If you really want to get the pulse on what's happening in America today and why our country is headed to the crapper, just stop by a good ol' barber shop. I stopped into my local barber shop here in the big-city of Smyrna this morning for a trim (hair was getting long enough to be an annoyance with the chlorine from swimming!). While in there, I was treated to quite the dissertation on the current state of America by several older guys. Basically, it's all the foreigners--we need to throw them all out or else start up the KKK again to do it. That and Jesse Jackson and the NAACP.
The barber told us a bunch of stories that would make your hair curl--assuming it wasn't already. Men swapping wives in the barber shop, a prositutue coming in and stripping down right there, an old guy with a cane beating the stew out of some guy for hitting a woman, two African-Americans getting mad because he didn't know how to cut their hair correctly, and more. I tell you, I just come in at all the boring times when none of this is going on! The barber has told me once before he had an offer from someone to write a book of his stories from his years cutting hair, but the guy has never shown back up. He asked if I'd do it. It sounds like there could be some very interesting stories to tell here!
posted by Michael Hickerson at 7/23/2004 01:17:00 PM