Last night I told my husband that this morning I planned to meet Suzi for breakfast in Beverly Hills at 9:30 then get to my hair appointment at 11:00. I asked him what time I should leave our house to get there on time. He laughed and said, right now! then said about 7:00 in the morning. I decided that since most people have to be at work at 9:00, I'd gamble and leave at 8:30 and see if I could drive the short 37 miles in less than an hour. Really, if everyone is supposed to be at work at 9:00, shouldn't traffic end by 9:00? Maybe, in a perfect world. So at 9:15, as I sat in my car going 2.9 miles an hour (and my stomach growling), I called Suzi and told her I'd be late. I pondered getting off the freeway and taking the streets but the street was right where Ennis Cosby got murdered* and it didn't seem like a very good idea. I'd most certainly get lost trying to take an alternate route. I even get lost taking routes I know! I arrived at The Bridal Bar at 10:10 (so late!!) and there was no time for breakfast.What a bummer! I chatted with Suzi and Harmony (both ladies looked fabulous!) for a few minutes then got back in my car and made it to the salon with 2 minutes to spare! Whew! When my stylist, Lisa, saw me she grabbed her scissors and started chopping. She said I was looking a bit too Marie Osmond for her taste. I was going to point out that it was Dorothy Hamil but the person with the scissors is always right. While Lisa was busy turning me into Posh Woods, I noticed other stylists at the salon telling their clients if they wanted their hair blow dried it would cost extra. WTF? A few of the clients said they'd dry their hair themselves and the stylists said that was not allowed. Apparently the new thing is if you get your hair colored only (and not a haircut), you don't get it blow dried. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard! If I were the owner of a fancy shmancy salon on Rodeo drive (or ANY salon), you can be sure that I'd be sure every client was blow dried and looking amazing as she left the salon. Why would you want your clients leaving your salon looking like they got caught in a downpour? When a plumber fixes your toilet he doesn't say that'll be 20 bucks extra to put the toilet back. In the middle of a trial, a lawyer doesn't tell her client if they want a closing argument it'll be 50 bucks extra. When you get an oil change, they don't charge you extra to close the hood. Why should the finalization of a hair style cost extra? Why even say that dumb rule out loud? Just add $20 to the cost of root touch up, blow dry the client's hair and and let them out in to the world looking beautiful. If I were a stylist, I'd want to blow dry my client's hair so I could be sure the color looked good, too! How do you know the color is right when the hair is dripping wet?
*A year or so after Ennis was murdered, Karen was working on a trial and was getting no sleep. Lawyers never sleep. She was coming home from the office at 3 AM and fell asleep while she was driving. There was a cop behind her and he tried to pull her over but since Karen is blind and was asleep, she didn't really see the cop for a while. When she finally did see him, she pulled over. When the cop came to Karen's window, he was exasperated and asked why she hadn't pulled over. She said, "that's where Ennis Cosby was murdered! I couldn't pull over there!" and the cop totally got what she meant, told her to wake up, and let her go. So, if you are ever about to be pulled over near Skirball Center, use that excuse. Better yet, get some sleep.
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