My friend Lindsay sent me a pretty amusing e-mail the other day in which she pointed out that
"Clearly someone who hates people as much as you do should
definitely be in a service job, such as bartending, where you deal
with a lot of people constantly. I'm glad you've made such a good
Although she definitely has a point, I think I am pretty tempermentally suited for bartending. Viewed from a professional distance and in small doses, I am able to find the...nuances...of the people I serve interesting, and watching the way people interact from my vantage point (that of a fairly passive bystander) is actually fairly fascinating if not occasionally depressing. I think the same part of me that was attracted to directing is drawn to this contstant ability to observe human nature. Moreover, by dealing with people professionally, and thereby having no expectations, I am able to observe without being disappointed or particularly invested.