Etcetera 4.

Barbering is serious sport.

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If you have on a batting helmet of course the barber will only clean up your face.

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The barber uses a hockey stick to sweep up the fallen hairs.

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There is a foam dart board hanging above the sink. In the bathroom is a bowling almanac.

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When the barber goes away to have surgery on his knees, he hangs a sign on the front door that says “Gone Fishing.”

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A boy once ran into the shop, snatched the scissors right out of the barber’s hand, and used them to cut open a baseball.

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Sundays, all of the referees get their heads shaved here.

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There is one barbershop in Tucson that has a clay tennis court out back where horses go to rest.

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You can’t get your haircut in the dugout, that’s actually against the rules.

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Up in his high chair, a lifeguard cuts his own hair.

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“Got him!” whoops a patron at the strikeout on t.v.

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On kids, the barber uses a clipper shaped like a race car. He keeps a golf ball in his apron for good luck.

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A good coach will give the team crew cuts in a bind.

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At 8 p.m. the barber college turns into a card dealer academy.

Written By

Joshua Baldwin is an editor at Eephus. He is the author of The Wilshire Sun, a novella. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Reach him at josh@eephusmag.com.

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