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Work, Work, Work,.....not too hard I hope The Great Hall: Work, Work, Work,.....not too hard I hope
By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Wednesday, December 25, 2002 - 11:14 am: Edit

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all.
I guess you are all working away at this time of year!
I'm lucky, I teach and I'm off for two weeks enjoying the Holidays.
Whatever you may be doing, remember to make time for your loved ones, especially your children or parents they'll be there when the job decides IT does not need you any more, they'll be there when your co-workers are not, they'll be there the times that count but;.......they won't be there forever!!!!! So enjoy them now!!!!
As much as we may think jobs are important, they are not and, there's always another one down the road......if you know your craft.
What the hell is he rambling about now?, you may be asking; well let me tell you this story.
On December 12th Marquis Murray, a 20 year old former student of mine died, he died because he did not have insurance, he was a diabetic and he could not go to the doctor for a while. Eventually he went into a hospital that takes anyone coming through the doors. He was admitted and a few hours later he was dead, his life was snuffed out just that quickly, before he went into the hospital he visited a few family members and co-workers, so as to say good-bye, which he did not know was coming.
He was given some insulin that his body rejected.
The autopsy results are not back yet.
This young man was a man's man, he was always smiling, happy, always a kind word for everyone; he was the exception to the rule in teen agers.
He had graduated J & W a few months back, he was now attending Florida Inter national University's school of Hospitality Management, which I recommended since I graduated from there!
He left behind a brother two sisters, his parents and, many uncles and coousins.
His mother called me to attend the funeral when this happened, and she told me Marquis always talked about me and that "I" had made an impression on her son's life, I said to her, Ms. Murray, so as did your son to my life!
He truly had, he reminded me of me when I was that age, not a care in the world and the world WAS mine!!!
I could never imagine the pain of burying a child of yours or mine!!!! Especially when your child is as close to perfect as I had ever seen.
God Bless...and enjoy your family
Work will be there tomorrow whether you show up or not!!!!!!!

By Corey (Corey) on Wednesday, December 25, 2002 - 03:05 pm: Edit

A Very Special Holiday Recipe:

1 cup of water
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup of brown sugar
lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 bottle Jose Cuervo
2 cups of dried fruit

Sample the Cuervo to check quality.

Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again.

To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and


Turn on the electric mixer.

Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy

Add one teaspoon of sugar.

Beat again.

At this point it's best to make sure the Cuervo is still OK.

Try another cup .... just in case

Turn off the mixerer thingy.

Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in
the cup of dried fruit.

Pick the frigging fruit off floor.

Mix on the turner.

If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers
just pry it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the Quervo to check for tonsisticity.

Neaxt, sift two cups of salt. Or something.
Who giveshz a bit.

Check the Jose Cuervo

Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
Add one table.

Add a spoon of sugar, or somefing. Whatever
you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to
fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Finally, throw the bowl through the window.

Finish the Jose Cuervo.


By Chefrev (Chefrev) on Wednesday, December 25, 2002 - 03:06 pm: Edit

I'm sorry for your loss of a friend and colleague. Please accept our condolences.

Thanks for reminding me and all of us of our priorities. If it wasn't for my family, I don't know what I'd do. They love and accept me even when the job is sh*tty to me.

Thank God for our loved ones! They keep us grounded and sane in a frequently crazy profession.

By Snuffaluff (Snuffaluff) on Saturday, December 28, 2002 - 09:17 am: Edit

Manny, touching story, Sorry to hear for yours and their loss.

lmao @ corey!! that's hilarious man. Can you substiture the Jose w/ ... say... whiskey?

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Sunday, December 29, 2002 - 07:19 pm: Edit

Thank you John, Doug!
I see you both are men of Christ!

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Monday, December 30, 2002 - 01:21 am: Edit

hope ya all had a great Christmas, and you all have a wonderful New Year.
Spike and Elwood the dog.

By Snuffaluff (Snuffaluff) on Monday, December 30, 2002 - 10:11 am: Edit

Hey Manny, I assume by Doug you meant me? A man of Christ... Of course. There's no other way to go but the way of truth and love. Baruch Ha Shem!! <--- that's hebrew for Bless the Name

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Tuesday, December 31, 2002 - 06:33 am: Edit

So true Snuffy...Doug!

By George (George) on Tuesday, December 31, 2002 - 05:03 pm: Edit

Happy New Year to all!

It's unfortunate events like those related by Manny that should make us appreciate what we have and how lucky we are.

May You and Yours All have a Very Happy New Year!


By Ladycake (Ladycake) on Tuesday, January 07, 2003 - 11:02 am: Edit


There is that old saw that no one on his deathbed says he wishes he's spent more time at the office. How true and pertinent at this time of year for those of us in this business!

My condolences for your loss. It is so sad to lose one in whom we see so much hope, and joy, and potential! Last year one of my continously smiling students killed himself. I didn't know that he was clinically depressed. It was a blow to everybody, especially the other students! If he had only been able to see the joy he brought to others, it may have made a difference.

On a lighter note, Happy New Year to you all. I wish you a year of prosperity and the leisure time to enjoy it. God bless you all!


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