By Pete Jordan
Dishwasher is the genuine tale of a guy on a undertaking: to wash soiled dishes professionally in each kingdom in the USA. half experience, half parody, and half fabulous trip of self-discovery, it's the unforgettable account of Pete Jordan's transformation from itinerant seeker into "Dishwasher Pete"—unlikely folks hero, author, writer of his personal cult zine, and the final word specialist dish dog—and how he gave all of it up for love.
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When I arrived the following day, the store manager called me into her office and told me she had to let me go. ” I protested. That didn’t matter. But I’d no time to dwell on the injustice. My college plan depended on me working. So I marched straight from the bookstore back to the job placement center. 22 Dishwasher “I need a job,” I told the lady behind the counter. ” she asked. “Doesn’t matter,” I said. ” “Then you should go to Jack in the Box,” she said. ” I caught the bus to Jack in the Box, filled out the application and was told to start the next day.
The driver had just spent more than a month on a boat plucking the oiled otters from the sea. Now he was on his way home for a week of R & R. When he heard about my attempt at volunteering, he offered to get me a job on the boat he worked on. Me work on a boat? I explained to him how that wasn’t likely. “Let me get this straight,” he said. “You’ll wash otters for free. ” “Yeah,” I said. ” “That’s right,” I said. ” “No,” I assured him. ” I caught rides around for another week and ended up back in Valdez.
On the other hand, the busboys, Jeff said, were the Uncle Toms of the restaurant world. Refilling water glasses and doling out bread sticks, bussers were really only waiters in waiting. They ached for the day when they could climb another rung on the career ladder to become servile waiters who smiled widely as they delivered a lousy plate of food with hopes for a pat on the head in the form of a tip. The fact that the busboys were the ones who continuously brought us more work in the form of dirty dishes didn’t help their cause.
Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States (P.S.) by Pete Jordan