Back in the day when it seemed only a dream to be a writer and the kids were small, I worked all sorts of jobs to make cash, but my very favourite one and the one where I got to chat with Don Cherry, Doug Gilmour and other hockey greats was my two seasons working as a waitress at the Maple Leaf Garden’s Hot Stove Club. (1992, 1993). I also worked at the Sky Dome the year the Blue Jays won World Series, but I’m not really a baseball fan and that was really more about money.
Sometimes when I am talking to kids in school about being a writer, I tell them about my “Celebrity Job.” God, I wasn’t a very good waitress but I still made great tips when the Leafs were winning, and thank God, even when they weren’t. We used to sneak out and watch the game when our drink orders and food orders were in.
Truth be told, I grew up in Vancouver with a father who was a die-hard Habs fan. Last night’s game was impossible to watch. Poor Montreal! Still, rest assured Montreal Fans that there are some West Coasters, probably lots, who are routing for you.
I’m a fair-whether fan — Playoffs only, unless I get to go to a game here in Van and I love that for lots or reasons: beer, singing, green men, cheering, Player’s Chop House post game…just going out and having fun.