never looked at the situation in the way he presents them. In early posts, he discusses the first day of training. I had never considered that an outsider might think that following around an attractive waitress and being fed for free was desirable. A manager firing off restaurant jargon would sound like Greek to a new server, but I had to re-read that strip to get the joke.
Sock Puppet Army is not another server rant blog. It is a mirror on the serving industry all the way down to coworkers that you will recognize in cartoon form. The stoner server, the burnt out bartender, the territorial waitress with seniority, the overly hyper manager, the bartender who takes his job too seriously, the manager who is never seen because he is on Facebook in the office, the Mexican busser who speaks more English than he lets on, the under aged hostess, and the head cook with an attitude are all represented. You will swear that one of your coworkers is writing this blog because the experiences are universal, but not cliché. This makes the blog will not only entertain you, but also make you look differently at your job. This is not hyperbole, it really is that good.
I found out about this blog yesterday before work. I spent my entire break between shifts on a double reading it. I read every post, and then read all of the other pages. When I went back to work I told all of the servers and the bartender about it. I got pretty good as scribbling down the address on pieces of paper. That is about as high of a recommendation as I can make.
So what are you waiting for? I personally think the best way to enjoy the site is from the beginning. Trust me; you will have a hard time stopping once you get through the first ten strips. Give it a try and you will be hooked to. I am eagerly waiting for the next installment tomorrow.