It was approaching sunset in Barstow, CA and my stomach told me that it was time for eating and so stopped in a Chiropractor’s office looking for directions to a good place to eat dinner. They quickly said “Lola’s.”
I drove there to Lola’s Kitchen and was greeted as soon as I entered the door by Alberto. By his body language and pleasant genuine smile, I could tell that he was friendly.
Looking around, judging by the comfort and casual appearance of other diners, I knew I was in a family oriented type of place with good food. Lola’s has been in operation since 23 years.
Alberto mentioned that he drove an hour every day of work to help out his mother in her restaurant. He said he really enjoyed working there but he showed ambition when he also related to me that he went to school for cosmetology and also has his real estate license.
We started to talk about my travels to 49 states and he wanted to know as why I was doing it. Just like the title to my blog — “Meet people, make friends and see if we can help make a difference in people’s lives.”
“How can you do that?” he asked.
“Through our shopping annuity program in which we show people how to turn ‘Spending into Earning’.
We took a quick picture. He wanted to hear more, but new customers came into the door. He moved quickly to go take care of them.
Alberto was also concerned about getting home since his husband is studying to become a paralegal.
There can be some long days since he starts his day at 11 a.m., but he only works 3 days a week. His most enjoyable part of working for his mother is of course the family that is involved and the great customers that come through the door.
Albert’s father also helps out during the day and helps clean the restaurant after they close.