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Chris Armstrong of Pussy Cat Lounge

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Chris Armstrong admits he doesn't go out too much -- working the door Pussy Cat Lounge in Scottsdale is about as much excitement he can handle when he has to get up in the morning.

Armstrong says he actually likes to wake up early to watch and trade the markets (he's a registered investment adviser), and when he's not at his day or night job, he's doing his best to balance his friends, girlfriend and family.

A few months ago, Armstrong was looking for a night job and his roommate connected him with the PCL general manager, Sonny (who they call "Soncat"). "I knew it would be a good fit," Armstrong says. "I guess the timing was just right."

Armstrong took a break to dish on bouncer life, misconceptions and the last crazy he threw out of the Pussy Cat Lounge ...

Best part of the job:

The people I meet. Every night I meet tons of new people, and so many different types of people -- it's great. And of course the girls that flash us ... Yeah, I like that too.

Biggest misconception about bouncers:
A lot of people think that the door guys are jerks or that we go on power trips ... You have to understand that there is a certain amount of guests that can safely fit into the club, and our job just happens to require us to regulate that. Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe and fun environment.

Last crazy night:
There was this one guy that we removed from the bar because he was too intoxicated. He had hit a staff member and was completely belligerent. He was in the street yelling that he was a "gangster disciple" and wanted to fight the entire staff. The police pulled up and within two minutes he was bawling like an 8-year-old school girl.

Worst part of the job:
Late hours. Many nights I don't get home till 4 a.m., it's tough to have productive days following the long weekends.

What's on your belt?
I have a flashlight for IDs. [PCL] is a place where people come to dance and have a good time. We don't really run into the problems a lot of other clubs have; we show everybody respect and for the most part it's reciprocated.

What's the difference between PCL and places in Tempe/Phoenix?
PCL is an upscale lounge. We have great DJs sThursday through Sundays, and we're launching a new Monday night event which we're all really excited about. I can't say too much about it... Just be there before midnight.

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