Tuesday, October 7, 2008

It's My Choice, So Don't Ask

I've been wanting a new hair style for a long time. My problem is extremely curly hair. If it's too short, I look like a chia-pet. If it's too long, it gets too heavy and pulls the curls out in some places and looks stupid.

I decided to find a new salon in the town that we moved to. Suffice it to say that the "pickins were slim", as we say in Tennessee.

I found a little place that looked decent. I walked in, the four hairstylists were sitting in the back talking amongst themselves. One girl acknowledged me, but went back to her conversation after finding out I wanted a hair cut. Ummmm, okay- I guess I'll be leaving now. As I was trying to decide if I should just walk out, they started arguing over who had to cut my hair. Seriously? Don't you want the money? I tip really well.

She called me over and was actually really nice. I told her what I wanted and she began snipping.

"So. . . " Great, here it is. The questions they teach at hair styling school to get to know the client. Kids? From around here? Married?

". . . Who are you voting for?" You have scissors at my hair. I have a fifty/fifty chance of saying the wrong person and you jacking my hair up, forever. You are soooo not making me comfortable, right now.

"Oh, I haven't decided, yet."

I know, I know. It was a cop out. I know who I'm voting for and I'm not ashamed of it. But I'm not saying here, either.

I've always been under the assumption that who you vote for is a private matter. This election year, however, is not like others.

I've had people I work with ask. I've had friends ask. I've had customers ask. And now, I've had my brand-new, just met her 3 minutes ago, hairstylist ask.

Most of the time, my response is, "I'll vote for who I believe is the right candidate." And leave it at that. If I don't think about and blurt out the name, it's inevitable I just said it to someone who is voting the opposite. And then, I'm stuck listening to all of the reasons I'm wrong and they are right. And my response is usually, "I know your candidates views but my candidate's views align better with mine." And then I walk away.

But answering the girl cutting my hair about my presidential choice was not an option. So I lied and claimed that I didn't know. I'm pretty sure God will understand.

Has anyone else run into this issue? Do you ask random people who they are voting for? Or do you find it rude?

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noble pig said...

I love talking politics because I learn a lot from others when I do. I am not one of those people who trys to push my beliefs on others so I don't care if you do not have the same beliefs...but some people do get mean about it.

kimmie said...

I am so sick of politics I could just scream. I do not ask others,mainly because of the type of business that I am in, but I am curious. Do others have the same beliefs that I do? And why do they have to get ugly about it? The next four years are vitally important to our children's futures(as well as ours). May God have mercy on America!

Carrin said...

I am so over this election already and it's just getting down to the nitty-gritty. I am one of those that is truly undecided. My opinion sways from day to day. I intend to listen to everyone and make a decision based on what I believe is right for me and my family. However, that decision is mine to make and no one elses business.

Sally said...

I'm always surprised when someone raises the subject of politics because I was raised that it's one of 3 topics not up for public discussion, the others being religion & money.

But what I really want to know is how did your haircut turn out?

Amy said...

You know to this day, I still am unsure if my mom is a Democrat or a Republican. Politics have always been a personal choice in our family, so I never talk about them with others.

Rachel said...

I was raised not to talk about politics, especially with people we don't know.

I am already tired of politics ;-Now the important thing.

Do you love your hair?

Marla said...

where are the pictures of the new hairdo...

DysFUNctional Mom said...

1-I think you should find a different salon next time! lol
2-I always been taught that politics and religion were off-limits for polite conversation with virtual strangers! I would've probably answered the same way. She was rude!

Wendi said...

So....who are you voting for?

hee. hee.

I hear ya.

It is best to keep personal things, well...personal.

Kimmylyn said...

I hate to talk politics with others.. I pull the .."OH we are voting this year comment and then laugh".. I won't tell anyone other than family.. I don't like the debates..

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