inessential by Brent Simmons

No ‘No’

Collin Donnell: “No one could tell me ‘no’…”

That’s the thing. If it weren’t for the web and software — if I had had to rely on somebody telling me “yes” to have a vocation — I’d still be a busboy.

(I was a great busboy, by the way. Detail-oriented, fast, and good at keeping the coffee cups full. Seattle-ites will recognize some of the places I worked: Trattoria Mitchelli, McCormick and Schmick’s, A-Jay’s, and Chinook’s. Mostly Chinook’s. I loved coming home with actual cash every day.)