BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — After 6 months of solitude, area bartender Monica Chapman has had plenty of time to self-reflect and make a plan for betterment. 


“It’s time. I had to make the decision myself though, you know?” she told us this afternoon, while rummaging in a cabinet behind the bar. “I’m just going to rip the bandaid off.”


She walked passed us with a box of various bar toys, struggling to hold onto it like a person carrying fresh laundry from the dryer.


”I’m just going to put this stuff outside. Maybe someone else can use it,“ she said, pushing a flailing rubber hose back into the box. “Hey, can you grab that little smoke bubble gun thingy? I think I dropped it back there.”


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