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in whowantsadrink •  18 days ago

Tonight is my first official day at work in over a year. It's a bit strange on this side of the bar!

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With the downturn in crypto, which could well continue further, I can no longer fund myself via Steem. When I quit my job at the United Nations at the end of August last year, I never fully believed I wouldn't need to earn fiat again - it was good while it lasted though.

Family and friends thought I was crazy and lazy, but I've put a lot of hours into our blockchain and so I don't agree with the 2nd accusation at all. And really, it's never that hard to find some sort of work, if you are willing to travel and get your hands dirty.

I'm writing this one on the phone at the bar, business is steady and the boss is fairly laid back. It's her first year running 'The Cwtch', which is Welsh for 'hug'. I can see the idea behind the name, it's just that neither the Spanish, German, or English, have any idea what it means. And seriously, a word with no vowels? Pretty sure the only one I've written so far today.

The bar is fairly quite this evening, and so I've been able to write around pouring drinks and other duties. I've pulled a few pints, opened a couple of bottles of corona, and poured a blood orange vodka. In the UK, spirits are measured, 25ml for a single, and 50ml for a double. In Spain, no such laws seem to be present and you just pour over the ice until it looks like a fair amount. I'm not entirely ok with this and would prefer not to have to judge how much is in the glass, but it does work in favour of the customer. I would guess that the servings are closer to a triple - better to air on the side of generous 😊

What else do you have to do as bar staff? Stock the fridge, stick the glasses into the dishwasher, and chat to the customers. Nothing too taxing, except for the hours. The place will likely close around 3 am tonight, and even later if there are people who want a lock-in. After hours drinking isn't allowed, and so the boss has bought some black curtains to hide everyone inside. The fine is likely to be thousands and so I hope they do the job, for her sake.

Hopefully I'll still have time to Steem on the laptop, I can't make pies for everyone here. Also, it takes flipping ages to write on the phone, I don't imagine this blog is half as long as it feels.

Right, I'd best pretend to look busy. I'm ready for bed really but will soldier on. I wonder if I'll get a free drink at closing time?

Have a good evening all

Barman Asher

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howdy sir Asher! I admire you for doing what you gotta do to make ends meet! and this job could work out well as long as you need it, I hope the pay is good, you didn't ask how much the pay was before you started?
I think you'll be great at it and will get big tips!

How many days/hours a week will u be doing?

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No idea, and no idea what I'm getting paid either!

Could end up doing quite a lot of hours - as required, but would like some sort of timetable.

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Lol, this is already the answer to my question. Sounds really like a southern European country. Where things are not always perfectly arranged. Cause how on earth could you not yet know your salary? Or perhaps you mean you know what you earn per hour? But don't know your number of hours and therefore total wage?

But anyways those things are quite normal for countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece 😬

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Well have fun, u never know who you might meet in there

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Well have fun, u never know who you might meet in there

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Well you've made ok with this post, in some countries that's a decent daily wage (my country included). I just love what steem is doing for a lot of people, more than governments, so keep posting everyone

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Keep posting for sure, I will be :) Cheers!

Tending bar can be a decent job, depending on the hours and how busy it is. I don't remember, do they do tips in Spain, or is it just straight wages?

Anyway, wish you well with the new gig!

=^..^=

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Tips sometimes yeah, and an hourly rate I hope!

This place isn't so busy, music, wifi, I can cope 😊

Cheers!

So, cryptocurrency could not replace fiats. You have to take another job! How will you be able to give ample time to Steemit, then?

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My mornings and afternoons should be free, but I suspect commenting will go down and I'll unlikely place top 20 in my league 😩

Could be a fun job for a while, but it does seem a bit tragic not to be using your most valuable skills. Maybe you could get a remote BI or Data Analysis job or something?

