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Sun Oct 15, 2017, 10:40 AM

I visited my barber on Friday.

The foggy mirror in my bathroom made it clear to me that it was beyond time to get my hair and beard back under control.

As usual, my favorite barber (the only one I trust with my full beard) threatened to charge me double, as he does each time I put off the visit until fear of being mistaken as the Wild Man of Borneo forces my hand.

Also as usual, I arrived to find three other guys "of a certain age" waiting ahead of me. Since I always enjoy an opportunity to avoid work, I took my seat anyhow, ready for the usual grumpy old men conversations.

Unlike the usual, however, the mildly obscene banter in the shop seemed different this time. Trump's name came up, but not in defense of some stupid thing he said. Instead, the topics of conversation were about high health insurance costs for those old farts' children and grandchildren. North Korea came up, as well, and comments were not complimentary where Trump was concerned. One white-haired guy mentioned his military service in Korea in the 50s, and called Donald Trump an obscene name.

In fact, unlike any other time I've sat waiting for my haircut, not a single word of defense for the Dotard in Chief was heard from anyone in the place, although the usual mild insults tossed around the room were the same as usual.

Anyhow, I'm back to my sometimes resemblance of an older, bearded college professor again. That's OK. My hair and beard will grow back to a more typical representation of my actual curmudgeonly self soon enough.

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Reply I visited my barber on Friday. (Original post)
MineralMan Oct 2017 OP
MaryMagdaline Oct 2017 #1
MineralMan Oct 2017 #2
MaryMagdaline Oct 2017 #3
MaryMagdaline Oct 2017 #4
calimary Oct 2017 #21
MaryMagdaline Oct 2017 #27
sprinkleeninow Oct 2017 #28
Hekate Oct 2017 #40
MaryMagdaline Oct 2017 #41
pangaia Oct 2017 #11
MineralMan Oct 2017 #12
smirkymonkey Oct 2017 #5
MineralMan Oct 2017 #6
Goonch Oct 2017 #7
Thor_MN Oct 2017 #8
MineralMan Oct 2017 #9
pangaia Oct 2017 #13
MineralMan Oct 2017 #14
pangaia Oct 2017 #15
jayschool2013 Oct 2017 #23
MineralMan Oct 2017 #10
sprinkleeninow Oct 2017 #22
sprinkleeninow Oct 2017 #29
MineralMan Oct 2017 #31
sprinkleeninow Oct 2017 #33
MineralMan Oct 2017 #36
MineralMan Oct 2017 #16
sprinkleeninow Oct 2017 #32
Luciferous Oct 2017 #17
MineralMan Oct 2017 #18
sprinkleeninow Oct 2017 #30
sprinkleeninow Oct 2017 #34
Luciferous Oct 2017 #42
sprinkleeninow Oct 2017 #43
extvbroadcaster Oct 2017 #19
Yonnie3 Oct 2017 #20
jayschool2013 Oct 2017 #25
Yonnie3 Oct 2017 #39
Grammy23 Oct 2017 #26
NightWatcher Oct 2017 #24
sprinkleeninow Oct 2017 #35
KY_EnviroGuy Oct 2017 #37
MineralMan Oct 2017 #38

Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 10:49 AM

1. What city?

I am interested to know what city this took place in. Also, did you previously hear pro-Trump remarks at this barber shop? Do you think most of these guys voted for Trump?

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Response to MaryMagdaline (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 10:53 AM

2. It's a little suburban city near St. Paul, MN.

It's in the congressional district formerly represented by Michele Bachmann. Yes, the conversation there is typically pro-Trump, when politics are discussed. As for how the guys at the shop on Friday voted, I can't say, except for myself. I voted for Hillary.

Edit to add: Say, next time you run into that Jesus guy, tell him that MineralMan says "Hey!"



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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 10:55 AM

3. Thank you

I appreciate the report. The US is so vast. We live in different worlds it seems.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 10:58 AM

4. Only wish I would

Wish I had been the Apostle Mary Magdalene. Self-aggrandizing to appropriate her name.

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Response to MaryMagdaline (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 01:03 PM

21. Welcome to DU, MaryMagdaline!

Oddly enough, I clicked onto this particular thread, returning to DU immediately after a Google search of what the Bible says about the Antichrist... (i.e.: trump, in my opinion).

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Response to calimary (Reply #21)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 01:23 PM

27. Thank you

Thanks, Calimary. I have been an avid reader since at least 2004, just now posting.

