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The Rev. Tim Schenck, rector of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass., looks for God amid domestic chaos
Hail to the Dishwashers
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Tim Schenck is an Episcopal priest, husband to Bryna, father to Benedict and Zachary, and \x34master\x34 to Delilah (about 50 in dog years). Since 2009 I've been the rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass. (on the ...
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Tim Schenck is an Episcopal priest, husband to Bryna, father to Benedict and Zachary, and \x34master\x34 to Delilah (about 50 in dog years). Since 2009 I've been the rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass. (on the South Shore of Boston). I've also served parishes in Maryland and New York. When I'm not tending to my parish, hanging out with my family, or writing, I can usually be found drinking good coffee -- not that drinking coffee and these other activities are mutually exclusive. I hope you'll visit my website at www.frtim.com to find out more about me, read some excerpts from my book \x34What Size are God's Shoes: Kids, Chaos & the Spiritual Life\x34 (Morehouse, 2008), and check out some recent sermons.
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May 15, 2012 12:01 a.m.





Over the years while talking to different people about their paths taken, it turns out  that a surprising amount of them have either waited tables, washed dishes, been a line cook or a have been a delivery driver. This means a lot of people understand exactly how dysfunctional a restaurant "family" can be. If you have never watched the movie Waiting, you should because it sheds some light on the topic, minus the despicable act of serving customers adulterated food that the movie occasionally glamorizes. It’s still worth a look.





The most thankless job in any professional kitchen is the dishwasher. Let’s face it, that job sucks because it’s hot and humid, you’re sometimes called upon to clean the grease trap and you have waitresses howling for silverware, glasses, or dropping a full tray of dirty dishes expecting them to empty it. They also have line cooks screaming for sauté pans, sizzlers, or to run to get something that they should have had enough of, as part of their mise en place.





Dishwashers can be audacious little stoners that sometimes have some kind of a simple-minded scheme in play like putting hot sauce made from habanero peppers on the rim of someone’s drink, only to ask that same cook later if they will make them some chicken tenders for dinner, (and you wondered why I said simple minded!)  Another beauty is attempting to steal liquor by putting it in the trash only to grab it later thinking they are pioneers, but then telling everyone that will listen how drunk they were the night before the missing booze was discovered.





There is however, one dishwasher that worked for me that stood out from the rest and not in a good way either. I’ll refer to him by his first name Mark; he did a good job while working for me. One day I was reading the Poughkeepsie Journal online back in 2007, eight years after working with him, the headline was about the murder of a family of 4 in Fishkill, NY,  I read the article because it caught my attention as I used to work in Fishkill (with Mark). Let’s just say they found 4 lifeless bodies and obviously, drugs were involved. Mark was eventually found guilty and was sentenced to 50 years to life. Unfortunately, this all too true…





While often being pigeon holed, everyone in the restaurant needs to do whatever it takes to keep the dish washers at their beck and call because they can either bail your butt out when you need something or leave you in the weeds all by yourself. This means sometimes putting up with their loud music, respecting the system they use to get the dishes cleaned properly, and even bearing the brunt of one of their jokes to appease them and keep them in your corner.





I propose a toast to all dishwashers everywhere: CHEERS!

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