Am I the only one here that finds taking inventory to be incredibly depressing? I can't explain it but it's the loneliest experience in the world. Whenever possible I do inventory late at night after the restaurant is closed; if I can do it without anyone distracting me it takes me half the time. So you'd think doing it alone in an empty building would be depressing but that's not it, it's the same no matter when I do it. For some reason I feel like I'm on an alien planet alone, or like the sole human survivor of some apocalyptic disaster! It's really bizarre but I feel like the last human on Earth while I'm counting row after after row of cans, stack after stack of boxes, etc.
It's been this way for 25 years, too. Not just a recent development. Strange.