It was a nice afternoon and I decided to go for a walk and a haircut. Living here in Covington, I knew there was a barber shop on Scott Street—420 Scott Street to be exact. For the first time ever, I made my way into “A Cut Above.”
The three guys in there were watching a movie on one of their four television sets. I asked what the movie was and one of them said, “Django.” I don’t pay much attention to movies these days, but I’m thinking this is a fairly new release. They must have a bootleg copy of it.
Lamar Portis cut my hair. I found out his name later, after he gave me his business card. He was friendly enough, but at first he seemed to be watching the movie more than cutting my hair. As for me, I was focusing in on my surroundings.
Near the rear of the barber shop, there was a pool table. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a barber shop with a pool table in it before. In the front of the shop, they have chips and candy for sale along with some black T-shirts. I was thinking this barber shop is sort of an all-purpose store.
I lost track of time. I should’ve been paying attention to what Mr. Portis was doing. I should’ve noticed that the haircut was taking too long. When Mr. Portis handed me that mirror to look at myself, I was shocked.
I always wear my hair a little long. Not anymore. It’s now very short on top and in the back. You also now, very clearly, can see my big ears. When Mr. Portis asked me if it was OK, what could I really say? I didn’t want to rant and complain and insult him. I just said, “I feel 10 pounds lighter.”
The haircut cost fifteen dollars. I handed Mr. Portis a 20-dollar-bill. He said he didn’t have any change, would have to walk down to the liquor store on the corner to get it. I didn’t feel like giving him a five dollar tip, but I also didn’t feel like hanging around and waiting for him to come back with change either. I just told him to keep it.
Walking home with most of my hair now gone, my head felt cold. I kept telling myself that the hair will grow back. I also kept telling myself if I ever do go back to “A Cut Above” to get a haircut, I’ll pay more attention to how Mr. Portis is cutting it.
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