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A good trade to know?
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Clod    Posted 07-06-2003 at 08:36:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
It seems that a good trade to know if you want to move away from the city would be to know how to be a barber.They can find work everywhere.I lived out in the country not long ago. No barber for miles around,The nearest was 15 mles away and seldom open for business,when he was there was a long wait. I hd a postal van converted for what ever I needed to do .Often you need tools ,materials for building or pipe which I had racks on the side for that pipe that would not fit in the back of a half ton pickup.That van was good for everything I needed to do and I made extra money with it.I thought it would be nice to have a mobile barbershop but I dont know how to do that trade. There is a barber chair here in this shop now. It seems one could be bolted down in a box van and the barber could travel and stop anywhere there would be customers.But as usual,Regulations by governing agencies prevent a lot of convienient sevices that the people could want.If you work for the government ,as I observed in DC,You can wander around on the streets and take care of your personal affairs while on the clock.

too many rules...    Posted 07-07-2003 at 06:31:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad was a licensed barber. Owned his own shop in the 1930s, left it to fight in WWII and wound up staying in the Army. He kept his Pennsylvania barber license current, though, until 1994...always said he might want to barber again.

Well, one year he looked into getting his license transferred to Maryland where he was living then, and the rigamarole and government rules made it too hard and too expensive. He was going to have to go back to barber school just to transfer!

I know, I know, all the rules are to protect us and keep us safe. But the guy cut my hair all my life 'til I left home for the Army, and whenever I was home afterward, and I never got a bad haircut from him.

And of course, the price was right!


Lenore    Posted 07-07-2003 at 06:51:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Contrary to what we are told;
all those rules, regulations and licesnes are not intended to protect us.
They are actually intended to give bureaucrats more jobs and more of our money to mess with.

As if your dad needed more government intervention in his business so he would not endanger people.
A kid here in Texas now needs a license to take a cane pole and drop it in a creek or pond.
I guess so they wont endanger the fish?
Not so long ago we could take our kids fishing without thinking of the gamewarden.
No longer!
The government keeps edging in more and more into our freedoms.
I can understand the need for some regulations,
but those people go crazy trying to think of new controls on us wild unruly Americans.

that's exactly why    Posted 07-07-2003 at 06:59:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always refer to my home state as "the People's Republic of Maryland."

The State Motto: "If you can dream it, we can tax and regulate it."

Tom A

DeadCarp    Posted 07-06-2003 at 20:33:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
My buddy's a barber on the go - he's been everywhere - one time he was escorted to a city hall, and the bureaucrats explained that he needed permits etc. Well he said he was a decent barber, just trying to stay off welfare and never hurt anybody. He reminded them besides that, by the time they spent all that money enforcing on him, he'd be 5 states away. So they decided he was harmless & let him go. The delay irritated him though so he sweet-talked the guy who ran the nursing home (city-managed, and heck he just HAD come from city hall :) who sorta lent him a room, he got his clippers and he ended up with a $300 afternoon, free supper and a few good visits! Then ran like heck! That story he calls "Bureaucrats indeed" :)

Alvin NE WI    Posted 07-06-2003 at 19:20:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe the best trade to know is nothing. I see too many guys riding around in new big 4X4's and no job. Go figure!

Jimbob    Posted 07-06-2003 at 18:24:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another trade is.........well your out Mr. Clod.

KellyGa    Posted 07-06-2003 at 15:06:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
He don't want no FOP! He's a Dapper Dan man! :)

Clod    Posted 07-06-2003 at 21:14:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dapper Dan! My hair kinks on my ears if I dont get haircuts often..I think Dapper Dan might be the ticket for me.I think it's beeswax.It sure looks cool.

KellyGa    Posted 07-06-2003 at 08:46:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Turner South had a special about Barber Shops on The Natural South I believe was the show. They are a fading thing. It is hard to find a real barber shop. You have to drive a ways to see that swirling pole anymore. My Father in law and my Dad both have barbers, but they complain that there just aren't many anymore, that the ones they have were hard to come by. On the show the older barbers say they don't have anyone to pass it onto anymore, that they reckon when they are gone, so will the barber shops. That will be a sad day. To me barber shops are a piece of Americana.

Clod    Posted 07-06-2003 at 09:13:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have moved from the barber to the hair stylist.From the 5 dollar haircut to the sixty dollar fix.I liked that guy who was on the old south movie who settled for nothing less than the best wax made and canned.I think the movies was by the name >Oh brother!< Do you know the brand?

Ana    Posted 07-06-2003 at 11:25:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
For a while I did dog grooming. It is not government regulated as yet. You can learn from someone else or learn it on your own with books. I trained for it, but it is very work intensive. I developed "tennis elbow" and had to quit but I turned customers away every day. There is still a giant need in this area. We have plenty of barbers and hair-stylists. If I were going to pick a useful skill that is needed everywhere, I'd be a mechanic---so hard to find a good one, plus they can charge whatever they want around here. The ones I know are all getting elderly.

Clod    Posted 07-06-2003 at 11:49:14       [Reply]  [No Email] may be on to something.People spend more on dog grooming than themselves. Auto mech? I have done that and diesel machiney mechanics.The auto systems change rapidly, The tools need to be updated along with knowledge quite frequently.I do not keep up . You should go talk to an auto mech who does work on all the new and diffrent brands that come to his shop.Ask him about his investment in tools and electronic devices.They he must keep going to school or subscribe to all the latest tech manuels.He may take in 16-20 bucks an hour IF he is good.But his money goes back into tools and electronic diagnostic devices or he becomes obsolete.This system seems to favor dealerships who have the advantages and also specialize on one manufactureres equipment.Any independent who keeps up is worth 20 bucks an hour.He may be hired by NASA if he is that good.

Lenore    Posted 07-06-2003 at 09:55:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
A barber shop like that one in Mayberry.
What was that barbers' name anyway?
Andy always got his hair cut there.
We have one in Hardin just north of here,
his name is Cotton and he charges $8 now.
There is a line waiting every day.
It is sort of traditional around these parts for a little boy
to get his first hair cut at Cotton's shop!
If he is a cry baby,
you just let Cotton handle things,
he has been doing it so long,
he knows just what to do. :-)

Randy    Posted 07-06-2003 at 10:31:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Floyd, I think.

Clod    Posted 07-06-2003 at 10:04:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah,,I know that place, But when we were young in a very small town we hated barbershops as a tradition.So the brarber was the best runner in town.He had to catch us first.I dont know why kids hated haircuts but I think it was the waiting part. Nobody wanted to wait in the shop.The kids were not politically oriented.

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