Anticlimactic, this, there should have been a countdown of blog posts, this will have to suffice...

The last day, hot, muggy, hungover, a little bit early for work, the owner's outside with some friends and a woman...I recognize her, a nurse, she ate dinner in the restaurant last week, we argued about whether nurses had souls, I disagreed, she's here, flushed, embarrassed, she recognizes me and beats a hasty departure...

I don't care, it's the last day, my last day, fucking hell, 9 weeks back in hell and I've been treated well, but I'm well done. Hopefully this puts him in a better mood. And no sooner are his friends gone than he's telling everyone how he fucked her in the office...

The night passes, slowly, we appear to be busy, to look at the book, but the customers only trickle in, never do we get even half full, and the night drags on, there are a thousand tiny deaths on the way to this vacation.

There are the cheques, we are to be paid before going, the owner is livid, furious, screaming, there's something wrong, we can't have made this much money (nearly a thousand dollars, tips & wage, in a little over a week...), he tries to call the accountant, blames G, everyone stays out of his way.

Out expediter is called in, as is our hostess, the hostess arrives chauffeured by another of the owner's friends, some light mirth, the hostess, she's older, but he's easily 15 years older than her, more a piece of furniture than a man, the boys ask the obvious questions, she shuts them down, I don't want to know...

There are the inevitable complaints about business, how slow it is, how the NDP and their proposed minimum wage are going to sink this province, ruin it for everyone. I find this curious, it's always the owner, his friends, that have this conversation, this fear of a reasonable minimum wage, I meet all sorts of people, from economies varying from $50 to $200 thousand dollars a year, none of them have any qualms about a living minimum wage. But the owner, easily 6 degrees of separation from any firsthand knowledge of minimum wage, poverty or debt, him and his cronies, they're certain this will sink the province, it will be the end, the final straw...

The cook paces the kitchen, flyswatter in hand, he's got vacation plans as well, going to Regina, the salad girl to Italy, the dishwasher to try and sell his photoshop services on 4chan, the night drags it's heels, it's hot in the kitchen, in the dining room, hot outside, we're in hell and the flames are licking our heels...

The customers, typical long weekend customers, some larger parties, families, an expensively dressed Colombian "lady" darts from the private room to fill her Gucci bag with handfuls of candy from the vase by the front door, I hate our customers, never have I worked anywhere where I so loathed the people that pay me...

They clean the fridge, hundreds of dollars of produce, pasta, groceries, the hostess will take these home, I could too, but am leaving for Saskatchewan tomorrow, it will just rot in my fridge, packing boxes to fit in the car...

The owner, his friends dropping by to say their farewells, he's on vacation for 3 weeks, they all sit on the makeshift patio in the back, drinking, laughing at his stories of how he fucked the nurse in his office while his friends waited outside, drinking expensive red wine cooled with ice, diluted with 7up, red Ferrari's advertise their middle aged impotence, inane requests for more ice, more 7up, more wine, liqueurs, they will be the last table here, for sure, wealth is defined by the ability to ignore all social cues, ignore the folding of chairs and umbrella, the absence of music, the departure of staff, drunkenly laughing about the day and postponing the vacation ...

It ends, finally, my car, outside the restaurant, broken into, the MP3 player and USB stick stolen, nothing of value, only annoyances, now on to the vacation...