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Carol Perkins: Good Hair Day

A trip to Brentwood to have hair done - while menfolk watch UK ballgame - well worth for the critique it got: 'Carla and I marveled how much better we looked after than before and the men naturally agreed during the commercial time out.'
Next earlier Carol Perkins article: Carol Perkins: Valentine's Day - What sweet memories. Posted February 16, 2014.

By Carol Perkins

Cruising down I-65 Saturday morning in our somewhat new truck that I wrecked the first day we had it (remember that story) and passing through downtown Nashville on our way to Brentwood to visit our daughter and her family, I read billboards to kill time. At least four of them were advertising the Dave Ramsey radio program on a station I can't remember. Guy commented as I read aloud, "Do you know who Dave Ramsey is?"


His tone was insinuating I would not know. "Yes, I know who Dave Ramsey is," I said indignantly. I knew because I had seen displays of his bestsellers in Barnes & Nobles and probably should have read them.

On two or three more signs I learned that Drees Home Builders would build homes anywhere. For a few miles I pondered what design I would want for a new home until a catchy billboard caught my fancy because of its bright yellow background with black writing. The slogan was simple. "Need Hair?" followed by directions as to how to obtain hair and from whom. I could almost hear bald Jack asking his wife Jane as they cruised by, "Did you get that number?"

Carla had booked a spa day at the Aveda Institute to have our hair done and a makeover, so we left the men to watch the UK game and set out on a girls' afternoon.

"You have so much hair," the trainee said as she brushed through mine with such ease I closed my eyes. Then she held out two bottles. "Which of these oils would you like massaged into your scalp?" I sniffed between the two and chose one. I had never had a head and shoulder massage before a shampoo and style. I liked this place. Carla and I marveled how much better we looked after than before and the men naturally agreed during the commercial time out.

Later that night one our way home, we stopped just north of Nashville at a McDonald's for my nightly tea fix. (I love their tea.) Guy ordered coffee. As we drove up to the window, a young man wearing a paper McDonald's hat, handed Guy my tea and then out of the blue said, "You have a good head of hair." He was looking at me but talking to Guy, so we both said, "Thank you." The young man looked confused as he turned to get Guy's coffee.

Guy shrugged his shoulders at me in question so I whispered, "I think he means YOUR hair." Knowing we were confused, the young man once again said but this time directly at Guy, "You have a great head of hair. I'm a portrait painter so I know good hair." I assume there must be a connection.

I couldn't resist. "He does have good hair. He's had good hair all his life. Our son has good hair, too." Guy looked at me as if to say, "Are you nuts, too?"

"Is this National Hair Day?" Guy asked as we drove off.

"No one told me, but I am soooo glad you have a nice head of hair so I won't be needing this phone number I wrote on the back of my checkbook." "What phone number?" He missed the bright yellow sign. - Carol Perkins


This story was posted on 2014-03-02 05:16:45
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