My Old Bike – Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day

For the very first time without mom, Frankie takes his little brother for a hair cut.


Moral of the Story

Never let a bald guy cut your hair!

Talking Points

  1. What is that blue stuff in the jar at a barber shop?
    According to Wikipedia it is Barbicide.
    Barbicide is a disinfectant solution used by barbers and cosmetologists for sterilizing grooming tools such as combs and hair-cutting shears. Manufactured by King Research, it was invented in 1947 by Maurice King and marketed heavily around the United States by his brother James.
  2. When the barber asked, "You Floyd's boys?" Why didn't he wait for an answer?
    It could be that the boys were afraid to speak.
    Or perhaps it was a rhetorical question; the barber already knew the answer because of the family resemblance.
  3. Do you think Frankie gave the barber instructions on how to cut their hair or was he too frightened.
    Never be afraid to question someone providing a service, especially when you are paying!
  4. Why didn't Frankie's father scold him when he raised his voice, "HE SCALPED ME!"?
    Was it because Dad knew he was wrong or that he knew Frankie was being humorous?


All definitions may be found at

  1. Ruffle
    Disorder or disarrange (someone's hair), typically by running one's hands through it.
  2. Forbad
    May also be spelled Forbade.
    The past tense of Forbid.
  3. Forbid
    Refuse to allow (something).
  4. Old-fashioned
    In or according to styles or types no longer current or common; not modern.
  5. Tarnish
    Lose or cause to lose luster, especially as a result of exposure to air or moisture.
  6. Glimpse
    A momentary or partial view.
  7. Rhetorical question
    A question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer.
  8. Situation
    A set of circumstances in which one finds oneself; a state of affairs.
  9. Bristle
    A short stiff hair, typically one of those on an animal's skin, a man's face, or a plant.
  10. Scalped
    Take the scalp of (an enemy).
  11. Scalp
    The skin covering the head, excluding the face.
  12. Courage
    The ability to do something that frightens one.
    Strength in the face of pain or grief.
  13. Broach
    Raise (a sensitive or difficult subject) for discussion.
  14. Deflect
    Cause (someone) to deviate from an intended purpose.
  15. Wrath
    Extreme anger (chiefly used for humorous or rhetorical effect).

Personal Note

My wife likes my hair a little longer than would be considered professional, so that's the way I have it cut. Just a little curl makes her happy!

Typically I am not very picky about who cuts my hair... just don't cut it too short and everything will be fine. One day, a few years ago, I was called back to the chair by a man with no hair at all. After explaining what I (excuse me, my wife) wanted, I closed my eyes to relax for a few moments. Then I felt his fingers pull at my hair a little to close to the scalp. The sound of the scissors slicing my locks almost brought tears to my eyes. He stopped after the first cut to the sound of my voice, "My wife is gonna kill me!"

My mother was a hairdresser while I was in high school, so I didn't have to go to the barber shop. But when I was in middle school she made me take my brother to get our haircut every six weeks or so.

This story is a perfect depiction of a very real, seriously bad childhood memory coupled with an experience in my recent past. My mother wasn't the one that searched my head for the missing curls, that was my wife!

As a kid, getting your hair cut is very traumatic. So parents please heed this warning and do not scar your children for life 😉

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