Going back into the kitchen
Because of family economics and my possibly misguided desire open a restaurant of some kind, I'm starting to look for a part-time, weekend kitchen job, likely at the bottom where I belong, HA! I have just started looking last night, so I don't even really know what's out there locally yet. Best case scenario, in my mind, would be dishwasher/porter and an extra hand in some prep, with an opportunity to learn and do more a little bit at a time. I don't think I'm reaching or being unreasonable to think someone will let me wash dishes for minimum wage on Friday and Saturday nights, but I do hope that I'll get some prep time to get better at the things that take practice, and eventually get to cook something. Who knows, maybe it will work some sense into me and let me know what I'm missing, for better or worse. It'll defintely be a huge change from sitting in an office 40 hours a week (which I will continue to do to pay the bills).
For those who forgot or never knew, I have no training in the kitchen, having last worked making cheap pizza for Little Ceasers in '89, plus 4 years on the McD grill, which I don't really think qualifies as "relavent experience." We'll see how it turns out.