why the neighborhood barber shop rules

Hanging out there makes me feel like I'm in The Andy Griffith Show.

They've got Field & Stream and the sports page; but on top of that crate back in the corner, they have issues of Playboy.

Last time I was there, a delivery guy stopped in to use a razor and took a quick shave while chatting about the roads. Later, the barber who recognized me from those times I'd been there before paused during my haircut and said: "You're a bartender, aren't you?" It was the biggest compliment of the month - if not the year - in my book.

If you go through the back door, you end up in the neighborhood hardware store.

Being there allows me to say the four sweetest words in the male lexicon: "Short back and sides."

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