Wine Bartender at the Whip In in Austin, Texas

Wine Bartender at the Whip In in Austin, Texas

For the last few months, I’ve been working as a bartenders at the Whip In in South Austin. These crazy folks have accepted me as a member of their family, and I am so grateful. I am a grown ass man in my forties. I have worked all kinds of manual labor jobs & customer service jobs, and I can say without a doubt that this has been one of the best. The folks I have met here have been some of the most creative diverse bunch of intelligent group of cool folks I’ve ever met in any single one place. In the last few years, I have lost everything, have racked up tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt, I’ve foreclosed on a house I owned briefly, I wrecked my first and only brand new car I’d ever bought and owned, and I quit a couple of potential careers I’d worked very hard at. And I’m really happy about it all. In the last couple of years, I got way too close to being homeless. More so than I’d ever done, and during this little life of mine, I’ve lived in my car, I’ve crashed at the YMCA in Pasadena, CA, I’ve squatted at my recently deceased uncle’s apartment in Paris, and I’ve had to eat at several shelters throughout the years, as well as steal food from plenty of grocery stores. In the last couple of years, I’ve worked endless and thankless hours trying to become a real estate agent, only to find out after being offered a great position in the profession that I didn’t...