So today I did something I seldom do. I got my hair cut. No don’t think I’m some long-haired hippy. I’m not quite that old. It’s just after a long and somewhat storied military career, I’m tired of haircuts and shaving. So now it’s a haircut maybe every 6 months (sometimes a year or longer), and I shave only when needed.
I had received a coupon in the snail mail for a FREE (as in beer) haircut for a new place in town. It’s a chain so I’m not going to name drop, but I will say I was impressed with the way they cleaned every piece of equipment down to the seats after each haircut. And they enforced masks for everybody. That made me feel safe. And much safer than the other chain my wife went to where no one was wearing a mask. I just walked away from that place.
My stylist was a young lady that had moved here from Canada and married a “surfer guy”. I didn’t ask how long she had been in the states, but there was only a very slight accent that I heard, so I’m thinking she’s been here for at least several years.
I told her the story about my father and Grecian Formula 16 (that will be another post). She had no idea what that was. I wasn’t surprised as it’s been off the market for a long time now (oops, in looking for the link I see that it is still available from many reputable retailers). What I did find funny was when I was taken back for my shampoo, the chair started to vibrate. That reminded me of the old “magic fingers” machine that was attached to beds in finer motels when I was a kid. You probably don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?
I remember asking my mom when we would stop at some mom-and-pop motel somewhere between Miami Florida and Florence South Carolina if they had the “vibrating bed machine”. That was something very rarely advertised on billboards. Mom would just smile and say she didn’t know. That was because if we went into the room and I saw the “insert a quarter” on the side of the bed I wouldn’t shut up until she put the money in the slot. Then was maybe 10 minutes of giggles while the bed would vibrate under me. What fun!
I could use, David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair”, The Cowsills “Hair”, or even anything from the musical “Hair” to go along with this post. But nope (although “Almost Cut My Hair” is a favorite), I’m going with The Monkees. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it over and over, Michael Nesmith was the first entry on my Guitar Gods list. And this song came out in 1966, which was about the time I was experiencing these “Magic Fingers”.
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