Prior to working at Fireside I spent my time working in the service industry at higher end joints in upper class neighborhoods. Out of nowhere an interview at FS fell into my lap. Not only did no one read my résumé at my interview, but I had to sleep off my “interview” in the parking lot, out like a light until I heard a fight break out in 5 Points Alley. CLEARLY I had no choice than to quit my cushy Hyde Park job for the 3 year long thrill ride that became Fireside. (PSA: DO NOT expect that kind of interview now. Only serious applicants need apply . Seriously, though.) _____________
Walnut Hills, an ethnically, racially, and economically diverse neighborhood captivated me. Sure, every bartender has regulars. But here? Here I had family.
You sappy ass sacks of shit hosted me in your homes, cooked me dinner, invited me to weddings, funerals, and everything in-between. You introduced me to your families. You divested your deepest, darkest secrets. We laughed together. We cried together. We drank together. I watched over your homes and your pets. You closed down the bar with me. You called to make sure I got home. You took me out on the town and to soccer games without ever letting me foot the bill. You gave me advice when I needed it, and even when I didn’t know I did. You were my parents. You were my best friends. You allowed me to let my guard down and be a person instead of a service robot. You never judged me for wearing the same outfit all week. You’re the reasons I stayed as long as I did.
Walnut Hills is the only neighborhood community I’ve ever been part of. Without asking, it sucked me in, and for a WILD ass ride! I cannot comp enough PBR to express not just my gratitude, but also my sincere love for every one of you. You molded me into the best version of myself thus far and I can’t wait to share it with the rest of the world.
Catch ya later, skaters!
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