Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ahmed The Demon Barber of North Camp

Things I recently learned, all for the low, low cost of $2.00 and a tip:

Having two barbers but only one customer can cause arguments.

Arabic is a wonderful language for arguing, full of vigor, phlegmy rattles, and hand gestures. It's almost as good as Spanish.

An agitated arguing barber will not pay close attention to his clippers until he notices the blood.

Asking what one word of Arabic means in English gets you over thirty minutes of intense language instruction, with interspersed moments of cutting hair.

Quality language instruction includes comparative religious history.

Quality comparative religion instruction includes a loud and repeated review of prohibited sexual acts.

The body language accompanying the statement "shut up and finish his haircut so we can close up and leave" in Arabic is virtually identical as when spoken in English.

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