17 January 2022 – Here at the hair salon, everyone is vaxxed, masked, distanced, and hand-sanitized. Fully compliant.

Fully compliant with the current hygiene/medical protocol required by our provincial government.

Those of us who favour one particular hair cutter, however, must comply with an additional protocol.

It is linguistic.

We talk a blue streak. We discuss ships and shoes and sealing wax … and Vancouver’s recent snow … and Toronto’s current snow … even the derivation of the word “orangutan” (from the Malay/Indonesian orang + utan, i.e. person + forest).

But not a word about you-know-what. It is wonderfully restful.

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  1. Christopher Corbin

     /  17 January 2022

    Love it!

  2. My fabulous curly-hair cutter Georges R in Ottawa imposes the same restriction – ain’t it glorious?!!

  3. That’s great! Who needs to talk (or hear) more about covid when enjoying a nice hair cut? Wonderful!

  4. jeffreymillerca

     /  18 January 2022

    We’re all feeling snippy, I suppose, but, uh, service industry? Maybe, “I’m trying not to think constantly about the pandemic. Please join me in having a pleasant chat about something else.”

    • You remind me that writers must always provide readers with any necessary context for their remarks, so the remarks may be accurately assessed. I provided no context and you’re right, read cold her message is VERY snippy. Here’s the context: a friendly salon; a haircutter known to her clientele for her warmth, care and lark sense of humour. We could correctly interpret her sign as a light spin on a dark topic, a way for us to have a chuckle at the mock-stern threat while absorbing the underlying plea and feeling motivated to respect it.

  5. Mary C

     /  8 February 2022

    Great sign for a great idea!


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