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Thanks to the COVID I broke a life long love with restaurants and eating out a lot.

I lost weight faster than I was.

I also broke my addiction to barbers. The motivator for this thread today. It was warm outside, last of the thing grey soldiers just look like chit flying around there like I'd walked through a spider web and annoy the heck out of me. Sharpened up my scissors, got out the little hand mirror and the buzzy trimmer thing and went outside. I think this is about the third time I've cut my own hair in the last two or three years.

I went by the barber shop the other day intending to give him another chance and he was still appointment only, with a new phone number. Sign said "semi retired" only open 3 days a week. I said to myself "F'im". Only reason I started going to him was I could walk in, he was open every day.

Some of the heads I see waddle through Walmart, how much worse could I do myself? I'm good with it and saved $15. Again.
 

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All the old fashioned barbers are dying off. We have one traditional barber in my town, and his hours are a joke. Its something like 10-3 on the weekdays, 9-noon Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.

My son and I have been going to what amounts to a hair salon catering to men. It is kind of expensive for what we get. I don't want "styling" or a "rinse" or to be sold some overpriced product, but it seems to be the best option in town right now.

I want to go into a place and get a haircut and straight-razor shave, followed by a hot towel and loud political/sports debates and outdoor lies. There should be a jar of jerky and a jar of pickled eggs or sausages on the counter, and a mug packed with Dum Dum suckers. Maybe one of those lottery boards, and a stack of old car magazines. A coffee pot and a stack of Styrofoam cups should be freely available. I want to pick my haircut off of a sign instead of having to remember by razor number and having to describe what I want.
 

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49 years old and I’ve been cutting my own hair with clippers since joining JROTC as a high school freshman and bi-monthly beard trimming since my 30’s. Only owned/went through 3 electric razors that whole time, so cost has literally been pennies per cut.

First pair of Wahl clippers probably would have lasted forever but I broke them after dropping one too many times on tile floor. Still ran fine but I was worried about electrocuting myself with chunks missing. Not sure what their outside was made of but reminded me of Bakelite.

Replacement was total crap bought at Harbor Freight. Gave up on them after 3 or 4 uses.

Replacement Wahl is still running strong after probably 15 years of use on myself and 3 sons. The outside is more plasticky than the original was but the mechanicals are just as well made.


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I kept my beard at 5 inches for a while, not it is small and never over 1 inch. I have clippers and whack it back to 1/2 inch every month or so. My hair I glow to 2 inches on top, what little there is. My clippers have removable devices that only let you cut so deep. I cut it about 1.5 on top and 1 inch on the sides. Pretty simple deal once you learn it. Just like clipping the dog actually. Covid taught me that. Saving a bunch of money as I have not been to a barber in over a year, and now do not plan to. Saving 2 cuts a month.

Covid also taught me I do not have to wait in lines. We went to Walmart today, but most of the time now just order it on line and they bring it out to the truck. Covid taught me how easy that is. I did see a 12 foot crappie pole in Walmart today, probably buy it next time, but Covid kept me out of stores so that cut down on impulsive buying of stuff I do not need.

My daughter and her mother in law from out of town went out to a steak house last Sunday. They went inside and was told there was a waiting list to be seated and they would have to wait, OK, no problem, well you have to wait outside in your car, we will call you. Snow and ice on the ground and the wind was high, but no one allowed to wait inside. They live in Oklahoma City and there is no mandate and there has never been a state mandate, just a national chain Outback. So, it is not over.

It is still a problem here, 56 died in our little state yesterday but we do not now why. We had two family members die so we know it is a real deal and not to discredit anyone's pain, just observing. No one at the Biden the speech wore the mask, so one must assume it is not much of a risk, yet still is here.

In a bizarre incident a local police chief of a small town about 11 miles from our rural home, died of Covid yesterday. He was retired Army and served several combat tours and died of the wuflu. But it gets worse, the department had one lieutenant, he died of covid on January 4th. Both were fit as a fiddle. What are the odds?

My wife is Type one diabetes for over 50 years and eating out has always been pain for her, but I dragged her to various restaurants sometimes against her will. Usually once a week sometimes more. Covid taught me to enjoy take out when I want a certain item. I must have saved thousands, probably hundreds in just tips. Yea Covid has saved me some money.

