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THE SOUNDS OF A ROOM

Have you ever stopped to listen to a busy room? Next time you're in a bar or restaurant...listen. For me, there is no better sound, it's kept me in the business ...and I truly love it!

The loud inaudible buzz of conversations around the room. Some loud, others barely a whisper, but they all combine and become one...

Empties hitting each other as they're tossed into cases. Lemons, limes and straws in glasses dumped out into slop buckets before going into the glass washer...

The kitchen doors swing open, you get a brief glimpse into the guts of the restaurant, the distant shouts of cooks feverishly trying to get food out, the faint music (which is always different from the restaurant's), the dishpit clanging dishes...

Laughter coming from all sides of the room, a woman's gawfaw, a big table boisterously joking, squeals from long over-due reunions, singing along with music, loud CHEERS! from a group photo...

Loud music...heavy bass, or the sport's announcers on the TVs spewing out the play-by-play hockey action....he shoots, he SCORES!!...cheering and high-fives all around...

Printers' incessant chattering. Drink orders coming into the bar at an alarming rate, ambidexterous bartenders grabbing glasses, booze bottles, garnishes, turning on blenders, shaking shakers everything is by feel, no time to look for stuff, blindly, expertly grabbing what is needed...

Ice cubes hitting the sides of glasses, this is one of my favorite sounds in the world, even when it's not in this context. I think it stems from the soaps my mom used to watch. Rich folks on those shows always seemed to have decanteurs of booze around everywhere, heavy-bottom rock glasses and full ice cube buckets with tongs (I wonder who filled those?) and they always clinked and clanked as they threatened people, or stared off into space talking to themselves...

Glass washer whooshing...I know that I have called this a big no-no in the past, but if the room is loud and busy enough, you can get away with it. Basically, if you need to run the glass washer non-stop, you are busy enough...

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