Not Just About Nails


One of the things I have noticed about people who have jobs that expose them to a large variety of customers regularly, is that they become virtual founts of information that they hear from those customers.

My barber, Dan, is always interesting and knowledgeable about politics, world events, sports, religion … serious, “meaty” stuff about which he hears facts and viewpoints constantly from his customers, making him able to debate both sides of almost any issue!

Ahh, but my nail tech, Tammy.  She is a source of interesting information of a much more “folksy” variety.  I have told her she should write a book with all the tidbits of interesting information in it that she has collected from her customers.  Information that she then passes on to other customers, if the subject comes up.

Some examples that come to mind:

If a baby won’t go to sleep, lay them on the bed on their back.  Then rotate them twice counter-clock-wise to settle them down and make them sleep.

If your rose bushes are being bothered by Japanese beetles, put a white dish (Cool Whip containers work well) with water in it under each bush.  Apparently beetles like white, so the white dish attracts the beetles and they will drown in the water.

If you have moles in your yard, buy a few of those wind mills that they used to give as prizes at carnivals when I was a child.  You know the ones … plastic, on a stick, usually colorful and go around when you blow on them or the wind blows?  Stick their sticks  into the ground in the area where you see evidence of the moles.  The motion of the wind mills causes vibration in the ground which the moles don’t like because it messes with their little blind senses, so they will move on.

Tammy is also a consummate shopper.  So, between her own experience and what she hears from her customers, at any given time, she can tell you what the best place is to buy just about anything, what the color choices are and when the sale ends!

All this, and great nails too.

7 Responses to Not Just About Nails

  1. Karen says:

    You are lucky to have such a fountain of knowledge at your finger tips.. 🙂

    This little Ace hardware shop has opened, just a few blocks from us. I think we wil be giving them our business from now on, as we went in on Friday and the guys there were really helpful and knew their stuff. Not like the people at the Big Box Stores..

  2. Sandra says:

    Karen — We have really come to appreciate service, now that it’s so rare, haven’t we?

    I have a post brewing in the back of my mind about several experiences I had with this in the last few days.

  3. Beth says:

    How fun! Do you have trouble keeping it all straight? I would probably accidentally put the Cool Whip dish under the crib, rotate the moles counterclockwise twice, and put the pinwheel in the rose bush. And I’d wonder why none of the advice was working. 😉

  4. Sandra says:

    I love your potential mis-application of Tammy’s pieces of advice, Beth! You have a wonderfully playful mind — always fun. 🙂

  5. Hilary says:

    Tammy sounds like a lot of fun. I’ll bet her customers enjoy her tales, but I love that you show your appreciation of her by writing a blog post. Only you. 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Wellll, if I can’t get her to write the book, I figure I’ll just have to share some of her interesting info here! She’s also a great mother, which I get to see first hand because her shop is attached to her house. So, it has occurred to me that some of her philosophies on parenting might make a good post too!

    I guess that means you are really and truly a “blogger” when you see everyone and everything through the viewfinder of “Is there a post there?”!

    As always, friend, thanks for again for seeing me through those wonderful rose-colored glasses! 🙂

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