"The stripper pole here provides numerous stories. We have a "no-guy policy" on the pole, and this bigger gentleman got up there and started taking off his clothes ..."
Years behind the bar: 10
How did you start bartending?
I was living in Alabama when I was in college and I worked at a sports bar. It was an Alabama/Auburn bar, owned by a professional football player from the Miami Dolphins' undefeated team.
I started out in the kitchen and they finally put me behind the bar. I've been bartending ever since then, pretty much.
Ever see any brawls between Alabama and Auburn fans?
Just a couple, but nothing that got too out of control. It's more verbal down there.
What do you like to do when you're not bartending?
I go to almost 50 to 60 concerts a year. Next week I'm going to Lollapalooza in Chicago. In June I was at Bonnaroo. I've probably seen six shows this month. I would definitely say it's one of my vices. When the paper comes out, I'm always flipping through to see who's coming this month.
What's the best show you've seen this summer?
It was at Bonnaroo. The Nine Inch Nails show, because it was the first time I've seen them and this was their last season touring, and they just put on one of the craziest shows I've ever seen. I've seen a couple Tool shows and I've seen Metallica, but that show just blew my mind.
What do you like to drink?
Sapphire and tonic or Jameson and ginger ale are probably my favorite.
What would you be doing if you weren't bartending?
I majored in athletic training with a minor in sports psychology, so it would probably be in the sports-medicine area. To see those different injuries and watch these athletes go from not being able to compete in their sport to excelling at their sport in two, three months is fulfilling to me and rewarding because you helped them in that process.
Got any good stories from bartending?
The stripper pole here provides numerous stories. We have a "no-guy policy" on the pole, and this bigger gentleman got up there and started taking off his clothes and another guy went up with, like, $40 in ones and just started throwing it on him.
When he got kicked off the stage, he was going around picking up his dollars. Everybody was like, "Wow, earn that money, drinking money."