Well ... Not Exactly!
My skin showed up a bit too early along with the greying hair. Lucky me - my Stylist - if you want to call her that, is polite and never brings up my diminishing return on hair investment. After fifteen some years of same place , time and tips- my styling time started getting shorter & shorter like my privilege status driven shrinking wait time! 10 minutes’ drive....5 minutes wait and maybe a few more minutes to tame my thinning patch of hair! Small talk big talk my ears didn't care.
And then one day - something different to chew on! My hair stood around the rim of my ear lobes- Yes guilty...Exaggeration!
Yes she says I should color my hair....before answering I looked carefully around to make sure it was directed at me and only me!
My curiosity driven smile turns into a laughter - which will soon become sheepish!
And then this...
"blah blah blah... .being a sales man... blah blah blah ...you will see a change in your customers outlook....blah blah blah ...Its ok to get old...but You don't have to look one!... blah blah blah......"
A customer waiting with a satellite like dish around her head joined the chorus and another one and another one too!
Rewind....some blah blah blah and rewind some more blah blah blah..and play it again in my slowing brain which has become fast and furious suddenly.....It’s ok to get old...but.....
One more time Rewind and Play! It’s ok to get old...BUT YOU DON'T....
Hairs around the ears...yeah yeah same old exaggeration...so YOU KNOW what I am talking about!
Now my head is warming up to the idea...and suddenly I am thinking wow...what a great tag line..and I certainly have under estimated this person all these years!
Forty minutes later....a jolt! Yes I knew I shouldn't have! Its pitch black! How am I going to face my Family with this? In that moment I didn't care about my hyper inflated charge and my stretched out time! The drive back - though a short one, looked even shorter as I was scrambling to find an excuse for this decision of mine...Remember Sheepish? This is where I would add that to my look as I enter the living area! And will see it a few more times the next few days!
Thanks to Disney and Mickey I didn't garner any attention there and so I slipped right into the shower and then study pretending to be busy and pre occupied!
Then started my elaborate routine of explaining why and how I did what I did! Good ice breaker- for a few days! Sailing smoothly-
Then came the shocker!
Getting ready to trim my beard..#%?¥#% (not so severe curse word)!! Now I understand what Salt and Pepper look like together! The growth is good and uniform.
The growth in my face and head- didn't know I had changed colors!
And a dinner meeting in a couple of hours! €#£%^¥|#!?! (now this one is a strong & severe curse word) my Stylist for not educating me on how to cope with this complication!
Think....and Think harder!
Can't be that tough- a couple of black and white tubes, a small brush and a 4 by 6 inches instructions sheet.
Mistake? well let’s reserve the judgment for later and call it....
Mission Possible and An hour later I am ready!
Japanese are hardworking , polite and detail oriented. Keep an eye on Detail Oriented! During a dinner meeting - the detail oriented Japanese friend kept staring at my head over and over again - being polite asked ....You Exercising Jan-san, You dieting Jan-san, You looking Healthy Jan-san...You this Jan-san , you that Jan-san and more and more Jan-san....but kept silent about my darkened head patch and facial growth while keeping a side eye on them! though squirm-ish I refused to talk with my mouthful!
To get a break in conversation - I excuse myself to the boy’s room!
Another shocker was waiting for me there. Mirrors don't lie - Black and More black and it had spread beyond its intended area. And I am thinking maybe it’s not a good idea to defer any judgment ...especially if it’s spelt m.i.s.t.a.k.e as now I am staring not at a mistake but a BIG MISTAKE!
No wonder my detail oriented friend was working Hard at controlling his laughter...in trying to be polite?!? I am thinking as I was walking back.
Start the sob story all over again....yes..yes..Sheepish Again... from my stylist all the way down to the salt and pepper induced self-help experiment!
Putting the blame squarely on my Stylist- for being so innovative and talented and felt I needed to support her creative sales pitch after all these years of bald work!
Before I could end the credit rolls- the lady sitting in the next table butted in politely and spoiled my party!
Yes She said -she is also in that profession- for over 20 years and said that is the first thing they teach in their Profession before one starts!
As if that was not enough damage to my pride she went on and on.....
And went on to say this is the easy way to double or even triple up on the bill without any protest!
And blah blah blah and more blah blah blah before butting out!
And the black patch which had started spreading from the hair was now spreading faster and faster and all over my face!