Some people dread the small talk that comes with a hair cut.
Others, like myself, like it — a lot. It might have a lot to do with the fact I’ve gotten my hair cut — mostly — by the same guy my whole life. That guy is Todd Schmidt.
I’ve always found that barbers and stylists have interesting takes on life and are completely in the know of what’s going on in the community around them.
I had planned on including Todd in my conversation series, but not today. But the conversation was far too interesting. (On a side note, like Chris and Ben, Todd likely will make more appearances in this series.)
We actually started talking about my previous conversations after he started talking about the inherent evilness that is in the people who can kill 11 elephants for their tusks, the same people who cut the horns off live rhinos and fins off sharks and dump the rest back in the ocean.
It’s interesting, because Chris with very similar thoughts on animals, thinks evil doesn’t exist. It’s a bizarre mixture of beliefs.
He doesn’t believe in Bigfoot and the paranormal-like like Chris does. But he was incredibly interested and thought Chris theory, which I’ll detail in a post soon, is plausible.
In short though, it has a lot to do with a collective consciousness. Which plays into the portion of our talk that centered around witchcraft.
Apparently, Todd, who read a book on the subject of witchcraft in France, attributed the hullcigentic events that cause people to think witchcraft was real to bread.
Seriously. They found that there was a fungus that appeared in the wheat because of the abnormal rain in the early 1950s when a witch phenomena occurred. The wheat was then used in bread and the hysteria ensued. Going back in weather records showed that the same hysteria in the 1600s.
He then went on to talk about how despite spending 20-some years cutting hair, people can still make him feel like crap for his choice of career.
He explained a new client came in and proceeded to berate him about how he grew up in the service industry. He then vowed the next time she came in, he’d find out her story. Well, she worked as a server for a long time, was married three times and finally now lives in East Grand Rapids to a man 20 years her senior with plenty of money.
She’s happy now. Or so she tries to put off, while sucking the happiness out of people like Todd. It’s an interesting choice in life. To be happy that way. It’s egotistical, in the opposite sense that Ben Darcie is happy.
She doesn’t have a path in life and, apparently, no direction or passion in her life. Money has made her happy.
Todd then talked about how your goals in life continue to change as you age. He talked about how he has cut hair forever, nonstop, and has never seen London. He’d like too, so now he talks about selling his house and freeing him self of the burden that is home ownership.
That home ownership was part of his early-20s life goal. When he was 23, my age, he started a business and wanted to buy a house. Those were his goals. They’ve now shifted.
The way the mind works is interesting. There’s a yin and yang, he said. People have an almost infinite amount of thought, and most of those thoughts are one way or the other. That’s why we’re all different. And those thoughts are in a constant state of flux.
It takes a little coaxing, but the interesting thoughts come spewing out of Todd after a while.
He’ll be back.