Woodside Bakery

I worked at the Woodside Bakery and Cafe in 1995 and 1996 as a counterperson, barista and busboy. In late 1996 I was promoted to the weekend manager at the Portola Valley Bakery, a second venture by the same owner.
June 9, 2012

Five Things I Learned From Rudy Rudy was working at the Woodside Bakery and Cafe when I worked there in 1995 and 1996. Working on a green card, half his paychecks headed straight home to his wife and kids in Guatemala. To give them a better life. When I left the bakery for a job […]

September 5, 2011

The Idea of Double Decaf “Double-decaf macchiato, to go” was the one I couldn’t understand. He was one of our first customers, every day. And that was his order. Every single day. I didn’t get it because, first of all, why would you get up first thing in the o’dark morning to go to a […]

July 28, 2011

Some kids just get it. Not me. I was 18 and I didn’t give a fuck about nuthin cept going out at night and having fun. Afternoons I occupied space in various classrooms at my local community college. Mornings I made the minimum + tips serving lattes along with a crew of five at a […]

October 5, 2008

Freshman Year at Community College. My schedule, 4 days a week: Start work at 7AM. Work until 10. Leave for my first class at community college at 11. Go to three classes. Come back to work at 3. Finish up at 6. Friday was my day off both school and work. Then on the weekends […]