And gun shows were getting goofy anyway. Covid helped me cut them out, and many were cancelled. Not much fun to pay $12 to walk around and see guys selling bricks of 22s for $100.00. And 380 ammo for $40-$50 a box.

Oh yea, and those casinos, they are all over Oklahoma. I have been known to stop now and again and loose a few bucks, Well maybe more than a few. I have not lost a dime in one since the Covid fired up, not one dime, so year Covid saved me some money.

Yea covid has made some changes in my life. But I havebeen spending lots more on guns and ammo and reloading components, lots more. So, I suppose it is a break even.
 

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I’ve been going to my barber for 26 years now. It’s a double chair shop with a single barber. The second chair is where his guitar rests when he’s got customers.
He paid off his house, so he only works Tues through Fri now. But the politics are traditional, the lather is hot, the razor is sharp, and the Americana spread throughout the place was honestly come by. Plus, my dog is welcome to come wait with me.

Basically, I’m stuck. If he dies or, heaven forbid, retires I may never find another decent barber.

And yes, the implication that I’ve had the same traditional mens haircut since high school is true…the classics are classic for a reason.

Back to the original point of the thread. Our habits didn’t change all that much. We still did to-go orders, went to the throw-back movies at the theater every Thursday, went for haircuts, etc.
 

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I keep my beard very short. If you have a longer beard the Health Dept. requires you to wear a 'beard net.' Mine is so short I don't have to wear one. I go to Fantastic Sams for me hair. Nice woman there has been cutting my hair the way I like it for some years now.
 

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I’ve been going to my barber for 26 years now. It’s a double chair shop with a single barber. The second chair is where his guitar rests when he’s got customers.
He paid off his house, so he only works Tues through Fri now. But the politics are traditional, the lather is hot, the razor is sharp, and the Americana spread throughout the place was honestly come by. Plus, my dog is welcome to come wait with me.

Basically, I’m stuck. If he dies or, heaven forbid, retires I may never find another decent barber.

And yes, the implication that I’ve had the same traditional mens haircut since high school is true…the classics are classic for a reason.

Back to the original point of the thread. Our habits didn’t change all that much. We still did to-go orders, went to the throw-back movies at the theater every Thursday, went for haircuts, etc.
This is my barber. He was sick as hell when the documentary crew came to film him, but I think he managed just fine.

https ://vimeo.com/681056363/00373dce98
 

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The day we were told to work from home because of Covid, the next day I started growing a beard and it drove my spousal unit crazy, I didn't relent and let it grow and trimming as necessary. It looked great, my son and daughter both thought it looked good. I kept up with it until she no longer said anything but she did send glaring glances my way. On the morning of 1 Jan 21, I got up and shaved it off. it took her about 10 minutes to notice and it was one of the happiest moments for her. I got a couple of good photos for the archive. The only significant thing is there was way more grey than I imagined. Not an issue but always shaving every morning, you only get to see grey on your head.
Bottom line, It was a great experience, got to do something I always wanted to do, and made my wife really happy once it was gone. 🧔< to > 👨

As for haircuts, I go to Great Clip because they are close, unfortunately they don't have a clue what a Regular haircut is. The difference between a bad haircut and a good haircut is two weeks but there has been occasions it sometimes takes three weeks.
 

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Now I think I'm getting fat again.
 

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Wife and daughter started another diet, the last time I told them I will join them in the process to lose wieght...I stuck with it and lost almost 50 pounds. They lost Zero. Well, here we go again and this time they are going to cut calories which is what I did the last time...it worked for me. They are on week two so they have gone over twice as long as the last one and still sticking to it. They are beginning to see a positive difference. I have also cut back and increased my veggie intake as well. We'll see how it goes. I hope they are successful because they will feel and look much better. As for me, I might get thinner but I don't think it will help my looks. :eek:
 

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Wife and daughter started another diet, the last time I told them I will join them in the process to lose wieght...I stuck with it and lost almost 50 pounds. They lost Zero. Well, here we go again and this time they are going to cut calories which is what I did the last time...it worked for me. They are on week two so they have gone over twice as long as the last one and still sticking to it. They are beginning to see a positive difference. I have also cut back and increased my veggie intake as well. We'll see how it goes. I hope they are successful because they will feel and look much better. As for me, I might get thinner but I don't think it will help my looks. :eek:
Wow. great job. Kudos.
 
