Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels Kapitoil and The Love Song of Jonny Valentine.
BY Teddy Wayne
“Carpe diem” is the name of my new seafood restaurant that specializes in the day’s catch of fresh carp. I know, the e on the sign is a mistake. We’re seeing about having them change it, or at the very least, getting a discount. In a way, we’d almost rather get the discount now, because the misspelling makes us stand out a little, and also we overspent on the sign and could really use the money. You don’t want to know how much we spent, seriously. Starting a restaurant is a huge investment; it’s no wonder so many of them fail. You know, the more I think about it, the more I realize this was a really stupid idea. I should’ve socked the money away for the future, in a slow-growing but consistent bond, instead of impulsively plowing my life’s savings into a restaurant all because I felt like it one morning… Okay, we’re closing. That’s how I like to do things—I make quick decisions and just go for it.
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