when words fail me, which is often, I paint. When words work for me and are available on time, I am surprised.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Ive been busy this morning. This is different, the past two weeks have been slow here at Run-In with Sheer's. Slow, as in two haicuts per day slow. The reason for this sharp decline in business is not due to any grave error on my part (I don't think) but to the unfortunate "Streetscape " construction. Yes it's a mess. The dirt, the street shorn of all foliage, the two lane traffic reduced to one. The five to fifteen minute wait for trucks and tractors to do their thing while no traffic may pass. No parking in the town's minimal lots or on the street itself and then there was this lovely development. My shop is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday morning, two weeks ago, I came in to find that the sidewalk in front of my shop had been removed. The front steps had been crushed and cracked by the heavy artillary. The footer under the brick front had been broken and the bricks have sizable gaps in the mortar now. Several pvc pipes approximately 6 inches in diameter are sticking out of the dirt where the sidewalk once was directly in front of the entrance of my shop. What made this scene even more attractive was the industrial orange barricade that was placed over the pipes which gave my shop the appearance of a hazardous crime scene.
My landlord and friend called to say he thinks it just might be personal. Noone else in the town has a barricade in front of their front door. He suggested I bring in some sandbags and hang a white flag out the window.
I decided to do this instead.
A quick trip to the dollar store, buy plastic flowers and bright japanese windsock, salvage American flag from the fence next door, remove orange blockade and put it down the street.
C. the landlord and dissident jumped in and bought some more flowers and red plastic reflectors.
My phone has not stopped ringing and it's almost 3:00 in the afternoon and I have cut more hair this morning than I have cut in the past two weeks combined.