I'm in a similar situation myself having to reconsider potential employment options. Not a lot of decent IT employment options where I live so I'm still procrastinating :)

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Yeah not much IT for a non-native speaker here either. And to be honest, I'm not that keen on going back into IT, even though the pay is a fair bit better than bar work.

How long do you think until a turnaround? 6 months? A year, or two?

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I wish I knew. Either we are consolidating and forming a base at these levels for a gradual rally maybe as soon as October.....or we are dropping through 6,000 BTC in a fresh and ugly panic-capitulation that could set us back another couple years.

Either way I don't see a return to the mania of late 2017 any time soon unless we get a big "white swan" event :)

This is just temporary, we do what we need to do but keeping our dreams at sight

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Yes I think you are right, temporary is how i see it too. I'm still focused on Steem and hope it gives everyone a dream to hold on to :)

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Same here...
Not only sbout steem but every time life forced me to park a dream a little, but never was sold, or broken. Dream on. Let us be ready when the time is right too
To dream
And make our dreams true

hehe , i did that also, have a good luck, where are you exactly?

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Cala Millor, Majorca, Spain.

You are working in a bar too?

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No , I used to. So nice you found a job whitout having to leave

Hopefully this stint is short, I'm a bartender too by trade hahaha, well until I retired back in 2011 <3 <3 <3 I think you'd be an awesome bartender just from knowing you so far! Lucky customers :) Best wishes, and I hope you make some mad tips!! Sending good energy your way...

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Thank you Lyndsay!

The first customer left a nice tip actually so thank you for the positive vibes 😁

Oh, did you check your SP? The fulltimeangel has been dropping off presents again! X

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Yessss I'll try and keep those tips rolling in <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

And in other news: Praise the Heavens!! #fulltimeangelstrikesyetagain

Really hate that you had to go out and find outside work, but you gotta do what it takes to survive in this market. Hopefully we get another great 4th quarter for crypto and you can buy the whole bar if you want to.

iwannadrink

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Yeah has to be done I'm afraid! I'm sure at some point we'll see a revival, just no idea when. 4th quarter sounds ideal!

Is it going to be a part time job?
You better not quit writing...I warn you😜 I wish you good start buddy. After all...until cryptos become viral...we beed to have a way to fill or stomach...right?

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Part time in theory, I should have time in the morning and afternoon to do my normal stuff here.

Yep, need money for food and bills - hopefully the good times will return 😊

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They definitely will!

Not bad for a day's work. That free drink might come it handy, I hope it comes.

It was fun while it lasted living off crypto, and why we pray for a bounceback...let's at least try to use this time learning valuable lessons and insights

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Yes I'm looking forward to one - even better if I don't have to pay 😊

Lesson one, take some out when the price goes up!

Dude, barman Asher rocks! Now we know who'll be in charge of making the cocktails in Poland :D

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I'll be googleing if someone asks me for a cocktail!

An easy first shift though thankfully, and a beer at closing time too 😁

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Lol, Asher could indeed directly earn back his money for Steemfest 😂

Incredible to hear that you're back with a job, although not the best option for your career here on the Steem blockchain but what else can be done? Certainly, nothing. I have been blogging for over 8 months now without any job, it is really hard here to get one though even if I'm considering that. My reason for channeling all my energy into Steem blockchain but cryptocurrency price isn't great at this time but it will be great one day, my hope and aspiration for the future.
I wish you good luck at your job, you're amazing with your engagement post!

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Thank you @mediahousent!

Yeah it's a bit strange requiring some sort of commitment and order to my day, but I don't think it's the worst job, and certainly won't be forever.

Whereabouts do you live?

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I stay in the middle of an Atlantic ocean lol
I joke a lot, don't mind me. I am from Nigeria, I am currently typing from Abuja. Tell me what you think about my locality if at all you know anything?

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I know very little, sorry! I guess it's hot, and that is about all I can tell you 😊

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Your level of engagement is certainly top notch, it is hot but some part of my country is cold too. You can google up Jos, Nigeria and you will change your notion of “Nigeria is hot”.
Anyways, it was really nice to hear from you. Besides, hope your new job won't stop you from engaging us from time to time?

