When I was younger I used to actually LIKE getting my hair cut. It was cut by Carol Dunning, a nice Mom of my friend Jeremy. She did a good job no matter what my youthful taste had wanted. It was $8.00 for as long as I could remember; from 5th grade when she started to 3 years out of high school.....$8.00. She paid attention to detail, washed my hair before AND after. It wasn't a wash either it was scalpal massagilousis and frankly I liked it. Fast forward to today..... prices have skyrocketed even at the cheap places (you know the ones where the employees roll out of bed in sweats, don't comb, maybe not even wash, their hair, and put on no make up. They put their hair in a pony tail, spray on massive amounts of cheap perfume and have a cigarette on their way to work). Even those places are pushing $20 a cut. Sometimes they take 10 minutes and other times they take a 1/2 hour. I really can't tell the difference between the 10 minute hair cuts and the 1/2 hour ones except the 1/2 hour ones they know where I work, how many kids I have, marital status, how long I lived here, where I came from, what I like to do and if there's still time what I think about the weather. I hate those! "I'm retired; did so at 16 with the invention of something called He-man masters of the universe then a large settlement from a lawsuit against Mattel for copying me with She-Ra. Now I'm a philanthropist; most of them think that's some sort of magician. I have 16 kids that I know of, I'm a polygamist and can't remember if I had twins last year or not. I've lived here my whole life - I was here last month don't you remember me? I came from up the street and like to play the fiddle and the weather is sure better than this day 7 years ago- do you agree?"
The best haircuts are 10 minutes flat. Good with the buzzers and scissors. Do a good job and I don't even mind paying $20 (even if it's without a shampoo), do the math that's $120.00 and hour. FYI that's more than a pharmacist makes and they go to school for 8 years! And where's the return on all that $.... you have to constantly tell them, you missed here, you missed my bangs, and can you even out my side burns?
Then there's those little treasures like, "Do you want me to pluck those two eyebrows"? Something I'll never forget. And today she buzzes my hair only to reveal about a dozen or so grey hairs. Is that even possible? Can I go from no grey hairs to dozen or more in a month.
Last Sunday Karla and I took all the kids Christmas shopping. We saw the Dad of Little People Big World and his son to the right. Cruising around on his electric chair.
Funny because that's exactly how we felt. We were in an ocean of shoppers, stores were crowded and I thought more than once.... I wish I was back in Alaska. Here's the Apple Store- look at the font it's literally solid people. There were multiple stores that had that and...
by the end of the day Karla was a
well I wasn't feeling the Christmas joy either.
As we pulled into our driveway Karla teased the kids and said, "Shoot I was so focused on making sure every one's list was complete I forgot to buy the kids presents! Oh well, they are getting enough already".
Tucker said in a very correcting manner, "Mom, It's Christmas. We are celebrating GOOODDDD'S BIRTHDAY; you need to give as much as you can"! :)
Nothing like a little shopping to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!
Today Karla looked out the window to see Calvin picking up a guys golf ball and running it back to him. Now you're probably wondering why we let our kids play on a golf course; we don't it's Calvin..... he's very sneaky and mischievous.
But he won't find it becasue Calvin found a "treasure in the back yard" and, when Karla realized this, she freaked out grabbed the ball and hid between the window and the sliding glass door. Such a shining example!
Does anyone even look at this anymore? Just like video killed the radio star; Facebook killed the Blogspot. Karla is now a Facebooker and I going to try to keep up on our blog- well once in a while. Today's will be short, but something I thought I'd like to have a written record of.
Today Tucker was telling Bianca (his cousin) that he could draw really well. He said, "I'm really good at drawing people like Costco managers and Firemen". .
Later that day Karla pulled up to a stop sign and Gunner said, "Look Tucker that sign has your name on it but without the er". Tucker said, " That doesn't say Tuck it says f*@#". Nice to know at 10 he still doesn't know what this word is.
When we named him Tucker we knew this would happen, but it's still funny every time it happens.