Café Teria

Western North Carolina is chock-full of camps, retreats, and group-vacation facilities. Which means we have lots of mess halls and cafeterias in our region. My new job is a part-timer at one of these many cafeterias.

But it doesn't sound cool to say, "I work at a cafeteria." So we're going to call it Café Teria. Now doesn't that sound better?

I am the third-oldest employee at Café Teria. The oldest is Alice, who works at the café in the mornings and works elsewhere at night. And then she has a different job on weekends. Next is Francis, the manager. Then me.

After me, everyone is young. Baby-young. Not-yet-out-of-high-school young. For the first time in many, many years, I participated in a conversation about the unfairness of curfews.

My contribution to the discussion? "When you're my age, you don't have a curfew anymore, but it doesn't matter, since you can't stay up past 10:00 anyway."

Heh! heh! I am such a card!

I actually think this is going to be a good experience. My co-workers are the same age as most of the students I will be teaching in the fall. I haven't been around teenagers much since ... well, since I was a teenager.

Did you know that teenagers are still listening to "Play That Funky Music, White Boy"? After all these years? When I was a little kid, the older kids listened to it on the bus. When I was a teenager, my classmates listened to it at lunch. Now that I'm in my 30s, my high-school summer-job co-workers are listening to it, movin' in time to the beat baby while we mop the floors and wipe the tables oh yeah.

Does that make it a Café Teria classic?

Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music riiight
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down that boogie and
play that funky music till you die!


Work's over for the day. I think I'll go play some Bach now. That was one white (-wigged) boy who knew how to play some music.

J.S. Bach: He played it riiight.


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