Valerie Bates: Steak & Egger waitress - 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Valerie Bates, 35, went back to waitressing in April. The first place with a job offer was the Steak & Egger. On the graveyard shift. "It's not like I picked it," Bates says of overnight work. "It picked me." And with four kids -- one a toddler and one in college, "there's a family to support."
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( Tribune photo by Chris Sweda / August 29, 2009 )

Valerie Bates, 35, went back to waitressing in April. The first place with a job offer was the Steak & Egger. On the graveyard shift. "It's not like I picked it," Bates says of overnight work. "It picked me." And with four kids -- one a toddler and one in college, "there's a family to support."

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