what? Life in the big city? Am I getting "old?" Menopause? Or is this wack job of a city I live in? I had run errands this morning for husband. This evening, I promised to go shopping with him. He wants to buy something and I said I would help him. We are going to go get a bite to eat as well. I've been putting this off for awhile. He has been super duper busy of late.We both have been working a lot. I'm also going to school. We are making it a "date night." In the mail, I got a coupon for a big discount for microdermabrasion. They send the coupon once a year during your birthday month. The only appointment. they had was late. husband is coming home soon to go out. I was worried that I wouldn't get my hair done in time and he has been looking forward to this...you would think it was a super duper event. (Although...truth is...I'm looking forward to it as well...particularly the dinner part). So...I stopped by a Super Cuts (kinda of like a discount place) to see if they would blow dry my hair. The price was $35.00. My hair is just shy of shoulder length. I asked how much for a cut and blow. The price was $40.00. I think this is a little high...and I leave. Then I go to the mall...same deal. While at the mall, I see a sign that they have a pt job opening. PT jobs are hard to find. I stop to inquire for our daughter. Everything sounds perfect...then they say "you have to speak perfect Spanish in order to get the job." I see partially why daughter is having such difficulty finding a job. She might have to move. I'm feeling tense. Then I go to another discount place...and the price was $25.00 to blow dry my hair. Please keep in mind that I pay $35.00 to blow dry my hair at my regular salon...which is a little upscale...but it is hard to get an appointment. So, I said okay. The lady does NOT speak any English and is borderline rude to me...but since I think this is a language problem, I am understanding. I speak a little Spanish. All is good. Then all of a sudden she grunts "price is $35.00." THIS WAS AFTER MY HAIR WAS WET and the lady at the front desk quoted $25.00 (which she heard...she was standing next to her). I ask a few questions and she says that my hair is "long." I have thick-ish hair and it is slightly layered. It does take a little longer. It took her about 35 minutes to do. I ask her how much they charge for hair down the middle of the back and she says $55.00. I think this is $%#@ LIE at a discount type place. Few would pay it. Okay...here is the worst part. She put oil on it....it matted it down.. My bangs separated. It looked like you know what. I could hear here muttering in Spanish. THEN I had to pay her the same price as I pay at my nice salon for this blow dry that looks crummy. I will likely have to wash my hair with detergent in a moment to get this stuff out. Afterwards, I go for the facial. i thought it would be a nice relaxing thing. NO NO NO. I was in and out in 10 minutes. They called it a "partial" microdermabrasion. Plus I got my eyebrows done. Total cost $75.00. Afterwards, I decided to go to TJ Maxx...my favorite store....it was the next store. Guess what...three men were running out with a bunch of purses and there was lots of screaming and carrying on. I'm assuming the cops were called. I was so nervous...I couldn't find my keys. I'm sitting here with my GREASY (#$$) hair, over $100 less in dinero and seriously anxious. I'm NOT ready for dinner tonight and I'm wondering what the heck went wrong. On the positive side, I made appointments to have my hair done for my birthday, mother's day and this summer...I'm planned at my own salon for the next three months. So....is it me? Menopause? Life in the big city? UGH. p.s. I have the Dawn Dishwashing detergent out...I'm reading to re-do my hair now.