I had never been to a beauty salon before last week.
Why would I go to a place like that, when I’m a big, rugged dude? My sister-in-law Ruth owns her own beauty salon, and she invited me to come in for a meeting.
I didn’t know what she had in mind, but I went anyway. She bullied me into sitting in a chair, then talked to me while one of her nail techs gave me a manicure. Then she gave me a facial, which I must admit made the skin of my face feel baby-smooth. Her idea was simple in concept, but difficult to execute. She wanted to completely renovate the old HVAC system in the salon, and make a few additions to it. Since I had been sitting at a chair in one of the salon workstations, I noticed that it was a little stuffy. Ruth wanted me to install new air vents over every chair, so that every customer would have perfect climate control during their appointment. It was a smart idea, but the cost and effort to install a dozen new air vents would be substantial. She wanted me to start working on it privately, and not go through the HVAC contractor. This would be cheaper for her, but more difficult for me because I wouldn’t have any other HVAC techs to assist me. On the other hand, Ruth will pay me in cash for my HVAC work, which will be a lot more profitable for me. Since it’s my sister-in-law, I think I will help her out.