Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States (P.S.)

by Pete Jordan | Travel |
ISBN: 0060896426 Global Overview for this book
Registered by klaradyn of Praha, Praha Czech Republic on 5/14/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by klaradyn from Praha, Praha Czech Republic on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Reserved for kirjakko, as it is on her wishlist.

Bought the book secondhand at The Globe bookstore in Prague.

Journal Entry 2 by klaradyn at Praha, Praha Czech Republic on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Released 11 yrs ago (5/11/2013 UTC) at Praha, Praha Czech Republic

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Given to kirjakko at our meeting on Saturday.

Journal Entry 3 by wingkirjakkowing at Praha, Praha Czech Republic on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Thanks for the wishlist book, Klaradyn! I've already read it almost half way through in Prague. I have to say that Dishwasher Pete is a very unpleasant person and I pity anyone who has hired him or has had the bad fortune to hire anyone like him. Totally unreliable, no skills or will for customer service, very bad at taking orders and thinks the best part of a job is the time he says: "I quit!" The whole profession seems to be the same as despite his lacks in this and that and his unkept appearence he is being hired over and over again and employers seem to be sorry to see him go. The book is well written and one amazes what will happen on the next page, how much more can the employers stand. The standard of restaurants in the US is appalling, lack of hygiene and amount of crawly creepy things in kitchens is disgusting. As far as I know the hygiene requirements in Finnish restaurants are quite strict and they are being supervised, but I may have too good a picture of that field.
Usually when one reads a memoir one tends to be on the side of the writer and develop a certain liking to him / her, but this guy does not fish for symphaties nor gain any.

Journal Entry 4 by wingkirjakkowing at Pornainen, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, May 20, 2013
Finnished the book at a friend's cottage.
The book was well written and the writer became more likable with age, less radical and a bit more responsible. Was it Churchill who said that those who are not radicals when young have no heart and those who are not conservatives when old have no brains.
The aim to dish at 50 states wasn't concured during ten years on the road. The most surprising job was washing dishes on a train when the water run out - so Pete had to make do first recycling the used water and then just wiping the dirty dishes with a cloth. I might not eat on a train any time soon.

Released 11 yrs ago (5/25/2013 UTC) at -- Somewhere in Helsinki / Jossain päin kaupunkia in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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Dishwasher will join us in a meet-up at Café Eliel.

Journal Entry 6 by wingtoukokuuwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, May 25, 2013
I had never heard of this book but sounds like a crazy story so I took it home with me. Thank you klaradyn and kirjakko!

Journal Entry 7 by wingtoukokuuwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, September 8, 2013
I have to admit that book entertained me and I could somehow relate to dishwasher's attempt to stay free and independent. Interesting story anyway.

Journal Entry 8 by wingSoozreaderwing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Friday, February 7, 2014
Thank you so much for sending me this book:)

Journal Entry 9 by wingSoozreaderwing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
This was an interesting but at the same a little bit annoying and frustrating story to read:) Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 10 by wingSoozreaderwing at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Released 9 yrs ago (4/11/2015 UTC) at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom

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This book will travel to the BookCrossing Convention in Oxford as I found it from a wishlist...:) Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 11 by wingeponine38wing at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 11, 2015
Thank you so much for this wishlist book, along with the lovely postcard and yummy chocolate! What a wonderful surprise! Kiitos ☺

Journal Entry 12 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Quite entertaining! It was an interesting look at one aspect of the restaurant business. I always figured there was a lot of turnover in this industry, but didn’t realize that the rate was this high. Or maybe Mr. Jordan was not quite typical, since he had a specific agenda. Like Kirjakko, I’ll admit that occasionally his attitude bothered me a bit, i.e. his habit of quitting with no notice or simply not showing up for his first shift. But the travelogue aspect of it was interesting. I did think the book ended rather abruptly and surprisingly, but it was still enjoyable. Thank you again for sharing it, Soozreader! I hope to see you at another convention sometime.
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This will be offered in booklady331's Nonfiction VBB, where I hope it will find another reader.

Journal Entry 13 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Released 6 yrs ago (8/8/2017 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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On its way to BooksAndMusic via booklady331's Nonfiction VBB. Thanks for your patience, and I hope you enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 14 by BooksandMusic at Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Thank you, I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 15 by BooksandMusic at Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, February 26, 2024
I def enjoyed it. Traveling around washing dishes and sleeping on friend's couches is a young man's game or maybe from a different era, the era of the hobo. Pete gets older and buys a van so he can vanlife through his goal of washing dishes in all fifty states. Still, once in his mid-thirties, the game is up because he wants to have a home and a wife. Sadly he doesn't complete all fifty states. That was disappointing but in order to do all fifty he would have to have had a plan that listed which states by when; it would have taken the free spirit out of it but would have seen it finished, probably.

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