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Ahh, hot and cold in places :)

Yes I will still be finding the time to Steem, if not then I will have to quit the bar work!

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Nigeria? Sorry to say, but at least here in Norway it's best known for being the number one source of internet scams.

Except for that, it's an oil producing company, but whatever income there is from the oil, it does not do a lot for the general populace. Nigeria is known to be a relatively poor country.

I'm so sorry to hear of your misfortune of having to get a real job, it must suck! My thoughts and prayers are with you<3

If thing keep going south, I might just have to join you soon. I can only mix a gin and tonic but it's a start right!?

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Thank you for the thoughts and 🙏🏼 Eve!

It's a sad day, but has to be done for now. G&T is a start, there seems to be not much to it all really and it's just the time taken from free time and unsociable hours that bug me.

Oh well, at least I can book my tickets and all this week 😁

Great post! It’s interesting you jumped back behind a bar. My wife is doing that same thing tomorrow, we only have a short amount of time left where we’re at so she’s like “why not?!” Work a couple weekends, she makes a little fortune, see what happens next!

As for that cripto market, Marquette? Cryptol? Ya... I have no idea what you’re talking about, none, zip, zilch, nada!

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Hopefully where she works is busier than this place, more night like that and I don't know if she can afford to pay me! Thanks!

You gotta look on the bright side, at least you got to take some time off because of your crypto investment. It will bounce back and you will be on top of the world again. Keep doing your thing and life will smile on you. Also I honestly never knew you were from Europe, but then again I am horrible at figuring out where people are from on here. Good luck with the lock in and I hope they tip well.

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Ahh no lock-in tonight, and I'm glad to be honest. Yep from England, living in the sun. Cheers!

Man, finally you are doing something useful lol - "kidding.." - yeah this downturn forces many people to work for fiat - you will manage it for sure. I am having some questions I will hit you on Discord soon

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OK dude, awaiting your message

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What is your discord name? I found some Ashers lol

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abh12345 9343

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Thanks dude - hitting you in the evening as my girls do not let me do a lot online here.... :-)

Good luck with your new job. Looks like you got a cool job.

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Cheers! 🍺

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Hi, Asher! I had a similar story when I hoped for a crypto currency and worked less. But now I have returned again to my favorite business and take this break in work as a rest from a long-term working regime without rest. I wish you to work with pleasure and good people!
Tailor Inna.

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Hi!

Hopefully we can all work less again soon, but better to earn now instead of spending STEEM.

Thanks for dropping by!

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Very proud!

I would give anything to sit at that bar and drink with you. They are lucky!

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This was a lovely message to wake up to, thank you @stellabelle! x

Hey Asher!! Hope your shift is going well! Is there music playing in the pub? Did i miss you mention that! Sry if i did. I got interrupted for quite a few hours. I was at the Spruce Meadows Masters this afternoon with my daughter 🌸💖🌹 we had so much fun. And, are going back tomorrow. I find Bartending/ Serving a lot of fun! It's been a few years. And, oddly enough my last gig was serving at the Masters like 6 years ago. Oh my Gahd's ..... i have work i need ta get done asap and am totally loosing focus here!! 🙈😂 i do 99.7% of my steeming on my phone! It's crazy. But, i've just started using my laptop a bit more. Its just not a habit 🤔

One other question, how does using minnowbooster affect my engagement league stats? I tried it out a few times this past week. Just waiting for those payouts! Also-ly (that's how my nephew says it and it is very sweet heheh) What's your take on minnowbooster?

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ahh, you can give me a few tips then I guess? :)

I was originally Steeming on my phone, but caved in for a laptop in the end - it's just so much faster!

