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Snippets from Brooke Upton’s barber chair

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on July 26, 2010 at 9:45 am with 2 Comments »
July 26, 2010 11:49 am

Here are bits of Brooke Upton’s conversations with her customers at Noggins Barbershop:

Upton: “How have you adjusted to your new position?”

David Andrews, retail credit administrator, Columbia Bank and former redhead: “Pretty well. It’s a conservative culture that fits me.”

Upton: “How do we even get along? Because I am certainly not conservative.”
She trims his white hair to 1/8th of an inch.

Upton: “Do you miss it? Do you miss the red hair? Do you miss the stereotype that goes along with red hair? That was one of the first things my mom warned me about. Men with red hair.”

Andrews: “For me it was having a temper. I had to learn how to control it. Then I went too far the other way. Then I got accused of not having any emotions.”

Upton: “Was that a woman?”

Andrews: “I think it was one of the exes.”

Anthony Keen, Clover Park math teacher: “We’re going up to Mount Rainier.”

Upton: “Are you going camping? Be sure to remember your mosquito repellent. Seriously, you can borrow my tent. Just come by my house and pick it up. We were up two weeks ago at Summit Lake. I’ve never been when the avalanche lilies were in bloom. Oh, it was so beautiful. Have you tried personal repellent? Bounce fabric softener, unscented and wet, seems to work pretty well. How are you handling your school workload?”

Keen: “We’re working on the cohort model. Twenty-one people started together, and we’ll end together next June. We were on a retreat, camping, and we were out by the camp fire having one conversation with 20 people.’

Upton: “Did you do team-building exercises.”

Keen: “We did more leadership. What leadership qualities you bring to the table.”

Upton: “What was the most important thing you learned about yourself?”

Keen: “That I’m doing better at not turning people off immediately. I’m pretty opinionated. I come off as arrogant.”

Upton: “I would never have guessed that about you.”

Keen: “Other people who are the same way don’t seem to get that vibe.”

Patrick Daly, retired lawyer and chef: “My sweetheart’s a former hairdresser, and she can’t cut my hair the way you can. She just got back from Alaska.”

Upton: “Fishing? How’s the fishing?”

Daly: “Bad.”

Upton: “I heard that. I head from one of my guys that the fishing’s good out at Westport. Kings? Is it kings and silvers? That’s one of the things I’m going to do. I’m going to fish more.”

Ed Fischer of Northwest Commercial Bank in Lakewood: “Without you, what will I do? I’ll probably have to get a therapist.”

Upton: “How to do feel? What do you want? What’s the most loving thing you could do for yourself? That’s what I always ask. You speak very highly of your wife. That’s very rare.”

Fischer: “Yeah. I like my wife.”

Upton: “You adore her. You definitely adore her.”

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