By the time I made it over to my barber this afternoon, I was long overdue for a haircut. Very long overdue. So I took my shaggy head in, hopped in chair when called and settled in for a shave (a little treat I give myself every now and then) and a haircut. The haircut was rather uneventful, but as I started to prepare for the shave, a little bit of famous walked in the door.
Apparently Tim Gunn and I share a barber. He’s a renowned fashion guru with, quite frankly, great hair. I’m just a guy obsessed with travel that likes my $15 haircuts and the fact that the barber has known me for seven years so I can stumble in completely hung over, sit down and not say anything and still get my same cut.
Pretty much the entire time that we were both in the barber shop I was busy getting a shave, which mostly involves lying down in the chair with my eyes closed. So most of how I experienced his presence was by listening to his conversations with others in the shop. First there was one of the other barbers who was ecstatic to gossip with him about just about everything that happened at the Oscar’s this past Sunday. They discussed the dresses, the stars, etc. And then there was the most hysterical part, a FIT student who was walking by and couldn’t help but come inside to say hi.
The kid was hysterical. He was insistent on getting a photo using his camera phone. He received a call while begging for the photo and answered with “Tim Gunn says hi… Tim Gunn… The fashion guy… Oh, never mind <click>” And then he got the photo and ran off. Once gone the barber asked, “Does that happen to you often?” The response, “Almost never.” He sounded a bit surprised that it happened at all.
Anyways, he’s an incredibly nice guy based on the parts of the conversations I heard him having. It was certainly an experience listening to the interactions he had with everyone around him.
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