I was zipping to the small neighboring town for my monthly haircut. I found this place flipping through the yellow pages last fall; liked the small town atmosphere of the salon and I got a good haircut.
As I walk in, memories of walking into a movie theater hit me. Over, seated on the left, was an employee eating a large bag of popcorn. She was thoroughly enjoying it.
Since my beautician was still busy, I made myself comfortable next to the magazine table. The last time I saw so many magazines was at Barnes and Noble, and these were all current. I started flipping through the periodicals and found a great variety of new issues: Bon Appetite, several celebrity mags, motorcycle and outdoor recreations and, what is this? As I flip through, I see it is a lesbian magazine. WOW! I didn't know those existed, but then, I never looked before.
In walks a large man with a floral shirt (it is Florida) and plaid shorts. He is carrying 5 perfect canary yellow roses for the shop owner who will be cutting his hair. He immediately starts begging for popcorn which is provided. I think, to settle him down.
As I remarked of the beautiful color of the roses, I am told this gentleman has an antique/floral shop across the street. I believe there are 2 or 3 antique shops on this street.
Bantering goes on back and forth as there are 6 employees and 5 clients in this small room. Popcorn gals walks up to me and asks, "who wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird?" As I raise my head out of the magazine, I say "Harper Lee." "Who?" she asks. I repeat my answer. She announces it to the room and everyone cheers...."yes, yes, that's it!" I felt like the heroine of the day.
A local doctor's wife comes in for a color. They start praising her husband who cured a hand rash on the owner earlier in the week. Finally, it's my turn and once again, I am pleased with the cut and style.
Small town, Florida, and I popped in to partake what the slow life is all about. For some reason, I am having a tough time forgetting all these characters. Just thought I 'd share for a change.
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