A Proper Haircut
09.09.2013 - 09.09.2013 25 °C
After my "ordeal" in South America was I willing to put myself in the line of fire once again? As we walked from our attractive hotel in Penang, Malaysia Aine spotted a barbers shop and hinted maybe it was a good time to get a fresh look - a head and beard shave. The memories from Juan Garcia's in Arequipa, Peru had me shaking in my boots. Did I really want to go through all that again....... No, I did not, so we walked on. Some thirty yards up the street and as if some unworldly force spun me around and I found myself at the door to the barbers asking how much it would cost for head and face shave. At a whopping cost of 4 euros, and as I blinked to consider it I found that I was already sitting in the chair with a sheet around me, and the barber manipulating my skull with his dark hands. The memories came flooding back and though my mind wanted to run my body was well and truly glued to the chair. What could I do? so I gave myself over to the inevitable.
As I watched Aine in the mirror I thought I caught a glimpse of a "serves you right" smirk on her face. I could sense that she was revelling in my nervousness as she reclined in the observer's chair. My thoughts to her were not very husbandly at that moment!!!!! Out with the camera and she was busy capturing the "moment". Damn that woman.
Bon Jovi springs to mind..........living on a prayer. Oh oh
Things went swimmingly and as my thoughts of a repeat of Arequipa faded I could only glimpse in the mirror intermittently at Aine's wonderment of how the process was in fact going rather well. In fact the barber was really good and this time all the equipment was sharp and performed as fine barber's implements should work.
This photo of his work corner would not fill you with the greatest confidence. I hope he did not use the kittle to make tea for his customers for if he did I most definitely would have declined. Though I might have made sure Aine had a cuppa......
This is no holiday...........
Even his next customer seemed to nod approvingly of the very fine job been performed in front of him.
All told, after almost 40 minutes of highly skilled labour I walked out of the shop with the smoothest head and face shave I have ever had.