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The biggest change I noticed as a result of covid was the death of spontaneity in going places. Since I was forced to go onto Social Security, I've been doing 90% of the grocery shopping on Tuesday, when the Acme supermarket offers senior citizens (which I am but don't feel like) a 5% discount on their purchases. But before covid, if we ran out of something I would just hop out and get it, and usually bring my writing laptop with me. I'd get a coffee somewhere, and find a nice spot to settle down in V2 and write for a couple of hours without Princess Whinybitch barging in on me and breaking the flow. Today, I don't do that. Partly because of the high cost of gas, partly because V2's air conditioning does not work and only would run with the engine running anyhow and the heat hereabouts has been bad. She does not take my writing seriously because I'm not being paid for it. The phrase "material whore" has crossed my mind more than once concerning her attitude.

As far as things like haircuts go, I went for a year without seeing a barber. PWB used to trim her brother's hair back when she was in high school, I think about 2 trims between trips to the barbershop according to family lore.

After three months without a haircut, and having done nothing more than scissor the hair over my ears, trimming back my bangs, and shaving my neck, I pleaded with her to have a go at cutting my hair. She didn't want to do it until I threatened to put the longest guide on the trimmer I have for my beard and just go at my hair like the "barber" during Indoc at the Academy, get it to a uniform length, and then use a shorter guide to do the sides, working in the bathroom mirror. Realizing that A) I meant it; and B), she'd have to look at the results, she watched some YouTube videos on how to trim hair and went after my hair with a comb and barber's scissors, with me sitting in a straightback chair with a bath sheet pinned around my neck. She spent about 20 minutes clipping with the scissors, layering the hair so I did not wind up looking like either a Saint Bernard or a boot on Day One at Parris Island. Not a professional job, but I at least looked human and felt better about myself. Thereafter, about once a month I managed to persuade her to work on my hair. (All she was willing to do for herself was to trim the split ends, which was okay with me; I prefer long hair on a woman and she looks good in long hair.)

After getting fully immunized with the double Pfizer, I went to the barbershop for the first time in more than a year. Cosmo, at my direction, gave me a business-type haircut: medium on the top, shorter on the sides, and get the bangs out of my eyes. He allowed PWB hadn't done a terrible job, he had seen lots worse since people started coming back to the barbershop; but he showed me the pile of hair he took off my head. It was substantial, because although her layering was not terrible she had not learned how to thin hair. Much of what was lying on the floor was as a result of his thinning things out.

Since then, I go to the barbershop about every six weeks rather than once a month. It's not as if I need to fear disapproving looks from either the company president or a sergeant like Gunny Highway. I just have Cosmo cut it a little shorter, so I don't have to go back as often. Cosmo has a nice salon, and far better results than Supercuts, which is the only other choice nearby, but $30 a cut is a little steep on a fixed income.
 
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I used to tell the barber - just cut the grey hairs. Then one time the barber chimed back...you won't have much hair left. Damn smart A$$. So I changed my comment to - make me look younger...his response was What - do I look like a miracle worker. I was ready - I said Hell Yes if you want that tip. He did a decent job after that.
Going to the barber used to be Facebook and Twitter back in our day...you could find out what was going one with everyone and everything in town. Now, nobody wants to talk.
 

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Yeah, sadly all the old style barbers are gone around here.
I've just went with shaving my head every so often with rechargeable clippers. Shaved short in summer and I let it grow out more in winter.
 

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UPDATE: my son and I actually got to go to the old-fashioned barber. The shop had 1940s barber chairs, the requisite deer head, an TV tuned to the news, pictures of old cars, and wood paneling.

Got the best haircut I've had in years, and my son got away without a huge cow-lick. The downside was that we had to go early in the morning, before work, on a Saturday, and the haircuts cost $11 more than we had been paying.
 
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