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Response to calimary (Reply #21)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 01:49 PM

28. There is supposedly 'the' antichrist in addition to 'things' being antichrist.

Against His teachings. Against His Spirit. (Against His 'spirit'.) What He stands for/represents. Against that.



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Response to MaryMagdaline (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 03:57 PM

40. Welcome to DU. Who knows who you might encounter here?

One of our guys is Jesus in Suburbia.

Hekate.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #40)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 04:59 PM

41. Thank you

Looking forward to all encounters.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:32 AM

11. The same Michele Bachmann who just told the world

that Fucking Moron has now accepted Jesus because when a bunch of right wing bigoted republicans asked him if he wanted them to pray for him he said 'sure.'

Translation, "Sure, what the fuck. Who gives a shit,."

THAT Michele Bachmann ?



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Response to pangaia (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:33 AM

12. The very same.

She's a wonder, to be sure.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:00 AM

5. Good to hear. Seems like it is slowly sinking in with some people

 

who were formerly unwilling to admit that he was a huge mistake.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:03 AM

6. Well, it's a very small sample, so I'm not sure it means much.

Still...

By the way, I told the barber that I'd pay him double if he actually made me look halfway good. He said, "I'm not a freaking miracle worker." So, he got his usual exorbitant fee.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:17 AM

7. MAGA

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:28 AM

8. I'm starting to look forward to Gopher basketball.

 

I am one of 4 former coworkers that share a set of season tickets. Two conservatives and 2 liberals. Pregame is a burger and beer somewhere near campus (curse the landlord that caused the Big Ten Grill to vacate). I'm looking forward to what the two conservatives have to say these days.

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:30 AM

9. This year has been a series of depressing losses

by Twin Cities teams. Of course, that's fairly typical, I guess.

OTOH, there is The Lynx. We do have that.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:34 AM

13. How are the Saints doing?

Bill Murray was on Colbert the other night..

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Response to pangaia (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:35 AM

14. The Saints are always wonderful, win or lose.

Does anyone pay attention to the score at their games?

Fun is Good!

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #14)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:36 AM

15. LOL....



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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 01:08 PM

23. Gopher hoops

Loaded this year. And I'm sure Richie Pitino Jr. has been a saint in how he acquired such talent for the U.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:32 AM

10. The parting shot after my haircut and beard trim:

The next guy in line for the barber chair said, as I stood up, "That's not a bad haircut, but I still wouldn't buy a used car from you..."

Barbershop culture. It's unique, but there are fewer and fewer small barbershops these days. More's the pity.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 01:07 PM

22. I used to do guys. Used to do the husband.

Now I send him to Great Clips. Reasonable charge, fast; they got clippers they buzz him with. Only I tell him ask for a blunt scissor cut. He needs bulk.

I shaped my kitty cats' fur. I shape all our shrubs, trees like they are in a salon. I yam the m. stewart of you name it. Always over-the-top. Why I'm faarrr in arrears!🤣

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 02:26 PM

29. I used to style my cousin Dean's hair when he was a little sprout.

He wanted it to cover his ears, style du jour. My uncle would appear from the other room and gesture to cut the back short and all over really. Then Dean would start sobbing. I said, "yeah, yeah, okay." As in 'yeah, right'. My aunt would be sitting with us at the kitchen table consoling Dean telling him I would do it my way and not his dad's.

One time I did bring it up almost to the tips of his ears and he kept his knitted cap on in class. Teacher asked him why he left it on, if he was not feeling well. He told her his ears were showing from his haircut. Kiddos!

Dean used to call me his 'barbra'.

(+Memory Eternal, Dean+)



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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #29)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 02:37 PM

31. I once let a former wife cut my hair.

When she was finished, my head looked like a shingled roof. I had to do the "walk of shame" into a real barber shop to get it repaired, and walked out with much shorter hair than was my normal look.

But, as I always say after a less than ideal haircut, "It'll grow out. Never mind."

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #31)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 02:48 PM

33. Was she former when she cut it? Or b4 dat. 😯

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #33)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 02:57 PM

36. No. At the time she was the current wife.

She was mortified, but had no idea how to fix it. That was back in the poverty days. The barber fixed it just fine. But, below is my very favorite barber story:

I used to let my hair grow until "it stopped by itself," as predicted in the song "Hair." I don't think I got it cut for about four years. Then, on a trip to Iowa, of all places, the former wife and I were staying at a hotel with an indoor pool. It was October. I wanted to take advantage of the pool, but a big sign said, "Guests with long hair must wear bathing caps." Since my hair was about middle back length, I assumed that applied to me.

