”The wreck was May 8, 2015. I was ejected from my Jeep. I didn’t have the doors on. She hit me on the driver’s side back tire and I flew out. I broke my pelvis and my tailbone and had wicked road rash from my knee to up my back. I still have a scar from that. I was running five miles a day at the time. They told me I would to have to have surgery and I didn’t want that. They told me I would be in a wheelchair four to five months. I was on crutches within two and running again within a year. Doing it on my own again was incredible. I still drive a Jeep.
I prefer the nightlife and bartending
I appreciate things much more and this gave me the drive to run again no matter what happens. I had to stay positive. I also had to depend on other people for everything including showering and shaving my legs. Downtown is a family. When I had my wreck, there was a pub crawl benefit for me. They raised a lot of money and that is how I survived. I felt so loved.
I have been a bartender since I turned 21. I started at Veet’s and worked there almost 7 years. I am bartending again at Alchemy from Friday through Monday. I go for a run, have lunch and work until four in the morning. My happy hour is from 4 am to 6 am. Go home and do it all over again. It is a hard schedule. What is sleep? Tuesdays and Wednesdays are my weekend. It is a lot of fun and never the same. I had a day job for a while but I prefer the nightlife and bartending.The busier it is, the better it is with high volume and high energy slinging drinks. I also like being around different people. Tip your bartenders because we only get paid off of tips. That is the way with most service industry. There are non-tippers and overtippers and the good makes up for the bad. We try to give everyone equal service.
I am 30 and have no idea what I want to do with my life after bartending. It is hard to have a relationship with this schedule and it is hard to find people to date here. I have moved away from Mobile, but I keep coming back. I don’t want to be anywhere else.”