Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A Haircut Story During Lockdown

David M. emails:

I'm helping my parents while my father is declining from melanoma.  They live in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

The government returned $1,200 of my tax dollars to me yesterday, so I deposited into the bank's ATM this morning.

As I was exiting the parking lot of the bank, I saw a barbershop with an open door and a sign reading, "OPEN."  I had to sit and stare at it for it to sink in.  A haircut was not in the plan this morning.  This called for a change in the morning's itinerary. 

I drove around the block, came back, parked, and went to the entrance to find out how it worked.  I could wait in the car and he'd call me or he could have up to four people waiting inside.  But no waiting outside, drawing attention to the business.  The barber told me that temperature checks and masks were required.  I said, "No problem."  I was second in line.

$21 for a haircut, and I gave him a $5 tip.

He said that so far he's not had a problem.  He's not in front of cameras, belligerently declaring that he's defying the governor.  He's just carrying on . . . and has been this entire time, apparently.

He is a former Marine.  He cuts hair for a lot of law enforcement and ex-military, leaving me to conclude that this is why he's not been shut down yet. 

Grateful to get cleaned up and looking sharp.


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