So tonight I went to the mall for a long overdue haircut. I’ve been desperately needing a haircut for a while, and I really wanted to get one before Sunday (yesterday), but it just wasn’t happening. Apparently, Andi (my haircutter/stylist/whatever the hell) decided it was in her best interest to move to another location. So instead of working less than a mile away from my home, she now works like a half hour away from me. The nerve. What about my interests, Andi? (I still haven’t forgiven her for the time she decided to lay down with a man and went out for months because of her newborn.)

Andi has apparently moved to a more upscale/trendy haircutting establishment (no, you don’t get the name, it’s horrible and yes, I understand it’s a mall, but it was pretty nice. They had coffee for you, should you want it), the price of my haircut went up. I was paying about $25 (including tip, which I do decently because she is good) when she worked at the old joint, but tonight it ran me $35 ($25 for cut, plus $10 tip). However, the price increase was completely worth it because I now get my hair washed after I get it cut. At the old place, hair washing was extra, so I would usually just shower before I went, and skip the extra duckets, but here, it’s built in into the price, so I might as well partake since I’m paying for it. Holy cow, I forgot how good it feels to have someone scrubbing down the noggin. I damn near fell asleep.

Since I had arrived 20 minutes early, I hit FYE and lucked out by not spending *any* coin. After the cut, I styled and profiled my way over to Footlocker for some shoelaces, but they didn’t have the ones I wanted, so I went to Kid’s Footlocker (and how is it I can go into a foofoo store like Bath & Body Works and buy foofoo soap with no problems — except walking out with that stupid ass foofoo bag — but the moment I stepped into Kids Footlocker I looked for the registered sex offender sign up sheet?). I went into Spencer and was saddened a little by the fact I saw NOTHING I wanted, a surefire sign I’m growing up. Ironically, though, I did buy something at the store next door…Hot Topic.

I have a love/hate relationship with Hot Topic. I hate the fact that they make their money selling vintage T-Shirts, the vintage part being shirts of TV shows I grew up with. But I love that they always have the coolest Chuks/Vans/skater shoes (and although I don’t skate, I still love the shoes) in the mall. I also love the looks I get when I walk in from both the clientelle and staff when I go in. I almost feel like they are whispering amongst themselves, “What’s the old guy doing here?” even though I’m only 36. I also love their clearance racks, because they price shit to move.

I headed straight to the back of the store, and was pleased to find a clearance on shoes. Sadly, the only Chuks they had were pink (and I don’t do pink), but I did dig up a snazzy pair of Vision Street Wear shoes, and I saw on Hot Topic’s site there are black ones on sale, too, so I may hit the mall closer to me sometime this week.

Yeah, bring on the Hot Topic hate, I deserve it.

(And no, Fnord, I don’t buy my shirts there anymore. I haven’t in years. They don’t sell Hawaiian shirts there. Those are way too colorful for that store.)

  • aricblue

    Ha! I’m the first witty comment! Except, without the witty part! Sweet!

  • That’s a lot of coin to trip your hair. I pay $15 plus tip and I get a shampoo too. Going to a dog groomer is where it’s at.

  • I love our shoes ::Sighs Wistfully::

    I had no idea you could get them at Hot Topic though =P. Next years line is about to come out as well, and we’re definitely digging the styles. We have some new skate shoes and boots, and the like.

    Anyways, Enjoy them!


  • Your blog sucks balls because I didn’t read the instructions and lost my whole reply. 😡

    Anyway, I used to love Vision shoes. I haven’t worn a pair in like 18 years though. The last pair I had were high tops that sort of looked like these: but slightly different.

    I need new sneakers and I only buy skate shoes, maybe I will give Vision a try again. My DCs are ratty as hell.

    I will not go to Hot Topic to get them though. 😛

  • Aric, good for you, youtuber!

    Jimmyboy, I never considered that. Do they use dog shampoo? Because that is stink.

    Vision Streetwear, yeah, I didn’t know they were sold at Hot Topic, either. Usually I just see Chuks and Vans and thigh high plastic boots there. No doubt I will enjoy them, thanks!

    fnordboy, AT LEAST MY BLOG IS UP TO DATE. :dry:

  • Snooze

    I pay $70 for my hair, $120 if I get it coloured. Guys have it easy. Even when I had short, short hair the price didn’t go down. >:( >:(

    Those are nice shoes!

  • aricblue

    Hey, watch it bitch. And speaking of shoes, I just found sneakers at Walmart for $18! I had to buy them. They’re like a novelty item or something.

  • $35 for a haircut? You are fucking insane. I bought a set of Wahl clippers for £20 (about $40*) five years ago and get my wife to shear me.

    Real men have buzz cuts. :ninja:

    *I was going to do the usual £20 = $3000 but it would’ve kinda undermined my point.

  • Snooze, ZOMG WOW. I go about every 2 – 3 weeks. I would weep over paying that much every coupla weeks. And the shoes are way comfy. I just ordered a black pair.

    aric, were they Badidas? Treebok?

    DJ, it was nice when I was bald. Haircuts were the price of a pack of razors every few weeks. 🙁

  • Big Dick Dudley

    The shoes increased your manhood ten-fold.