Monday, November 29, 2010
Taking a Haircut
How many of you cut your significant other's hair? I'd be willing to bet there's a bunch of you. Personally, I wouldn't let MM touch my tresses. That's why, instead of that fashionable photo you see on this blog, my hair, now...foregoing the "salon" trips of more prosperous days...is long. Very long. And for those of you who would accuse me of being 65 going on 15...have a look at this New York Times article: Long Hair on Middle-Aged Women
OTOH, MM doesn't seem to mind looking as if he'd had a fight with a weedeater...and lost. I am not a great barber. But I come cheap. And I put off applying the Wahl Home Barbering clippers for as long as possible. I just don't have the knack for visualizing spacial concepts. I can't seem to "see" what it should look like. About the time he's looking like Albert Einstein on sterioids, I cave in and try once more, to meet the mark. At least when I finish it's a shorter Albert look.
I've been cutting MM's hair ever since we lived on our 52-foot sailboat in Ft. Lauderdale. That was back in (OMG) 1968. And how I stressed out! Each HAIR was carefully trimmed, it seemed...I agonized about making a mis-cut or a neck nick. Perspiration dripped from my nose! MM complained.
To show you how far a marriage can evolve, I now TRY to make a mess of it in hopes of losing the job! Well.....that's a bit strong. Let's put it this way: I've always WISHED I could do a bad enough job so that out here JOTOLR, even the cows would run from him! No such luck. Once a (thrifty) Scotsman, always a (thrifty) Scotsman! Pursed lips pronounce his preference for economy over style.
Did you know the recession/economic downturn/depression has affected two businesses in particular: one of them is having a haircut in the salon (fewer customers) and the other is the haircutting business in the home by the unskilled such as Elora (more customers)--in essence, home barbering (more customers for Wahl barber equipment--clippers, capes (Fittingly I use a trash bag for a cape!).
In checking for stats regarding home barbering versus salon barbering, I came across the following from an economic blog by a man by the name of Mark Fightmaster, to whom I also owe thanks for the image. I thought it addressed this subject "masterfully" (excuse the pun) and wanted to share it with you all. Haircuts and the Underwear Indicator
Let me know whether you are in the shadowed barber business! It's got to be a growing trend. Like everything else, here on the farm, JOTOLR, we are real trendsetters!