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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Day Spa de Sade

So I popped over the the Day Spa after work with my friend Shannon. We were having some lovely pedicures when after a little wine we were convinced to allow them to paint crazy stuff on our big toes. I chose a floral design, Shannon got a diamond-firework sort of thing. It is sort of ghetto yet funny to me all the same. Not at all professional, but in all honesty tons of people at my work have this sort of ornamentation so it won't look OUT OF PLACE there.
But, the charming bit of my story is this. I needed to get my eyebrows done. Anyone who has ever been to a day spa run by Asians knows how hilarious and scolding that they can be.
While Shannon was getting her toes done, the guy doing her toes taps her toes and says "Who do this? WHO PAINT THIS MESS?" and she had to confess she had done it.
They have no fear of shaming you, they aren't worried about their tip let me tell you.
So I went to the waxing room for my eyebrows to be returned to a pre-werewolf state.
While in there, the lady TAPS my upper lip and says "You need this, you too hairy. I do lip too?" And I figured what the hell. I needed to Nair it, and a good waxing would last longer.......so I agreed.
Everything was gonig fine......until she smeared the wax UP MY NOSE.
She says "You need this done - too hairy."
Okay seriously, I did not have crazy hair growing out of my nose like an old man. It was fine. Just your normal woman nose hair like it should be.
She ripped that hair out just like it was my eyebrows or any other part. My eys watered, I sneezed, my nose ran - I think my ears bled.
Now I have to wonder, is the hair in my nose going to grow back in crazy?
Am I the only person on the earth that has ever had this done to them?


Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

That seriously scared me.

Anonymous said...

okay, now you have to send me $70 -$20 to replace the chair cushion, $50 to have the area rug cleaned.

Because I PISSED MYSELF reading this one.

I have never never heard of waxing nose hair. That is INSANE!

I did have a friend who got her hootchie hair lasered off from stem to stern.

I was baffled by this...I kept saying, 'You had underwear on, right?' Nope. 'You had a thong on, though, didn't you?' Nope.

All I could think of was the visual, 20 times worse than going to the gyno... there's some strange woman with a little hand held laser gizmo, zapping my pubes one by one (and of course she'd have to practically put her nose in your snatch to SEE where to put the wicked wand).

It cost about $400.

I'm sorry, I would have to be a smackhead homeless crack addict who had already robbed her mother and had no other options in order to take this job.

And God forbid you meet a new person and have to tell them what you do for a living...

Becky said...

Note to self: Keep my nose FAR away from the Day Spa.

Anonymous said...

I have a mirror up my nose, right now. Come on girls, you know that you are doing the same...looking for those crazy nose hairs.

Anonymous said...

totally off topic, but here's a fun, interesting story for you...


Scientists Study Gorilla Who Uses Tools By ANJAN SUNDARAM, Associated Press Writer

GOMA, Congo - An infant gorilla in a Congo sanctuary is smashing palm nuts between two rocks to extract oil, surprising and intriguing scientists who say they have much to learn about what gorillas can do — and about what that says about evolution.

It had been thought that the premeditated use of stones and sticks to accomplish a task like cracking nuts was restricted to humans and the smaller, more agile chimpanzees. Then in late September, keepers at a Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International sanctuary in this eastern Congo city saw 2 1/2-year-old female gorilla Itebero smashing palm nuts between rocks in the "hammer and anvil" technique, considered among the most complex tool use behaviors.

"This is a surprising finding, given what we know about tool use in gorillas," Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund primatologist Patrick Mehlman said earlier this month at his Goma office.

Mehlman said that the finding indicates that complex tool use may not be a trait developed only by humans and chimpanzees, and could have its origins earlier in the evolutionary chain, among ancestors common to both humans and our closest relatives the great apes.

Gottfried Hohmann, an expert on primates at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, told The Associated Press by phone that Itebero's behavior "means that gorillas have a higher level of understanding of their environment than we thought."

Itebero has been living in the sanctuary for a year, ever since she was confiscated by local authorities from poachers who had been trying to sell her. Mehlman said he believed Itebero, named for a place near where she was found, started cracking nuts spontaneously and had not been influenced by the time she has spent among humans.

Alecia Lilly, a primatologist in Rwanda who worked for over a decade with a colony of captive gorillas in South Carolina and has seen Itebero at work, said most learning among gorillas occurs through imitation. But Itebero had no instructor, alone in her sanctuary with her keeper.

"Itebero is remarkably proficient at cracking nuts," Lilly told The Associated Press by phone. "It takes most chimpanzees many years to reach similar levels of proficiency."

Itebero's actions led some scientists to believe that gorillas in the wild might exhibit complex tool use as well — though no one has ever reported such behavior. Earlier this year, researchers reported observing gorillas in the wild in the neighboring Republic of Congo's rain forests using simple tools, according to a team led by Thomas Breuer of the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo.

In an e-mail message Monday from the Republic of Congo's Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, Breuer said that in 10 years of observation, his team had seen only two instances of tool use among gorillas — in one a stick was used to test the depth of a pond and in another a small tree trunk was used for support and as a bridge.

Breuer said it was difficult to compare the behaviors his team had seen in the wild with the more complex behavior exhibited by Itebero, who had had contact with humans. But Breuer said Itebero's action "clearly shows that gorillas have the capability to use sophisticated tools even if they do not — or rarely — do this.

"Very often the use of tools is triggered by certain needs and it seems that gorillas have only little needs to use tools in the wild," Breuer said.

In Goma, Mehlman said scientists have not observed gorillas in wild settings for as long as they have chimpanzees.

Breuer said more research was important, but "what we really need to do is to better protect the gorillas and chimps in Central Africa."

"Everybody is excited about such spectacular observations but we should hurry up with our efforts to guarantee them a future," Breuer added. "Certainly many people are impressed by their intelligence and similarities with our own species but there are still a lot of people who eat the apes. We should do everything to stop this.

Scientists estimate that as few as 5,000 Grauer's gorillas, also called eastern lowland gorillas, may remain in the wild, although no comprehensive census of their population has been conducted since the end of Congo's civil war in 2002.

Conflict in Congo saw the decline of many wild species, as thousands of armed groups from Congo, Rwanda and Burundi ran amok in the forests and killed animals for food.

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April Brandon said...

My nose hurts just thinking about it....lol