Wednesday, March 01, 2006

For this 

Having fun while I work for nothing. There is nothing like this business and I conceded that it does excite me and fulfill me and tantalize me. To be a part of a team of enthusiastic beautiful warm crazies (in addition to those at my shala!), to take care of people, feed them, make them smile, educate them, spin their expectations upside down and inside out, hang out, share, kid, connect.

To be in a position to dictate which days I work, what hours, scheduling around yoga and Sanskrit classes and puja and, soon, ashram visit. Insane, amazing. No more shame, that the restaurant industry is somehow inferior to any multitude of corporate whatevers. Nothing beats it the kind of excitement it can inspire, the way the hours can fly by, the way it can connect you to others.

Walking into the lights towering over Times Square, winter winds ripping tears from my eyes and snot from my nose, I look up, dizzied, keep smiling. We had a series of soft openings, dinner and now, lunch too. These next few weeks and coupla months will show if we are to be the success we can be, or another NY restaurant failure story. No matter. I am having so much fun, working for nothing.

Hi Tina this is Perla. I want to contact you because I'm coming to NYC on April 11 and I want to see you. I spoke to Mary Ellen but she has no phone number of yours. How can I reach you???? I really must see you again, it's been more than 2 years. BIG HUG.
Hi koukla! I'll be in town and want to see you too. Mary Ellen should have my cell # and email address. xox
You know, now that I have been there and saw you in your life what you wrote here came so alive. I could picture it because I was in that restaurant and I enjoyed the good relaxed atmosphere of customers and employees. I feel there is no question about it. If this restaurant keeps its standards and offers the same quality of food and pleasant service and atmosphere, it has nothing to fear. The location is top and it will become a real treat not only for the locals but also for visitors like me who weary after sightseeing want a nice classy place to rest their bones and enjoy some of the pleasures NYC is famous for. Tell your boss that I have travelled alot and this reastaurant is on the top of my list! Perla
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