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November 23, 2008

A haircut entry

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrew @ 4:25 pm

In the vernacular of blogging, a “haircut entry” is a blog entry of so little importance to anyone but the writer, one has to wonder why they thought that anyone would want to read it. (“I got a haircut today..”, who would actually care?)

Well, lets see what I can do for the genre.

Last Friday, I tried to run out during lunch to get my haircut. I came back with something far different than what I intended.

I first went to the place I normally go to. They said that had a 30+ minute wait, so I decided to go someplace else. When I got there, the barber immediately said “You’ve never been in this shop before, have you?” I sort of wondered how he could be sure of that. We chatted. He cut hair. By the end, I figured out how he could tell I’ve never been there.

He probably never gets repeat customers. Not with the kind of job he did for me. Or maybe some set of customers who don’t notice or care, and then everyone knows enough not to go back.  The fact that the shop never seems busy should have been a clue (I can’t remember when I’ve ever seen it with customers, let alone anyone waiting. Now that I think about it, it only has a chair or two for anyone to wait anyway.)

You live and learn. Or live at least.

2 Comments »

  1. I went to one like that in Ottawa back in the early nineties. It was
    enough to get me to start going to hair salons with punny names.
    (Although to be fair, a good deal of the damage probably came from my
    attempts to fix it afterward.)

    My theory: they’re fronts for organized crime. Barber shops don’t
    sell tangible goods so they don’t move tracable inventory. Plus, they
    make a nicely deniable place to meet up.

    Also: hi and happy holidays.

    Comment by Chris Reuter — December 27, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  2. Hi!

    Comment by Sam — January 29, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

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