Ever since I’ve switched to working at home, I’ve started to treasure human interaction in almost any form. I used to hate to go to the barber shop as I viewed the ensuing conversation as one of a forced nature. (I’m also quite shy in person.) So today, I was happy to have this pleasant conversation with the barbers. Barber 1 is my barber, while the other two are nearby barbers.
(To set things up my barber was talking about buying something, of which wasn’t clear to me)
Barber 1: I picked it up at Target, my favorite store.
Barber 2: I like Wal-Mart myself
Barber 1: Honey, I’m not going to Oakland to shop at a Target (Note: Oakland is a good 30 miles away from me, but there’s are two Wal-Marts about 20 miles away. Still pretty far for a basic purchase.)
Barber 3: What about the Costco? It’s right across the street.
Barber 1: It’s just me. What am I going to do, buy a keg of mustard? I end up throwing out too much stuff anyway.
Me: You could get a FoodSaver, but then you have to deal with a bunch of bags. (I didn’t want to get into the long conversation of using mason jars unless she really got interested at the idea).
Barber 1: Yeah, that sounds like it’s not going to work. You know, I don’t like going to the store every week, but it’s the only thing that works for me. If I want a donut, I buy one, eat it, and that’s the end of it.
Me: Wow, you really got yourself a good system that works for you. I know people who aren’t nearly that good.
Barber 1: Well it took awhile, I used to eat whole boxes of cookies. Now I’m better.
Barber 1: You want your hair like this? (As she parts it to the side)
Me: No, I like a part in the middle.
Barber 1: Oh my, you look like that actor! I love him! He’s sooo good. What’s his name?
Me: Andy Garcia
Barber 1: Yeah, that’s him. You must get that all the time.
Me: Oddly, it comes in spurts. I’ll hear it four times over one weekend and then not again for 6 months.
Barber 1: Weird… [Barber 2], check it out, I’m cutting Andy Garcia’s hair.
Barber 2: Hey, I let you cut Nicholson’s hair last time. I can’t believe you stole my star again.
Barber 1 (to me): You know people always me and my daughter if we know Alicia Keys because we live near San Francisco. Of course we don’t know Alicia Keys!
Me: I’m one of those people. I’m always asking if anyone knows Tom Brady since this is his hometown. I haven’t found anyone yet.
Barber 1: Well my daughter is dating a guy from New York and you know what she asks him? “Do you know Fifty Cent?”
Me: Yeah like he was chilling with him last weekend or something.
Barber 1: I know! You know what, I used to date Timothy Hutton from the 7th through the 9th grades. Yep, I gave him a crazy perm in the 7th grade. Someday, I’ll be Oprah telling people what he was like in the 8th grade.
Me: Oh, you’re from Berkeley! Do you know Timothy Hutton?
Barber 1: Good try, but a little late.