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FEB 2019

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wednesdayschild.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 2.19 43 of a second job. "Everything crumbled, and I crumbled," she says. At a low point, a friend suggested that Frames take an open bartending spot at Air Devils. She wasn't so sure but showed up anyway to meet with Russell Shockley. "I remember parking outside and thinking, 'Whoa, what am I doing? is is crazy.' But I go in and it's all dark. Russell was in here," she says. She said to him, "I'm kind of looking for a part-time bartending job." "Oh, you got any experience?" "No." "Well, when can you start?" Frames quickly learned tips — like don't pour out somebody's booze-marinated ice — and suddenly realized she had been taken under the wings of seasoned pros and had a new group of friends, including bartender Belita McDonald. McDonald is now 58 and does catering for private jets, including once for Fleetwood Mac (Christine McVie had a salad and chicken) and Kid Rock (a fan of lobster). McDonald is coupled with an Air Devils regular who she says wore down her policy of not dating customers. He used Kris Kristofferson lines on her. Frames leans on the bar, says some of the workers and patrons are "closer in this family than their own families." "When I started working, this lady told me, 'Welcome to Air Devils. It's like Hotel California: You can get in but you can't get out,'" Frames says. "And I still think about that to this day. Well, here I am. I totally got sucked in." During an afternoon lull, Frames walks past the bar's Golden Tee arcade game and a small ATM, pushes through the prone-to-slamming front door and lights a cigarette on the deck scattered with weathered wood furniture. e bare frame overhead once held an awning. Cars whir past. To one side of Air Devils is a liquor store, to the other a sushi restaurant that was once a Frisch's. Frames takes a deep drag. She says she grew up "a little sheltered, a little privileged, maybe a little shallow or judgmental." She has spent time with patrons "from doctors to almost-homeless. at really humbled me. I learned more through working here than I could ever learn at any school." e after-work crowd arrives not long after 6 p.m. Pool balls crack. e average age is starting to fall, if only slightly. e pork is still on. Frames opens and shuts the white refrigerator covered in stickers from Nolin CALL 502.625.0100 or go to louisville.com/subscriptions The best read on the city. Subscribe Now $22/year

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