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"Hi! I'm Brenda.. and I'll be your waitress today!"

by Brenda Braxton

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Posted on August 11, 2008 at 8:40 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:32 PM

Let me put my own twist on the old joke-- "a funny thing happened on my way to the....."

In my case, the "funny thing" happened on my way to see an outdoor concert at the River House restaurant in West Linn Sunday. Dan Reed was there playing a low key acoustic set (after flying in from New York to play The Bite of Portland the night before.) He's a long time friend-- he and my husband Blake played together back in the day in the Dan Reed Network-- so we came out to see him and had our two kids in tow.

If you've never been to the River House (formerly the Footpath Cafe) it's a renovated home with a nursery on the property and a view of the river. We know the new management.. my husband helps book music for the outdoor stage-- our teenage son is even lending a little muscle this summer setting up tables and chairs for the shows. It's as relaxed and family oriented as it gets. I guess that's why when I arrived Sunday afternoon and saw that a swarm of customers suddenly outnumbered the wait staff (whom I also know).. my first question was "What can I do to help?" The answer-- plenty! I grabbed my 10-year-old daughter and we started bussing tables, putting out place settings, delivering menus and I started taking people's orders! I'm sure I didn't need to tell the customers it was my first time waiting tables :-) More than a few of them recognized me as the "news lady" and got a good chuckle when I explained what I was doing there.
A friend snapped this picture of me in front of the kitchen "pick up" window!


Photo courtesy of "Kevvy Metal!"

I'm retiring my order pad for now :-) But here's a "shout out" to all the waiters and waitresses who've given me excellent service over the years. I don't know how you do it all---
but THANK YOU for doing it soooo well!