I am still adjusting to the changes at work. With Morgan and Pablo gone, things haven’t been the same. Tuesdays and Wednesdays were supposed to be my new days off after Pablo left. But the restaurant decided to close on Mondays from now on. So my new days off are now Mondays and Tuesdays. I really do miss my regular Fridays and Saturdays off though! I was looking forward to getting my regular days off again when the new guy finally caught up on his speed to work weekends. Well, plans change, I guess. =( It doesn’t look like I’ll be having Fridays and Saturdays off again any time soon. Mondays I have off anyways since we are closed. And if I wanted to ever take a Friday or Saturday off again, that means that I won’t get two consecutive days off. So…bummer!! And I just hate sandwich weekends. So it looks like Mondays and Tuesdays are now officially my permanent new days off.
When Pablo was working, he used to always leave a huge mess for me to clean up after. I don’t miss that. But one thing I do miss is sharing some of the prep workload. The lady that works in the morning hardly ever preps anything for the items that both lunch and dinner people use. For instance, when we have just a few drops of dressing left, she will pretty much always leave it as is and expect me to come and make it. When onions need to be sautéed, she will leave me one or two scraps and expect me to come and sauté for both lunch and dinner. I don’t mind doing most of the prep work, but the fact that she is pretty much always expecting me to do everything is kind of f**ked up. Even Pablo mentioned that she did this with him as well. I think she must just be lazy or something….even more than me LOL!With Pablo’s replacement (aka the new guy), I am not sure what’s going on with him. He works the evenings on Tuesdays when I am not there. And I guess on the other days, he works in the mornings. He seems like a nice dude, but speed seems to be his weakness.
And it looks like there won’t be any replacement for Morgan. I was getting worried about the possibility of a big fat sweaty guy coming in. But, I guess the company is trying to cut back on some expenses and such. So I have been doing two stations on my own most of the time. One thing I like is that I have more butt space! But sometimes when it gets super-busy, I miss Morgan. It’s manageable but more hustling on my part.
SEXUAL HARASSMENTThe sexual harassment at work ceased to continue. Thank God! I think it’s been handled well. The harassers have not been creeping me out anymore. It was really starting to become unbearable. The experiences really made me question and want to dig deeper into the Latino culture to better understand the chauvinistic behavior of some of my (past and present) coworkers.
I grew up in a very diverse environment, went to school with all colors and creeds. Thinking back, I have never experienced or witnessed the Asian fetishism and lewd behavior towards (primarily Asian) females from the Latino kids that I grew up with. I didn’t encounter such outrageous inappropriateness until I entered the professional kitchen.The Latino kids I grew up with were American, born into a land of the “melting pot”. And in our town of Cerritos, it seems like Asians are the majority. However, I began to realize that most of the Latinos I work with are the “poor and uneducated” ones that crossed the border (some of them illegally) in hopes of a better life here. It’s probably rare that they have even seen or worked with many Asian women. I guess that is why we are so “exotic” to them, despite being beautiful, ugly, or average looking.
My parents owned and ran a factory for decades (back when factory operations in the USA were booming). Most of their employees were Latinos that spoke little or no English. And I remember my parents telling horror stories of these hormone-enraged guys that do not know how to behave. Whenever there was a new “hot” female employee, the dudes would be on her like bees on honey. I grew up hearing all kinds of stories about sexual harassment in the workplace at a very young age. My parents would talk about how a group of guys (both single and married) would be making lewd gestures, gawking at, and inflicting other demeaning gestures to the poor women. So now I am convinced that this type of behavior really is a cultural thing. And maybe I am not “hot”, but I am Asian….which makes that “hot and exotic” to these men who have not been exposed to “our kind” very much.