A natural tendency of mine is to take up for the underdog. I can’t HELP it. I naturally root for David even though Goliath is the clear favorite. And I mean, it runs DEEP, this need. If my favorite local restaurant is closing down, I rally behind them and don’t barrage readers with “Gah, they totally sucked anyway” nonsense, because you know? THEY’RE ALREADY CLOSING. DON’T KICK SOMEONE WHILE THEY’RE DOWN.
So when I went to get my eye/lip waxed on Saturday, I had a chance.
Everyone rags on Vietnamese nail salons. They do. It’s easy because you know their name is not Julia, although they go by that. They don’t speak the language (well), they gossip about you in a language YOU don’t speak, and whatever. But you can rag on them all you want – you know you still GO there to have your ablutions.
I was quietly waiting in line behind two women who were being waxed at the same time – maybe a mother/daughter? Either way, the lady worked swiftly between them, and they were both out of the chair in a matter of five (maybe ten) minutes. Then they started complaining because the daughter was really, really red.
PER MY STUPID USUAL, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. The waxer (?) just stood there, blank expression and nodding, and it was clear that she either didn’t understand what was happening or didn’t know how to handle it. And I couldn’t take it, the idea that it was two against one, and I said something.
“Um, ma’am? You’re paying TWELVE WHOLE DOLLARS for a procedure in a NAIL SALON that involves APPLYING SCALDING WAX TO YOUR FLESH. I imagine it would leave you a little red, no? C’mon, now, you can’t blame her for the laws of physics.”
After they huffed off, I sat down in the chair, with my Mother Teresa glow.
And proceeded to get the worst wax OF MY LIFE.
She really WAS awful.
Large chunks of skin missing, pretty sure it was old wax (as my skin has scaled over where it was used), no calming creams offered later, and bits of wax in my hairline and eyebrows.
Sometimes, Goliath TOTALLY has the right to win. And David needs to just shut the hell up.