When I lived in Toronto, I used to go to Tony’s Barber shop on Avenue Road. Tony was Greek and he has had that shop for a long time. It was a decent haircut and his loyal clientele was quite varied. In an interesting business tie up, his wife has her alteration shop in the back. While this isn’t the richest neighbourhood in the city, it comes pretty close. All of this means you get an interesting mix of people crossing the threshold. A quick check on Google Street View reveals that it is still there.
I bring all this up because I got my haircut today. I visited a low cost chain that sent me a coupon in the mail late last week. I am a regular there and even have my favourite stylist. She happened to be there and both the haircut and typical chit chat went well. We talked about my upcoming vacation and of her incredible weight loss and improvement in fitness. It was all part of the relaxing ritual. She did her best to make me feel good as a customer and I made sure not to distract her with difficult math equations while she was holding the sharp scissors. It didn’t turn me into a rock star and I won’t be featured on the cover of GQ anytime soon. However, it did make me feel good and easily wins the title of Today’s Perfect Moment.
On a side note, whenever I get my hair cut, I have the opportunity to teach my ESL students about the causative. Now I have Wednesday morning’s warmer already planned.