Alabama IS a low-pay state. That's why I moved. But $23 is pretty low, especially for a traveller. Actually I'm surprised they're even using contract labor there. From my experience, they usually just load the staff up with a ridiculous patient load. My advice is to work out your contract, learn from the experience, and enjoy B'ham while you're there.
The Five-Points area usually has good live music
Try the BBQ - Ollies is a classic
Then there's the B'ham Zoo (and no, it's not just dogs and chickens...)
:yeahthat: Good gourmet restaurants; is the Pillars still there?
:roll Tuscaloosa is only an hour away; catch a BAMA home game... experience the thrill of victory..... ROLL TIDE.
Anyhow, there's plenty to do there if you want to have some fun.