Saturday, 29 October 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011
On Thursday, I was able to go to Barnet Fair Barber shop at 98 Bree Street, St. Stephens Church, in Heritage Square. I got there at about 09H30 and I did not need to wait, I was greeted by reception and made comfortable in a lovely old school barbers chair. The young woman barber, asked me about how I like my hair cut, and in no time she was cutting away and for the second time in Cape Town, the stylist/barber actually understood the way I like my hair cut, I fussy like that…. Anyway, it was great, all the while there is a well chosen selection of music playing throughout from some swing to Bowie’s Jean Genie, that had me foot tapping away and tempted to break out in a sing along with the chorus.
Next I was tipped back in the chair, made comfortable and the barber wrapped a hot towel around my face, and in the background I could hear her preparing the rest of the equipment. Off came the towel and luke warm lather was spread with a shaving brush, softening and raising the stubble, now my favorite, the strait razor shave, neat and precise she shaved me, I have some difficult areas on my face to shave due to the way I wear my beard and shaving them with a strait razor takes practice, I know as I do it every morning, but she did great. Another hot towel, but we aren’t finished yet, the barber then shaved me twice more with a 3 blade disposable, first against the growth, then another hot towel and lather, then with the growth, and finally a finishing hot towel. Personally I think it’s overkill, I would have been very happy after the strait razor shave, but I will say that after a splash of aftershave, I ran my hand over my face and it was so smooth it felt like someone else’s face.
All in all, it was a really fantastic experience and something I’m going to try do once a week if I can.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Somebody, not Oscar Wilde, but somebody, once said, "our lives are the sum total of our experiences". But it's not the experiences, it's the people; not just the ones in our lives, but those who play through: All the fly by, small but rich relationships; sometimes they're the most special of all. It's why we always promise to stay in touch. If only we did. If only we did.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
Saturday, 8 October 2011
verb [ no obj. ]
increase rapidly: the price of tickets escalated | (as adj. escalating) : the escalating cost of health care.
• become or cause to become more intense or serious: [ no obj. ] : the disturbance escalated into a full-scale riot | [ with obj. ] : we do not want to escalate the war.
Now there is a new definition, and it pertains directly to client service, it’s the newest way of telling you, to piss off and stop wasting their time, as they have better things to do then listen to you, as you have just rudely interrupted their conversation with colleagues about what next to eat, mouths still full, of course.
I just made 12 calls and spent 39 minutes and 48 seconds, and I checked, and calculated all the time spent, trying to pay a bill. I called the client service center, got forced to listen a whole range of options and followed them, to eventually arrive at the finance department, but “no, this is not the right center, you now need to call this number”. Fine no problem, make the next call, sit through all the options again, and at last through to some one, who tells me no, this is the wrong company, you need to call this number, great thank you ok I do it all again, sit through all the options again, eventually get through to another person, who then tells me I have the wrong department, and transfers me to yet another person who informs me that they don’t do payments and I need to call the service center to make the payment. After eleven calls, I’m fuming, but it doesn’t help to loose your cool, so I dial again, sit through all the options again, get through to another person, knowing I’m really frustrated, but holding it in, I explain what has just happened, and that there seems to be a problem, all I want to do is pay a bill, she tells me “I’m sorry sir, I will have to escalate this” So what the fuck does that mean? You are going to rapidly jump up and do something about this, or you are going go to war on my ass over this? So when will you get back to me on this? Ten to fourteen working days???? Very ESCALATED, what the hell is going on, I called my service provider about the costs on my account, guess what, they told me they will have to escalate my request. That word again, and I still don’t know what it means.
My service provider got back to me two weeks later by the way, they see no problem with my account, I told them there is definitely a problem, and guess what, they are escalating my problem again.
Why don’t they just say it like it is, “FUCK OFF ASSHOLE, ALL WE WANT IS YOUR MONEY, AND COULDN’T GIVE A SHIT IF YOU GOT THE SERVICE YOU PAY FOR!!!”
Friday, 7 October 2011
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Monday, 3 October 2011
Spent Sunday drawing, and trying to watch the Moto GP and Superbike races that were just a nightmare thanks to the satellite reception. I feel like every step forward seems to be two back, the end of the month looms and you wonder how you make ends meet, and I am able to less and less every month, I just don’t know how much longer this recession, which I think is more like full blown depression can go on.
On a lighter note, I’m off today and I am at last getting my root canal finished, thank heavens two weeks of an ongoing battle has made me a grumpy fuck and today sees the end of that, a relief to everyone I’m sure. I am lucky with my teeth, they aren’t pretty but they a well kept so this came as a surprise, but alls well by 4pm today…
I just got a cool gift via Amazon, which I was taken aback by, I never bought anything, and I wasn’t expecting a gift, but there it was, so I collected it and my great friend Christian in Berlin sent me “The Baboons” Back Scratch, and its not to be mistaken with the other funkadelic band from the US by the same name, they are a awesome rockabilly band and this is an awesome cd. Check it out if you can find it.
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