Now, in Iowa in October, buying a bathing cap was impossible. I tried several places. So, what to do? Well, there was a barber shop in the hotel, luckily enough, so I walked in and took my seat in the chair. The nice barber lady asked how I'd like my hair cut. "Off," I said. "Short." "Are you sure?" she asked. "Yes," I replied. So all that hair went on the floor, and I went swimming. That was the end of my days as an obvious "filthy hippie." My former wife barely recognized me.

From then on, I've been getting a haircut every three or four months. That seems sufficient.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:38 AM

16. Only on Sunday could this thread be Trending on the Home Page

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #16)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 02:43 PM

32. If ya had let yer crown and face be,

a rasson and skoufia would be apropos. 🤗
Kali Hemera!

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:49 AM

17. One of my neighbors had a MAGA flag outside his house. It was taken down a couple of weeks ago.

This is in MS- maybe the tide is turning?

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Response to Luciferous (Reply #17)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:50 AM

18. That's encouraging, too.

Perhaps people are becoming aware of the disaster that is this presidency. I hope so.

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Response to Luciferous (Reply #17)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 02:32 PM

30. I posted this on another thread. One person, for sure, that works for husband is 'turning'.

Good news! ✔

Another extreme 'rw' is so very quiet lately. At least there's no propaganda coming forth!

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Response to Luciferous (Reply #17)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 02:50 PM

34. I don't know how I could deal w/ seeing that.

Prolly curse it daily.

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #34)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 11:35 PM

42. Yeah, I'm really glad it's gone. My view is much better now :)

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Response to Luciferous (Reply #42)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 12:54 AM

43. That's a relief. They pollute our 'space'

with their rubbish and don't give a rat's who's offended. Their stupid slogans, memes and speech in general are offensive crap. 😠

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 12:02 PM

19. But what about Bengazi? and her e-mails?

No way to vote for her. Trump will make America great again!

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 12:15 PM

20. I do the same thing ...

They laugh when I come in for my biannual cut, but I always leave a large tip. Most of the other clients are getting flat tops and buzz cuts touched up. There is very little conversation there. I think most of these clients come from what we call "The Spy Place" a large analyst operation with lots of military and ex-military workers. These folks don't talk much. When I'm done I always take a picture of the pile of hair on the floor causing mirth and some conversation. I always get my money's worth.

To your point, I have been hearing less positive comments and some negative here in Central Virginia from Republicans. One pro Trump neighbor volunteered that Trump needed to grow a thicker skin or he wouldn't get a chance to do great things. Although, still pro Trump, this represents a big shift in his view of Trump. I think Trump will eventually lose this neighbor's support. This is an important shift from "no one is giving him a chance."

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 01:10 PM

25. Are you bald-shaming the rest of us?

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Response to jayschool2013 (Reply #25)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 03:29 PM

39. Not my intent, because I'll be there soon enough.

There is less on the floor every year. It's not even grey any more, it's white.

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 01:22 PM

26. The argument that no one is giving him a chance is slowly dying out.


As time moves on through this train wreck called the tRump administrationís missteps and outright failures, it just gets harder to make that argument. He has had his chance to do the things he said he would. And he is by almost any measurement a big failure. Canít work with Congress. Canít get much of anything done except by executive order. That is bad enough, but the massive legislation he promised has gone undone. (Thank goodness!)

When you factor in his churlishness, his whack-a-doodle statements, his mental disabilities, it just gets harder to defend him and blame those who donít ďgive him a chanceĒ.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 01:09 PM

24. I hope in 2020 we can run a candidate that these guys will vote vote.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 02:54 PM

35. I gotta make trax an' get the lead out.

The goldurn tax return due tomorrow is screamin' at me.

It's been real, baby dolls! See ya l8r bye.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 03:13 PM

37. It's finally hitting home that Trump's a liar.

His sensationalism is falling aside and many in the GOP are seeing that he promised things that cannot happen. The new has worn off, and I suspect your barber shop companions are starting to see they have been conned.

Most GOPers are too proud and hard anti-liberal to listen to anything we say, so they will have to learn the hard way.

What actually could be a good side-effect of tRump is that some more sensible GOPers will begin to distrust Faux News and some talk radio hosts like Limbaugh!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #37)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 03:14 PM

38. So I hope, too.

That will be an excellent thing, if true.

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