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The lady I was dating treated me to a “hair style and cut” at one of those unisex places, “Hair Today – Gone Tomorrow.” I decided to show that I was not locked in the sixties. So I went in. Inside the shop, there was a small waiting area in front of two rows of “styling chairs,” each row facing the other. My immediate thought was “Which side is for the men?” What if I pick the wrong side? Will I come out looking like Sinead O’Connor? Or maybe Roy Orbison. Can I go home now?


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As an aging baby boomer, I am deep in the throes of mid-life crisis. I am fighting this cruel affliction (mother nature's little practical joke) with every weapon in my arsenal. Last month, the battle intensified.

For the first thirty-five years of my life, I went to a barber shop every three weeks. A barber shop; you know, the quaint, little store with the red stripe circling 'round the white thing outside the store; like Floyd's Barber Shop, in Mayberry. Inside, there were three barber chairs that faced eight metal chairs lined up in a row for the waiting customers - the decor was something like "early Goodwill." The haircut cost me five bucks.

But a while back, the lady I was dating treated me to a "hair style and cut" at one of those unisex places, "Hair Today - Gone Tomorrow." Oh, I had plenty of reservations - what should I wear? What if someone I know sees me? But I decided to show that I was not locked in the sixties - I was trying to be one of those flexible, sensitive, New Age kind of guys. So I went in. Inside the shop, there was a small waiting area in front of two rows of "styling chairs," each row facing the other. My immediate thought was "Which side is for the men?" What if I pick the wrong side? Will I come out looking like Sinead O'Connor? Or maybe Roy Orbison. Sheriff Andy Taylor would never come to a place like this. Can I go home now?

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