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Thursday, January 08, 2021

Anyone know the proper way to handle your headwear immediately after you walk away from getting a haircut?

My typical drill when visiting the barber shop (or hair stylist, if you prefer) is to arrive without any gel or other product applied to my usually-overgrown locks. Accordingly, I tend to cover up the unmanageable mess by wearing a baseball cap. No problem with that, on the front end of this process.

But when I’m done getting trimmed, and am heading out the door, I’m at a loss for what to do with my now-unnecessary lid. I feel like a dork carrying it around in my hand, and stuffing it in a pocket is either unfeasible or too much trouble. Yet, I feel like if I put it on right away, I’ll offend the person who just cut my hair — as if I’m sending a non-verbal message that they screwed up the haircut and I need to cover it up immediately, before I even get out of eyesight from the scene of the crime.

That’s rarely ever happened, though. When it does, I have no problem taking that remedial action. But usually that’s not the case. So if I do don the hat, I feel like I’m misrepresenting, and possibly offending. I would just tell the haircutter what the deal is, but it seems too silly to actually verbalize.

What I end up doing is walk away from the shop with hat in hand, then, once I’m a good enough distance away, I plant it on top of my head and forget about it.

Probably the best course of action, right? Not that I want to expend any more thought into this than I already have.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 01/08/2021 12:40:45 PM
Category: Fashion, Society
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…As in the crunch-crunch-crunch of ice cracking under my feet with each step, as I trudged out this morning. The sidewalks are supposed to be kept clear of blanket wintry build-up, but the constant rain yesterday, followed by a deepfreeze overnight, created a practical block-long ice rink.

Fun! Sorta. It wasn’t all that slippery; I was able to walk in my freshly-cracked footprints with a minimum of skidding, and not much of a slowdown from my usual gait. I would say that next time, I’ll strap on ice skates to aid my on-foot commute… But realistically, this quarter-inch insta-freeze wouldn’t come remotely close to supporting the glide of a blade. This is New York, not Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway, ferchrissakes.

I imagine less-adroit walkers (of which there are thousands) would have a lot more difficulty navigating this terrain. But it’s looking like the sun is shining down enough to have pretty much melted most of it away by now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 01/08/2021 11:21:36 AM
Category: New Yorkin', Weather
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