TGIF!! Yep, we all have thought it, said it, and probably posted it on Facebook at some point either today or another Friday at some point in our life right ? Well, maybe not all of us!!

TGIF?? A Friday night off without a wedding to go to or a family event?  Can this be? Am I dreaming? I feel like a kid in a candy store!!! Can someone say, " Drinks outside on a patio somewhere in Albany with my girls!!!" in their best Oprah voice?  I feel like a normal human being restaurant industry folk understand. I have waited tables Friday nights now for 15 plus years.....TGIF does not always exist in this biz.

Many of you will end up going out to eat and/or have drinks this weekend. It's what people do, it's relaxing, it's fun, and you don't have to do dishes or clean up. Not to mention eating is one of America's favorite past times and there are about 80 gazillion restaurants in the Capital Region!

Friday and Saturday nights are no doubt 2 of the busiest nights in the restaurant biz, and any server, bartender, busser, etc. would be crazy to pass up this money making shift. But it also leads to many of us never, ever thinking TGIF!!  Come 5 o'clock  on a Friday we know we will be running around like chickens with our heads cut off, waiting on the general public, making them laugh, feeding them food and pouring them drinks! So where is the TGIF in that? No offense. I'd be lying if I said that I am not envious of all of you wining and dining on Friday nights, and don't often picture myself sitting in your seat, sipping on wine and having some din!

With that being said,  I'd like to take this moment to shout out all of my fellow restaurant biz  familia across the world!! Make sure if you go out this weekend to eat to take a step back, and appreciate your server/bartender and their hard work. And think about what you would do if you worked every Friday and Saturday night of your lives.....Yes , this is a profession that we all chose of course, but just take a few seconds out and place yourself in our situation, because chances are we are thinking that we would rather be sitting in your seat and being waited on at 7:30 pm on a Friday night!

Have a wonderous weekend all!