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Most bartenders dream of the day when they can finally be the person on the other side of the bar come a sunny Friday in the summertime.

Others, for some reason, enjoy the occupation.

But many Arts graduates long for the day when they can break free of the hospitality chains and finally do something worthwhile and great with their lives.

One of those downtrodden, but ultimately self-entitled millennials working behind the bar at the Betoota Dolphins Leagues Club this afternoon is Sam Watson, a media graduate who thought his degree would get him an entry-level job straight out of university.

“I want to move to the big city and make something of myself. I want to work at The Courier-Mail but I have no experience and my parents aren’t from around here, meaning they have no connections, so I’m fucked,”

“It’s hard, man.”

Enter Colin Carmichael, the local station manager of Betoota’s Imparja Network.

He used to be a bartender before he finally got his start in media – and he’s about two schooners away from telling young Sam to relax.

“I used to be a bartender, you know,” he told The Advocate.


“Anyway, I’ll get to that later.”

He turned from our reporter and began speaking to Sam.

“If you hold the glass at an angle, you don’t have to work it so hard to get a head started,” he said.

“There’s no shame in doing a two-pour. Good for the pub and good for the customer.”

Sam looked at our reporter, then Colin and sighed.

“$5.20 thanks, champ.”

More to come.


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