Friday, January 7, 2011


A funny feeling came over him.
"Blow dryer" said the assistant.
Come on now, he thought.
Don't be such a baby.
Everybody doing this, right?
Finally, everything was ready.
"Go ahead and turn around" said the stylist.
"Holy Cow!"
"I look like a whole different person" he said.
"Just imagine what your wife will think" said the stylist.
"Kelly is going to be so impressed", he told her.
"Let me just have a minute here and I'll be on my way."
"Maybe you should take a little more off the back?"
"No, I definitely think this style works for you" she assured him.
"Okay, but it's just so different from what I'm used to" he admitted.
"Probably because it's such a new style, it IS the 80's after all", she said, starting to get annoyed.
"Quite right", he said.
"Remember when you came in last time and I told you to grow it out?"
"Sure am glad I listened to your advice," he said
"Totally!" she agreed
"Unbelievable that just 2 years ago you had that disco look, huh?" she added
Vastly different from this, that's for sure, he thought to himself
"Well, I guess I had better get going." He told her, walking toward the front desk.
"Xerox of your receipt, sir?" The receptionist asked as she popped her gum.
"Yeah I guess." He answered
ZOWIE!  Forty bucks for a perm?!?!?!?

This post was written in response to the prompt Red Writing Hood - go check it out for some AWESOME stories, including one of my favorite (although truly scary, haunting) pieces by Natalie at Mommy of a Monster and twins.  I am not yet a member of this club, but I thought I'd give one of their prompts a try!  


  1. "Totally"! Is it bad I still say that? This was a funny take on the prompt, which by the way, people will need after reading mine! Thanks for the shout out - you rocked the prompt so now you'll get hooked at doing it every week!

  2. Hilarious. Smart to use dialog and I thought you captured a whole moment, a whole story quite well in just 26 sentences. Love the picture.

  3. AWESOME! OMG I loved this! But that hair? It scares me.

    And yes, Xerox stared me in the face for a moment or two...but you used it well here.


  4. Well, You are REALLY talented- if I do say so myself- says Her Mom! I think I had kids that looked like that- back in the day! lol

  5. Fun first Red Dress post you got here! I love the photo at the end---and the references to the 80s. This made me smile! So glad you joined up! (came over from Red Dress Blog)

  6. OMG - that is awesome!!! I mean, totally rad! Thanks so much for stopping my blog today - I'm going to have to start following you, too!

  7. I'm not a member either, but I gave it a shot for the first time today as well.
    I love your piece. The perm part at the end totally cracked me up!

  8. Great job! Very nice flow and totally funny.

  9. I thought it was going to be a mullet - but a permed mullet? Awesomeness!

    Also, you don't have to be a member. Anyone can participate - so glad you did!

  10. Very funny story! I was expecting a mullet, so the perm was a nice surprise. This was my first week joining in the fun, too. Seems like there were a lot of first timers this week. It was such a fun prompt, who could resist? You did a great job! :o)

  11. Great hair, story.
    I laove the picture, and sad to say I remembr those hairstyles well.

  12. I kept wanted to skip to the end to find out what terrible hair choice was being made!

    I'm glad I waited.

    The perm was perfect!

  13. OMGosh! This was awesome! Visiting from TRDC. Great job.

  14. WOW! great story, can't stop laughing here.
    I have to say if I see someone in that hairstyle at this day and age, I will runaway.

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