MB wont affect your EL stats, feel free to use it if you wish - I have done in the past but not for a while now :)

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Best tip i have is to have fun! Hope your first shift went really well. Thanks so much for letting me know about MB. Have a fantastic day 💖

No pie no cake no charts but Bars😄 there you go @abh12345 👏 if there's music and wifi.. an openmiccomedy and promosteem as main job sound cool (but it's a bar😯)

Good luck with your new job💪

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ha!

Yes this is my new bar, it's about as colourful too eh? :D

Thanks @cicisaja!

I imagine you work in something like the "Blue Oyster".

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I wish! (I think!)

Balvenie DoubleWood neat

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Err, can't see that one on the shelf! Blueberry vodka? 😬

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Thank goodness. I don't think my upvote could have covered what I asked for. I would had to drink and run.

Vodka on a day today sounds great.

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Ahh, one of the posh Whiskeys?

Water for me today, yum!

Barman Asher! I love it, and if you err on the generous side when pouring, you're my kind of bartender!! :)

As cute as this all is, I truly hope prices here skyrocket and you can get the hell out of there! :)

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So you'd pop in for a drink then :)

And to the last comment, hell yes please!

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Pop in for a drink??!! Probably drinkS :) Brian and I used to live in a condo above our favorite watering hole in Vancouver ... we shut the place down far too often I'm afraid haha

I remember a short stint as a bartender in the UK when I lived there for a year while studying.

Oh the loud shouts when football is playing, the bar fights that you need to take out with the help of the bouncers when tempers flared due to trash talking and some flirty girls who buys you a drink or two to get us to be friendlier and make their drinks stronger.

Good times, good times.

Yeah this bear market just puts a damper on everything but I am happy to see that you are stll steeming!

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Student bars, I don't think i could handle working in one of those these days. They were enough hassle on the other side of the bar, standing 5 deep waiting 30 mins for a drink - unless you knew someone :)

Still Steeming for sure, not had enough sleep though so might need an afternoon nap before probably heading back to work this evening. Agggh, employment, come on crypto!

@abh12345, Unfortunate to hear that you've forced to go towards the fiat, but hope that Crypto will going jump once again.

And yes, when the Crypto Sphere faced great uptrend then in my opinion we think that now we will not going to look back.

But in my opinion the life is dynamic then how the aspects of life will not, so, from this point of time we have to see the growth and also the stable positions of Crypto Sphere.

So i want to wish you that no matter what you will going to get the success and will walk on the path you like.

Wishing you an great day and stay blessed. 🙂

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Thanks @chireerocks

I'm sure the market will turn, but in the mean time we need to make ends meet.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Welcome and thank you so much. 🙂

I feel a sequel of 'Cocktail' is coming up soon. Tom Cruise; eat your heart out!

(Congrats with having found something and good luck.)

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ha!

I don't think i'll be flipping bottles over my head any time soon but we shall see, cheers!

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Practice makes perfect my man, practice makes perfect!

Well, at this point at least, you're looking happy behind the bar @abh12345 but, then I would hope so a it's your first night! 😂

Is it not pretty obvious if black curtains are drawn that a lock-in is going on? Maybe the police choose to turn a blind eye if there is reasonable deniability.

I share your feelings about steeming on the phone. Ar least you got this one posted. I've lost count of how many I've lost after, after what seemed like, hours of work. I avoid it as much as possible.

Hope you have a nice relaxing day today. Are you working again tonight?

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Yep, first night smiles, we'll see how that, and my tone, changes as the weeks go by :)

Not sure if the curtains will work at all, but it's not my fine to pay so i'm just going along with it!

Might be working tonight, which means i need to get my posting shoes on and catch up with the charts and pies!

Have a nice day Gill :)

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Thanks Asher. And Kudos for being up. I thought you'd still be in bed after your late night! 😁

Ah, I read your post and this cushion was right next to me... Cwtch, it's a great word!
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Nice!!

