Archive for August, 2011

Hair today – gone tomorrow

August 10, 2011 2 comments

My hair is very short and cut in a men’s style, consequently, it needs to be cut every month (or every 6 weeks if I’m not seen in public for the last bit). Because it needs to be cut so often, I do not like to pay too much. And really, it doesn’t take long to cut, there’s no blow dry and no styling, so it shouldn’t cost that much.

When I lived in California, they cut my hair in 15 minutes and charged me practically nothing. It was very short though and I could go 2 months without another cut.

In Ontario, I went to the salon in my apartment building. She was very slow and took almost an hour (and considering there was no wash, that’s quite a long time) and charged me $22. It was a decent cut for the most part.

Then I moved and she was no longer convenient. I went to a place in Square One and he charged me $80. Never went back.

I tried a number of places, then went to First Choice. A $12 haircut is perfect. If it was a bad cut, it was better within 2 weeks.

At one point, an ex-gf was getting her hair coloured by a fellow ROTC twirler who worked in the salon in the gay village and mentioned my crappy haircuts. He said he would cut my hair for $20. I believe I blogged about how he told me that I had been parting my hair on the wrong side all my life. But the haircuts were fantastic and it was only $20 so I stayed.

He then moved to Vancouver.

I tried Mr Ho’s in the village too. He was good but only if I got him. If I got an assistant, it was bad. But only $15.

Eventually I went back to the First Choice $12 haircuts.

Then the wife arrived.

Hesitant to  return to expensive cuts, I convinced her to let me try the little mall by our gym. If one girl there cut it, it was $40 + tip and not too bad). If any other girl cut it, chaos!

In between mall cuts, she had me at the salon in the hood (haircuts started off great but then the quality declined – cost $57 – $73 plus tip). Then I went to her place in Sherway ($80 – worst haircut ever). And yesterday I went to her spa (where she gets her updo’s): $50+tip. The sides were good and the back wasn’t sticking up, but it looks like she didn’t even cut the front. I had to ask her to cut the wisps coming down in front of my ears. She added some styling for free but that resulted in the crown of my hair being teased to max height so I looked like an elfin bridesmaid.

I’m going back to the $12 cuts next month. If I’m going to have a bad haircut, I’m certainly not paying $50 for it. ūüôā


Three blogs and a toilet.

August 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Toilet (aka “Thank goodness I work in waste water”):

My wife is a manager and therefore on call for her work. The other night, she got a call because her staff flushed the keys down the toilet. This meant that my wife spent the next day getting keys cut and changing locks.

About halfway through the day, I thought, “Holy Crap!” – no¬†pun intended –¬† “That could really cause some plumbing issues.” I emailed RY and told her to call a plumber, which she did. He came and snaked the drain the next day.

If I hadn’t worked in the waste water industry, I wouldn’t have received the tweet about wet wipes being a problem in the toilet, made the connection that if wet wipes are bad so keys must be worse¬†and therefore would not have averted this near disaster.

Of course, common sense would likely have kicked in too…. I hope…

Groceries (aka “My wife is getting freakier):

As you may recall from a previous post, my wife has the uncanny gift of predicting what our groceries will cost. Last week, she gave me $100 and said, “this is for my half of the groceries tomorrow”. The next day we went shopping and sure enough, the total was $194. So she didn’t even see ANY of the groceries, and no, that is not the usual cost of our groceries.

Sadly, she cannot pick 649 numbers.

Weight of the World (aka “Kajiji buyers suck”):

As part of the purging process, I am getting rid of my Weider home gym. I posted it on Kajiji with a price and photo. It is currently disassembled in my basement and I would like to get it out.

I received three inquiries (all by email as that is how Kajiji¬†works). The most verbose of the three inquiries said “is it still avalble”? I replied to all three. One replied back at 1:28am asking when would be a good time to pick it up. I replied/he replied. He never came.

Another gentleman emailed at 11:06pm and I replied back the next morning at 8am. He replied saying I was too late and he got one elsewhere. Really? At midnight? Is there a 24hr¬†Sport Chek I’m unaware of? And he emailed me on the holiday Monday!

In total, I have had four people agree on price then not make arrangements to come get it.

I’m wondering if that is the problem with the sperm we’re getting – they agree to the price, but just aren’t showing up at the meeting location.

Pipeline Pillow Talk (aka “How will I read Dr Seuss to my baby?”):

I read to RY before bed as it helps her fall asleep and I can get some reading in. Unfortunately, the first book I ever read to her was “Story of O”. Now, no matter what I read to her, she swears it sounds like erotica.

Normally, I wouldn’t think about it too¬†much but I just discovered that I will be presenting a work industry paper during an on-line conference. This means that I will submit a PowerPoint presentation with recorded audio of me reading the paper…