Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Straight Razor

My choice of a haircutter has always been governed by how much they talk. The less the better. A few years ago, I used to get my hair cut by a woman named Joyce, a Barbara Mandrell type, who talked a lot. I liked Joyce. She was an exception to my rule.

Now I get my hair cut by a Korean woman, named Kim. Her interpersonal style is enhanced by a language barrier. She is also a master of the straight razor - incredibly smooth, no burn. I went to her shop today for a trim. I usually go after work, but today I made an earlier appointment.

She said, "You off work, today?"

I said, "No, I got fired yesterday."

She said, "Oh, yeh?"

I said, "Yeah."

She doesn't talk much. That's what I like about her. That and her steady hand with a straight razor. I wish I knew how to do that.


Anonymous said...

Do you think she knows what "getting fired" means? With the language barrier she may not understand. Great story though.

Larry Blumen said...

You might be right about that.

She might have thought I said, "I got tired yesterday."

But she's a great haircutter. I trust her razor with my throat.