Glad to see they have such comfort down in the Valleys :D :D :D

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Haha, yep and ooop in North Wales :D

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Ah, great idea to use a bartender job to advertise Steem! Don't forget your Steem/Dtube shirt :)

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:D

I was thinking about wearing the Steemit t-shirt, could be a good conversation starter for sure!

Ccongrats on the new job. I'd dike good, old Bloody Mary, please :0)

Welcom to my world of phone-blogging again, where the truth is only 1/3 as long as the reality, while it takes double the time :0).

I do hope you'll vet your free drink!

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vodka and tomato juice with lots of pepper? I like!

I did get a free drink, but i forgot to pay for it that's why :D

Trying to clear my replies and put something out this morning - it's not gone to plan so far tough, cheers!

The Crypto debacle put the BEST behind the bar. The downtime would continue....hopefully you get back to lappy soon as it is the best place for you. 👍 ..might you get good exposure though for your content
"Man behind Bar -Barman" evrything happens for a reason...just chill and enjoy some drink in between...

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Cheers dude, I will hopefully have time for the laptop each day - can't be leaving Steem, there is still so much further to go!

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Exactlyy....will wait for some fun video from the bar....in case you get any juggler..who juggles the bottoles and pour in....do share that....Steem On...!

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United Nations? What was your job there? You probably posted about this in August but I'm lazy

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Hi Asher. Lock ins are normally fun. I bet you after a good night out you could pronounce that name properly lol.

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Ha! It wouldn't be what I'd call the place that is for sure.

I suspect that lock-ins are better when you aren't on this side of the bar, we shall see.

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Also depends what kind of lock in plus also wrong side for sure. Thanks you reminded me of a post lol.

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😊 glad to help!

I can not imagine you typed that long in your phone ^_^ It would take me forever ;-)
I work in the same area, not as barmaid but waitress in a restaurant...;-) well, it was a part-time job for the bills...till a few days ago when we were all fired because my boss, the owner, sold the restaurant ;-) Now I'm like in holidays and thinking of my reconversion in a full time artist =D

Good luck for this new job and I wish you LOTS of tips !!

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Thanks Barbara!

I have no idea how long it took, I was writing it in between jobs, but it seemed like a while!

Sorry to hear about your employment, I hope you can find the perfect job for you, after a little break of course 😊

Does Cwtch rhyme with witch? Hope she knows how lucky she is to have you working there and pays you well! Have fun with it!

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It actually rhymes with Butch or Dutch and is pronounced 'Cutch' -Strange!

Thank you, I shall try 😊

Dont loose heart you will really earn a good penance

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Wow - you did it! The long avoided fiat job. I hope it will turn out to be a good thing, a temporary relief from these heavy crypto markets, a way to save some money, and who knows, maybe meet some non-crypto people who you can convince to join Steem :') (Because in the end this is where we all should be :D)

I actually suddenly see a new movement where we all go undercover in fiat jobs just to talk all day to fiat people about Steem! #forthewin

Cheers!

this bearish market is just a mess, good luck with your job

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Thank you very much :)

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I was thinking on doing a bartender course, there are those who say it's one of the easiest jobs to get as an inmigrant.

I would really love to have such a job for 1 summer. But since I have a house, wife, 2 children and something that most people call a career, I will most likely never have such a job.

Anyways it looks nice. Did you like your first night?
And do you need to work so many hours? As it seems you don't have to much time for Steemit?

Given the over 60 replies for this post it looks like you will have heel of a job to catch up with reading and replying 😀😩
Or perhaps this 60+ comments already include some of your replies?

I personally like this post from your phone very much. As I could read it fairly quick.

Its the coolest job i might say, its decent...

i kinda remember the movie Coyote Ugly.. have you watched it?..

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It’s always much better when the shots aren’t measured!
Cheers!

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I'll just take the a.... :P

Yeah seems the case, everyone likes a little more than less!

Congratulations and good luck Asher! For me just a glass of water or a green tea with lemon 😁