Covid-19 Buzz Cut – Done – 05.31.20

Getting WAY longer.  Note the Andy Rooney eyebrows.  The time had come to go back to my barber.

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Meanwhile in Oklahoma…we’re reopening but nearly nothing appears to be pre-Covid.  The outside world feels different from all of the behavioral changes.

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19

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One of the changes at the barbershop was opening on Sunday mornings for cleaning and taking a few customers for haircuts by appointment only.  Business at the shop has been slow which tells me the customers here are still pretty much staying at home and sheltering in place.  They may have discovered the joys of cutting your own hair.  Or maybe money is tight, less frequent trips.  Or worse…

But for me this visit was about trust.  Trust in a man who has cut my hair for nearly fifteen years.  This is a man who would not put himself, his customers nor his business at risk.

Thanks Kevin.  I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks.

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11 thoughts on “Covid-19 Buzz Cut – Done – 05.31.20

  1. Did you grow up speaking a Chinese language at home? I am in awe of people who are multi lingual. Have you experienced xenophobia since COVID-19? My friend Charlotte with whom I do 👥 Tai Chi, has had some bad experiences since February. I feel really bad for her. In fact she hasn’t been at Tai chi in quite a while. Her husband does not want her going out at all. I’m hoping she will return, since we are practicing outdoors in a park now. And she’s got five other old ladies with swords willing to defend her!

    • My parents spoke Chinese (Cantonese) in the house until I started school. Then only English was spoken at home. My Father wanted to raise an American family hence I’m not bilingual. I have enough trouble with one language let alone two.

      I’ve been fortunate not to encounter any xenophobes here in Oklahoma. I do live in a fancy zip code and I haven’t been out of the house much the past two months. I’ve been in Oklahoma for over 15 years. No problems with xenophobia. Yet.

      • I’m glad you have not personally experienced any xenophobia. Yet. And hopefully will not.

        If you listen to spoken Cantonese, can you understand any of it still? It is such a shame when I language is lost in a generation. My mother grew up in the very early 1900s in an extremely diverse neighborhood. All of the children we are sons and daughters of immigrants. And most did not end up being bilingual, since the parents wanted to raise an American family too.

        I guess I have kind of mixed feelings. It seems as though immigrants in this century do not assimilate the way they did in the 20th century. And the old languages and customs are maintained. I’m not sure which is better for our country. Probably the assimilation. But I still do hate to see a culture and the language lost in a couple generations.

        My grandparents were from Ireland. So the language was not an issue. Just many expressions. A lot of people will comment when I use something from 19th century Irish.

      • I understand more Spanish than Cantonese. I don’t have mixed feelings. It is possible to assimilate and maintain aspects of your cultural heritage. The more different immigrant groups recede back into their tribes the harder it becomes for all of us to feel we belong to the same country.

  2. I agree completely. I think assimilation is essential. Once our ancestors moved here and decided to settle, then we are Americans. One can still maintain aspects of your cultural heritage as you mentioned. But we all are part of the same country.

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